Renewable Energy Logistics

RENEWABLE ENERGY LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS
We offer specialist logistics solutions for the renewable energy industry, handling customs clearance and door-to-door delivery of all types of components and machinery.

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RENEWABLE ENERGY LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT SPECIALISTS

Renewable energy cargo can be bulky and in the majority of cases requires door-to-door transportation of a large number of containers from one continent to another or urgent air freight delivery. On average, such projects take a year and a half to come to fruition due to the socioeconomic, environmental and governmental factors involved.

90% of shipments are DAP and require door-to-door service with efficient handling at all stages of the project, from collection at the factory, through to warehousing and ultimately, delivery at the farm or power station, taking into account the most appropriate methods of transport at all times. This means that most cases require specialist project cargo handling.

We have expert staff dedicated to handling these types of projects, in addition to our Project Cargo division, which specialises in the transport of industrial projects involving oversized and heavy cargo.

We specialise in renewable energy logistics and can transport all of the components required to set up and maintain your renewable energy plant.

WHO ARE OUR LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS AIMED AT?

The scale and the cost of the project are usually the main factors which determine whether it is the manufacturer, the EPC firm or the developer who takes on the responsibility and the risks involved in supplying and transporting all of the materials and machinery required to carry out the project.

EPC: firm responsible for a project and in charge of the design, construction and supply of materials.

Suppliers that manufacture components

Energy generators and developers

LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS FOR THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY

Project Cargo

SHIPPING

Shipping is the main method of transport used when a renewable energy plant needs to be set up and maintained due to the large amount of equipment involved, its size and the distances covered.

AIR FREIGHT

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Urgent shipments to send replacement components and maintain the plants. Air freight is the fastest way to cover long distances between suppliers and the site or plant.

MULTI-SUPPLIER CONSOLIDATION

If your materials come from different suppliers, multi-supplier consolidation is the best logistics solution for the renewable energy industry. We group the goods from your various suppliers together so that containers are transported carrying only your cargo. This leads to significant savings of time and money given that once the containers have arrived in port they are transferred directly to your warehouse, thus reducing destination handling costs.

ADVICE AND CUSTOMS CLEARANCE

We offer advice on documentation, customs processes and procedures as well as on any potential tax and customs advantages available.

For example, the owner of a renewable energy plant could be entitled to preferential customs tariffs set out by the country of destination under a special customs scheme for imports of material as capital goods or fixed assets.

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SOME EXAMPLES OF OUR PROJECTS

  • ROUTE STUDY IN YUCATAN
    We took on the task of implementing a route engineering service to determine the transportation strategy of numerous components. For this, it was necessary to configure special equipment and appearing permits before various instances, as well as the containment of local traffic.
  • TRANSFORMER SHIPPING FROM CHINA
    A Spanish EPC relied on our solutions to complete the door-to-door movement of a transformer and its installation accessories from Shanghai, China to Veracruz, Mexico; where our experts took care of the discharge and placement of the transformer in its base, using the hydraulic drag system known as Jack & Slide.
  • SOLAR FARM IN COAHUILA (580MW)
    A project for a Spanish EPC firm in which we carried out a door-to-door service from Spain to Mexico, including customs clearance in both countries, to transport a total of 800 TEUs of cable, corrugated tubes and fencing for a solar farm, which will be the biggest in Latin America.

THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY

Mexico has abundant resources for the generation of electricity from renewable sources, which is why it now occupies the fourth place as a world producer of electricity from geothermal energy and has become a promoter of foreign investment, as it is among the three most attractive countries in the world to finance photovoltaic energy projects.

In total, the country currently has 230 plants in operation and construction for the generation of electricity through the support of countries such as Spain, the United States and Germany with 22, 8 and 5 projects respectively.

The global investments in renewable energy generation capacity include 288.0 million USD, 70% of the total investment in generation and more than 2.5 times of investment in fossil fuel generation plants in 2015.

In this same year, the installed capacity with renewable energies worldwide was 503.8 GW, with the Asia and Europe regions having the highest participation with 39.7% and 25.1% of the world total. While the region with the lowest participation is Central America and the Caribbean with 0.6%.

However, it is in Latin America and the Caribbean where is the most dynamic renewable energy market in the world, since at the end of 2015, the generation capacity for renewable energies was 212.4 GW, of which it stands out: hydroelectric energy by concentrating 61.5% of the total world capacity, followed by wind energy with 21.2%, solar energy with 11.4%, 5.2% bioenergy and the remaining 0.7% is attributed to technologies with geothermal and marine energy. While hydraulic energy represented the largest share of the regional total with an installed capacity of 172 GW from large plants bigger than 10 MW.

It should be noted that Latin America is today the main investor of renewable energy facilities and its construction forecasts in a period of five years are 10GW in Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, which means that we can expect projects of 100MW on average. Also, there is another large number very difficult to quantify of small projects from 2-3MW.

As an efficient logistic operator of renewable energies, we have our own offices in 4 continents, as well as an extensive network of agents; allowing us to offer excellent treatment and tracking from origin to destination, through our specialized staff.

TYPES OF RENEWABLE ENERGIES

Renewable energies, also known as “clean energies”, are inexhaustible and increasingly competitive sources of energy that differ from fossil fuels because of their diversity, abundance and potential for use anywhere in the world. However, its distinctive feature is that they do not produce greenhouse gases -causing climate change- nor polluting emissions that could be dangerous for the planet.

  • SOLAR ENERGY

    Solar energy is obtained on Earth from the sun’s radiation. The sun’s heat and light are captured via photovoltaic cells, heliostats or thermal collectors which convert them into electricity or thermal energy.

    The main elements of a solar farm are

    • Photovoltaic modules or solar/thermal panels.
    • Cabling.
    • Inverters.
    • Batteries.
    • Charge controller.

    Mexico ranks as the third most attractive country in the world for investment in solar photovoltaic projects and has the largest photovoltaic module manufacturing base in Latin America, with an annual production capacity exceeding 1,667.5 MW. Though, an increase of 6,834.8 MW is expected in new projects in the 2016-2030 period, of which 56.3% are in the construction phase or to start works; 24.8% are projects to be tendered and 18.9% to be authorized or in process.

  • WIND ENERGY

    This energy is obtained from wind currents. The kinetic energy generated by these currents is harnessed and converted into other types of energy, especially electricity.

    Wind farms are comprised of wind turbines which convert the kinetic energy into electricity. The main components of wind turbines are their towers and blades. These components require special transportation which we are able to offer through our Project Cargo Division.

    Other mechanical and electrical elements are, of course, necessary for the correct functioning of a wind farm, such as:

    • Multipliers.
    • Generators.
    • Control cabinets.
    • Anemometers.

    The high wind potential that has developed in Mexico during the last four years has made it a more competitive country among clean technologies, because -only this year- wind generation was 8,745.1 GWh, thanks to the 32 generation plants that actually exist on the territory.

  • HYDRAULIC ENERGY

    The energy obtained by harnessing kinetic energy and the potential from water flow, waterfalls and tides. As with wind power, the kinetic energy produced by these currents is converted into other types of energy, usually electricity.

    Hydroelectric power stations can exploit these natural geological phenomena, or artificially create them using dams to create kinetic energy. In either case, the basic elements required to convert the energy are:

    • Hydroelectric turbines.
    • Generators.

    Despite of the fact that Mexico has 97 hydroelectric power plants distributed throughout the national territory, of which 33.0% are located in the Eastern area (Oaxaca, Veracruz, Chiapas and Tabasco), the addition of 4,491.8 MW of hydroelectric power capacity for the 2016-2030 period has already been considered.

  • GEOTHERMAL ENERGY

    This energy is obtained from the internal heat of the Earth. The heat is used to heat a substance, primarily water, which causes a turbine to turn.

    With this type of renewable energy, the main components used in the creation of geothermal plants are:

    • Reservoirs.
    • Turbines.
    • Generators.
    • Condensers.

    Mexico occupies the third place in the world production of geothermal energy, thanks to the eight plants located in Baja California, Nayarit, Michoacán, Puebla and Baja California Sur. Nevertheless, during the period 2016 – 2030, it is expected to increase 894.4 MW of capacity, in which 150 MW of these projects are in the construction phase or to start works and 681.4 MW are already authorized or in process.

  • BIOENERGY

    This energy is obtained from organic or industrial matter. This energy is harnessed:

    • directly, through combustion, using combustion boilers.
    • via conversion into other substances (fuels or foods).

    The installations involved can be of various sizes:

    • small: for domestic use, such as a chimney.
    • medium: livestock waste digesters on farms.
    • large: power stations that burn agricultural and forest waste in order to generate electricity and provide heating.
If you are interested in our logistics solutions for the renewable energy industry, you would like advice on how to carry out your project or you have a question for us, do not hesitate to contact us.
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