renewable energy

Hydro Tasmania has finally agreed on approximately $4million contracts to start a massive renewable energy project on Flinders Island.

There will be a significant boost of renewable energy consumption and limited reliability on imported diesel on the Flinders Island if the project is completed.

“Like many remote or island locations, Flinders Island is currently heavily reliant on expensive diesel fuel to supply its electricity needs,” Project Director Simon Gamble stated.
“Diesel fuel remains the single largest expense in these remote energy systems and using renewable energy makes good economic sense.”

The $12.88million Flinders Island project will consist of the incorporation of solar energy, wind power with already available diesel power facility, and the installation of flywheel and battery energy storage, associated with other technologies capable of limiting 60% consumption of annual diesel on the Island.

“This combination of technologies means we will be able to securely and reliably generate power for Flinders Island, even during lulls in the wind or when the sun isn’t shining,” Project Director Simon Gamble stated.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is pumping into the project $5.5million funding. Ivor Frischknecht, CEO of ARENA stated that the project will give the Flinders Island community with efficient energy supply as well as provide jobs within the Tasmanian state.

“Australia is a large country with many off-grid communities and industries facing energy supply challenges similar to Flinders Island. ARENA is committed to working with Hydro Tasmania to share the learning and expertise gained,” Mr Frischknecht stated.

Hydro Tasmania is also willing to establish modular segments to house the technology. “These modular enabling units will provide a lower-cost and scalable solution that will allow easy and rapid transport and installation for renewable energy projects, and which could also serve temporary uses such as in disaster relief or in the mining industry,” said Mr Gamble.

“Fabrication and factory testing of equipment takes place off-site, ensuring a speedy roll-out at the final location, reducing the risk, cost and duration of construction.”

Below are the details of the contract; as analysed by Hydro Tasmania

• RF Industries will undertake solar PV design and construction.
• Toshiba will supply the battery cells, housed in a customised container system.
• Hitzinger will supply the Diesel Uninterruptible Power Supply (DUPS) unit. This is the same equipment used for Hydro Tasmania’s highly successful KIREIP.
• Southern Prospect will manufacture and install custom-designed shipping containers to house the DUPS unit. Factory Acceptance Testing of the containerised D-UPS will occur at Southern Prospect’s factory in Wynyard, before shipping to site.
• Doric Engineering will manufacture customised shipping containers to house control hardware, low voltage switchgear and power electronic cabinets of the dynamic resistor.
• Bartech will manufacture switchgear in specialised containers.

The project is said to complete by end of 2016.

Samantha M:Hydro Tasmania, 3 August 2015.Contracts signed and work to start on Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub: Accessed August 4, 2015