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 the challenge ofenergy security and accessibility 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 factors can be quite low especially in winter.
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 hybrid turnkey solution. By combining both wind and solar, energy storage and full remote monitoring in the PowerCrate any remote site can now shed or limit its requirement for ongoing fuel deliveries.
The PowerCrate offers the benefits of diversified generation and energy independence to:
- Commercial lines companies
- Telecommunication towers
- Remote emergency services
- Construction services
- Lifestyle homes
- Rural marae and community hubs
Harvesting wind and solar resources in the same footprint increases your energy security. In our Dunedin test site comparing wind and solar generation, Thinair delivered 36% of the total power generated annually but 50% during the winter months from May to September.
If you’d like to see how the PowerCrate wind and solar system can work for you, contact our team.