ABB will provide a microgrid to WEB Aruba N.V., the main power utility serving the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba. Aruba has a peak demand of 134 megawatts 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 maximises the use of renewable energy, while optimising 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.