Pacific Energy Summit Secures Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding

The Pacific Energy Summit in Auckland, New Zealand, which brought together Pacific Island leaders, international investment and development banks, aid donor countries and private sector representatives, resulted in funding commitments of US $635 million to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in Pacific Island countries.

The commitments entail US$255 million in grant funding and US$380 million in concessional loans to support over 40 of the 79 proposed projects and activities. Partners that have made commitments include: Australia; New Zealand; the United Arab Emirates (UAE); the EU; the Asian Development Bank (ADB); the European Investment Bank (EIB); the Japan International Cooperation Agency; and the World Bank Group.

The projects are intended to foster sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as mitigate climate change. The projects will contribute to the goal of Pacific Island countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2015, as envisioned in the Pacific Islands Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy project (PIGGAREP).

The Summit, which was held from 24-26 March, was co-organized by the Government of New Zealand and the EU. The Summit featured plenary sessions on: renewable energy in the Pacific; and Pacific energy plans and roadmaps. Parallel sessions were held on: energy challenges and opportunities; financing renewable energy and energy efficiency; and mobilizing the private sector in the Pacific.

The Pacific Energy Summit was preceded by a two-day Pacific Leaders Energy Summit in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, on 21-22 March. Pacific Island country leaders discussed national energy strategies and roadmaps to support the further deployment of renewable energy in the region. The Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM) was highlighted as a useful case study of a whole of sector approach to energy development. Addressing the Summit, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), emphasized the role that small island developing States (SIDS) have played in securing a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. She called for enhanced and speedier action at the international, national and private sector levels to achieve a low-carbon economy.”

We have extracted below a number of interesting quotes that emphasise how people view the significance of the Summit and the approach to alternative energy:

“Everybody will thank us in ten years’ time if we can say we came here, we understood the challenge, we were presented with a range of solutions and as partners we gripped them up and delivered them. That is how we will measure the success of this conference.” Murray McCully, New Zealand Foreign Minister.

 “If we are to put an end to energy poverty and to make sustainable energy for all a living reality, through its energy corp in the Pacific the EU has been working hard to address specific challenges. This includes access, reliance on fossil fuels, sector reforms, energy efficiency and capacity building.” Andris Piebalgs, The EU commissioner.

 “But what is motivating us to change how we do business is the promise of affordable clean energy generation that will break down barriers to growth and prosperity. We are convinced the energy tug of war is coming to an end.” Henry Puna, The Cook Islands PM.

 “We’re excited at the prospect of even substituting fossil fuel to a small extent at this stage…..the system being envisaged will only produce around 500 kilowatts, but this is the beginning of what I hope will be a pattern, the trend in the future.” President Anote Tong.

“We are all atolls barely 2 to 3 metres above sea level. The vulnerability of these islands to climate change means it’s important we don’t differentiate between the priorities of climate change and energy, they go together.” Tony de Brum, The Marshall Islands energy minister.

Energy director Tim Jones believes ocean technology is one way for the territory to achieve its target of producing all its energy from renewable sources within four years.

American Samoa already has a photovoltaic system in place that can deliver 1 point 8 megawatts of power, but there are significant limits.

“As the sun comes over, or a cloud comes over and blocks the sun the power immediately drops off and we can lose up to 10% of our power generation really fast. This means that the utility has to continue to run a generator and burn diesel fuel just to standby for a cloud, and this is not really an efficient way to operate a solar PV system so we are looking at different types of renewables not subject to interruptions.”

 “Small Island Developing States alone cannot bend the curve of global emissions. It is in other regions that major transformation to renewable energy needs to take place. There is hardly a group of countries in the world like the SIDS that are more vulnerable to the present increase of global emissions.” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“The national differences between one island and the other demand national specific solutions. This can be done with vision, leadership, and commitment, smart and strategic partnerships. Do not let the process kill the outcome, let it finalise today with concrete results and projects to move forward.” Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

“What I have learned from all of you is there is no magical solution, no quick fix, no one size fits all,” Christina Figueres.

Global CSP attended the Pacific Energy Summit March 2013

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We were proud to attend and showcase our technology at this important event.

The New Zealand government and the European Union initiated the Summit to try and boost investment in renewable energy. The sponsors, ADB Australian Aid and the World Bank, alongside the Pacific Island leaders and their peoples had one goal in mind – to reduce carbon emissions with clean energy and reduce the islands’ reliance on diesel. The concerns of the leaders came across loud and clear and together they have formed an alliance under ‘The Pacific Islands’ Greenhouse Gas Abatement through Renewable Energy Project (PIGGAREP)’. Collectively they pledge “to reduce emissions by 30% by 2015 and to overcome barriers to renewable energy.”

The summit was well organised by Kate Sutton and her team from the PCF and it gave us a great platform to showcase Global CSP’s technology. We talked to each representative from the Pacific Island Countries to better understand their individual concerns and requirements. It was absolutely clear that their current power dependence upon on diesel and the inherently high cost of importing the fuel was outside their control; they felt it was most important that every island should have their own energy roadmaps based upon alternative, sustainable power.

The Solar Captors were air-lifted to New Zealand for the Summit. It generated a lot of interest and enabled people to see, close-up, our precision engineered, aerodynamic and lightweight core component. To date many of the islands had little knowledge of Concentrated Solar Power of this type and they were, therefore, able to begin to appreciate the versatility of the system and its reliability as well as it being a long term solution with low O&M costs. We were highly delighted at the interest shown and have secured strong links with many of the islands and government departments and have on-going discussions.

We would like to thank all the visitors to our showcase and for the support of Minister Murray McCully and his team from the New Zealand Government, The British High Commissioner, Vicki Treadell and Barbara Harris from UK Trade & Investment

‘We have one Earth, the changing weather patterns dictates a worldwide commitment to reduce carbon emissions, the Islands of the Pacific will need as much help as possible as they will be one of the first to experience the changing climate with rising seas, stronger winds, droughts and flooding.’

Graham Provan – Chairman Global CSP

Our further thanks go to – Auckland Chamber of Commerce Fuimaono Tuiassau and Sulu Robertson. Global CSP are even more committed to providing a low-carbon, renewable and sustainable energy solution to the Pacific Island Countries. The outcome of the Summit offers some credible and exciting opportunities to now secure appropriate energy solutions throughout the Pacific.

Should you require further information or have a comment please send to: [email protected] Research and Marketing Director Ann Provan

Global CSP Proudly Presents Our Unique Solar-Powered Technology For New Zealand and the Pacific Island Countries.

Global CSP will be exhibiting it’s cutting edge Concentrated Solar Power technology at the Pacific Energy Summit 2013. If you’re attending come and find the Global CSP team at stand 58.

Since 2010, our team have been designing and has now developed the core feature of a sustainable energy platform – the Solar Captor. It is precision engineered and contains unique components which we believe make it a world-class product. Its application will make a major, global contribution to the Micro CSP industry. The potential uses are exciting and diverse forming the basis to generate power, process heat, air-conditioning, and hot-water, clean drinking water and desalinization. The technology has clear advantages making this an ideal solution for providing renewable energy for New Zealand and the Pacific Island Countries. Where necessary, it can be used in a hybrid scheme, co-generating with other available fuels providing a continuous power supply.

Our corporate vision is to bring to the market flexible, cost
competitive, low carbon, solar- power technology that is both
reliable and sustainable. Add to that a local manufacturing capability, anywhere in the world, coupled with ease of assembly/
transportation and we have a technology that we believe is second to none.

Global CSP UK is breaking new frontiers with its latest Solar energy system designed and pioneered in the UK.

Over the past 2 years our team has been designing and has now
developed the core feature of a sustainable energy platform –
the Solar Captor. It is precision engineered and contains unique
components which we believe make it a world-class product.

Its application will make a major, global contribution to the Micro
CSP industry. The potential uses are exciting and diverse forming
the basis to generate power, heat, air-conditioning, hot-water, clean
drinking water and desalinisation anywhere in the world. Where
necessary, it can be used in a hybrid scheme, co-generating with
other fuels.

Our corporate vision is to bring to the market flexible, cost
competitive, low carbon, solar- power technology that is both
reliable and sustainable. Add to that a local manufacturing
capability, anywhere in the world, coupled with ease of assembly/
transportation and we have a technology that we believe is second
to none.

Global CSP looking after tomorrow! See us on YouTube on the 3rd January 2013

Global CSP are soon to proudly announce 2 NEW WORLD CLASS PRODUCTS.

The ground/roof based Solar Captor, more lightweight, aerodynamically designed, well insulated and sealed from the weather that is easily manufactured anywhere in the world.
It will be fitted with our NEWLY designed high performance heat exchange element.
The Global CSP system is designed to cogenerate with other fuels to provide a reliable and constant supply of power 24/7, using our own Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power pack, currently capable of generating up to 70kWh.
See new products shortly!

A world Class product

We have now launched our new 2 sq. metre Solar Captor; it is World Class, unique, lightweight and aerodynamic, capable of being roof or ground mounted. It currently completes our range of Solar Captors that are at the heart of our system.
The Global CSP team launched the latest Captor on Friday and it is already creating a lot of interest for prospective projects around the world.
Fabricated using a double skin to form a heat void of 25 mm, fitted with a NASA-type thermal blanket to reflect and contain any heat loss, sealed with high transmission solar glass to protect the reflective parabolic lens and heat exchange element against any inclement weather providing for a longer life and maximum efficiency.

Our patented heat exchange element is positioned at the focal point of the parabola, filled with solar oil (the working fluid) which then circulates around the system to provide the heat energy.

Global CSP’s ‘mini-power plant’ featured in CSP Today

Today, Global CSP’s Graham Provan was interviewed by CSP Today where he answered questions about cost, the availability of land and water and how Global CSP’s mini power plant aims to tap into an unserviced area of the market.

CSP Today’s Jennifer Muirhead was particularly impressed with Global CSP’s ability to place CSP solutions in rough, sloped, mountainous and just generally difficult areas, something that is a serious issue for other players in the CSP industry. Graham then went on to explain how he believes that the UK should become a major player in the development of CSP technology.

If you would like to read the full interview, click here

Global CSP Power Plant – Our New Captor

The captor is one of the key components of our Solar Power plant and is designed to maximise the amount of sun that can be captured over a sun hour day. We have developed a system based upon captors, each measuring 4 sq metres that are fixed to our highly engineered alloy frames. A single support frame has been designed to accommodate up to 8 individual captors.

Each captor can contribute up to 28 kWh of energy per day. The pictures show one of our latest captors (front and rear views). It has a distinctive design, combining efficient insulation, to minimize heat loss, with an aerodynamic shape, for effective wind flow and safety. The insulation features a NASA blanket incorporating a heat void between the sub frame and the mirror – reflective trough parabola, thereby reducing heat loss. Each captor is fabricated in treated aluminium, designed as a flat pack for ease of assembly and transportation. They are fully recyclable containing no toxic elements.

Artists impression of 8 Captors

Up to 8 captors can be secured to one precision engineered alloy support frame that is either static or capable of rotating to track the sun to maximize the capture of solar radiation.8 captors can contribute up to 224 kWh of energy per day

The front panel is made of high transmission solar glass (4 sq. m.) making it totally weather proof. We believe that the design is virtually indestructible and estimate a life span exceeding 50 years. The other internal components are also unique to our design.