Zenna – Belize lll

Partners

Zenna AG, Murg
www.zenna.ch
Lukas Küffer

Project Type:

Pilot project

Technology:

Photovoltaics

Country:

Belize

Project Status:

Ongoing

Project Start:

2021

End of Project:

2023

Contract:

2021.07

Swiss Contribution

ZENNA is a consulting company specialising in photovoltaics and has over 10 years experience. In collaboration with  ZHAW Zurich University of Applied SciencesAMPS GmbH BetteriesWelcome Solar Energy Solutions Belize Ltd. SESB , the  cdw Foundation – energy in ideas  and the  Ministry of Public Utilities, Energy and Logistics (MPUEL) , Belize, ZENNA will implement the project plan.

Description

Remote households outside of solar-powered electric mini-grids that are without financing options for a solar home system usually reply on diesel generators for electricity production.

Within the scope of this project, a mobile battery pack with 2nd-life battery cells from e-mobility will be developed. In La Gracia, a battery pack charging and delivery service will be implemented as an extension or the existing solar-electric mini-grid (see  REPIC Project: Proof of Concept – Smart Solar Off-Grid for La Gracia, Contract 2015.9) . E-pickups will be used for the delivery service to the remote households around La Gracia. As an addition to the existing mini grid and a basis for the delivery service, a carport with a photovoltaic roof will be built in the centre of La Gracia.

Results

The first battery packs and their peripherals (inverters, controllers) were successfully tested in Belize. A show system was set up at the local partner SESB (Solar Energy Solutions Belize Ltd.), which was also presented to representatives of the local energy supplier Belize Electricity Limited and the Ministry of Energy (Energy Unit). The e-pickup for battery deliveries has received approval in Belize and is now ready. The correct billing of electricity purchases is ensured at the customers’ premises through new electricity meters.