ABB’s software, automation and control technologies will help WEB Aruba integrate solar and wind energy, forecast and plan better and optimize operations in real-time, while meeting Aruba’s growing demand for electricity.
The island is 51 miles long and 16 miles across its widest point. It has a land area of 288 square miles and a population of about 103,000 inhabitants.
A popular tourism destination, Aruba has a peak demand of 134 MW currently met by a mix of thermal, wind and solar photovoltaic generation. The utility has set a goal to generate half its annual average energy supplied from renewable energy sources and the other half from alternative fuels by 2020, supporting the government’s vision to become completely fossil-fuel free.
ABB’s microgrid solution allows for integration of a complex energy generation portfolio and maximizes the use of renewable energy, while optimizing operations in real-time. Using 24 hour forecasts of both renewable output and system load, the system will help plan operations and adjust dispatch in real-time to accommodate changes in renewable output, load or generation availability. This leads to a more automated grid.
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