The 7th Annual Off-Grid and Stand Alone Energy Conference 2020 was held in Sydney this week. CPS National were on hand not only as Technology Sponsor of the event, but also for Queensland State Manager Carl Parnell to present on recent advanced testing techniques available in solar PV testing and analysis. As part of The Energy & Investment Series, the event brought together three leading renewable energy events under one roof. The 6th Annual Large Scale Solar, the 4th Annual Pumped Hydro & Battery Storage Conference, and 7th Annual Off-Grid and Stand Alone Power Conference made up the larger conference. With a host of delegates and speakers from utilities, industry, government and academia, the event showcased the forefront of the current thinking, technologies, challenges and discussions around the changing landscape of energy supply in Australia. A special keynote address was delivered by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull on energy, the climate and realising Australia's renewable potential. Pictured: Eddie Hoade, Andrew Reither, Carl Parnell, Greg Campbell
We’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming All-Energy 2019 event, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 23 -24. Don’t miss your chance to have a chat with members of our team at our exhibition stand (FF119) to find out more about our latest product offerings including our Solar PV: Analysis and Rectification service, the innovative Solar Cube, our off-grid containerised water treatment plant Gilghi plus a range of other critical and remote power solutions. Australia’s largest national showcase of clean and renewable energy is free to attend and includes a comprehensive conference program with over 200 world class speakers. To secure your free registration and for more information about this must attend event, head to the All-Energy 2019 website.
The future of electricity is being reinvented in Western Australia, writes Jeremy Wray of CPS National, who is working with Horizon Power to replace 54km of transmission with stand-alone power systems. In an effort to stay ahead of the advancement of renewable energy, West Australian energy utility Horizon Power is disrupting itself rather than waiting to be disrupted by others. As a national first, government-owned Horizon Power in conjunction with delivery partner CPS National is shrinking its own remote grid and providing a full electric utility service without expensive, higher risk poles and wires. Horizon is a fully vertically integrated electricity service provider and has the world’s largest utility service territory, seven times the size of Germany. Despite the vast scale of operations, Horizon Power only has a customer base of just over 100,000 Australians. This creates some unique challenges. Horizon Power has moved beyond technology trials to begin decommissioning and full removal of ageing overhead network. Remote network segments with defects have been identified and grouped into spurs, the first of which is the 54km Esperance feeder. Customers at the ends of spurs have been prioritised to receive supply from stand-alone power systems. In the first tranche being rolled out, 15 stand-alone systems are being built to replace 54km of poles and wires. All the systems are completely independent of each other. Plans into action Utility-led decommissioning of existing rural network is a sensitive matter (socially, legally, politically and in terms of health, safety and environment). It involves transitioning customers from a familiar source of electricity to a different and unfamiliar technology. Despite the best efforts, customers can easily become fearful that they’re being left to “fend for themselves”. From the customer’s perspective, the decommissioning of network is being done primarily for the utility’s benefit and they still expect the same or better supply of electricity. From Horizon Powers’ perspective the utilization of stand-alone power systems (SPSs) is only viable and scalable where the quality and longevity of the asset is commensurate with utility requirements; the fleet of thousands of assets can be fully monitored and managed remotely (and ideally by one fleet-management platform), and; all deployment, maintenance and service functions are fully integrated with back office utility systems. In other words, the technology requires whole-of-system integration and must ultimately become a new utility asset class. New utility asset class While several market actors are producing parts of this solution, Horizon Power found that no single vendor has commercialised a whole-of-system solution that is ready to scale to hundreds, let alone thousands, of systems; technology-agnostic and capable of seamlessly managing a diversity of systems; fully compliant with critical infrastructure cyber security standards, and; fully aligned with mandatory utility safety and operational requirements. The partnership between Horizon Power and CPS National will change all that. The result is a full electric utility service offering without “poles and wires” as an entirely new utility asset class. The resulting stand-alone power systems are a “vertically-integrated utility in a box”, compliant with [...]
On 23 August 2019, Ampcontrol Group was recognised for Excellence in Innovation for their Gilghi Remote Water System at the Hunter Business Awards.Sponsored by Pitcher Partners, Ampcontrol’s CTO Tim Wylie accepted the award, which recognises a business that has made significant contributions to their industry through the introduction or improvement of an idea, method, technology, process or application.“As an engineering firm with a long history in the Hunter Region and one who continues to invest in R&D, we’re thrilled to be recognised with the Excellence in Innovation award at this years event,” said Tim Wylie.“We’re fortunate here at Ampcontrol to have the necessary team diversity to not only come up with an idea like Gilghi, but to design, manufacture and deliver an off grid, fully transportable containerised water treatment system.”The win at the Hunter Business Awards comes a day after the successful launch of the Gilghi Remote Water System at the indigenous community of Gillen Bore, 75km from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.As a result of this win, the Gilghi Remote Water System will proceed to the NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards to compete for the State’s top innovation honour this November.
CPS National delivered solar systems to SA Water’s Umuwa, Indulkana and Watinuma facilities. Minimise the power operating costs, provide uninterruptible power supply and ensure a minimum 25 year design life. Did we mention 1,300km north of Adelaide? Client: SA Water Location: In the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, which are located about 1,300km north of Adelaide, SA. Project Scope Design, construction and installation of the solar facilities. Unique Features Each site had unique water treatment requirements and usage profiles. Our service included providing detailed site assessments and client consultation to determine the best solutions. Challenges Because of the remoteness of the sites, a range of challenges were experienced, including freighting the container from the warehouse to the site and unloading the container at the site. There were also limited accommodation options available for the installers.