Sustainable energy solutions
Like many locations in Namibia, the Gamsberg is remote and not connected to the grid, but offers ample opportunities for using the naturally available solar and wind energy for the production of energy. For many of the international astronomical facilities the conditions are very similar to those on the Gamsberg. It is therefore, that for a telescope project on the ESO (European Southern Observatories) site La Silla in Chili the RRL initiated the HIPERSENSE project. This relatively compact unit provides energy from a combination of both wind and solar, highly efficient power storage, a smart power management system, and state-of-the-art data processing and storage capabilities. This makes HIPERSENSE suitable for providing power and data processing capabilities for astronomical facilities, but also for emergency hospitals in remote locations, or for providing emergency or peak-power solutions in rural area’s.