Global PV company Hanwha Q Cells and energy storage company Systems Sunlight have teamed up to construct a hybrid power system for telecommunications provider MTN Cyprus.
The power system consists of off-grid PV modules that have been installed at MTN Cyprus' 15 base stations located across the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean island. These modules, which equal out to a total capacity of 31.7 kWp, will produce power for the stations, replacing the previous diesel-powered generators.
In addition to the Hanwha Q Cells PV modules, the system utilises Systems Sunlight’s OPzV solar batteries. Sunlight claims the stand-by batteries, which are lead acid-based, have a long lifespan and increased durability under cyclic use and in extreme conditions. The batteries meet DIN international standards and are 'maintenance free' insofar as they do not need water and electrolytes to be added.
Stefanos Latinos, commercial director for stationary batteries, energy projects & service solutions at Systems Sunlight, said: “We see great potential in off-grid energy solutions worldwide with Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean as especially promising regions – mainly for telecommunications and residential applications.”
As a result of the new system, MTN Cyprus is expected to save 142,500 litres of oil per year while also reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 370,000 kilograms