The Peru Solar- and Wind-Powered Laboratory for Aquaculture will provide electricity to an algae and urchin cultivation plant (a hatchery) in the coastal fishing community of San Juan de Marcona, Peru. The hatchery will be powered by an off-grid hybrid system consisting of: a 63 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) system, a 60 kW mini wind system, a diesel generator, and electrochemical batteries for storage (70 kWh).
In addition to the hybrid power supply system for the hatchery, 16 rooftop mini solar lighting systems have been installed at check points along the coast to improve the security of the fishermen during the night. The main beneficiaries of the project will be the 500 local fishermen who gather and sell algae.
|A seaweed cutting and cleaning machine which is used by the local beneficiaries.||Rooftop mini solar lighting systems have been installed along the coast to improve the security of the fishermen at night.|
Enel, a GSEP member and the project leader, is working closely with the Ministry of Production in Peru, and the local fishing community board, COPMAR, to implement the project. Permitting activities are ongoing and construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.
The hybrid power supply system will generate 70% of its total energy from renewable sources and will prevent the emission of 261 tonnes of CO2 per year in comparison with a full diesel supply.
In addition to its environmental impact, the cultivation plant will also improve the local fishing economy by diversifying the products produced by the community, which will assist with commercial competitiveness and long-term economic sustainability.
Finally, potable water will be produced as a by-product of the hatchery’s water purification system. This water can be used by the community for drinking and other purposes.
Workshops have been held to train the local fishermen in safe diving techniques and first aid. More training will be conducted in the future to guarantee the proper long-term operation and maintenance of the facilities. Part of the training program includes technical training for women, who will now be empowered and educated to play a more active role in the economic activities of the community.