Booting up in 2003, Regen Power, became a pioneer in applied research and the commercialisation of renewable energy technologies. The company continues to be involved in residential, commercial, off-grid and utility scale projects.
Regen offers products and services in categories such as roof top residential and commercial grid connected solar systems, off-grid hybrid solar systems, solar water pumping and treatment systems as well as utility scale solar power systems.
The company has supplied and installed hundreds of 1kW -5kW residential rooftop solar systems totalling about 10MW. Since 2014, residential installations have been taken up solely in Western Australia, with most systems being 3kW and 5kW. Regen is also involved in several commercial solar installations. “We provide engineering and procurement services for major projects and we have also taken up off-grid projects for mining and remote resorts and communities.” Advices Director, Professor Chemmangot Nayar.
Regen has pioneered an innovative solar integrated power system, named HybridGEN™. This system is based on Professor Nayar’s patented variable speed diesel generator technology (US 7072194 & PCT/AU2011/001068). The HybridGEN™ system is designed to optimise engine speed based on varying load, availability of renewable resources such as solar, wind and the state of battery charge. The system saves as much as 50% or more fuel and therefore also saves on overall energy costs, which will be 50% lower than that of a conventional diesel system.
On the residential scale, solar systems range from 1-10kW, for home, home office and even small to medium industries. Commercial customers range from hotels, health centers, engineering warehouses, educational institutions, church and community centers. Regen’s other products include remote off grid systems for the mining industry, remote telecommunication towers for the telecom industry, water pumping for irrigation for the farming and agriculture sector as well as standalone hybrid micro-grid power systems for remote communities.
With sustainability at the heart of the business, Regen has also installed a solar power system on its premises. Sustainable actions using renewable energy and being energy efficient are important factors in climate change. “Embracing renewable energy can create new jobs and trading opportunities with countries in South East Asia as well as China and India.” States Nayar. His trademark HybridGEN™ system has already been installed in India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore. “Embracing solar power provides energy security and reduces dependence on volatile oil price based utility power.” Explains Nayar.
With safety also being a major priority, Regen has implemented in-house workplace health and safety practices. These practices include working at heights training, as well as warehouse management to ensure the best practice of tools and equipment.
Regen Power has also been active in research and development with support from the R&D Tax Incentive (Concession). Regen also collaborates with universities in Australia, such as Curtin University and Murdoch University. Their collaboration with Curtin chalked up a $326,000 research grant win, funded by the Australian Research Council. Regen also collaborates with universities in India such as IITs and NIITs. The company also undertook the Australian Federal Government initiated Researcher in Business Programme with Curtin and Murdoch universities.
Currently, Regen has been focusing its business development activities in developing countries in Africa, as well as India and Indonesia. They not only provide residential roof top and commercial grid connected solar power solutions through local partners, but they also provide engineering design and consultation on utility scale projects ranging from 500kW to 5MW.
Regen has also recently started developing renewable energy training kits and conducting short courses for educational institutions. The company is providing a skill development programme for technicians and engineers as well as fee-for-service on engineering and procurement for small businesses. The present target market is India.
Regen was a finalist for the Australian Technology Competition in 2014. Professor Chem Nayar was selected as the First Fellow of the Australian Solar Council. Nayar, who’s very passionate about the industry left us with some insight. “In the last five years, solar photovoltaic panel prices have fallen by 80%. Over the next five years, costs are projected to drop by another 30-40%, making solar the cheapest form of electricity generation in many parts of the world. The biggest opportunity is for solar panels with battery storage. Unfortunately, the prospect for the solar industry in Australia, has declined over the last year due to policy uncertainty. This renewable energy, though very challenging, has considerable new risks arising from abrupt government policy changes.”