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Universidad del Valle de México Faculty and Students Create the Largest Solar Array in Chiapas

15/04/2014


Universidad del Valle de México Faculty and Students Create the Largest Solar Array in Chiapas

Faculty and students from Universidad del Valle de México Campus Tuxtla and UNICACH (Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas) installed the largest solar panel array in the state of Chiapas for the company ABIOSA (Applied Biotechnology South America S.A. de C.V.). This is not only the largest array of its kind, but the first in the state to be used to provide the full power requirements of a company.

Professor Neín Farrera, leader of research at Universidad del Valle de México Campus Tuxtla, commeted that the capacity of the solar array will meet the energy needs of the business. “The business requires approximately 30 KW, most of this will now come from the sun and will no longer need to be one of the firm’s largest expenses. In the medium term, this will represent a considerable savings for the company,” confirmed Farrera.

The idea to create the solar panel array came about from the dual goal of meeting their electrical requirements and their desire to operate in a more sustainable manner. They will now be able to reduce the amount they contribute to global warming and help to protect the environment.

The project is financed by CONACYT and the Federal Ministry of Economics. ABIOSA is located in the municipality of Ocozocoautla de Espinoza, Chiapas and is dedicated to the creation of sustainable products that address agricultural and environmental challenges.

One of the characteristics of the new solar array is that the cells it is made up of are high quality and very secure. The system has an estimated life of 30 years. The system also has a state-of-the-art security system to protect it from common types of accidents.

These systems are being constantly improved and are now so efficient that they can support the ongoing energy needs of companies, whereas before they were used mostly in rural areas and to illuminate areas that were far from the grid.

Professor Joel Moreira from UVM Campus Tuxtla and Professor Pascual López from UNICACH also participated, supported by a number of students from the two institutions.

This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.