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Enel turns turf on 163MW Chile solar
Green Power Chile has begun building of the 160MW Sol de Lila photovoltaic or pv task in the Atacama Desert, in Chile's Antofagasta area. Start-up is
Nov 17, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Enel, Chile, South america, ames Lee Stancampiano
Sonnedix gets solar project in Chile from Andes Solar
Sonnedix has actually obtained a 160MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Chile from Andes Solar, a renewable energy developer as well as fitter. The
Nov 26, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Sonnedix, Axel Thiemann, Chile, South america, solar PV plant, Andes Solar
Sungrow Crosses 1 GW Mark for PV Inverter Shipments in Chile
announced that the Company struck the 1 GW PV inverter collective shipments to Chile as well as took starting point in the shipment ranking in Chile this
Nov 3, 2020 // Markets & Finance News, Inverters, Sungrow, Chile, South america, International, milestone, Shipments, Gonzalo Feito
Sonnedix's 170MW project in Chile starts procedures
annually, according to Sergio del Campo, depictive supervisor of Sonnedix Chile. Axel Thiemann, CEO of Sonnedix, called the announcement "a large turning
Feb 15, 2021 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Sonnedix, Axel Thiemann, Chile, South america, PV Power Plant
Atlas sells 550GWh of solar to Engie Energía in Chile
Energía, which will help support the development of a 230MW-plus solar farm in Chile. The array in question, the Sol del Desierto solar plant, is in the
Aug 16, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, PPA, Chile, PV plant, Brazil, Mexico, Atlas Renewable Energy, Engie Energía, Sol del Desierto, Uruguay
SMA materials MVPS for 220 MW PV plant in Chile
supplied inverters to the "Ovejeria" solar power plant, also integrated in Chile, for Colbun SA in 2018. In Chile, 44 percent of the electrical energy
Feb 4, 2021 // Plants, Chile, South america, SMA, PV Power Plant, MVPS
Massive 204MW solar park construction kicks off in Chile
business Enel Chile, via its renewable resource subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile, has begun building and construction on a new 204MW photovoltaic
Oct 12, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Chile, solar pv, South america, PV Power Plant, Enel Chile, Enel Green Power Chile
Enel plants to power Anglo American’s full renewable switch in Chile
turned to Enel to power its transition to a fully renewable energy supply in Chile, signing a deal set to kick in two years’ time. The developer
Jul 30, 2019 // Plants, PV Tech, Enel, Los Bronces, Collahuasi, El Soldado
The weekend read: Chile taps ‘white gold’ for security of energy supply
Chile has set itself some very ambitious goals in terms of renewables and carbon neutrality. In late 2017, presidential candidate (and current head of state) Sebastián Piñera pledged in his campaign to power the national grid with 100% clean energy. In June of this year, and this time from the presidential palace La Moneda, he promised to make Chile the first carbon-neutral developing country. The ability to keep that promise depends strongly on clean energy.   Both the public and private sector have invested heavily in renewables – so much so that by December 2018, clean power accounted for 18% of the country’s energy mix – just two percentage points short of the 20% target set for 2025. Much of Chile’s renewable energy potential lies in solar PV and wind power, both of which are known for their intermittency. The situation inevitably calls for more efficient storage systems.   Realizing this, Chile has started to implement – and has become a regional leader in – lithium-ion battery energy storage systems, in an effort to manage its energy reserves more efficiently now that renewable energy sources are on the rise. Engie Chile currently has a project underway in the town of Arica, while AES Gener has a further three projects in operation in Antofagasta.   High levels of photovoltaic solar and wind power mean that the system faces greater variability and uncertainty. This makes frequency regulation, balancing generation and demand minute-by-minute under normal operating conditions, much more difficult.   “In a context such as this, implementing storage systems based on lithium batteries could help to mitigate the instability and unpredictability inherent to these resources, ensuring a smooth transition from the current national system to one defined by high levels of non-conventional renewables,” explains Claudia Rahmann, an academic working for the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Chile’s Faculty of Physical Sciences and Mathematics.   Why lithium?   The northern part of Chile is rich in two natural resources that are crucial for developing clean energy: lithium and sunshine. Situated 2,305 meters above sea level, the Atacama salt flats cover an area of nearly 3,000 km², making them the third largest on the planet after Uyuni in Bolivia (10,582 km²) and Salinas Grandes in Argentina (6,000 km²). This area in the middle of the Atacama Desert also accounts for 25% of the world’s lithium reserves. In fact, Chile is home to 50% of the globe’s lithium reserves. It is one of the top two exporters of lithium worldwide, second only to Australia in terms of annual exports.   The metal has been used to make batteries since the 1990s, but it was not until the turn of the millennium that it began to be used in the energy sector.   “The lithium-ion battery … was developed based on the use of lithium salt as an electrolyte, which produces the amount of ions needed to create an electrochemical reaction between the cathode and the anode, thanks to which energy is obtained,” explains José Miguel Arriaza, head of the Energy Engineering and Environmental Sustainability department at the University of San Sebastián in Santiago.   The first BESS projects implemented in Chile use domestically produced lithium, which boosts the country’s position as a metal producer. “Most of Chile’s Li-ion BESS potential is linked to its renewable resources. Plus, the country also has good trading prospects as a producer of lithium, the primary component used in these systems. This enables us to not only make the most of these alternatives as users, but also to form part of the storage value chain,” points out Juan Carlos Jobet, Chile’s energy minister.   Pioneers in Latin America   Until recently, pumped hydro was the country’s most widespread method of storing energy. But with the use of inherently more variable renewables came the need to install more reliable storage systems. Faced with this scenario, AES Gener decided to develop the first BESS projects in Chile and the entire Latin American region. Today, this energy generation company has installed three storage systems in the region of Antofagasta with a capacity of 52 MW/13 MWh. Two are sited next to the Cochrane and Angamos power plants (20 MW each), while the third is at the Andes substation (12 MW).   The systems installed by AES Gener were manufactured with Chilean lithium and are able to respond instantly to unexpected outages in the power plants to which they are connected, providing energy for 15 to 20 minutes. This technology has come to replace what is known as the power plant’s “spinning reserve,” maintained by working below maximum output so as to have backup capacity with which to stabilize the entire system when necessary.   Another advantage of lithium-ion storage systems is their ability to optimize use of the power produced by the plant, which lowers marginal costs. In terms of cost benefits, battery technology is becoming more and more effective thanks to a number of innovations that reduce the capital outlay that is required.   “Having these banks allows the National Power Coordinator to use the batteries as a primary response to contingencies, on the basis that the batteries are able to absorb energy from the grid to help stabilize the system. They also require less thermal unit output to cover the primary reserve defined in the safety study. At peak [demand] time, this also means higher maximum output for the National Power Coordinator if the facilities are equipped with these batteries,” says Javier Giorgio, chief operating officer at AES Gener.   The company is now working on one of its most ambitious projects in this field: the virtual dam. “The virtual dam solution involves installing a series of batteries connected via smart inverters to the Alfalfal hydroelectric substation, which is located in the Cajón del Maipo canyon. Among other advantages, this allows us to regulate frequency or voltage, store energy produced by the hydroelectric plant and deliver it to the system when it’s needed most. The virtual dam will have the capacity to output 10 MW for five hours,” adds Giorgio, while noting that the system can be replicated in solar and wind power facilities, where they already have projects in the pipeline.   Adding to these three plants run by AES Gener is a fourth facility that was developed by Engie in Arica. It is a pilot project that consists of an NEC container with the capacity to store 2 MWh. According to the company: “It’s a first step in assessing the capabilities this technology has to offer, which we expect to grow exponentially in the next few years due to the key role it’ll play in renewable energy project implementation.”   The future of BESS in Chile   The prospects for BESS in Chile are undoubtedly promising. In fact, during the Decarbonization Roundtable hosted by the Ministry of Energy, the National Power Coordinator outlined a series of future scenarios for the system, all involving a decrease in carbon-based production over the coming years. These analyses revealed how efficient it could be to replace conventional thermal generation systems with renewable sources such as solar and wind power. Since this would require storage solutions, it was estimated that 3,000 MW of storage will be developed during the next 20 years.   However, one of the major challenges in expanding this system is improving regulation. As explained by Jobet, Chile’s energy minister, “the future development of this technology depends primarily on which alternatives prove to be most efficient in supplying the system’s requirements. This can only be achieved by providing the sector with the right financial signals and a suitable regulatory framework to ensure that all alternatives get the chance to be developed.”   To reach Chile’s goal, developing and managing storage systems will be paramount. In this context, battery energy storage systems offer the best option in a country where lithium is plentiful. Given the right incentives, the nation could become a regional leader in renewable energy use and a worldwide producer of “white gold” storage technology. 
Sep 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Engie, Chile, South america, BESS, lithium, Sebastián Piñera, AES Gener, Claudia Rahmann, Juan Carlos Jobet, Javier Giorgio
Reden, Natixis close financing on up to 100MW of PV projects in Chile
Investments Chile and Natixis have successfully closed senior facilities totaling US$96.4 million for an up-to-100MW portfolio of PV projects in
Oct 10, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Natixis, Engie, Chile, South america, Reden
Bifacial panel made in Chile
Chile's state-run Production Development Corporation (Corfo) has actually created a bifacial solar module in collaboration with the National Solar Energy Institute (Ines) under the French Alternative Energies and also Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and also Germany's ICS Konstanz proving ground. The "Atamo" module was created by Atacama Module as well as System Technology (Atamostec) a private-public effort sustained by Corfo and also a series of commercial companions, consisting of Ines CEA, ICS Konstant, France's Engie, Chile's Colbun and also Spain's Mondrago Assembly, to name a few. Atamostec stated it is currently evaluating module efficiency at Corfo's screening area in the Atacama Desert, in north Chile, which provides the very best solar radiation worldwide. "We are still at the advancement stage and also we can not expose way too many information," Atamostec spokesperson Natalia Toro informed pv magazine. "The monocrystalline bifacial PERC heterojunction is being examined an installment with 20 ° disposition as well as single-axis solar tracker." Atamostec stated the bifacial module supplies an extra yearly ordinary gain of 11% contrasted to monofacial PERC components with the exact same cell modern technology. "This implies that if the information is theorized to a 100 MW large plant, the 'Atamo' panel might create as much as 27 GWh/year of extra power as well as, incorporated with a surveillance system, as much as 112 GWh/year of added power contrasted to a taken care of monofacial photovoltaic plant throughout a regular year," discussed Atamostec CTO Elias Urrejola. Delfina Munoz, a researcher from Ines, claimed that Atamostec made a sensible technical wager to verify that bifacial innovation-- which is recognized to function well with snow, provided the albedo result-- provides a much greater power return in desert problems than monofacial panels. "The bifacial components were not established for desert problems just. As a result, these initial information make this alternative feasible for Chile and also for the whole high radiation solar belt on the planet," included María Jose Riquelme, Atamostec's organisation advancement supervisor. The advancement of the bifacial panel belongs to Corfo's Development of Photovoltaic Solar Energy Technologies for Desert Climates and also High Radiation program, which intends to establish modern technologies fit for dry problems and also high irradiation in locations such as the Atacama Desert. The program sustains cooperations in between firms as well as innovation focuses that concentrate on used PV system research study. It aids to provide financing for approximately 70% of the complete price of effective projects, with an optimum of $12 million, through a non-refundable aid.
Apr 24, 2020 // Manufacturing News, Chile, South america, bifacial panel, Corfo, Atamostec, Elias Urrejola, Delfina Munoz, María Jose Riquelme
Sonnedix obtains 150MW solar PV plant in central Chile
offer includes the co-development of the Pelequén plant in Chile's main O'Higgins region, with construction work slated to start by mid-2022. Sonnedix
Dec 22, 2020 // Plants, UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR, IPP, Sonnedix, Axel Thiemann, Chile, South america, project acquisition
Sonnedix proceeds Chile solar growth with 160MWp project procurement
Sonnedix Andino Occidente I project, located in Chile's main O'Higgins region, has been bought from regional renewable energy programmer Andes Solar and will
Nov 30, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR, IPP, Sonnedix, Axel Thiemann, Chile, South america, project acquisition
Acciona launches Malgarida solar PV operates in Chile
works with the 238MW Malgarida I as well as II solar (PV) complex in Chile, covering 535ha. This will be the company's 7th renewable resource center in
Sep 28, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Chile, South america, Acciona, José Ignacio Escobar, PV Power Plant
JinkoSolar to Supply PV Modules Worth 126 MW for Chile Project
126 MW of solar modules for the growth of an existing 160 MW solar PV park in Chile. The neighborhood specialist recently introduced the 126 MW expansion of an
Jul 6, 2020 // Manufacturing News, Chile, South america, JinkoSolar, solar modules, International, JinkoSolar Modules Chile, lberto Cuter