165MW of renewable projects have been connected since 2017
For the first time, Active Network Management has been used as a Smart Grid technique to resolve and manage transmission capacity issues.
- Location: Desert Solar Power One plant in Sainshand, Dornogobi province
- Client: A project for Desert Solar Power One LLC in collaboration with Monhorus LLC and UB Grid Consultancy Ltd
- ZIV System: ANM
30MW additional green energy to meet the energy demand.
Mongolia has rich renewable resources and has significantly increased the number of renewable projects connected to its Central Energy Networks, reducing the carbon intensity of the electricity produced and reducing imports from neighboring countries. With a peak demand of 1,200MW, the Central Energy System now has 155MW of wind and 90MW of solar projects connected. 165MW of renewable projects have been connected since 2017.
Minimizing the reinforcement cost of renewables integration
For the first time, Active Network Management (ANM) has been used as a Smart Grid technique to resolve and manage transmission capacity issues. Active Network Management has been demonstrated as a cost-effective solution across the world to avoid or defer high cost traditional reinforcement. Smart grid techniques are increasingly being used to facilitate more renewable generation. This ANM scheme has allowed the Desert Solar Power One plant in Sainshand, Dornogobi province to be connected before 220km of new transmission lines are completed, with an estimated cost of $60m USD.
During this challenging time with COVID restrictions, ZIV Automation has successfully introduced to Mongolia its first ANM system for Desert Solar Power One LLC in collaboration with Monhorus LLC and UB Grid Consultancy Ltd.The entire ANM system was successfully designed, tested, installation, commissioned and key stakeholders trained remotely from the UK as the Mongolian borders remained closed due to Covid restrictions.
High technology to maximize the use of green energy
Adopting smart grid techniques allowed Mongolia to defer traditional reinforcement, unlocking capacity of 30MVA in Sainshand, Dornogobi. The Mongolian ANM is now monitoring the Central Energy System maintaining the network within limits whilst autonomously optimizing the Solar PV export. ZIV has already prepared the standard engineering to deal with agility the supply of the automation systems for the substations that will be put into operation in the coming years.
“What an incredible project this has been working with DSPO.Exploring solutions to distribution and transmission grid constraints (thermal overloads during windy, sunny periods). Identifying the most appropriate solution (Active Network Management) and designing how it could resolve all technical issues. Leading the competitive tender (successfully awarded to ZIV), supporting the detailed design and commissioning with Monhorus International LLC (delivered by ZIV remotely due to Covid-19 travel restrictions).
As a result, Mongolia has its first Active Network Management scheme and Mongolia’s biggest solar plant has been connected to the grid.It has been fantastic working with DSPO, ZIV, Monhorus, National Dispatching Center, National Power Transmission Grid and Mon Energy to have a successful outcome on this project.
Philip Bale, UB Grid COnsultancy Director
About Desert Solar Power One LLC.
Desert Solar Power develops, finances, builds, operates and maintains utility scale solar energy projects, with a current focus on the Mongolian market. Its main goal is to expand the investment and development in the renewable energy sector and provide customers with long-term electricity supply from clean sources. Desert Solar Power together with its long-term local and international partners is covering all development phases for the successful realization of our projects. The company was established in 2013 and is headquartered in London, UK with a regional branch in Mongolia.
About Monhorus LLC
‘Monhorus International’ is a leading engineering procurement and power product sales company in Mongolia. Established in 2000, as a joint venture of ‘Horus Energy’ from Poland and ‘Monhorus Erchim’. Now we have subsidiaries such as ‘Monhorus Engineering’, ‘Monhorus Trade”Monhorus Engineering’ is leading procurement company with LV, MV and HV electrical project design, installation and commissioning experience.
About UB Grid Consultancy Ltd.
UB Grid Consultancy offers in depth technical and commercial consulting services for all aspects of power systems. Providing services for Network Operators, Development Banks, Large Industrial Users, SMEs, Generation Developers, Local Authorities, Academia, and other consultancies.
ZIV Aplicaciones y Tecnologia is a company that designs, manufactures, and supplies, among other goods, equipment and cabinets for the protection and control of electrical substations. A technology partner with the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to deliver solutions that provide intelligence, resilience and reliability to electrical systems worldwide