The project included supplying, mounting and start-up of the cathodic protection
equipment entirely empowered by solar energy. In several stages, integral photovoltaic generators of 14 kWp were launched throughout Nigeria, each of them supplying power to the cathodic protection for 5 km of the pipeline. For this project, a special concept was applied to install the solar array onto the roof of transport containers lately used as shelters for the equipment. Furthermore, solar modules being put up on the containers are more difficult for theft. The project also covered the staff training for mounting procedures in the compliance with the BP Solar standards.
The stand alone photovoltaic systems do not require continuous maintenance. Thus, the solar energy provides the cathodic protection installations with reliable source of electricity.
Supplied within this project, the photovoltaic generator remote maintenance and control application Datapex enables the remote monitoring of stand alone solar installations trough the energy management system BP GM. The data is then transmitted to the customerâ??s headquarters via analog or GSM communications.