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UK firm’s technology for Oman’s Sahim initiative rooftop solar PV scheme


Muscat, FEB 3 - UK-based energy solutions provider PassivSystems has announced that it has won a competitive tender to provide its PassivPro platform to the Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) in Oman. AER will use the platform to manage up to 250,000 residential solar PV assets totalling 1 GW in capacity, from pre-installation through commissioning, operation, remote monitoring and maintenance.

Qais Saud al Zakwani, Executive Director at the Authority said: “PassivSystems technology demonstrates clear benefits against its competitors’ by providing a platform that manages the full lifecycle of the solar PV assets. Its system collects daily generation data to help ensure we optimise yield and also allows us to track and manage workflows, including approvals, asset serial numbers and documentation — essential information that we need to track in order to efficiently manage a programme of this size and scale.”

The contract will see PassivSystems localise its platform to suit typical environmental operating conditions found in Oman. This will include providing support for the use of extra sensors to analyse the impact of extreme heat on output. Sensors will also be installed to detect localised build-up of debris on the panels as combinations of sand, high winds and early morning moisture can quickly lead to encrusted deposits. If left uncleaned, these deposits will severely degrade performance.

By integrating data from a network of physical sensors into the platform, PassivSystems will accurately forecast how yield changes with temperature and alert homeowners or maintenance teams to carry out targeted cleaning of panels as and when required.

The Sahim initiative — which means ‘contribute’ in Arabic — will provide a sustainable and affordable source of low-carbon energy. The solar power will help to reduce consumers’ bills, ease Oman’s reliance on natural gas and enable the Sultanate to defer investment in new grid infrastructure by using solar to contribute to the peak demands caused by the widespread use of air conditioning.

“We’re delighted that AER has chosen our PassivPro platform to enable the Sahim initiative,” said Colin Calder, chief executive, PassivSystems. “We have collected over a terabyte of data from tens of thousands of rooftops in the UK and proven the scalability of our platform.

Localising the platform to maximise yield, streamline support and reduce operational costs for the specific environmental conditions in Oman demonstrates the versatility of our technology. We are able to help asset owners get the best out of their PV assets throughout their complete lifecycle, wherever in the world they are located.”

Jomar Mendoza

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