Solar PV R&DProject Bright Thinkers Power Station
This is the final Knowledge Sharing Report for the project undertaken by Epho Commercial Solar. It discusses the project overview and outcomes, the market analysis and lessons learnt, tenant consumption savings, and the project’s relevance and knowledge gaps addressed.
Bright Thinkers Power Station (BTPS) concept set out to solve a problem: How to maximise the use of largely under-utilised industrial rooftops in urban areas and transform these passive roofs into sophisticated renewable power generators.
In this journey, the BTPS team had to resolve a key challenge: How to decouple site load to system sizing in urban environment. This is possible due to the BTPS technology which differs from a conventional rooftop solar PV system in its ability to direct solar energy either partially or fully to the consumer on site, and/or partially or fully directly trade the energy on the National Electricity Market.
The project aims to unlock further investment and installation of solar PV on the entire usable roof space of commercial and industrial buildings. This compares to the present practice where current rooftop solar PV systems are constrained in size to align with tenant demand.
This first BTPS project successfully demonstrate the proof of concept. The system has been operating for over 12 months and demonstrated that the technology works. The system is highly reactive to change in loads and can adapt accordingly as expected.