Bonaire Wind-Diesel power plant

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
MAN Diesel Canada
June 2010

With the commissioning of this sophisticated new sustainable wind-diesel hybrid power plant, Bonaire (Dutch Antilles) became the first Caribbean island with 100% renewable energy.  This project’s aim is to transform today’s largely fossil fuel-based energy supply infrastructure in Bonaire into one based on the application of 100% sustainable energy sources within five years.  HH Angus provided all mechanical and electrical design services for the construction of the back-up diesel generator. The back-up diesel engines respond to the changes in output from the wind turbines in order to maintain electrical grid balance. Special care was taken to integrate the control systems of the wind turbines and the diesel engines, since grid performance had to be maintained during fluctuations in the wind resource.