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German project developer juwi has built a combined wind and solar power plant in Egypt consisting of a 50kW PV system, four turbines and a battery storage unit
The company’s first project in Egypt is located between Cairo and Alexandria and features a hybrid system that will generate electricity to numerous water pumps for irrigation, including a plant for the desalination of groundwater.
"It was an emotional moment when, after two weeks of continuous work, the plant went into operation” said Fabian Jochem, head of department of off-grid at juwi.
The battery system has a storage capacity of 500kWh, which will ensure that the water pumps and desalination plant will be able to function 24 hours a day.
Technical equipment, PV modules and inverters were imported from Wörrstadt, Germany while the four small turbines were delivered from the Netherlands.
An Alexandria-based electricity company joined forces with juwi to build the hybrid system within a timeframe of two weeks.
Norbert Borchert from juwi added, "We have not only brought water to the desert, but also passed on our knowledge to the people who can use it here immediately.
"With the new hybrid system is also the old diesel generator superfluous. This is good for the environment and saves fuel costs. The diesel generator was not only old, extremely loud and dirty, but also very maintenance intensive."