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Press Release

Participation in JICA Project “Road Map for Zero Fossil Fuel in Galapagos Islands Project”

February 09, 2024
Chubu Electric Power Co.,Inc.

Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (“Chubu”) , Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. and SeED Okinawa LLC have entered into a consulting service agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (“JICA”) regarding “ Road Map for Zero Fossil Fuel in Galapagos Islands Project ”(“Project”).

In Galapagos Islands, thermal power generation from fossil fuel, mainly diesel power generation, accounts for the majority of the power source, and the electricity demand is expected to increase significantly in the future due to the population increase with the further development of tourism industry.
Under these circumstances, in order to support sustainable development in Galapagos islands, the government of the Republic of Ecuador is accelerating efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels, such as formulating an energy transition plan for Galapagos Islands.

The Project will investigate the potential of renewable energy such as geothermal power generation in the Galapagos Islands, optimize the planning, operation, and maintenance of the power generation system that combines existing diesel power generation with renewable energy, storage batteries, etc., and aim to achieve energy savings. The Project will be conducted from February 2024 to February 2027 for the purpose of creating a draft scenario for Zero fossil fuel.

Through the Project, we will utilize our experience and know-how cultivated over the years in the domestic electric power business and overseas consulting business to contribute to the development of the electric power business in Republic of Ecuador.

We will contribute to the realization of a decarbonized society and Chubu Electric Power Group Management Vision 2.0 by active expanding of our global business, including overseas consulting business.

【Summary of the project】

Target Area

Galapagos Islands and mainland Republic of Ecuador

Related government /institutions

  • Ministerio de Energía y Minas (MEM)
  • CELEC EP, ELECGALÁPAGOS, others

Period

February, 2024 ~ February, 2027

Main Tasks

Following technical supports and transfer contributing to the creation of road map for zero fossil fuels:

Planning a renewable energy development scenario

  • Potential investigation of geothermal power generation
  • Potential investigation of solar and wind power generation

Study and proposal of power system stabilization measures

  • Optimization of the planning, operation, and maintenance of the power generation system that combines existing diesel power generation with renewable energy, storage batteries, etc.
  • Study of introducing demand response scheme

Study and proposal of energy saving measures

  • Creation of a draft road map for energy saving
  • Implementation of the pilot projects for heat pumps and desiccant air conditioning
  • Proposal of energy saving and decarbonization measures in the transportation fields
  • Study of introducing zero energy buildings (ZEB) and zero energy homes (ZEH)

【Reference】Location of the Republic of Ecuador and the Galapagos IslandsLocation of the Republic of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

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