Project look back: Solar innovation in Peru

In 2000, Battery Energy provided ahead of the times leading-edge Australian battery technology to deliver reliable and sustainable energy to remote Peruvian Amazon villages.

January 20, 2020
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20 years ago, two extremely remote villages in Peru’s Amazonian region were powered up with the help of Battery Energy SunGEL batteries.

Led by the International Lead and Zinc Research Organization, the project was developed to upgrade the diesel only system to a hybrid RAPS system. The project was designed to provide reliable 24-hour electricity to the remote and largely impoverished villages as well as reduce environmentally hazardous diesel fuel pollution into the Amazon river.

Ahead of its time, Battery Energy worked with the CSIRO to develop the advanced VLRA SunGEL batteries designed specifically for RAPS systems using partial state of charge cycling. According to the CSIRO project leader, Dr Russell Newnham, "The battery has a superior cycle life to any other battery of its type and is cheaper by far."

Today, SunGEL Ultra batteries remain industry leading and continue to be relied on by many organisations for their critical heavy cycling solar applications. With Advanced Lead Carbon-Catalyst technology and robust Thick Plate design they consistently deliver superior life expectancy.

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Battery Energy SunGEL batteries being shipped to remote villages in Peru

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About this project

Name of project:

Renewable Energy Systems in the Peruvian Amazon Region (RESPAR)

Location:

Padre Cocha and Indiana in Loreto, Peru

Client:

International Lead and Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO)

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