Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change signs Low Carbon Pilot project documents with China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI) expert Working group

On the 27th of October the Director of New Energy Department, Ms ZHANG Jiali, of the China Renewable  Energy Engineering Institute and Mr Wills Agricole, Principal Secretary of the Department of Energy and Climate Change signed a technical agreement for the implementation of the Low Carbon Pilot project  to be implemented in Seychelles.  The signing ceremony was done at the Office of the Minister for of Environment, Energy and Climate Change at Le Chantier Mall. Present at the signing ceremony was the Chinese ambassador to Seychelles, Ambassador Yu Jinsong and Minister Didier Dogley.

The Signing of the technical agreement was in accordance with the MOU on the Low Carbon Pilot for Addressing Climate Change signed between the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China and the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Departments of the Republic of Seychelles on May 23, 2017, the NDRC agreed on the construction of a low-carbon pilot in the Republic of Seychelles and to help improve the country's abilities of coping with effects of climate change by the means of the development of a low-carbon pilot scheme, provision of relevant materials and also organize training. The project involves the installation of 15 Seychelles public schools with PV power generation and solar energy storage system, the construction of three Solar Education & Science Popularization PV Power Plants in Carports Form whereby each PV shed has the capacity of 5kW and the construction and installation of 810 LED solar street lights. For Curieuse Island, a 25kW/123kWh off-grid photovoltaic energy storage system would be provided to the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) which spends more than 30,000 rupees a month on fossil fuel.

The aim of the Low-Carbon Pilot Project is for the development and utilization of clean energy to students and social residents, promote low-carbon energy Application, explore the potential of Seychelles to use renewable energy, and provide technical and empirical support for future optimization of the Seychelles energy supply structure. 

Entrusted by the NDRC, China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute (CREEI) dispatched an expert working group to visit the sites in Seychelles to examine the present conditions and status of buildings and infrastructures related to the project. The working group and the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change of Seychelles (MEECC) also had several consultations with relevant government agencies in Seychelles on project execution and technical schemes such as the Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC), Seychelles Land Transportation Agency (SLTA) , Ministry of Education, Seychelles Planning Authority, Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) and Seychelles Public Utilities Corporation(PUC), Ministry of land use and habitat (MLUH). The project implementation will start in the first quarter of 2018 after the equipment has been shipped to Seychelles.

Best Practices for Festive Season: Fridge/Freezers

As everyone knows, the end of year festivities are getting closer and closer. This is time to make plans with family and friends for the festive season - what delicacies must be prepared – cookies, chocolates and cakes. A lot needs to be stored in your fridge and freezers! It could be high time to gift your loved ones or invest in new, efficient ones!
People who have older appliances need to be aware of the changes encountered in this modern world, with technologies seeming to be upgraded every fortnight.  There are appliances available that are well equipped to meet the needs of households for capacity and consumption. The recent Energy baseline study (2016), showed that Fridge/ Freezers account for 15% of total Residential Energy consumption – remembering that Fridge/Freezers are the only appliances that stay on 24 x 7 from the first day they are plugged in. 
Energy Efficiency is a phrase you hear used every day, but it remains to be adopted as a part of our daily life. As seen from the diagram, it is evident that there is a high potential to adopt energy efficiency practises to reduce consumption of electricity at home. The transformation shift must be done smoothly and should not create a burden on our pockets. For this to happen, we need to understand what are the best practices.
Do you really need a new Fridge/Freezer?
This doesn’t apply to people who are planning to purchase for the first time. But if you are replacing old appliances, it is important to know if you need a repair or a replacement. Most Fridge/Freezers are built to last 10 to 20 years, provided they are used as per the specifications. If the appliance is working properly, consider repairing it if it is less than 7 years old. If the appliance is more than 12 years old, consider replacing it. If the Fridge is between 7 and 12 years, seek advice from a technician.
Saving money:
Both replacement and repair costs money. Sometimes an inefficient Fridge could be consuming more power than needed and thus will increase your electric bill.  A 10-year-old fridge uses twice the energy of a more modern Energy Star-related fridge. It is important to select an efficient Fridge/Freezer that can benefit both your wallet and the environment.
Types available:
When choosing a Fridge/Freezer, consider different types according to their capacity, energy usage, your needs and application. For example, Auto Defrost consumes less energy than Manual Defrost, and top mount freezers use less energy than bottom freezers – although this applies only when appliances are properly maintained. The type of refrigerant gas used has been a concern in the past, but harmful refrigerants are now prohibited in Seychelles and globally.
Add to your savings: take some simple steps to use your appliances more efficiently, and factor in lifetime energy costs when purchasing new appliances
1.      Reduce heat loads by avoiding placing the Fridge/Freezers close to any heat source (gas stove, oven)
2.      Set the temperature to suit the climatic conditions: every degree lower means more energy consumption. Recommended temperatures are 35°-38°F for the fresh food compartment and 0° F for separate freezers used for long-term storage.
3.      Leave space between the appliance and the wall for free air circulation which supports the radiation of waste heat from the appliance.
4.      Avoid frequent opening of the door, cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and cause the compressor to consume more power.
5.      Never overfill the appliance which affects the circulation of cold air inside. This may cause 20% more consumption of electricity.
6.      Maintain the appliance properly (cleaning, defrosting, regular servicing of the condenser)
7.    Make sure all the doors on a unit have well-fitting seals that are fully intact. Simple Test: Place a piece of paper in between the door and the body of the fridge. If you are able to pull the paper out when the door is closed, the seal needs to be replaced.