Energy grids have a security problem. In New Zealand alone all 27 Power Lines companies have supply and maintenance issues at the fringes of their grid.
Many existing power lines are over 40 years old, and few new ones have been built since the subsidy that made their construction easier ended in the 1980s. With the increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events, costs of maintaining these lines is also increasing. Further, as New Zealand continues to grow, so too does its demand for energy.
Nowhere is this more evident than in remote power situations. With our unique geography, there are many locations in New Zealand that could benefit from fully remote energy solutions.
For the longest time remote energy generation has been diesel. Even with the more recent addition of solar panels, diesel input is still required as solar capacity can be quite low.
The requirement of ongoing fuel and maintenance has made many remote sites expensive. But the cost of establishing grid connected electricity can be even higher. Especially when power is only needed for a set time frame.
We wanted to create a turnkey solution. By combining both wind, solar, energy storage and full remote monitoring; with the PowerCrate any remote site can shed its requirement for ongoing fuel deliveries and become fully independent.
The PowerCrate gives the benefits of diversified generation and independent renewable energy to:
- Commercial lines companies
- Telecommunication towers
- Remote emergency services
- Construction services
- Lifestyle homes
- Rural marae and community hubs
Wind and solar energy are complementary and the combination of the two can potentially generate more energy from a smaller footprint. On a test site in Dunedin with combined wind and solar generation a single Thinair wind turbine generated up to 75% of the total energy per month in winter, and 36% of the combined wind-and-solar energy output over the year.
If you’d like to see how the PowerCrate wind and solar system can work for you, contact our team.