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About the company

Type
Startup or self-employed

Members type
innovator

Headquarters
41001 Seville, Spain

Company size
10

Founders

Founded
2016

SDG's

  • Affordable and clean energy

  • Sustainable cities and communities


Social

Website
http://www.thesouthoracle.com

Alliance member

The South Oracle, S.L.

TSO is born due to the demand for new ways of installations and solar energy commercialization in the solar PV market. This market is dramatically growing during the past and forthcoming years (more than $100 billions total spending in 2015), and is mainly based on utility plants and rooftop installations, a fact which progressively decreases prices and benefits for the stakeholders and leads the sector towards concentration. Something peculiar if we think of such a social energy like the sun.

Offer

PSU: Photovoltaic Solar Urban power plant

Description
Community solar concepts are starting to make noise especially in certain US and European regions. In those concepts, any end-user can participate in either purchasing clean energy from a solar PV power plant and/or investing in a portion of such power plants. However, usually these power plants consist of conventional flat PV silicon modules, usually in the MW scale far away from the cities. We propose here to bring solar communities right to the front door of the end-users. With the aim of really socializing solar energy, a Photovoltaic Solar Urban (PSU) power plant is presented, made of very small, but widely spread solar generators especially designed to be attached to any urban furniture (for instance, streetlights) and generate right at the consumption points, avoiding transmission, conversion, tax costs of bringing the energy from far away (almost 40% of the total final price). And also using publicly, widely spread available, already existing and amortized supporting structures (urban furniture). To do so, a novel concept of mini solar module of 40 Wp has been developed and is currently being tested. First simulations on its performance show their worldwide profitability.

Distributed generation has always been and is still one of the main advantages of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy over other sources of energy: it can be deployed almost anywhere and close to the consumption points. This notion was clearly present in the “dreamer” days of photovoltaics, and somewhat lost during the last decade, when PV growth has entered the world of big industries and big businesses. However, distributed generation is slowly gaining ground again. Along the shared economy growth in the mobility and hosting sectors, many concepts for sharing electricity generation and consumption from renewable sources are starting to take off. For instance, community solar concepts are starting to make noise especially in certain US and European regions. In those concepts, any end-user can participate in either purchasing clean energy from a solar PV power plant and/or participating in such power plants by buying a small portion of it. However, usually these power plants consist of conventional flat PV silicon modules, usually in the MW scale far away from the cities. It is but in cities where, as of today, 50% of world’s population live, rising up to 70% in 2050. Therefore, it is in cities where consumption is happening. In this paper, we propose to bring solar communities right to the front door of the end-users. With the aim of really socializing solar energy, a novel concept of solar power plant, the Photovoltaic Solar Urban (PSU) power plant, is presented. It is made of very small, but widely spread solar generators, which we have especially designed to be attached to any urban furniture (for instance, streetlights) and generate right at the consumption points, avoiding transmission, conversion, tax costs of bringing the energy from far away (almost 40% of the total final price of electricity in many markets). And also using public, widely spread, available, already existing and amortized supporting structures (urban furniture). Unlike the conventional solar streetlight concepts, which rely on new urban furniture and are mainly designed for self-consumption and autonomous operation, PSU allows for municipalities to either become electricity producers themselves or rent out their otherwise useless and already amortized urban furniture. In any case, they turn them into sources of income. By allowing the people living in their municipalities to a.) either purchase clean energy from the PSU, and/or b.) involve themselves in investing in their own power plants, which they can see right outside their doors. This way, awareness and consciousness of the real power of solar energy is arisen, and solar energy is socialized in its true, original conception.

Categories of application
Clean energy production, Energy distribution & management, Communities infrastrictures

Sector of application
Photovoltaic, Smart grid, Urban infrastructure innovation, Public space management

Status
Tested implementation