Solar Thermal Energy

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I. Abstract
II. Synopsis
i. Summary of the Case
ii. Research about Solar Energy
III. Analysis
IV. Conclusion and Recommendation
V. Appendices
VI. References

I. Abstract
This case study primarily talks about the proposed project of Struktura Inc. for the Philippines rural electrification needs. Together with the technology introduced by the Germans, energy coming from the sun will now be converted into electricity. For the view of those who will read the feasibility, this study was divided into different sections that deals on how will the Struktura Inc. act in this scenario. Synopsis which includes the review for solar power is of great help to have knowledge about the definitive concept of the system itself. The importance of energy coming from the sun and its actual transformation into a more commercialized energy is also discussed. Since the concern of Struktura Inc. is the profitability on their part, the analysis of given facts will supplement them with the information that they need in the form of quantitative data. Income statement for 5 years is provided to know if the project will be gainful or not. The competitiveness has been conferred for the view of customers which help them to analyze the cost between traditional sources of energy and the household system. After all the information cited, the final section for this study, Conclusion and Recommendation will summarize the theory for the project by concluding what option is best suited for Struktura Inc., as well as with the customers who will avail the system. By this fact, the company can now undertake what course of action they will do when it comes to their prospected venture.

II. Synopsis
i. Summary of the Case
On February 27, 1981, The Federal Republic of Germany and Republic of the Philippines entered into a contract to develop an application of solar energy in the Philippines. The project was funded by the German Bundesministerium for Zussamenarbeit (BMZ) through the Gesselschaft for Zussamenarbeit (GTZ) with a counterpart fund from the Philippine office energy affairs (Non – Conventional Resources division). The imlpementing arm in the Philippines was the Philipppine National Oil Corporation (PNOC) through its Energy Research And Developmental Center (ERDC). The project was called the Philippine-German Solar Energy Project (PGSEP). The alternative to a grid system was a stand-alone unit for a single household. Each household could have its own PV panel, a BCU, a battery, and DC appliances. Depending on its power needs, a far-flung rural household could choose a 28 watt-peak(WP) or 50 WP system. Furthemore, the components, except for the solar panels, were locally available. They had identified Filipino companies that could reliably supply these components. One of them was SI which produced the steel frames. The PGSEP, however, had a problem: the project was to be terminated by the end of the year. Unless they could identify a local group to undertake the project commmercially, they were afraid that their efforts to propagate the technology were useless. In fact, a community in Burias, Masbate had indicated a willingness to order the system. There was a waiting list of 120 customers already. Furthermore, they reasoned that the firm with commercial interests in mind would professionalize the operations. But, their contract with the Philippine government disallowed them from commercializing the venture. Struktura, Inc. (SI) had been working with the PGSEP for around four years. They manufactured the best quality steel frames and bases for the panels.Furthermore, PGSEP Director, Frank Schneider, had a high regard for SI’s owner, Antonio Co. He had, therefore, invited Anton to examine he possibility of assembling the SHS units and marketing them to the Burias Community. Franks had even offered...
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