Solar and flow battery to power Great Barrier Reef research station

Date: Sep 19, 2018












A University of Queensland-run research hub on the Great Barrier Reef will soon be more than 80 per cent solar powered, with the addition of 500kW of solar PV and a 600kWh vanadium flow battery system.

The solar and battery microgrid will installed at the Heron Island Research Station – the oldest and largest marine research station on the Great Barrier Reef – by German outfit juwi Renewable Energy, after the two companies signed an MOU last month.

The project will integrate the rooftop solar array and vanadium flow battery with existing diesel generators using a microgrid control system.

The solar and battery system is expected to deliver more that 80 per cent of the annual electricity needs of the internationally recognised research facility, and be operational in mid-2019.

The supplier of the vanadium flow battery was not specified, but One Step has asked for more information, and will update the story once that comes in.

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