iPower provides a full range of project development services from initial feasibility to installation and monitoring. As a social enterprise, iPower has also developed a social esco model (Energy Services Company) to provide a range of energy services. As a developer and facilitator of low carbon projects, iPower offers a range of services that are of value to remote and island communities.
A recently example of iPower’s work is the successful implementation of novel fuel cell technology. It designed, installed and monitored a system in the headquarters of The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), which is an internationally recognised standard setter and authority on building services engineering. The iPower system is based on a solid oxide fuel cell, running in Combined Heat and Power (CHP) mode, therefore supplying heating and electrical demands. This is important as it is part of the process to develop a robust system that will be able to be used in remote off-grid locations where efficient use of available fuel is important.
iPower has also been involved with the development of off grid solutions, applying this approach in this instance to a business park. This location is in many ways similar to a community application combining as it does a range of demand profiles, load sizes and critical applications. The iPower team is therefore ideally placed to develop a range of different off-grid solutions combining use of organic waste streams for vehicle fuel and electricity generation, alongside solar PV, wind or hydro where applicable and battery storage. This flexible approach is ideal as it allows remote communities to work with available resources to achieve. iPower are working with an international development agency partner on waste to energy solutions for southern and west Africa. They are also working with a UK social landlord on a solar PV/battery storage package to overcome grid constraints.