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A micro photovoltaic system has been connected to Cuba’s national power grid

A micro photovoltaic system has been connected to Cuba’s national power grid in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, with a view to evaluating the technology under tropical weather conditions and leading feasibility studies before it is expanded to the rest of the country.

The director of the Center for Solar Energy Research (CIES) – a pilot institution — told local media that the new system, made up of 30 solar panels, will feed 7.5 kilowatts into the grid.

During the course of this year, the system’s power is expected to be doubled and generate about 70 kilowatts a day, he added.

Ruben Ramos said a monitoring system had also been implemented for the further training of the staff in other institutions exploring the new technology that has been endorsed due to its effectiveness by Germany, United States, China, Japan and Spain, among other countries.

Because of its climate, Ramos explained, Cuba has a great solar energy potential that would enable the development of technological solutions to replace the use of traditional fossil fuel which could bring about savings to the national economy and greater benefits for the environment.

Though no previous studies had been carried out in the island, the CIES is equipped with the required monitoring technology, including automatic systems for the recording of data measuring the performance of the modules, among others, that will make it possible, for example, to determine the amount of CO2 that is prevented from being released into the atmosphere.

According to Ramos, they will be able to assess the advantages of the alternative energy source, and master the technology in order to certify it and be able to implement it in the rest of the country.

Source: Caribbean News Now



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