September 27, 2021
Morningstar Corp.'s TriStar solar charge controllers are installed in a group of solar plus energy storage systems for large oil companies in locations around the world presenting difficult applications. The TriStar controller was chosen because it provides the highest levels of performance, safety and reliability for these types of business critical solar power systems. As environmental, social and governance (ESG) becomes mainstream for CEOs and CO2 emissions mandates grow around the world, oil and gas companies are finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The solar power generation systems provide a reliable and efficient source of power for the remote and often difficult conditions of oil production facilities. The Solar-plus storage systems keep production online and at the same time significantly reduce the CO2 emissions of the systems.
“As oil production facilities move to solar power, Morningstar's longstanding global track record reassures companies that we are a partner they can count on,” said Lee Gordon, President and Founder of Morningstar Corporation.
- EcoSol Energy installed Solar-plus storage systems on oil fields in Kuwait to supply lighting systems with electricity that ensure the operation of the systems safely and efficiently.
- Scotland-based JCE Energy has designed, developed and tested solar-plus storage systems that power a range of applications and devices on offshore well platforms from the North Sea to the Java Sea.
- Orga BV equipped well platforms with solar-plus storage in the Gulf of Thailand and focused on making systems highly reliable and compact in order to provide customers with total cost savings.
- Swift Energy has completed the installation of solar-plus storage systems to enable remote data collection from wells on the Pemanis project off the coast of Sarawak in Eastern Malaysia.
All systems were installed with controls from Morningstar Corporation that are either suitable or certified for use in hazardous areas. Morningstar's latest solar chargers are certified in North America (with UL / CSA) and International / Europe (with IECEx / ATEX) for hazardous areas.
In harsh conditions and hazardous operations, several brands of charge controllers require manual reset. Sending teams to remote platforms for manual restart is a dangerous and expensive task. Remco Vonk, General Manager Asia & Pacific, Orga BV, commented: “The high efficiency of Morningstar products is uniquely suited to our needs. They are compact and function under the high temperature conditions to which they are exposed when built into our explosion-proof control systems in certified enclosures. Most importantly, they have proven themselves “fit and forgotten”. With Morningstar, we know we don't have to come back for expensive service calls. “
The Solar + storage systems provide electricity for long-distance oil production and the operation of platforms and systems. The systems reduce the carbon footprint and long-term energy costs of the oil and gas facilities while providing a reliable power supply to keep operations online, safe and productive.
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