“Making electricity available in third world countries and developing countries means creating a solid base for combating poverty. The high infantile mortality rate caused by the absence of potable water and poor distribution of vaccines are among the most urgent problems that require solutions.
Thanks to electricity, it is possible to pump clean water from the deep water tables and store vaccines in refrigerators at the required temperatures. The availability of electricity is still a mirage for some populations.
The richer countries that protect the environment to a greater extent, that produce more culture and where life expectancy is highest, are also those that consume more electricity. All OECD countries rank the highest for electricity consumption while the poorest countries, all the countries of Africa, have very low energy consumption per capita: to improve the living conditions of the African continent, where the greatest difficulties exist, it is necessary to proceed urgently with electrification.
Tozzi Green produces electrical energy from renewable resources and invests in research and development. These sources, such as the sun and wind, are not available continuously and constantly.
The aims of the research done by Tozzi Green is to overcome the problem of discontinuity in renewable resources.
To achieve this we are working on accumulation systems, so that energy can be used as and when the user requires it.
For energy, we imagine an evolutionary process similar to that of computer technology: from a few large centralised computers in the 1970s to the millions of personal computers that are connected today through the Internet.
A similar path to what many theorists imagine for Europe, where in 10 years time we will have at least 10 million buildings capable of producing green energy, while in twenty years time there will be hundreds of millions interconnected through a smart grid.
While this scenario is possible today for the industrialised countries, we cannot say the same for some countries whose inhabitants have a lifestyle seriously limited by the absence of electricity.
We are concerned precisely with these populations. It is here that prompt action needs to be be taken, and here that we can make the most of our experience in distributed generation and energy storage systems.
Right from its founding, Tozzi Green has invested in various research projects aimed at the distributed generation of renewable energy for network and off-grid applications.”
Access to energy is considered a minimum condition for the development of populations and its availability is associated with improvement in the conditions of education, health, safety and increase in productive activities. Access to energy represents one of the cornerstones in combating poverty at the universal level and for this reason the government of Lima has undertaken to cover the gap in the electrical network within the next decade. An important part of this process has been entrusted to Ergon Peru (a company of the Tozzi Green group).
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Peru is a country rich in raw materials characterised by a considerable contrast between rich minority and a poor minority . The unjust division of wealth also affects access to the power grid.
In rural areas only 70% of the population have continual access to the power grid and it is for this reason that the government of Lima has undertaken to cover the gap in the power grid over the next ten years.
In Peru access to energy is made problematical by various factors, mainly geographical, such as the distance between the various town and villages located in the most remote and inaccessible areas and the isolation of the population due to the absence or inadequacy of lines of communication. The lack of road infrastructures has in fact hindered private investment in projects connected with rural electrification. This is the main reason behind the government intervention.
The Peruvian government intends to reduce the electricity shortfall throughout the national territory beginning with theinstallation of 500,000 photovoltaic systems off grid (photovoltaic panels with storage capability), with guaranteed operation for 15 years.
The National Rural Electrification Plan aims to supply electricity to the most isolated populations by installing plants that run on renewable energy resources (in particular a system consisting of photovoltaic panels with storage or RER system – Renewable Energy Resources).
The purpose of this plan is to provide illumination for homes and electricity in hospitals and emergency facilities, schools and other educational and training centres.
Installation of these solar modules will increase electrification in rural areas to 96% in little more than five years. It is an extraordinary result obtained in a short period of time compared to what would have been needed to modify and expand the traditional national grid.
An important part of the rural electrification process has been entrusted to the company Ergon Peru (of the Tozzi Green group).
Ergon Peru has been awarded the Investment Contracts for the Supply of Electricity from Renewable Resources in Areas not Connected to the Grid in the northern, central and southern regions of Peru, through a tender organised by the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
The purpose of Ergon’s involvement is the supply of electricity to homes using systems running on renewable energy resources to satisfy energy requirements for illumination and information systems (radio and television). The benefits will extend to about 220 thousand families in rural areas throughout the country, including schools and health facilities located in the most isolated settlements currently excluded from the national grid.
In accordance with the contract awarded, Ergon Peru S.A.C. will deal with the design, installation, operation and maintenance of off-grid photovoltaic systems for a period of 15 years, thus contributing to a substantial growth in the energy sector of the country.
Tre Peru S.A.C. is the operating arm of Ergon Peru which is involved in the installation of the photovoltaic plants throughout the country.
The electricity supply project with photovoltaic plants in the more isolated dwellings which are difficult to access produces a positive impact on the population concerned, which can finally see the possibility of development for themselves and their area.
Ergon is proud to offer the more isolated populations its help and hopes to lay the groundwork for other projects aimed at encouraging the development and progress of these populations.