Date: Sep 18, 2018

erman-headquartered project developer juwi Renewable Energy has inked an agreement with the University of Queensland to deliver a solar+storage hybrid power solution at its research station located in the Great Barrier Reef.

Australian universities continue to climb up the renewable energy league with many of their efforts to offset emissions, by procuring carbon credits, but also by actively developing their own renewable assets.

The University of Queensland (UQ), which has pledged to offset 100% of its electricity needs with renewables by 2020, is now looking to develop a solar PV+battery hybrid at its maritime research stations in the Great Barrier Reef under an EPC contract inked with the Australian arm of German project developer juwi.

The Heron Island Research Station project consists of a 500 kW rooftop solar PV array combined with a 0.6 MWh vanadium flow battery integrated with diesel generators using a microgrid control system.

According to juwi, it is expected to deliver over 80% of the research facilities annual electricity needs and be operational in mid-2019.

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