Proinso donates PV products for PV-diesel hybrid energy system to MORU, leading malaria research unit in Thailand

19. November 2012 | By:  Proinso

The multinational company Proinso has donated 10kWp solar modules and a 10kW hybrid inverter INGECON Hybrid donated by the company Ingeteam, for a PV-diesel hybrid energy system to be installed at the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit (SMRU), based in Mae Sot, Thailand.

 The new system will combine a PV solar energy generator with an existing combustion engine to generate the power needed while reducing fuel consumption. The reduction in diesel consumption has been estimated to save €4,500 a year. The new hybrid system will solve existing power supply problems, caused by the diesel engine generator and fuel supply. This kind of hybrid energy generation systems combine PV solar power and combustion engine generators.

They are becoming increasingly popular in emerging or developing countries that lack power distribution grids and are used to generating electricity with combustion engines. Proinso specialises in the distribution of this type of hybrid systems, which are likely to grow over the next years. SMRU focuses on the prevention and treatment of malaria in refugee camps hosting about 130,000 people along the Thai-Burmese border and in communities of migrant workers from Myanmar, since the area, endemic for malaria transmission, is under the constant threat of this severe disease.

This research unit is an internationally renowned field station of the faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, in Bangkok, Thailand, and is part of the Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit (MORU), supported by the Wellcome Trust (UK). Solar Energy Solidarity Project www.solarenergysolidarity.com The donation made by Proinso to SMRU is framed within the Solar Energy Solidarity Project, thanks to which the company offers power generation support to underprivileged communities and developing countries.

The initiative, which involves NGOs, local partners and organisations, has been implemented in Peru, Togo and Benin as well, reaching nearly 20,000 and helping improve sanitation, education and the quality of life by giving access to energy supply.