DAI Strategic Hybrid Energy and Microgrid Early-Stage Consulting
DAI’s early-stage project consulting experience has allowed it to be a significant player in the development of both government to government (G2G) agreements and finance ready major installations.
Typically, our work has concentrated on large scale (50+ MW) project development plans that combine multiple types of generation capacity, substation and transmission development, and provision of connect/disconnect services (microgrid services) for isolated grids. Invariably this work has concentrated on identified generation problems for national, regional, and local governments in identifying permanent and effective solutions.
DAI’s network of industry professionals allows it to tap into solution providers with the expertise to effect energy architecture that is both financeable and ready to be built. Following is a partial list of some of DAI’s work in this area:
Separate and isolated from the Ukraine National Grid, the Luhansk region is a strategically problematic area for Ukraine given separatist efforts in the Donbas. Approximately 85% of the region is powered by an 80MW coal-fired power plant separatists have mined and damaged by fire. Complicating the scenario, the plant sits on one side of the disputed border, the coal supply sits on the other with a large portion of coal emanating from Russia. DAI was approached by representatives of the Luhansk Regional Government to devise a project plan centered on the town of Rubezhne, a large industrial center producing paper, explosive materials for the EU, and other critical, large scale factory products. DAI worked with all levels of the Ukraine federal and regional governments and Canadian foreign affairs throughout.
The final project design called for 100MWs of solar, substation and connectivity to the grid, 100MWs of battery storage and Microgrid control system for connection to the National grid. The second stage of development called for completion of a half-built ethanol plant originally intended to convert local biomass for export to the EU. As the ethanol price bottom had fallen out, our design called for produced ethanol to be used in driving microturbines for local industrial plant power and HVAC requirements.
Given current hostilities in Ukraine, this remains a significant project in the rebuilding of the area.
Olancho is the largest, central state within Honduras. Power id delivered through an isolated grid structure that is inadequate for commercial and industrial purposes. From a federal government perspective, an over-riding national issue was the devastation of Central America’s largest pine forest by predatory insects. The request was to combine power generation with the use of damaged forest biomass for the region.
DAI crafted a formal G2G agreement between Honduras and Canada, governed in part by an existing free trade agreement between the two countries. This agreement specified the development of 100MWs of solar combined with 100MWs of biomass energy production. DAI’s final project design includes complete microgrid controls allowing seamless connection/disconnection to the national grid, substation and transmission lines and integration of the biomass supply chain.
Hallmarks of the G2G agreement include financial terms for project security, financial management by the Honduras Ministry of Finance and the Canadian Commercial Corporation. Technology partners include international involvement form Central American and European epc’s and suppliers.
DAI has undertaken similar international hybrid energy/microgrid design/build projects as follows:
Poland – DAI was central to opening up the competitive solar marketplace using our Canadian project experience in conjunction with our partner companies
Burkina Faso – 50MW solar and storage project Laos – project viability determination taking into account rainy seasons, minefields, international finance limitations and foreign currency restrictions.