Mining Case Studies

Mining Camp

Energy Substitution - Hybrid Power System

The Challenge:
A mining company in Western Australia was looking at ways to save on their diesel spend. Super Smart Energy was engaged to review current diesel consumption and identify areas to reduce costs.

Case Study:
The Approach:

A study was completed to ascertain if a solar / battery / diesel hybrid solution would be cost effective compared to a diesel only solution.

Project Site:

• 450 person camp.
• All amenities such as gym, dry/wet mess, admin and manager’s building, laundry, training room, pool area, ice room, landscaping, lounge/game area etc.
• Communications.
• Region D cyclone, Cat 2-4.

The Solution:

A 3MW solar asset was designed to capture most of the daytime load on the diesel generators.

The Result:

The solar / battery / diesel solution will provide strong financial results for the project. Not only will the project save on diesel costs per year, the added benefits of reduced CO2 emissions and OPEX spend confirmed the need for a solar / battery / diesel solution. The estimated savings with a solar / battery / diesel solution are $15 million over 10 years and $33 million over 20 years.  
CO2 emissions were reduced by 7,074 tpa.

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