Geothermal energyProject Yanderra Shallow Geothermal Solar Systems Demonstration Project
This report provides the initial lessons learnt from a full scale and operational hybrid geothermal system that incorporates solar PV, ground-source heat pumps and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a standby.
Ground Source Systems Pty Ltd is developing a hybrid geothermal system for heating and cooling a commercial poultry breeding facility in Yanderra, NSW to demonstrate its effectiveness and its financial & environmental benefits to the rural industries. The hybrid geothermal system comprises a ground-source heat pump (GSHP) system in part fed by a solar PV, and with gas back-up. A GSHP system is being installed to replace in full or in part LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) as a fuel for heating and evaporative cooling for a single poultry shed. The typical mid-sized poultry operation at the Yanderra demonstration site is expected to provide an important case study to drive uptake across the sector.
Contracts were signed between November 2021 and February 2022, with the geothermal-solar system expected to be operational by November 2022. The system is currently in construction phase. This lessons learnt report focuses on the lessons gained through the design, contracting and construction phases of this project. Specific technical lessons learnt on this project will be shared in future reports.