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Wed, 19/12/2012
One of the installed D-UPS units
One of the installed D-UPS units
Containerised Biodiesel tank
Containerised Biodiesel tank
A group touring the power station at the community open day
A group touring the power station at the community open day

December 2012 project update

As 2012 draws to a close the King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project (KIREIP) project team look back on a successful year and look forward to achieving many more project milestones in 2013.

With a highly successful ‘stage one’ project opening and community open day at the station in October, plus great progress on the projects there has been much to celebrate.

The major focus of 2012 has been on installation and ongoing testing of the D-UPS units, the bio diesel trials, awarding the contract for Australia’s largest battery and work on developing the smart grid.

Project elements snapshot:

Bio Diesel: A 100% bio diesel trial commenced in late December 2012. The testing process will be similar to the 20% bio diesel blend trial which was completed earlier in 2012. The 100% trial will assess the potential impacts of using this biofuel as well as relative efficiencies and costs compared to mineral diesel.

Once the 100% trial is completed the results will be compared with those of the 20% bio diesel blend trial.

Vanadium Redox Battery (VRB): investigations have indicated that decommissioning rather than repair of the inoperable VRB will be required. Decommissioning planning is now well advanced with work to be undertaken in 2013.

Wind farm expansion: preliminary work has begun for the wind expansion, supply contracts for wind turbines will be in place in the coming months.

Uninterruptible Power Supply class Diesel engine (D-UPS): D-UPS units one and two have been installed at the King Island Advanced Hybrid Power Station, and were officially unveiled on 26 October 2012. Tuning and optimisation of the D-UPS is ongoing – this will ensure security of electricity supply for the King Island community. Once our testing is complete the units will be put into operation in the power system  and the team will then move towards system optimisation and ultimately zero diesel operation.

Energy storage system: Hydro Tasmania has confirmed that King Island will be the home for Australia’s largest battery. The 3 MW / 1.6 MWh UltraBattery from supplier Ecoult is currently being manufactured in the USA and is expected to arrive on the Island in the second quarter of 2013. Tenders for the building works close in early 2013 and construction of the battery building is expected to follow shortly after.

Smart Grid: CSIRO, Saturn South and Contact Electrical are the suppliers for the smart grid infrastructure and work has begun on this project. The Smart Grid control system has been installed at the King Island Advanced Hybrid Power Station, and the wireless communication network is being rolled out. Currently the wireless network is connected to Currie with work still underway to connect Grassy.

Control System: The Hydro Tasmania team has designed, tested and implemented a major upgrade of the power station control system, with new user interfaces and alarm paging systems.  The new system controls the automatic start-up of diesel generators and other generating plant and is an important step towards being able to implement zero diesel operation.