Juwi Renewable Energy has signed an agreement with the University of Queensland (UQ) to deliver a high penetration solar, battery hybrid power solution on the Great Barrier Reef under an EPC contract.
The project, located at the Heron Island Research Station, consists of a 500kW rooftop installation combined with a 0.6MWh vanadium flow battery integrated with diesel generators using a microgrid control system.
It is expected to deliver more than 80 per cent of the research facility’s annual electricity needs and be operational in mid-2019.
“Hybrid power solutions offer the potential to significantly reduce the amount of diesel consumption in often pristine environments while maintaining reliability,” juwi global head of hybrid Dave Manning said.
“On top of that hybrid power stations now generate electricity at a lower cost than traditional fossil fuel power stations.
“We are looking forward to working with the UQ to deliver this landmark project on the Great Barrier Reef.”
The project builds on the success of the world’s largest solar, battery hybrid project delivered by juwi at the Degrussa mine in Western Australia which has been operating now for three years during which time it has reduced the diesel consumption at the mine by more than five million litres per annum.