Pilot project for Aruba signed

Pilot project for Aruba signed


The European Commission has signed a pilot project for Aruba. By teaching electronic technologies to the next generation, OCTA Innovation’s EU-funded pilot project will assist in building the foundations of a knowledge-based economy in Aruba.

E-based equipment such as 3D printers, lasers and shape scanner will be bought for use in after-school clubs or other venues so that elementary and secondary school students can learn how to operate the equipment and be inspired. The project will be mounted by a project manager and two technical trainers.

The results of the project will be a disseminated through different communication channels such as newsletters, press releases, website and presentations. The aim is that others will draw inspiration from the project and eventually ‘copy’ it in other OCT, or further afield.

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WEB Aruba N.V. up to the energy storage challenge

WEB Aruba N.V. up to the energy storage challenge


The transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy at WEB Aruba N.V. for the production of electricity and potable water continues. The company’s ambitious goal of 100% fossil fuel independence by the year 2020 has led to the development of solutions that provide reliable, affordable electricity around the clock. Such solutions require advanced energy storage systems to bridge the gap between peak renewable production and peak demand.

WEB Aruba N.V. has selected the technology leader, Tesla to provide the energy storage systems needed to develop 100% renewable energy solutions, on Friday November 18th, 2016 at the Green Aruba VII conference, the two companies signed the agreement in presence of Prime Minister of Aruba, Mike Eman, Minister of Economic Affairs, Communication, Energy and Environment, ing. Mike de Meza and Drs. Franklin A. Hoevertsz, Managing Director of Utilities Aruba N.V. The first utility scale project will be commissioned early next year, and serve as a model for larger scale deployments to be announced over the coming months. WEB Aruba N.V. and Tesla will also deploy Powerpacks and Powerwalls at Aruba’s Smart Community next year, which is designed to serve as a model for broader deployment to households and communities across the island.

Management of WEB Aruba N.V. explained that the main purpose of this strategy is to develop energy storage projects as part of a long-term island-wide strategy. Consequently, this strategy will allow more renewable energy penetration, decrease the use of fossil fuels, increase grid stability and decrease overall operations and maintenance costs of Aruba’s electricity system.

WEB Aruba N.V. is currently developing short-term, medium-term and long-term, execution plans in order to achieve Aruba’s target of 100% renewables by 2020

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WEB Aruba – Flywheel project

WEB Aruba – Flywheel project


On November 4th WEB Aruba N.V. organized the groundbreaking of their Flywheel project, a system that creates a buffer for sustainable energy. This Flywheel can absorb fluctuations from sustainable energy sources creating more stability in energy production and distribution, increasing the overall efficiency of the electrical grid.

Ministers Mike Eman and Mike de Meza where present at the groundbreaking, accompanied by CEO – COO of WEB Aruba N.V., Luis Oduber, Franklin Hoevertsz, managing director of Utilities Aruba N.V, Eric Murray, President and CEO of Temporal Power Ltd and several invitees.


Business Challenge: Achieving High Renewable Generation Reliance Reliably

 In an effort to dramatically reduce their GHG output and increase energy self-sufficiency, WEB Aruba has committed to increase their reliance on renewable generation. Ensuring grid stability, which will be a hallmark of the tourist experience, while both generation and customer loads are increasing in variability is a complex challenge. This challenge is made all the more difficult since Aruba is working in parallel to reduce their emissions from fossil generation, the historic source of grid stability services.


Solution: Phased Deployment of Flywheel to Match Renewables Adoption

Aruba is installing a new Integrated Generation Management System (IGMS) which will optimize existing assets to maximize the use of renewable generation and optimize fuel efficiency from existing base load generation on the island, and leverage Temporal Power flywheels to provide immediate grid stability by systemically storing and injecting energy onto the grid to smooth out anomalies.

Rapidly responding, short-term storage and injection of energy allows WEB to set fossil generation for optimum efficiency and GHG emissions while maximizing their use of renewable generation and ensuring their customers aren’t impacted by the fluctuations usually experienced with renewable energy integration. The ability for flywheels to continually cycle with no degradation in performance is crucial to success of this strategy.

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Aruba – Mobile Tech Lab

Aruba – Mobile Tech Lab

Imagine a Mobile Tech Lab where Aruban students have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge and experience with programming and latest tech gadgets like 3D-printing, robot arms and VR-glasses. Knowledge that is very important in the creation of the vision of Aruba to become a sustainable society. This is not an imagination anymore, the TSI-project proposal of OCTA together with the Government of Aruba will fund such a Mobile Tech Lab.

Students with access to 3D printing devices, computer programming kits, learn hands-on practical lessons that helps them gain a fuller, lasting grasp of science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM). Kids not only learn skills they need to achieve success in school but also beyond the classroom. Of course it is also very fun for students to work with these tech gadgets.

The Mobile Tech Lab project is designed by the Bureau of Innovation of the Ministry of General Affairs, Sustainable Development, Innovation and Science for both elementary – as well as secondary level afterschool programs. When students step into the Tech Lab they will learn a range of skills and participate in practical courses and programs.

This Mobile Tech Lab is not only important for the students, it also raises awareness on the island about technology and how technology contributes in creating a sustainable society.

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