Milan based company, Friem SpA, acquires a majority stake into the Italian Startup Windkinetic Off-grid Power Systems.
Friem Spa is a privately-owned company leader in power conversion. Founded in 1950, the Company is going through an ambitious organic and inorganic expansion plan, focused on the renewable energy sector.
WindKinetic is the Italian renewable energy startup specialized in the supply of innovative solutions for industrial renewable energy off-grid systems and rural electrification Minigrids.
This investment brings into our venture consistent resources and industrial capabilities that will allow us to play a major role in the off-grid industry – comments Mr. Claudio Pedretti, WindKinetic’s founder, and CEO – with this synergy we will be able to offer a complete range of renewable energy off-grid solutions, from a few watts to several megawatts. An important step forward – continues Mr. Pedretti – towards our goals of mitigating climate change and to END energy poverty around the globe.
Mr. Lorenzo Carnelli CEO of FRIEM: – FRIEM is committed to supporting developing countries, sustaining agriculture activities, food production and economic development of rural communities with a Nexus (water-food-electricity) approach. In fact, even thanks to this partnership, the company is able to supply fully integrated Minigrid solutions generating electric energy from a few kW up to multi MW. Today FRIEM Group – continues the CEO – confirms its role as a technology supplier, and the purpose is to support areas in which a sustainable growth is expected in the near future, especially the Far East, Africa, and Latin America countries.”
Next week, from September 9th to 11th, Windkinetic Off-grid Power Systems will be in London for the 10th Microgrid Global Innovation Forum.
Together with ARE – Alliance for Rural Electrification, Windkinetic Off-grid Power Systems will share a booth where you can find brochures and ask for information.
If there, do stop by!
Windkinetic Off-grid Power Systems is one of the sponsors for the regional conference that RES4Africa organizes which will take place on 27-28 November in Lusaka, Zambia.
The objective is to enable a dialogue on the latest insights for the deployment of renewable energy solutions in Zambia. The conference will include partners from key African markets, and will gather relevant international and African stakeholders.
RES4Africa Program Launch 2018 in Zambia is designed as a country conference with implication and connection with all the countries of Southern-Africa region.
Our Business Development Manager Claudio Pedretti will be one of the panelist in the session “Capacity building to accelerate access to energy” which will take place in the afternoon of the 27th.
The conference Agenda can be downloaded here.
Windkinetic Off-grid Power Systems will be also present to the launch of the Solar Energy Centre (SEC) at the University of Zambia on the 22nd November. In that occasion, Claudio Pedretti, will dicuss “Reliable Mini-grid technology for solid business models“.
We are happy to work together RES4Africa and the other companies and bodies to extend the energy access in Zambia and Subsaharan Africa.
Yesterday Windkinetic Microgrid containerized system has been finally delivered in Ndola, Zambia.
The project has been developed in partenership with the Comunità Solare Locale and the Association Pope John the 23rd for C.Y.P.- Cicetekelo Youth Project, which is a model for the protection of minors that deals with the recovery and family reintegration and social OVCs – Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
Our first 30 kW Microgrid in Zambia will power the ice-cream factory of the village which is also their main economic activity. Deploying our microgrid will help to save the materials and products from the energy outages that occur on a regular basis. Also, through the use of renewable energies the operation of the back-up diesel generator will be highly reduced and the overall cost of energy will be much lower.
The installation and commission will be completed in the coming weeks.
We are glad to inform that next week, from September 19th to 21st, we will be present at Philippines Mini-grid B2B Forum in Manila.
The Forum is organised by the Philippine Department of Energy (DoE) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) with the support of the European Union through its Access to Sustainable Energy Programme (ASEP), in line with the objectives of the UN ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ initiative. As a subsidiary organisation to DoE the Philippines National Electrification Administration (NEA) is one of the supporting organisations.
The aim of the forum is to identify opportunities for investment in renewable energy mini-grids, share knowledge of innovative technical solutions and link key players in the Philippine energy sector, such as electric cooperatives, with international mini-grid experts and potential financiers.
For more info: https://philippines-mini-grid-b2b.b2match.io/
Azienda operante nel settore delle energie rinnovabili, sistemi off-grid, impianti energia eolica, solare, microgrid cerca un Laureato in Ingegneria Elettrica per contratto a tempo determinato con finalità di assunzione permanente.
Si offre contratto a tempo determinato di durata 5 mesi, CCNL industria metalmeccanica.
- Supporto al dimensionamento di sistemi ad energie rinnovabili
- Collaborazione alla progettazione di impianti elettrici
- Produzione della documentazione tecnica (manuali, schemi)
- Supporto all’ufficio tecnico e assistenza tecnica ai clienti
- Supervisione di installazione e collaudo dei sistemi
- Ottima conoscenza lingua inglese parlata e scritta pari almeno al livello B2
- Ottime conoscenze informatiche (Pacchetto Office in particolare Excel)
- Buona conoscenza dell’elettronica di potenza
- Conoscenza software per disegno tecnico (AutoCAD)
- Disponibilità di trasferte in Italia e all’estero
- Attitudine alla gestione autonoma del lavoro e al problem solving
- Gradita la capacità di programmazione informatica
We are looking for an Electical Engineer for an initial 5 months contract.
Where you will work
- Support to the sizing of renewable energy systems
- Collaboration in the design of electrical systems
- Writing of technical documentation (manuals, schemes)
- Support to the technical office and technical assistance to customers
- Supervision of installation and testing of systems
Requirements & Skill
- English and Italian fluent, at least B2 level
- Excellent computer skills (Office package, in particular Excel)
- Good knowledge of power electronics
- Knowledge of technical drawing software (AutoCAD)
- Availability to travel in Italy and abroad
- Ability to work autonomously and problem solving attitude
- Computer programming ability is welcome
How to apply
Please send your CV and Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are glad to inform that next week, from June 20th to June 22nd, we will be present at Intersolar Europe in Munich, within the Off-Grid Power Conference and Exhibition co–organized by the Alliace for Rural Electrification.
We will introduce our latest news in the off-grid and microgrid sectors and you can find more by paying us a visit in booth B3.171 . There will be two representatives of our team that will be pleased to have a talk with you.
You can see the floor plan here,
On June 21st we will also speak at the Conference at 13.00. We will present there two of our case studies. Come and listen!
For more info, you can download the programme here.
June, 11 2018 – Zambia Off-grid Investor Forum 2018 will take place in Lusaka on the 12th and 13th June.
The Forum, organized by the Alliance for Rural Electrifcation (ARE) and GOGLA, convenes developers, financiers, regulators and international development partners to build partnerships around off-grid energy solutions in Zambia.
Presentations by international experts will inform about the latest developments and opportunities in Zambia’s off-grid market as well as introducing various upcoming international support programs.
We will have the chance to present our activity in Zambia during Session I: Zambia Off-grid Energy Markets where Claudio Pedretti, our Business Development Manager will share the floor with other distinguished panellists.
In parallel with the Zambia Off-Grid Investor Forum 2018, ARE and GOGLA will organise an exhibition to give the private sector companies and investors, as well other stakeholders in the off-grid energy sector an opportunity to showcase products/projects and expertise. We will showcase there our renewable energy off-grid power systems and microgrids in stand number one. We would be happy to talk to you and to reply to your enquries.
You can read more in the site of the event.
Windkinetic Off-grid Power Systems has just commissioned the first of a series of standalone renewable energy trailers. This system has been sold and installed by our regional dealer in Central Asia: Avencom.
The trailer supplies continuous and reliable electrical energy to the emergency communication and video surveillance system in the Aktogay mine, in an extremely challenging environment with temperatures from -40°C to +50°C, dust, and mud.
Windkinetic designed and engineered the system to operate in these harsh conditions without downtime.
The system consists of a customized off-road trailer with a special structure and a telescopic tower. The system includes one Windkinetic Magellano 500 W wind turbine and 2 solar arrays (1000 W total). A diesel generator is installed as a back-up.
The wind turbine is on top of a stainless steel telescopic mast, where Siemens Wimax devices are also installed. The solar panels are mounted on the side and on the top of the trailer structure, to be easily and safely oriented.
The trailer chassis has 2 separated compartments. All the charging electronics are inside the first one, as well as the battery bank and the telecom devices. The genset, diesel heater and fuel tank are in the second compartment.
The compartments are thermally controlled both at low temperatures by the diesel heater and at high temperatures by cooling fans.
The entire system can be installed and be operational in less than 1 hour.
The evaluation of the state of health of the system is performed by a remote monitoring and control system.
This power trailer system is designed to minimize the downtime and is intended to be used in extremely demanding applications, such as telecommunication, mining, oil&gas, disaster relief and everywhere there is a need of a reliable yet easy deployable source of power.
We have just commissioned our first system for a national power transmission line in France: Réseau de Transport d’Electricité (RTE)
The objective of the system is to supply energy to a monitoring system developed and owned by Micca, our Austrian distributor. The station collects data about the physical conditions of the power conductors in real time.
The collected data allow the line operator to significantly improve the management of the energy delivered through the lines. In particular, they are able to maximize the current flowing through the conductors, by exceeding the nominal current allowed by the original design. The current is limited only when the system observes an actual overload of the lines and immediately communicates to the base power station to decrease it. This translates into a considerable resource saving and increased efficiency.
This task is critical, because a failure of the monitoring system would result in a major loss of money. Therefore, also the power supplied to the monitoring station needs to be highly reliable.
For this reason, we designed a power system to operate with zero downtime, delivering constant and reliable energy to the monitoring devices.
The system consists of an industrial wind turbine, a solar panel and the electronics, includes all the charging devices, a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery bank and a 3G remote monitoring and control system. The monitoring system allows the operator to check all the parameters of the power system and to receive alarms if any value deviates from a specified range. In this way, the maintenance is switched from a reactive to proactive approach, which is more suitable for such demanding applications.
We are looking forward to further contributing to improve the management of the transmission lines of France and other European TCOs, to boost the efficiency of their grids through a better energy management from the generation sites to the end users.
We will have our stand at The Solar Show Philippines 2018 on 23rd and 24th May.
The exhibition opening hours are:
Wednesday, 23 May 2018 – 10am to 6pm
Thursday, 24 May 2018 – 9.30am to 5.30pm
You will find us at the Innovation Zone and we can meet at stand n. Y03. Stop by and discover more about our off-grid power systems!
We are looking forward to the event!
Click here to find more.
Next 22 May, we will attend the event “Building the future of energy with startups from Philippines“, the first Enrupt Energy Innervation Talk.
The topic is the Philippines government support in the deployment of renewables and fast tracking of off-grid and micro-grid projects.
Claudio Pedretti, our Business Development Manager will be one of the speakers, together with Katarina Uherova Hasbani, from Enrupt, Marlon Apanada from Allotrope Partners Philippines and Terence Ong from Solarite Technologies.
The event will start at 6:30 PM Philippine Standard Time (12:30 CET) at Aspace, Level 5, 110 Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City.
The event is free but people need to register. Registrations can be submitted here
We spent an intense week traveling through Zambia and holding tens of meetings with institutions, NGOs, and private customers in order to accelerate the deployment of our solar/wind off-grid power systems into the country.
Two strategic partnership were finalized with key Zambian rural electrification pioneers: EDI (Energy Diverse Integrations, Ltd) and Kafyta Cooperative. Both are already running rural microgrid systems in the Northern regions of the country.
We are so excited to join forces with our Zambian colleagues; our technology tied up with their market knowledge and experience will allow us to bring to rural populations the clean energy and the services they deserve.
We wish to thank the Zambian Ministry of Energy and all other authorities for the concrete and effective help to clear the path to a quick and positive deployment of our Microgrid Systems in Zambia.
More and more Zambian people will benefit from our technologies!!!
Our Business Development Manager Claudio Pedretti will make a presentation at the IDTechEx Show in Berlin, on April 12th.
His presentation title is Autonomous Wind/Solar Off-grid System for Off-shore Platform in the Caspian Sea (KZ).
Come and listen to him at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Room III, from 9.20 to 9.40 AM.
Remember to register here
WindKinetic is a proud gold sponsor of the 4th Energy Access Investment Forum organized by the Alliance for Rural Electrification!!
The Forum will take place in Sicily from 13th to 15th March, 2018 where we will showcase our amazing Microgrid Wind/solar plug n’ play technology.
Other sponsors of the event are EnelGreenPower, ElectriFI and many others!
Stay tuned for more news!!
Windkinetic Offgrid power systems will exclusively distribute OutBack Power products and all the connected services in Italy
Prato – June 13, 2017 – Windkinetic Offgrid Power System, a designer and manufacturer of advanced renewable energy products and integrate systems is OutBackPower official distributor for the Italian market.
Besides the commercialization of Outback products, Windkinetic, thanks to the long experience in this sector, will take charge of pre and post sales assistance to customers, as well as of providing engineering and designing services and the systems reparation. The company is meant to to open by Septermber 2017 a training center for professionals as well as to set up a dedicated lab.
Windkinetic is an Italian company, based in Prato, leader in the field of renewable energies for offgrid applications and for designing and manufacturing small wind turbines and hybrid wind/solar integrated systems. The company has a strong experience with professional applications and it is able to operate in harsh and remote areas too. Windkinetic is engaged worldwide in the sectors of: rural electrification, mining, telecommunication, Oil&Gas, Off shore, telemetry, microgrid.
OutBack power is an American Company, world leader manufacturer of power electronics for renewable energies, backup power, marine and mobile applications. OutBack products set the highest standard of reliability and quality.
La distribuzione dei prodotti OutBack Power e i servizi connessi sono di competenza esclusiva dall’azienda Windkinetic Offgrid power systems
Prato – 12 giugno 2017 – Windkinetic Offgrid Power System, progettista e fabbricante di prodotti ad energie rinnovabili avanzati e di sistemi integrati, è distributore ufficiale di Outback Power per il mercato italiano.
Oltre alla commercializzazione dei prodotti OutBack, Windkinetic, grazie alla lunga esperienza nel settore, si occuperà di fornire un adeguato servizio di assistenza pre e post vendita, di servizi di ingegneria, progettazione e della riparazione dei sistemi. L’accordo prevede la realizzazione e l’avvio entro settembre 2017 di un centro di formazione per professionisti nonché l’allestimento di un laboratorio specializzato ad hoc.
Windkinetic è un’azienda italiana, con sede a Prato, leader nel settore energie rinnovabili per applicazioni offgrid (ad isola) e nella progettazione e produzione di micro generatori eolici e sistemi ibridi integrati eolico/solari. L’azienda ha un’esperienza consolidata in applicazioni professionali ed è in grado di operare anche in zone remote e climi difficili. Windkinetic opera a livello mondiale nei settori: elettrificazione rurale (in collaborazione con le ONG), minerario, telecomunicazioni, Oil&Gas, Off shore, telemetria, microgrid.
OutBack Power è un’azienda americana leader mondiale nella produzione di elettronica di potenza per energie rinnovabili, sistemi di backup e applicazioni marine e mobili. I prodotti OutBack Power soddisfano i più alti standard di affidabilità e qualità.
Winkinetic is attending the 1st Environmental Research Infrastructures – Industry joint innovation partnering Forum at Minatec / Grenoble, France.
We are showcasing the Polar 50W vertical axis wind turbine, the Magellano 300W horizontal axis wind turbine, some solar panels and the remote monitoring and control systems, beside giving many advices for what concerns the off-grid field.
We will be here on the 18th and 19th of May, in occasion of the 4th ENVRI week.
It is a particular pleasure for us to have the chance to meet the research institutes and companies that are attending and let them know that we can supply the kind of power they need for their environmental application, by using green, reliable and efficient systems.
Non è difficile capire il perché di tanto entusiasmo intorno alle batterie di accumulo solari. Con prezzi in continua diminuzione e performance via via migliori, sempre più aziende stanno valutando come le batterie di accumulo possano ridurre il costo delle bollette dell’elettricità, soprattutto se sono istallate con impianti solari.
Le batterie di accumulo solare
La maggior parte delle batterie di accumulo di larga scala utilizza tecnologia agli ioni di litio e può variare in dimensione, in ragione della potenza necessaria. Queste batterie possono essere ricaricate (dall’energia prodotta dai pannelli solari), accumulare energia e scaricarla, quando si rende necessario.
Una tecnologia sempre più diffusa e promettente è quella ai fosfati di Litio (LiFePO4), acquistabile anche presso wind-kinetic.com, specialista in sistemi di storage e impianti off-grid.
Benefici economici dei sistemi di accumulo
Ogni azienda paga ai distributori di rete l’energia che consuma (misurata in chilowatt ora) oltre ad una serie di costi fissi e accise legati al contratto in essere. Questo significa che le bollette sono spesso molto più alte rispetto a quanto corrisponderebbe l’energia effettivamente consumata.
Con fonti energetiche alterative, come l’energia solare, si possono ridurre questi costi, grazie al fatto che le batterie riescono a fornire l’energia che accumulano, anche nei periodi nei quali è più necessaria.
Come funzionano le batterie di accumulo su impianti solari?
Diamo uno sguardo ai carichi tipici di un cliente commerciale, il quale utilizza maggiore energia durante il giorno.
Nel caso raffigurato nell’immagine che segue, il consumatore non utilizza pannelli solari o batterie di accumulo per diminuire i costi dell’utilizzo dell’energia.
Ora vediamo cosa accade se si aggiunge un impianto solare. L’energia solare contribuisce a ridurre significativamente la quantità dei Chilowatt ora necessari nei momenti di maggior consumo della giornata.
Come si può facilmente notare dall’area arancione del grafico, l’energia prodotta dal sole è maggiore tra le 7 e le 17. Tale contributo energetico riduce in maniera importante i chilowatt acquistati dalla rete elettrica durante quella fascia oraria.
Ma cosa succede durante le altre ore del giorno?
L’area azzurra mostra come le batterie sono ricaricate durante la prima parte della giornata (produzione solare > consumi), quella blu mostra come questa energia accumulata nelle batterie venga utilizzata nelle ore successive per ridurre i picchi di domanda di energia dalla rete. Si può così facilmente dedurre che dove i costi orari dei chilowatt sono molto alti, la riduzione di 100-200kW richiesti si traduce in un risparmio sostanziale, facendo delle batterie di accumulo solari una soluzione efficiente e conveniente.
We announce that, starting from May 1st we have a new dealer.
The Austrian www.micca.at will sell all our products in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Micca will also cover worldwide utilities, DSO’s and TSO’s markets.
We trust them much and we are pretty sure they are going to serve their clients at best.
We can help you designing your off-grid systems as offgrid specialist! You just need to tell us your requirements and we will glad to help you!
We are looking for an Electrical/Electronic Engineer with experience in the renewable energy field.
Renewable energy off-grid systems;
Electrical CAD drawing;
Experience on DC circuits;
Good level of English;
Experience on digital electronics;
I/O boards programming;
Experiences on IT nets.
Ability with 3D mechanical drawing;
Micro controller programming (Arduino, Raspberry PI…)
Education: BA or MA in Engineering
Contract: Fix-term with the aim of being transformed in permanent contract
To apply, please send CV and cover letter to email@example.com
WindKinetic is thrilled to have been chosen to work with the Sorbonne. The Sorbonne, as one of the world’s leading Universities, is famous for its multidisciplinary research, as well as its quest for knowledge and excellence, in fields ranging from humanities to science, medicine, technology, business and economics.
The foundation of our partnership is to initially supply an integrated micro renewable energy and monitoring system for use in the third year course of Océan, Atmosphère et Energie Renouvelable (Ocean, Atmosphere and Renewable Energy), under the leadership of Professor Wilson.
The integrated system consists of a vertical axis wind turbine and solar panel combined with our hybrid wind/solar charger and battery bank to support the remote monitoring and control system.
The objective of this particular integrated system is for the students to gather real time environmental data. Hence, critical to the success of the work was the solution provided by WindKinetic; and that the Remote Monitoring and Control System is supplied unprogrammed to provide the students with the facility to set all the parameters they need, enabling analysis assisted by WindKinetic.
The Remote Monitoring and Control System consists of a SCADA board and a software that when programmed, allow to measure Energy production and up to 8 Environmental parameters such as wind speed, temperature, battery voltage and others, in order to have a real time overview of the system in which it is deployed.