The majority of Flinders Island’s energy needs are to be supplied from renewable energy resources within two years, according to an announcement from Hydro Tasmania, which says it will soon start work on developing a ‘Hybrid Energy Hub’ on Flinders Island.
Supported by up to A$5.5 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the A$12.88 million ($10 million) Flinders Island hybrid system will be capable of displacing up to 60% of the annual diesel fuel used on the island to generate electricity.
The project involves integration of wind and solar generation with the existing diesel power station, and installation of enabling technology, such as flywheel and battery energy storage, in a new form designed to drive down the cost of these systems. It will significantly increase renewable energy use on the island and reduce the use and importation of diesel.
‘Like many remote or island locations, Flinders Island is currently heavily reliant on expensive diesel fuel to supply its electricity needs,’ said Project Director Simon Gamble, adding: ‘Diesel fuel remains the single largest expense in these remote systems and using renewable energy makes good economic sense.’
The Flinders Island Hub project is due for completion in November 2016.