Xantrex Technology Inc. installed its new Hybrid Power System combined with solar power on the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation near Chilko Lake, British Columbia. This remote site has no access to the provincial electricity grid.
VANCOUVER, B.C., August 22, 2006 - Xantrex Technology Inc. (TSX:XTX) installed its new Hybrid Power System combined with solar power on the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation near Chilko Lake, British Columbia. This remote site is located in the Chilcotin area of central B.C., more than three hours from the nearest urban center, with no access to the provincial electricity grid.
The Xantrex Hybrid Power System is well-suited to supply electricity to homes in remote areas. Similar to hybrid cars, the Xantrex Hybrid Power system integrates advanced power electronics, a battery bank, and a generator into a single system providing enough electricity to power an average household.
The Xantrex Hybrid Power System can work efficiently with renewable energy sources such as solar power, micro-hydro power systems and small-scale wind generators to produce electricity for use in the home immediately or stored in the batteries for later use. The advanced features of this system include real-time satellite data monitoring, automatic battery conditioning, battery temperature management, and optimal generator fuel consumption. The system also offers comprehensive data logging and advanced partial state of charge operation.
The Xantrex Hybrid Power System provides users with a cleaner and more efficient electricity system than continuously running a combustion generator. When combined with a solar array, the home runs off solar energy during the day and stores excess energy generated from the solar panels in the battery bank. At night or when the house electricity demand is high, the power comes from stored energy in the battery and if required, the system automatically starts the generator and seamlessly combines the electricity from these sources. When the battery bank is depleted, the generator automatically turns on and runs efficiently to recharge the batteries. The Xantrex Hybrid Power System is easy to operate and was developed to minimize generator run time, thus saving fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"This system is a state-of-the-art off-grid electricity supply," said John Wallace, Xantrex CEO. "It's small, quiet, convenient, cost effective and a tremendous improvement over the existing combustion generator that runs continuously. The Xantrex Hybrid Power System has great potential for powering remote off-grid residential and commercial sites."
"We are extremely happy with the Xantrex system," said George Colgate, Manager of Xeni Gwet'in Enterprise, which provides technical and construction services to the First Nation. "It reduces generator fuel consumption and increases reliability while reducing harmful greenhouse gases. We look forward to eventually installing these systems on 30 other houses in the area."
The demonstration project is being funded by Xantrex and the Canadian government's Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) program. TEAM is an interdepartmental technology investment program that supports projects designed to demonstrate technologies that mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions nationally and internationally, and that sustain economic and social development.
To learn more about the Xeni Gwet'in First Nation, please click http://www.xenigwetin.com/.
Xantrex Technology Inc. (www.xantrex.com) is a world leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of advanced power electronic products and systems for the renewable, portable, mobile, and programmable power markets. The company's products convert and control raw electrical power from any central, distributed, renewable, or backup power source into high-quality power required by electronic and electrical equipment. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company has facilities in Arlington, Washington; Livermore, California; Elkhart, Indiana; Barcelona, Spain; and Reading, England. Xantrex is publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "XTX".
Note that this news release contains forward-looking statements related to Xantrex Technology Inc. Such statements reflect the current views of Xantrex with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements.
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