RENEWABLES WINDFARM VADERPIET
Living a sustainable life starts here, with us.
With an actual capacity of 30MW, Aruba’s current wind power production represents about 17% of its total consumption. But today, with a second wind farm to be deployed, Aruba is set to double its wind energy output.
“Aruba ranks number 4 in the world in its wind energy production, and after construction of the second wind farm, Aruba will rank number 1 in the world.”
MR. HENK HUTTING
DIRECTOR WIND PARK VADER PIET
“We have the first Waste to Power installation in the Caribbean and South America and after 4.5 years preparing and completing this process, we now hope to reap the benefits. We want to be an example for other countries in the region, putting sustainability on the agenda. Aruba can become a role model for the region.”
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ECOTECH AND ECOGAS
ECOGAS AND WEB ARUBA NV
Converting our Waste to Energy
In the first phase of the waste to energy project, 2MW will be produced, which is 2% of Aruba’s electricity demand. Ecogas will convert a majority of EcoTech’s collected waste into energy to be used by WEB Aruba NV. Ecogas is the first waste-to-energy company in the Caribbean and South America and will operate to significantly reduce the waste problem on island. Recyclables will still be extracted from the waste and exported through its sister company EcoTech. In the future, the project hopes to use 70% of household waste and produce 7MW.
“This milestone demonstrates the key role Aruba’s free zone can play in developing Aruba as Green Gateway for the region.”
DIRECTOR OF FREE ZONE ARUBA NV.
“We now have the potential to burn all household waste of Aruba and convert it into biogas.”
FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR OF WEB ARUBA NV
Reina Beatrix Airport
ARUBA’S 1ST SOLAR PARK
Various local and international companies are working together to construct Aruba’s first solar park. The solar park will be the first sight that our visiting tourists will see upon landing and exiting our Reina Beatrix Airport. The park is under supervision of the local electricity company NV Elmar. The solar park will be operational in 2015.
- 14,000 solar panels will cover the entire parking area
- 3.6 MW installed capacity
- 500 homes powered at peak performance
“The effect of the project is incredible. The image that Aruba conveys to its tourism, of having a a solar park of this magnitude in the Caribbean, is exceptional. Their first encounter with Aruba will be a Renewable Aruba.”
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER NV ELMAR
SCHOOL SOLAR PV PROJECT
The Government of Aruba together with Carbon War Room, TNO, Utilities Aruba NV, WEB Aruba NV and NV Elmar, jointly announced their latest renewable project to be tackled in 2015. Together, they will install an approximate 4MW of solar projects spread out over the island on school rooftops. This project will represent roughly another 1% of total energy demand with an effective production of approximately 6 hours per day.
NEW WINDFARM URIRAMA
Urirama Windfarm is expected to become operational in 2016. This second wind farm will have a capacity of 26.4MW, but due to the longer blades of these wind mills, the farm will be more efficient than the island’s current wind farm, Vader Piet, and will ultimately be able to produce more energy.
Uriramam 26.4 MW / Vaderpiet 30 MW
Aruba boasts one of the world’s best locations for wind power, with 5,000 fd HOURS OF WIND PER YEAR.
WEB Aruba’s Test Projects Storage using Flywheel and Underwater Compressed Air Technology
Storage is the only solution to resolve intermittency production by wind and/or solar. With the exception of battery solutions, adequate affordable storage technology is not yet available. Even new and proven long-life battery technology does not meet Aruba’s unique needs. In determining the right storage source for the island, reaction time is instrumental.
Flywheel technology was chosen as the best short-term solution, while for the longer term Aruba has so far opted for an as yet unproven method: underwater compressed air storage (UWCS).
By early 2015, flywheel technology will be operational, while the UWCS will become operational once power of the second wind park becomes available in 2016. Both projects will not only lay the ground for Aruba’s storage needs, but also the effective deployment of the Urirama wind farm while reducing wind energy curtailment.
Combining storage with all of Aruba’s efforts in other renewable solutions, the country’s sustainable energy production will have risen to over 40 %, another step closer to its ultimate goal of 100 %.
“Envisioning green, clean and fuel oil free water and energy production by 2020, WEB Aruba is very happy with this innovative energy storage solution,”
GENERAL MANAGER OF WEB ARUBA NV
WEB Aruba’s E-project Educating students on the production of water and generation of renewable energy
Besides WEB’s active participation in Green’S’cool, the company also launched its E-Project (Education-Project) in 2014 by providing modules for educators, developed with input by the same teachers, and tools necessary to educate our students on the production of water and generation of renewable energy. With 7 participating schools, the pilot will be running in the school year 2014/2015 and is incorporated in the curriculum.
Each of the E-project modules includes:
- an animated short film explaining each process
- a teacher’s manual
- questions & assignments
- tools for practical assignments
- teacher support by WEB Aruba NV
The LED Roadway of Aruba
Canadian company LED Roadway is lighting up the roadways of the world. The LED street lighting project, together with NV Elmar, the local electricity distributor company, will begin in 2015 and is expected to have completed the installation of 12,000 smart light fixtures within two years with an expected energy savings of 50-70 %. Moreover, the maintenance costs are much lower with the 20-year lifespan of the LED lights, further producing indirect savings for the community.
- The ability to control light levels
- The ability to extract key information
- Solutions can be applied in a wide range of locations
NV Elmar’s tool to aid in promoting consumption awareness.
To continue to build on the energy efficiency efforts Aruba has been undertaking, NV Elmar, the local electricity distributor, has been moving towards a more service-oriented business model. In 2012 the company expanded their services by offering their customers the choice to a prepaid meter. In order to promote sustainability awareness, this service is important because it provides a tool to aid in consumption mindfulness. Research shows that the market has not only accepted this new service, but households which have adopted the new service, also became conscious of their energy consumption.
Smart Metering and the Smart Grid
Pre-paid meters were launched and their dispersion will continue as NV Elmar introduces their latest initiative, the smart meter project. Smart grid and smart metering will be the focus for further penetration of renewables to the grid while also engaging more in demand-side management.
The key principle of a smart grid would be the possibility of having some control of the demand of consumers. This will allow the power supplier to operate its power production more efficiently, gaining on production costs, and ultimately also increasing reliability. The strategy for success will be making the customer aware of the advantages and therefore a strong and continuous marketing campaign will follow to secure effective penetration.
Solar Panels at the YMCA, San Nicolas
The YMCA in San Nicolas, hosting daily over 90 children after school, inaugurated their building retrofitted with solar panels. With the support of Aruba Way Foundation of Valero, the roof of the building was fully renovated before installing the solar panels. Additionally, the basketball court was renovated as was the computer room, the fencing, and the playground. YMCA San Nicolas also has inverter air-conditioning units installed in its facilities. Since the implementation of the new renewable energy technologies, YMCA has also seen a consistent and meaningful reduction in their energy consumption.
Solar Panel Installation at Elderly Home Paviljoen St. Michael
Sustainable energy for the wellbeing of our elderly
St Michael Paviljoen is an elderly home with 42 senior citizens residents. With the support of Prime Minister Eman, Pfixx Solar NL donated solar panels of 20kWp and four 5kWp solar inverters, a value of approximately US $45,000, to provide electricity for the cooling units in the living area of St. Michael Paviljoen. This system will produce 3000 kWh monthly equaling a contribution of over US $800 in electricity for the same period, ample to operate the cooling system daily and herewith securing the energy needed for the improved quality of life of the elderly residing in this home for the coming 25 years.