KAHRAMAA Launches First Photovoltaic Station for Energy Storage, Charging Electric Vehicles

Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation “KAHRAMAA” has launched Tarsheed Photovoltaic Station for Energy Storage and Charging Electric Vehicles today, this station is the first in its kind in Qatar where it charges vehicles with electricity produced from solar energy via 216 photovoltaic panels divided into two areas with a total area of 270 meter, which is equal to the row for 24 cars’ spaces.

The event was organized at KAHRAMAA Complex at Mesaimeer in the presence of KAHRAMAA President Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, and HE Ambassador of Japan to Qatar,Kazuo Sunaga, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Marubeni Power Company,Yoshiyaki Yokota, directors and managers of KAHRAMAA, senior officials from Marubeni Company, the strategic partner of the project among others.

The total power produced from these panels is 72 KW peak, and the station contains a unit that has two connections of Combo and CHAdeMO types which are compatible with different types of vehicles to allow two cars to be charged at a time with a rapid charging level of 15 – 20 munities for the car, the maximum charging capacity is 100 KW, the station also contains a power storage unit in a battery with a capacity of 170 KW/h ,and the charging cord of 100 KW is enough to charge 3 cars.

Eng. Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari said “this project comes within the efforts of “KAHRAMAA”, represented by the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency “Tarsheed”, in cooperation with Japanese Company Marubeni. The aim of this station is to reduce the harmful carbon emissions by encouraging the usage of the solar energy as well as disseminating the use of electric cars in Qatar via providing a unique infrastructure for electric charging stations to achieve sustainability in line with QNV2030.

This initiative comes within Qatar National Vision 2030 which aims to transform Qatar into a developed country that able to achieve sustainable development by enhancing the diversified economy that depend on reducing the hydrocarbon; its investment is in the private sector which must be directed towards the smart knowledge and technology, he added.

Al Kuwari stressed that this station is one of the newest stations in the world for the purpose of diversifying non-fossil fuels and renewable energies used as a source of energy in the country. There are batteries that store electricity to charge cars during those periods , in the case of obstacles to the reception of solar energy such as the presence of clouds, there are batteries that store electricity to charge cars during those periods or even during the periods of the night.

He said that the station was established for use inside the KAHRAMAA complex, pointing out that there is cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and Communications to develop a complete plan to cover Qatar electric charging stations.

On the cost of the project , he noted that the cost is not the goal now and that the goal is to spread the idea and that the station came in cooperation with the Japanese company and Marubeni, he pointed out that the cost of these stations are declining, pointing out that the stations that KAHRAMAA contributed to the establishment came to disseminate the idea and support, but there is a plan to be published by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

For his part, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Marubeni Power Company Yoshiyaki Yokota, said “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to KAHRAMAA for organizing this ceremony for the launch of Tarsheed Photovoltaic Station for Energy Storage and Charging Electric Vehicles. It is my great honor to be here to represent Marubeni. Marubeni is one of the leading Japanese trading and investment houses established in 1858.

“We are committed to social and economic development and safeguarding the global environment. As one of the leading IPP developers, we have announced a new corporate strategy confirming to double the ratio of power generated by renewable energy sources in our net power supply by 2023 to be a partner always providing optimal power and energy solutions to meet and satisfy stakeholders’ and society’s expectations and needs.” he said.

Yokota added “We highly respect Qatar National Vision 2030 and KAHRAMAA’s initiative to the National Program for Conservation and Energy Efficiency.”

“Tarsheed” seeks to contribute in achieving the objectives of the Qatar National Strategic Development 2018-2022, represented in varying the energy resources for transportation in the State by 2022 to reduce the greenhouse gas, climate change, maintaining the economic and environmental balance. It also aims to raise the share of electric cars to 10% of the car’s sale in Qatar by 2022.

Electric cars have characterized by energy efficiency compared to traditional cars. The electric cars run 520 kilometers while the conventional car runs 322 kilometers with the same amount of natural gas. It is also conserved car where it needs 17 KW/h of electricity to move for 100 kilometers, which costs 5.44 QR while the conventional car consumes 12 L of Fuel which in average costs 24 QR. The electric cars also eco-environment because they don’t produce any harmful carbon emissions while driving, while the conventional cars produce 6.88 Million Tons of carbon emissions in average for each 24.000 kilometers annually.