Tasmanian Island Models Hybrid Microgrid for Australia

February 20, 2017 - A model hybrid microgrid in Tasmania is scheduled to begin operating this quarter, according to Electro Power Systems, which developed the project with Toshiba for Hydro Tasmania.

The 3-MW, solar plus storage microgrid is part of the ‘Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub,’ designed to wean the island off fossil fuels. The hybrid microgrid will increase the island’s renewable energy and storage use to 65 percent and cut its diesel fuel use by more than 60 percent. Later, wind power will be added to the system. Hydro Tasmania hopes to commercialize the hybrid microgrid technology and export it to Australia.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Tasmanian Government helped fund the hybrid microgrid. It was developed along the lines of Hydro Tasmania’s King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project, which supplies 100 percent of King Island’s power with renewables.

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