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Mitsubishi signs solar project deal in Brunei

Posted: 21 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:solar? renewable energy? power?

The large-scale photovoltaic (PV) demonstration project is now being prepared after the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Energy Division, Prime Minister's Office (EDPMO) and Mitsubishi Corp. in Brunei Darussalam.

In this project, a PV system with a capacity of 1.2MW, which is the largest in Southeast Asia, will be built at Seria Power Station in Belait District, Brunei. Verification tests and evaluations for three years will be made after the start of the PV system installation and will be supervised by the combined efforts of EDPMO, the Department of Electrical Services and Mitsubishi. This is part of the MOU of the PV system agreement in Brunei Darussalam.

Brunei seeks to tap energy supply sources by venturing into renewable energy, considering PV as one of the best sources.

This project is one of Mitsubishi's corporate social responsibility objectives in Brunei Darussalam, wherein the company will give capital, knowledge and support for human resources (HR) development, particularly on PV for its successful implementation. It carries the view of facilitating properly PV system in Brunei. Whatever data and technical knowledge gained through the project will help in the future diffusion and practical use of solar cell in Brunei Darussalam.

Overview of Brunei Solar Power
The following are PV system specifications:

??Nominal output capacity: 1.2MW
??Types of solar modules: Several different types of PV modules to be installed, such as crystalline silicon and thin films
??Location: Seria power station in Seria, Brunei Darussalam
??Associated facilities: public relations and education facilities regarding PV

Scope of the demonstration project:
??Design and installment of a large-scale PV system with nominal output capacity of 1.2 MW
??Verification tests and evaluations with the use of the PV system

- This seeks to evaluate characteristics of several types of PV modules under the meteorological conditions in Brunei Darussalam.
- It also aims to display the grid-connection of a large-scale PV system.

??Technical assistance in the operation and maintenance of the PV system
??HR development in the field of PV
??Seminar on PV and other renewable energy

Anticipated timeline:
??August 2008 Commencement of detailed design
??From 2010 Operation, verification tests and evaluations of the PV system (for three years)

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