Energy Security

 

Energy security means different things to different people; if I am in a remote village, energy security may mean that I have enough diesel for the generator or that the wood is dry for my fire.

If I run a factory in an industrial park, energy security may mean that I have a UPS back up supply in case the grid connection cuts out.lightup borneo microhydro power swan

We look at Energy Security problems through our PaRaSSE lens and ask:

  1. What's the problem?
  2. What's the opportunity?
  3. How big is the problem?
  4. How big (therefore) is the opportunity?
  5. Can delivery of the solution be Profitable?
  6. Is it Replicable?
  7. And can it be Scaled?

Looking across Asia (specifically ASEAN and India), we see the following problem areas that are interesting:

  • Remote and rural off-grid village communities
  • Industrial parks in unreliable grid connected areas
  • Shore-to-Ship Power Supply
  • Aggregation of small renewable power installations (wind, solar, hydro less than 5 MW) into a larger listable entity

Although we are agnostic as far as the technology solutions are concerned, the solutions we are proposing at the moment provide for consistent 24 x7 power supply with no storage capacity.

We have adopted this approach, although solar OV is both easier to install and to sell (because Governments get the easy solar story).

Unfortunately, solar has both consistency and intermittency limitations, in addition to the fact that the sun doesn't shine every hour:) So a Solar PV baseload solution requires multiple installations to accommodate the lack of 24 hour supply and huge battery or other storage units to match baseload supply requirements.

So until and unless storage technologies achieve a breakthrough similar to the efficiency gains and cost reductions of the solar cells and modules, Solar PV is not the gamechanger people believe it to be.

Other renewable (and sustainable) sources of consistent energy include:

  • solar pvsolar - of course, we like solar where it has it's place. In smaller off-grid communities, solar PV along with stand alone solar lights and other solar equipment can make the difference between affodable power and no power.

    And as a grid feed-in supplement, solar has a role to play.

    Concentrated Solar PV holds some promise, but again storage is the issue

  • wind - wind holds a similar place to solar PV, with similar opportunities and similar challenges

  • run of river hydro (not large dam hydro schemes which both destroy massive tracts of the environment, displace people in their thousands and effectively are as bad as a cola burning power plant when you take into account the methane emissions from rotting drowned vegetation
  • modular power generatorbiofuel generators - gives you consistency but also requires significant logistics m
  • anagement to ensure sufficient and suitable biofuels are always available.

  • wave motion - still in the proving stages but looking promising - of course you need to be near the coast to gain the maximum benefits with the least cost

  • geo-thermal - massive potential in volcanic and other unstable parts of the world; which of course is a double edged sword - unstable enough to generate the geo-thermal steam creation capacity may mean unstable enough to erupt and destroy your powerplant. Again similar to wave motion, you need to be near the geo-thermal source to gain the maximum benefits with the least cost
  • biomass - where you have a large volume of suitable biomass, then this can be the option for you. Calorific values, drying requirements and other factors play a part but worth looking at if you are in an agri / rural setting

  • other alternatives - we are always looking for any alternatives, so if you hear of any, please let me know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Solutions we are proposing

Currently, we are proposing:

  1. 3mW Biofuel power supply to various Indian state governments, specifically the southern states of Karnataka and Telangana.

    The proposition recommends installing 3mW biof fuel units in:

    a) Grid connected situations to supplement grid shortages

    b) Industrial park private grids where the biofuel units, run in parallel and scaled up in quantities to meet the needs of the Industrial park tenants, effectively taking the parks off the main grid

    c) Rural and remote communities where 3mW can power multiple villages in the same proximity with local transmission and distribution infrastructure (effectively a local grid) - in these circumstances, 3mw can power up to 2,000 homes plus light manufacturing, street lighting and more.

    The Programme, called the GreenPoweRED Programme, is intended to improve quality of life for families in rural and remote areas, increase business, industry and employment in rural areas and improve security for the residents.
  2. Similar programme for the Philippines and Indonesia
  3. Off Grid solutions for Orang Asli (native tribes) in peninsular Malaysia

Please contact me (Dennis) on +60169839715 for any questions on these Projects and Programmes or to discuss your power problems and challenges.