The CSIRO Pullenvale site is a high security campus housing experimental work chiefly related to mining and metallurgy. Because of the sensitive working environment, the project presented more of a management and logistics challenge than any technical challenge.

  • Some of the research work is potentially hazardous, thus the GEM team had to be well briefed in the interests of safety. Work on the highest risk areas had to be scheduled for times when the experiments were off-line.
  • At the same time, some experimental work needed to run for more than 24 hours without power interruption. Our experienced team liaised with the client and employees to ensure that a smooth and non disruptive installation ensued. This is not the first time that we’ve had to work under strenuous conditions. Check out our installation on Australia Zoo, dubbed the best installation in Australia for 2019, where we had to avoid disturbing crocs, tigers and exotic birds!
  • The Campus itself is a mix of buildings constructed over a 30-year window. Some office building and some industrial sheds, thus the conditions of each site varied. There were also multiple connection points and transformers on site.

The program was complex, so the decision was made to break the works down into electrical zones and to plan and schedule each zone. We liaised with the multiple heads of departments for access and shutdown planning. Access including exclusion zones below the working area, even though edge protection was in place, and some exclusion zones would close access to doorways. This had implications for fire evacuation plans etc as well

The electrical work itself was also very complex, given the multitude of different building types. Using Fronius inverters allowed us to better mix and match inverters to different building sets. This necessitated reliance on existing high security CSIRO data network for inverter to inverter communications and negotiation of the outcomes with CSIRO IT.

The management decision was to use one experienced install team for the entire project, and not be tempted to bring in addition teams when schedules got tight.

The work was complete on time, with only one minor variation. This was the only CSIRO project of 3 parallel projects to meet the target date.

GEM Energy are proud to have delivered a successful project to such a prestigious client and the projected benefits for the organisation are outstanding. This project clearly demonstrates our ability to adapt to the sensitive working conditions of any client and deliver a system punctually and to the highest quality.

Project Details


Contract Commenced  January 2019

System Commissioned  June 2019

Location: Pullenvale, QLD

Panels: 760 kW 1,900 x SunPower SP19 400C

Inverters: 22 x Fronius 27kW & 2 x Fronius 15kW

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