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Ongoing installation of collectors at Iberafrica in Nairobi

2021-12-22

Absolicon team on site in Kenya to install collectors for a 400 sqm solar field at Iberafrica Power (E.A.) Limited in Nairobi. The solar thermal field is made in collaboration with Absolicon partner Ariya Finergy and is the first step towards a robotized production line in Kenya.

In line with its climate change agenda and ongoing cost management initiatives, power producer Iberafrica identified the Absolicon T160 solar thermal collectors as an ideal solution to offset its carbon footprint and provide much needed process heating for the power plant.

The solar thermal installation is provided by local Absolicon partner Ariya Finergy using Absolicon solar collectors delivered directly from Sweden to Nairobi.

Absolicon installation team is on site during early December to supervise installation of the collectors. The installation is elevated 5,5 m into the air, maximizing the irradiation on the installation.

To integrate the solar field to Iberafrica plant in Nairobi, Absolicon is providing a custom solar central shipped directly from Sweden. Piping and installation of the solar central will follow the ongoing installation.

Local supply of solar collectors
Ariya Finergy has signed a framework agreement with Absolicon to acquire and operate a robotized production line that manufactures Absolicon’s concentrating solar collector T160 in Kenya. The solar collectors have a 76% optical efficiency and produce heat and steam up to 160 degrees Celsius for industrial processes.

– The need for energy is high in African industries and at the same time, the sun can supply the industry with heat needed for the processes. This pilot plant at Iberafrica is an important step in delivering a production line to Kenya, says Joakim Byström, CEO of Absolicon.

Ariya Finergy is a leader in clean energy supply to commercial and industrial clients. Ariya also works with innovative financing solutions. Ariya has served industrial clients in Kenya for the past years and has the capacity to design and finance installations with concentrating solar collectors.

Iberafrica, one of Kenya’s leading Independent Power Producers (IPPs) with a capacity of 52.5MW, was recently acquired by A.P. Moller Capital as an effective platform for it to invest further in greenfield and brownfield power and energy infrastructure assets in Kenya.

Absolicon has several ongoing pilot projects in African countries. During 2020 the company delivered solar collectors for a pilot plant in Kericho, Kenya, to help convert the tea industry to solar heat and is planning the delivery of a pilot plant to AB Inbev Brewery in Maputo, Mozambique.

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