Following its innovative research into combining renewable energy, storage and diesel on King Island, Hydro Tasmania is leading work on a major renewable energy project on Flinders Island in Bass Strait, off the north coast of Tasmania.
The $12.88 million Flinders Island Hybrid energy Hub aims to reduce diesel use by 60 per cent, through a combination of wind power, solar power and energy storage.
Hydro Tasmania Project Director Simon Gamble said that, like many remote or island locations, Flinders Island relied heavily on the import of expensive diesel fuels for its power.
“Diesel fuel remains the single largest expense in these remote energy systems and using renewable energy makes good economic sense,” he said.
Development of the Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub follows on the heels of the successful King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project, which provides all of King Island’s energy needs from renewables when conditions allow. The island's cheeses, meats and more are famed for being produced in one of the cleanest environments in the world, and Hydro Tasmania's innovative renewable energy project means it is now even cleaner.
The Flinders Island project was supported with $5.5 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. Hydro Tasmania has so far signed $4 million worth of contracts with RF Industries, Toshiba, Hitzinger, Southern Prospect, Doric Engineering and Bartech.