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Tue, 19/06/2012
One of the Diesel UPS machines on King Island, view from front near the fly wheel
One of the Diesel UPS machines on King Island, view from front near the fly wheel
The fully encased Bio Diesel fuel tank in place for the 20% trial. It sits outside of the power station building behind the diesel engine.
The fully encased Bio Diesel fuel tank in place for the 20% trial. It sits outside of the power station building behind the diesel engine.
The 'back end' diesel component of the D-UPS
The 'back end' diesel component of the D-UPS
Another angle of the D-UPS
Another angle of the D-UPS

June project update

Work on the King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project (KIREIP) is coming along well. The power station building extensions are now almost finished, allowing some of the new element of the power system to be installed. The Uninterruptible Power Supply class Diesel engines (D-UPS) have arrived on King Island and have been moved into their ‘bays’ ready to be connected. Bio Diesel trials are continuing, the current trial is using a mix of 20% Bio Diesel with traditional Mineral Diesel.

Project elements snapshot:

Bio Diesel: a trial has been completed on Diesel engine number four using a mix of 20% Bio Diesel and 80% mineral diesel. The results are currently being assessed. A trial will start in the coming weeks using 100% Bio Diesel, this will be carried out on Diesel engines number four and one.

Vanadium Redox Battery (VRB): investigations have indicated that decommissioning rather than repair of the inoperable VRB will be required.  This process is currently being looked at.

Wind farm expansion: preliminary work has begun for the wind expansion, supply contracts for wind turbines will be in place in the next 3 months.

Uninterruptible Power Supply class Diesel engine (D-UPS): D-UPS units one and two have arrived on Kind Island and have been moved into their newly constructed bays.  Through July they will be connected and tested before being connected to the power system for use.

Energy storage system: preliminary design work has been completed  for the energy storage system.  A supply contract for a nominal 2 Megawatt / 2 Megawatt hour storage system will be in place within the next 2 months. 

Smart Grid:  Suppliers for the smart grid infrastructure have been selected and contracts are currently being negotiated.  The infrastructure will include a control system installed at the King Island Advanced Hybrid Power Station, as well as a wireless communication network that will communicate with a series of sensors and switching equipment installed at participating customer premises.