Hungarian manufacturing company Ganz Engineering and Energy Production Machinery LLC has been awarded a contract to supply equipment for several pilot micro hydroelectric power sites being developed by Georgia’s International Energy Co. Ltd.
Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed, but Ganz EEM is to deliver the first pilot plant in the first half of 2017, after which International Energy will install several more.
The projects are somewhat unique in that they will use a new self-contained hydropower plant designed by Ganz EEM to fit entirely into a standard shipping container. The container itself acts as a powerhouse and comes equipped with a reversible Francis turbine, and generator and control systems. The company said the equipment allows them to be monitored and operated remotely.
Ganz, a subsidiary of Hungarian manufacturer Atomenergomash, said all the units need is an intake, discharge and connection to the local grid, cutting their installation time down to about a month.
It was reported earlier this year that the company was also looking to break into the South African market, where its modular units would likely qualify for exlusion from the country’s environmental impact assessment process due to their low impact.