Enhancing Off-Grid Mining Operations with 6MWh/12MW Battery Storage

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Recording of Tuesday, June 18, 2024 | The smarter E Europe Conferences 2024 | Conference Program | Language: English | Duration: 14:29 .

"Agreco Presents Case Study on Hybridizing Off-Grid Mining Sites with Advanced Energy Storage Solutions to Enhance Efficiency and ESG Compliance"

Agreco operates predominantly in the off-grid space, particularly within the mining sector. Their main manufacturing facility is based in Scotland, UK. The company employs various technologies like diesel, gas, HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil), and energy storage systems to meet their clients' needs. Energy storage solutions are a focal point of Agreco's operations for reducing operational costs and improving efficiency. The presentation involves a case study that showcases how Agreco hybridizes off-grid sites by combining traditional generators with modern energy storage solutions. Clients often request conversion of existing diesel plants to HFO (heavy fuel oil) or other cleaner alternatives while integrating these with battery storage systems to reduce fuel consumption and ensure system reliability. In this specific project, an off-grid mine site replaced its diesel gensets with HFO generators paired with a 12MW energy storage system designed for optimal fuel consumption and continuity of supply. The setup involved advanced control infrastructure coordinating between different power sources to maintain stability and efficiency. Additionally, sophisticated software platforms facilitated functions like voltage response, frequency response, ensuring robust performance tailored to client demands in terms of ESG compliance and operational excellence. This systematic approach ensures effective integration of renewables into traditionally fossil-fuel-heavy setups while meeting industry-specific requirements efficiently.

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Daniël van Niekerk
Product Engineer - Battery Energy Storage
United Kingdom

Talk of session: Use Cases: New Challenges, New Opportunities - Explore the Potential

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Welcome and Introduction


Dr. Alexander Hirnet
Vice President C&I
sonnen GmbH

To Talk

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Prof. Dr. Holger Hesse
Head of Smart Energy Systems Research Group
University of Applied Sciences Kempten

To Talk

Grid Booster & Other Use Cases in the Interest of System Stability


Thomas Hohnholz
Manager Strategy & Business Development
TransnetBW GmbH

To Talk

Re-engineering Europe's Energy: Dutch Mistakes and European Solutions


Jan Willem De Jong
iwell GmbH

To Talk

Use Cases for C&I: Providing Economic and Environmental Resilience


Rebekka Schuster
Chief Commercial Officer Storage and C&I
EDF Renewables Storage Deutschland GmbH

To Talk

Panel Discussion

To Talk

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