Designing Light Systems in Oil Fields: How Off-Grid Solar Provides Reliable Power in Hazardous Environments
Oil and gas facilities operate in fundamentally hazardous and volatile conditions, and as such must comply with international Hazardous Zone classifications and standards. Oil field operators must perform constant risk assessment, making clear visibility crucial. In an environment in which a single spark could cause a catastrophic explosion or fire, lighting systems must meet the strictest standards for reliability and safety. In this presentation, Kyle Willsey will present a case study on how ECOSOL ENERGY developed an off-grid solar lighting system for Kuwait Oil Co. to keep the oil fields running safely and efficiently.
EcoSol Energy installed a nickel-cadmium (NiCd) battery system with a Morningstar TRISTAR MPPT 60 Controllers. While NiCd batteries, or “NiCads” as they are popularly known, are rare in residential installations due to cost, they are popular in industrial situations since they can withstand very cold temperatures that would compromise the performance and shorten the life of other battery chemistries, which would need protection and heating which reduces system efficiency to work where NiCads can do the job without such assistance. Eliminating the need to warm batteries also increases system efficiency and improves solar harvesting– another point in their favor.
This presentation will provide real-world insights into: - How a company successfully designed and deployed a solar lighting system in a hazardous and volatile environment - How to design a safety-first lighting system in compliance with the international Hazardous Zone classifications and standards - How a (NiCd) battery system increases system efficiency and improves solar harvesting