Hybrid off-grid solutions

Hybrid energy solutions

Hydro Tasmania is developing off-grid energy projects that have the potential to supply renewable energy to remote communities across the globe.

Diesel fuel remains the single largest expense in these remote systems and using renewable energy makes good economic sense.

Hydro Tasmania is seeking to commercialise its off-grid energy solutions and export these to customers in Australia, and in due course to the Pacific and the South East Asia region.

The King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project (KIREIP) is the first of the projects developed by Hydro Tasmania and demonstrates the important role that renewable energy can play in displacing high-cost, emission-intensive fossil fuels from the off-grid sector. Read more below.

King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project

KIREIP uses a range of renewable and conventional technologies to reduce diesel consumption for power generation on the island. The hybrid power system is comprised of wind, solar, battery storage, flywheels, dynamic resistor technology, dynamic load control and the use of biofuels.

This combination of technologies means KIRIEP can securely and reliably generate power for King Island, even during lulls in the wind or when the sun isn’t shining. When conditions are right, KIREIP delivers 100 per cent of King Island’s power from renewable sources, reducing the cost of providing electricity to the island.

KIREIP is an initiative of Hydro Tasmania and is being developed with the assistance of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Tasmanian Government. Read more on the project website.

Flinders Island "Hybrid Energy Hub"

Flinders Island is currently heavily reliant on expensive diesel fuel to supply the island’s electricity needs. That’s all about to change. Hydro Tasmania is developing the Flinders Island "Hybrid Energy Hub" with completion expected in November 2016.

Once complete, the hybrid system will be capable of displacing up to 60% of the annual diesel fuel used on Flinders Island to generate electricity.

The project involves the construction of an additional single wind turbine (located on the ridgeline above Lady Barron Road) and solar generation (built at the existing diesel power station), and the installation of enabling technology, such as flywheel and battery energy storage.

Conceptual diagram of Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub, showing extensions to existing power station


 

Schematic representation of the Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub

A unique aspect of the Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub is that it will make use of modular units to house and ship the enabling technologies essential to the energy solution. Hydro Tasmania has worked with Tasmanian manufacturers to develop a series of modular units and this innovation will be developed and tested for the first time through the Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub project. This will make Flinders Island a showcase for this new modular system for the potential customers throughout our region. 

Read more about the project in our media release.

The $12.88 million project is supported by up to $5.5 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

 

Want to find out more?

Hydro Tasmania is looking forward to bringing this innovative project to the island and working with the Flinders Island community towards its success.

We are available to talk to you at any time on 1300 360 441 or you can email us at contactus@hydro.com.au 

Alternatively, please use the form below to share your thoughts or ask a question about the project.
 

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