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Hybrid and enabling technologies

Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub

  • $5.50m

    ARENA Funding

  • $13.38m

    Total Project Value

Project Basics

Lead Organisation

Hydro-Electric Corporation

Start Date

Sep 2014

Project Partners

None

Location

Flinders Island, Tasmania

Status

Current

Objective

The project aims to use a combination of solar, wind, diesel, storage and enabling technologies to displace more than 60% of Flinders Island’s diesel generated energy. Hydro Tasmania will develop a modular hybrid energy solution with the potential to further drive down costs and move a step closer to delivering a commercially competitive product.

Need

Like many remote or island locations, Flinders Island is currently heavily reliant on expensive diesel fuel to supply its electricity needs. Diesel fuel remains the single largest expense in these remote systems and renewable energy can provide a competitive, reliable alternative.

Project innovation

The project involves integration of wind and solar generation with the existing diesel power station and the installation of enabling technology, such as a control system, flywheel, dynamic resistor and battery energy storage.

Development of the Hybrid Energy Hub follows the success of the King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project, which has seen King Island’s energy needs supplied solely from renewables when conditions allow, a world leading breakthrough at the multi megawatt scale.

Hydro Tasmania has worked with Tasmanian manufacturers to develop a series of modular units to house and ship the enabling technologies essential to the energy solution.

Equipment will be fabricated and tested off-site, ensuring a speedy rollout at the final location, reducing the risk, cost and duration of construction.

These modular units could provide a lower cost and scalable solution that will allow easy and rapid transport and installation for renewable energy projects and could also serve temporary uses such as in disaster relief or in the mining industry.

Benefit

The project will allow the island to rely less on diesel generation and provide a reliable and stable electricity supply while reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The project will also increase awareness by other communities with similar off-grid systems how renewable energy sources and enabling technology can provide reliable electricity generation.

The modular units will be tested for the first time under operational conditions, making Flinders Island the demonstration site for this next step in off-grid hybrid system development.

More information

Media release – 4 March 2015: Flinders Island next off-grid community to go renewable

Contact information

Seth Langford, Senior Renewable Energy Engineer

Seth.Langford@entura.com.au