Hydro Tasmania opens Flinders Island hybrid energy hub

Flinders Hybrid Energy Hub. Source: Hydro Tasmania (www.hydro.com.au)

December 11 (Renewables Now) - Hydro Tasmania on Monday officially launched a hybrid energy hub on Flinders Island, Tasmania that will make the island on average 60% renewably-powered.

The island, which has historically relied on diesel generation, will be 100% renewably-powered when there is enough wind and sunshine, the power company said.

The AUD-13.38-million (USD 10.1m/EUR 8.5m) hybrid hub includes a 900-kW wind turbine, 200-kW solar array and an advanced control system that will manage the changing mix of wind, solar and diesel power. It also features a 750-kW/266- kWh battery, an 850-kVA flywheel and a 1.5-MW dynamic resistor. The project has been supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) with AUD 5.5 million.

Hydro Tasmania said the hub will lead to lower energy production costs and lower emissions, and provide another renewable showcase for remote communities. There have been similar projects on King Island, at Coober Pedy and on Rottnest Island.

"The Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub gives islanders a secure and cleaner future – consistent with the community’s vision of becoming permanently 100 per cent renewable in the future," said Hydro Tasmania chief executive Steve Davy.

(AUD 1 = USD 0.753/EUR 0.638)

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