Nov 2020 | Renewable energy

North West Pacific Projects (NZMFAT)

Keith Scoles provided design and commissioning support for the 1.7 MWp of solar-PV / hybrid power systems across five sites in the north-west Pacific countries of Nauru, Pohnpei, Marshall Islands and Palau. These systems range from a 1.1 MW solar farm in Nauru, to a 65 kWp / 165 Wh solar+battery mini-grid in the village in Kayangel, Palau - serving a population of approximately 54 people.

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Nov 2020 | Renewable energy

Tuvalu Energy Sector Project

Keith Scoles reviewed the design of Tuvalu's existing diesel powered electricity generation systems and supporting infrastructure, assessing its suitability for integration into a new hybrid power system. The project included 770 kW of Solar PV and 1 MWh of battery storage, as well as upgrades to the existing power station controls, allowing renewable energy generation capacity to be added in the future. By elevating the equipment above projected flood levels, the system escapes rising sea levels. Funded by the World Bank and completed in late 2020, the project became Tuvalu’s largest solar and battery storage asset.

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Nov 2020 | Renewable energy

Tonga Renewable Energy Projects (TREP 01 and 02)

Keith Scoles was the Technical Adviser and Integration Support Engineer for the design and integration of two grid stability, battery energy storage systems at Popua Power Station, Tongatapu (7.2 MW / 5.3 MWh and 6 MW / 24 MWh). In this role Keith reviewed and gave advice on the design of these systems, including risk assessment and responsibility for integration of these batteries into the existing diesel and PV systems. Included creating an xl model supporting daily performance of systems using existing load profiles.

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Jan 2020 | Technical Training

NZ Mates Technical Assistance and Capacity Building in Indonesia

In his role as Engineering Manager with Infratec Ltd, Keith Scoles designed learning activities that supported technical training for renewable energy projects and local capacity building. The NZMATES project is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and helps build a thriving renewable energy sector in Indonesia’s Maluku Province.

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Sep 2019 | Renewable energy

Kayangel Island (Palau) Hybrid Power System

In his role as Engineering Manager at New Zealand's premier renewable energy company, Infratec Ltd, Keith Scoles provided design and commissioning support for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade sponsored 65kWp, 220kWh hybrid power system on Palau's outer island of Kayangel.

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Feb 2019 | Consulting & Education

Kiribati and Cook Islands National Implementation Programs.

Vanya Smythe was part of a three-person team carrying out research, training and reporting in the Cook Islands and Kiribati to update each country's National Implementation Plan (NIP) to help fulfil their commitments to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants - an international environmental treaty that aims to eliminate or restrict the production and use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Work included producing an estimate of how much each country's renewable energy programs' have contributed to reducing their emissions.

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Oct 2018 | Renewable energy

Reliable, renewable power in the Cook Islands

Keith Scoles provided design support and led the installation and commissioning of four solar/battery/generator mini-grids across the Cook Islands southern group of islands, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and Mitiaro, also providing institutional strengthening and project management support.

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Oct 2017 | Renewable energy

Bamiyan Renewable Energy Project, Afghanistan

Keith Scoles was the on-site Project Manager and Technical Lead for installation, commissioning and testing of five hybrid power systems in Bamiyan, Afghanistan - one of the largest off-grid power systems in the world. The Bamiyan Renewable Energy Project is made up of five 30kW to 400kW solar farms (totalling 1.05 MW), diesel generators and battery back-up systems with a new overhead grid distribution network supplying homes in the province with pre-pay meters. In addition to supervising construction of the infrastructure, Keith was also responsible for building capacity in the local utility company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, as well delivering a comprehensive education programme for the networks customers.

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Nov 2015 | Technical Training

Delivering Training to Airservices Australia

Vanya Smythe developed and delivered technical training to Airservices Australia's Field Service Engineering group on installation, operation and maintenance of the standby DC power systems that support ASAs landing radar systems at Australia's international and domestic airports. Airservices Australia is a Government organisation responsible for the safety of 11% of the world’s airspace.

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Sep 2010 | Soft Skills Training

Training on Muslim Ethics

Vanya Smythe developed and delivered training on Muslim Ethics for the NSW Department of Justice, Australia.

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