The Cape Town based subsidiary of German renewable energy specialist Juwi AG, signed an agreement with Sukari Gold Mines to design, supply, build and integrate a solar battery hybrid power plant for Egypt’s largest gold mine. Centamin plc owns and operates the mine in partnership with the Egyptian Government. The hybrid power plant is expected to be operational in the second quarter of next year (2022), after which Juwi will undertake the plant operation and maintenance.

The 36 MW solar along with a 7.5 MW battery-energy storage system planned by Juwi makes use of bifacial solar PV modules and a single axis tracking system. Juwi Hybrid IQ micro-grid technology will enable the integration of the solar and battery system into the existing off-grid network and support the operation of the existing power station. The benefits of the hybrid power solution at Sukari include:

• Reduced diesel consumption by an estimated 22 million litres-e per year;
• Carbon emissions lowered by an estimated 60,000 tCO2-e per every year;
• Increased reliability of the power system.

Observing the Industry wise energy consumption trends, International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that approximately 11% of total final energy consumption can be attributed to the mining sector; and the industry has predominantly been powered by fossil fuels. Faced with fuel price volatility and pressure from environmental activists, mining sector should look towards more sustainable and cost effective renewable alternatives to develop hybrid solutions that can help bring down fuel costs as well as CO2 emissions. Link to the news: