Work is still continuing with the alternative (solar) energy generation project at Al-Kafeel University, which is implemented by the cadres of the Communications and Information Technology Division of the Engineering Projects Department at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine.
This is one of the mega projects to generate clean and renewable energy, and Al-Kafeel University is the first university in Iraq to be adopting such a project with these specifications and modern and advanced technologies.
“Because of the strong winds that blow on the area in which the university is located because it is an open area, a special steel structure has been designed and implemented to install the solar panels in a safe way, so that it is not affected by high winds and storms,” said the division’s official and project supervisor, Engineer Firas Abbas Hamza to the al-Kafeel Network. "And upon the completion of the structure, 132 solar panels have been installed, with a capacity of (380) watts per panel and a total capacity of (50) kilowatts, and the (6) 8Kwatt Hybrid System solar transformers have also been installed. The installation of lithium batteries with a capacity of (96) kilowatt-hour has also been completed, which feeds all electronic systems and the main information center at the university with electricity in the event of a power outage. Also, (40) external lighting lamps (powered by solar energy and with independent lithium batteries) were installed on the internal pillars and columns surrounding the university, to light the university at night in case the national electricity goes out, knowing that it works automatically at sunset every day."
It is noteworthy that the project will achieve a number of goals, the most important of which are:
- Not using diesel generators.
- Reducing the university’s cost of consuming electrical energy and reducing its bills, up to one million dinars per month that the university used to pay to the Electricity Department.
- Sparing the sums allocated for operating and maintaining generators and reducing the noise that accompanies their operation.
- Providing a stable electrical current continuously without interruption, day and night.
- Contributing to spreading the culture of using alternative energy.
- Providing additional experience in implementing such huge projects in this field.