Solar + Storage – Remote Luxury with Reliable Electricity – Zambia
The Matoya Fishing Lodge offers 5-star luxury in a remote location, due to which their cost of fuel used for backup electricity was exorbitantly high. With temperatures as high as 50°C, they use a significant amount of energy for air conditioning, cold storage, and ice generation. The lodge has already replaced one of their three battery banks within 7 years, while the other two have also lost significant capacity.
The Sirius Supercapacitor Energy Storage was the ideal solution for this lodge because:
Lead Acid batteries are not suitable in such high operating temperatures
Sirius supercap storage has significantly more cycles than traditional batteries and will last much longer
It only requires 85.2 kWh of storage to power the lodge for 95% of the nights, as opposed to lead acid technologies that require at least 230 kWh
Currently, the lodge runs with 6 x 7.1 kWh units with reduced generator runtimes, and the staff no longer has to check and fill the batteries on a daily basis. Our units are warrantied not to degrade for up to 10 years of operation – there is no comparable technology that can operate under these circumstances and have a reasonable life-expectancy.