We install photovoltaic solar energy for auto-consumption connected to the grid (in the two modalities zero injection and surplus sale) as well as off-grid photovoltaic installations supported by hybridization of batteries and diesel motor, and other further renewable energies such as biomass, solar thermal , cogeneration and biogas.

We also offer a maintenance service for the facilities to ensure the proper functioning and efficiency of the system throughout its lifetime.

Feasibility analysis

To provide the best energy solution for each company, Sofos Energy performs feasibility analysis of their projects through an analysis of the demand and coverage of the project to be implemented carrying out, with the data analysed, a table of viability to work out which will be  the direct return of investment.

PHOTOVOLTAIC SELF-CONSUMPTION

In Sofos Energy we specialize in photovoltaic solar energy for self-consumption connected to the grid, with an extensive experience in the design and construction of such facilities for the commercial and industrial sector, in two modalities: zero injection and sale of surplus.

Photovoltaic solar energy is a clean energy, quiet, mature, reliable, quick to install, easy to use and with a long durability. It consists of modular systems that allow quick and easy expansion, with a low maintenance cost.

Self-consumption facilities consist of solar panels that generate electricity through continuous sun irradiation and inverters that convert this DC electricity into AC electricity for its posterior use.

Who is it meant for?

The photovoltaic self-consumption connected to the network is particularly suitable for companies with a high energy consumption wanting to improve their competitiveness by saving on energy bills and reducing their dependence on the power grid, besides taking advantage of a clean energy source that is environmentally friendly.

Zero injection modality

We set up photovoltaic self-consumption Facilities of zero injection, those connected to the network but with zero injection into the electricity network through a non-injection system that prevents the energy generated by the solar panels from ending up in the network. Thus, all the energy generated is self-consumed, and if there is some surplus an inverters modulation system is used to ensure zero injection into the grid.

Selling surplus modality

In Sofos we also set up photovoltaic self-consumption Facilities with the advantage that the surplus energy is sold to the distribution network. The difference with the zero injection facilities is that the no injection system is needed and instead an approved by the electricity distributor bidirectional meter is installed.

Advantages

  • Photovoltaic solar energy consumption reduces energy costs and dependence on network electricity.
  • Improving the competitiveness of enterprises due to savings in energy costs.
  • With the implementation of this type of installation, the energy produced costs nothing. Thus, the fixed costs of energy production are reduced to maintenance (less than one cent of a euro per kWh).
  • In addition, the photovoltaic self-consumption energy is respectful with the environment, since the production of electricity through photovoltaic technology does not involve any emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere.

ISOLATED PHOTOVOLTAIC FACILITIES

In Sofos energy we install isolated photovoltaic facilities supported by the hybridization of batteries and diesel. We have extensive experience in the design and construction of such facilities in the sectors of agriculture and catering, among others.

The isolated photovoltaic is especially suitable for companies that do not have access to the electricity network and want to improve competitiveness by saving on energy costs, such as diesel.

The isolated photovoltaic facilities consist of solar panels that generate DC electricity from the sun irradiation, inverters that convert the DC power into AC for later consumption and batteries for storing excess production. With these systems, a high energy demand is covered supported by the installation of a generator. This serves to cover the demand for several days in cases of a lack of energy production.

Who is it meant for?

For those sectors who work in rural areas and have no access to the electricity grid, Sofos Energy offers expert personnel in isolated photovoltaic systems with batteries and diesel hybridization.

Such facilities can be very useful in activities such as farms, irrigation systems, pumps, country hotels, etc.

Advantages

  • The isolated photovoltaic solar energy reduces energy costs and reliance on generators to generate electricity.
  • Improving the competitiveness of enterprises due to the savings in energy cost.
  • With the implementation of this type of facility, to support the generator, the energy produced costs nothing. Thus, the fixed costs of energy production are reduced to maintenance (less than one cent of a euro per kWh) and the cost of diesel the support generator may use.
  • The status of energy self-producer gives you a fully independent supply of energy, as opposed to being connected to the electricity grid, which implies being submissive to cost conditions imposed by the different companies.
  • In addition, the photovoltaic self-consumption energy is respectful with the environment, since the production of electricity through photovoltaic technology does not involve any emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere, obviously when using the generator this cannot be applied as it’s a combustion engine which produces the elctricity.

OTHER RENEWABLE ENERGY – BIOMASS, THERMAL SOLAR, COGENERATION, BIOGAS

We offer our customers new resources among renewable energies with which clean energy can be obtained, such as: biomass plants, thermal solar, cogeneration and biogas energy.

Biomass plants

Biomass plants, through efficient and clean processes, produce energy out of organic matter coming from a vegetable or animal origin (such as residues from forestry and agriculture and the agro-industry, wood or paper, energy crops, waste of animal or human origin, used vegetable oils, etc.)

Since prehistoric times, the most common way of using biomass energy has been through direct combustion. Technological advances have enabled the development of efficient and clean biomass for energy conversion processes; for example transforming it into liquid or gaseous fuels, which are more convenient and efficient.

In Sofos we perform feasibility studies to determine what kind of biomass facility is best suited for the energy needs of each client.

Solar thermal

Sofos sets up solar thermal systems that take advantage of the radiant energy from the sun to heat water circulating through solar collectors making the utmost of the greenhouse effect, the selective characteristics of the cover and the absorbing surface. Between the inlet and outlet of water passing through the panels, an energy usable thermal gap is produced, both for heating and cooling the water.

Given that the sun emits 400,000 times more energy than the energy consumed on the planet, it is a future opportunity for the environment as well as an economically profitable investment for the user.

Cogeneration

Cogeneration is the simultaneous generation of heat and electricity through a process of high efficiency energy, respectful with the environment, which ensures the power supply by setting values of trust and security.

This process takes advantage efficiently of the potential energy of the primary energy fuel. A cogeneration plant consumes between 20 and 40% less fuel to produce the same amount of energy as a separate installation generating electricity and thermal energy.

Sofos recommends such facilities to those sectors that consume thermal energy regularly during the year, either in industrial processes (paper industry, dairy, ceramics, food), or in large public and private buildings (hospitals, large sports centres, hotels , etc.). Thanks to cogeneration their overall energy costs will be significantly reduced and if a surplus of electricity is produced, they can opt to sell it to the power company.

Biogas

Sofos has a highly qualified team for the realization of biogas projects. It is a renewable and profitable energy that takes advantage of organic waste from landfills or other waste from livestock to generate electric and thermal (heat) energy.

Biogas is a gas produced during a biological process consisting of an anaerobic digestion (without oxygen) of organic matter. As a result from this digestion organic waste (bio-fertilizer) and energy is obtained. Biogas is mixture of flammable gases consisting mainly of methane and carbon dioxide. The energy recovery is carried out in the same way as natural gas, that is, as thermal energy and electrical energy, by cogeneration technology. Furthermore it contributes to the management of waste.

MAINTENANCE

In Sofos Energy we offer an operation and maintenance service of the facilities to ensure the proper functioning and efficiency of the system throughout its lifetime.

Preventive Maintenance

Sofos inspects and verifies the panels, wiring, inverters, trackers and protections for possible anomalies of the equipment and checks the correct status of the plant.

In addition, the preventive maintenance service also includes service for the weekends and holidays, reports and periodic maintenance visits and mechanical revisions of the trackers.

Monitiring

Through our own system of monitiring Sofos can detect instantly and automatically any matter relating to the production of the plant, additionally we can provide the client with the graphical production in real time, the graphical summary of daily production, monthly and yearly as well as the possibility to consult the production record.

Corrective maintenance

When detected an incident in the installation, Sofos activates a protocol to amend, in the shortest time possible, the failure and avoid significant production loss.

Sofos offers its estoc material and spare parts management and customer guarantees.

Management of regulations and billing

Sofos provides periodic updates and advice concerning procedures, requirements, regulatory changes, etc. that may affect the installation. For this, we have a team ready to respond to all inquiries.

Additional services

Sofos additionally offers the possibility of extending the operation and maintenance services in personalized form for energy audits, cleaning photovoltaic panels, system optimization, regulatory review with the controlling organization, surveillance, weather station, substation control, pest control, pesticide treatments and civil works.