OneShore Energy and BayWa r.e. begin cooperation for the realisation of a PV diesel hybrid system in East Africa

March 8, 2016

OneShore Energy GmbH, based in Berlin, and BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH are implementing their first joint photovoltaic diesel hybrid system for an industrial customer in East Africa.

While BayWa r.e. supplies the PV components, OneShore Energy will be using its software solution to ensure optimum integration of the PV diesel hybrid system. This significantly reduces the costs for the planning and operations management of the system. Through their cooperation, BayWa r.e. and OneShore Energy aim to make PV diesel hybrid systems a real option for industrial and commercial customers.

Many villages, cities and islands in regions that are without a grid connection, or are part of weak grids, continue to be supplied with power from diesel generators. These are not only extremely expensive to operate, they also have a detrimental effect on the climate, contaminate the groundwater and pose a risk to health. In rural regions in Africa and Asia in particular, the fuel must also be transported over distances of many kilometres. A PV diesel hybrid system of the kind that is now being implemented by OneShore Energy and BayWa r.e. for an industrial customer in East Africa makes it possible to supply solar power to regions with weak grids in particular and considerably reduces energy costs. The offer of optimum implementation of PV diesel hybrid systems is particularly directed at customers such as food producers, breweries, production plants and hospitals.

"If the grid is already weak, fluctuating solar power presents an additional challenge. Our software solution addresses this problem by analysing the consumption data and using it to generate the optimum PV diesel hybrid system for the site in question. An attractive investment calculation is created for the customer and, once the system has been realised, solar power is made available in the grid of the industrial customer by means of smart solutions", says Philipp Kunze, Managing Director of OneShore Energy. The solutions provided by the Berlin-based company reduce diesel consumption in systems with weak grids and off-grid systems by up to 40 %, thereby significantly reducing local CO2 emissions. The proprietary software system enables automated processing of different projects with uniform and comprehensible methods for both customers and investors. This drastically reduces costs for the planning and operations management of the PV diesel hybrid systems.

"As a photovoltaic wholesaler with 25 years of market experience, we provide our technical know-how and high quality PV components where they are needed. Last year, our parent company BayWa AG agreed a joint venture for the sale of agricultural machinery in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, we were able to gain our first experience in the installation of PV systems on this continent. OneShore is an expert in PV diesel hybrid systems and its solution can help our partners tap into the market segment of PV diesel hybrid systems", explains Günter Haug, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. The company supplies standard PV components. In particular, the BayWa r.e. installation system 'novotegra' is ideally suited to the trapezoidal sheet metal roofs typical of local industrial buildings in regions of Africa.

This project is part of the worldwide dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme coordinated by Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) - the German Energy Agency - and co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) within the „renewables – Made in Germany“ initiative.

OneShore Energy GmbH

Berlin-based company OneShore is a global market leader in the design of solar diesel hybrid systems. OneShore's thorough knowledge of diesel generators and wealth of experience in the planning and realisation of solar PV systems are the foundation for the development of optimised hybrid systems precisely tailored to meet customer needs. OneShore's software solution consisting of OneAnalyser, OneDesign and OneOptimiser digitises the entire process, from the measurement of customer load data and the system design through to operations management. This ensures transparency for customers and investors alike and considerably reduces the costs for project planning and investment. 


BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of BayWa AG, draws together the Group's activities in the fields of solar energy, wind power, bioenergy and geothermal energy. With its registered offices in Munich, BayWa r.e. is active in its core markets of Europe and the USA. The company acts as a full service partner and employs around 870 staff. It can draw on over 20 years of experience in this market where it develops, realises, consults and supports BayWa r.e. projects in the renewable energies sector. In addition, the company manages the operation and maintenance of plants. Further business activities include trading in PV components, as well as the purchase and sale of energy from renewable sources. Parent company, BayWa AG, is an international trading company and service provider whose core business sectors include agriculture, energy and construction. 

Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)

The Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) - the German Energy Agency - i

s Germany's centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. dena's aim is to ensure that energy is used in both a national and international context as efficiently, safely and economically as possible with the least possible impact on climate. dena is working with stakeholders from the worlds of politics and business and from society at large to achieve this aim. Shareholders in dena are the Federal Republic of Germany, KfW Bankengruppe, Allianz SE, Deutsche Bank AG and DZ BANK AG.

renewables – Made in Germany Initiative

The “renewables – Made in Germany” brand represents innovative, practical and efficient technologies and services which use renewable energy sources in a variety of ways, ranging from rural electrification to industrial-scale power stations. “renewables – Made in Germany” also contribute significantly to climate protection promoting the worldwide acceptance and use of renewable energies. It is the official aim of the German government to make a significant contribution to international climate protection. Therefore, the government has been actively supporting the world-wide dissemination of cutting-edge German renewable energy technology and know-how since 2002.

The transfer of renewable energy expertise, the promotion of foreign trade and the facilitation of international development cooperation are part of the “renewables – Made in Germany” initiative. 

dena Renewable Energy Solutions Programme (dena RES Programme)

The dena RES Programme was developed by the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena) – the German Energy Agency. This programme, co-financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy within the “renewables – Made in Germany” initiative, supports renewable energy companies entering new markets. Within the framework of the programme reference and demonstration projects are installed nearby designated institutions in different countries around the world. The installation is accompanied by comprehensive marketing and training programmes. These projects impressively present high-quality renewable energy technology.

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