Q: What are the latest trends and innovations when it comes to renewable energy?
A: The world has hit a new renewable energy milestone with the climate catastrophe. Renewable energy is not a new trend or terminology. Many countries already produce solar power, wind energy, and hydro and tidal energy. The list goes on.

There are numerous products in the market now powered by solar energy. Moreover, improved technology in designing the alternators and propellers reduces costs while increasing wind generators’ energy output.

As for solar power generation, the efficiency of solar panels (PV modules) has increased substantially in the last few years, resulting in a reduction of space required for a given capacity. This maximises the energy production of rooftop systems while being cost-effective.

Another technological advancement in solar panels is half-cell designs. It solved the reduction in power generation due to partial shading of a panel.

Grid tied inverter performance has also been improved dramatically. Unlike a few years ago, inverters are now manufactured with built-in safety equipment, thus reducing the overall cost.

Q: Can you explain the functions and benefits of micro inverters?
A: We at E. B. Creasy are pioneers in using micro inverters for residential rooftop systems. The technology of these inverters manufactured by APsystems has developed remarkably. It now has four panels that can be connected to an inverter, each working independently. This improvement is remarkable compared to the earlier version, which used one inverter for each panel.

The safety of systems is of paramount importance. APsystem’s micro inverters are designed to convert DC electricity at the point of installation of the panels to convert 100 volts (800V-1,000V) to standard household voltage (230V/400V), eliminating the requirement for high voltage DC cables.

This increases the users’ safety by removing the risk of high-voltage ‘arc’ fires caused by a short circuit between positive and negative currents.

Q: Does your company have any energy saving mechanisms in place – and if so, what are they?
A: We provide an alternative source of energy that reduces the requirement of power from the main grid. This is accomplished by feeding the grid with electricity generated from solar power, which cancels the power drawn from the national grid.

Moreover, E. B. Creasy has already installed 1.5 MW of solar rooftop plants on our factory roofs, and we plan to install another 4 MW on rooftops by the end of this year.

Q: How would you describe the competition – and what strategies do you employ to stay ahead?
A: Unlike other equipment, the life expectancy of solar powered services is 30-35 years. Therefore, the equipment carries extended warranties. The manufacturer must be available or in business to provide these warranties or replacements if needed.

Therefore, we select suppliers of high repute and credibility to supply the equipment, and thoroughly research their history before entering into long-term business relationships.

As an esteemed organisation established in 1878, we at E. B. Creasy are always ready to cover these extended warranties and provide after sales services to our customers.

Q: What are the organisation’s plans for the future?
A: We believe that developing new energy storage systems and utilisation would be the future of the renewable energy business.

However, we’re meticulously researching this subject together with potential suppliers to import nothing but high quality, reliable equipment that will not damage our customers’ electrical and electronic equipment, both in the short and long term.

Isuru Lekamge
Head of the Department
Renewable Energy Division
Telephone 2478806  |  Email marketing@creasy.lk  |  Website www.ebcreasy.com