Renewables News

Gilghi to Feature at Ozwater’20 Online

Ready to quench your thirst for action? Join Ampcontrol Group Product Manager Wayne Diemar and Aurecon’s Sachini De Silva on Tuesday 2 June at 11.30am (AEST) at Ozwater’20 Digital. Kicking off the first day of this digital conference, Wayne and Sachini will present their paper titled ‘Project Gilghi – Modular Self Contained Solar Water Treatment Plant for Remote Communities’. Online delegates will have the chance to learn more about the design and engineering behind Gilghi, our remote water unit that uses advance filtering technology and is a breakthrough water solution for regional and remote communities. This presentation follows our Australian Water Association (AWA) NSW Water Infrastructure Project Innovation Award win for Gilghi earlier this year. National winners will also be announced during the online conference on 11 June at 4.45pm. For more information about securing your registration and to view the full program, head to the Ozwater’20 Online website. To discuss how we can solve your water requirements please contact us. To read the full Gilghi specs and find out more click here.

2020-06-01T16:23:43+10:00June 1st, 2020|Company, Event, Remote Area Water, Renewables|

NSW Governments ‘Net Zero Plan’ highlights importance of solar technology to Australia’s emissions reduction targets

The roadmap underpinning the New South Wales Governments plan to accelerate the reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions has been unveiled, with solar technology identified as a key factor in the states shift towards cleaner energy solutions. In recent weeks, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, The Hon. Matthew Kean released stage one of the states ‘Net Zero Plan’, a scheme that aims to achieve a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions within the State by 2030 against levels recorded in 2005. The Net Zero Plan identifies the states shift towards cleaner energy solutions as ‘a global challenge with local opportunities’, of which should provide significant interest to those within the renewables sector. 'Global demand for low emissions products and services is on the rise' The Government report points to Australia’s involvement in the ‘Paris Agreement’ as a key accelerator of demand for low emissions products and services. Australia is one of 178 countries to have committed to limiting global temperature rises to below 2 degrees Celsius, with 73 of these countries matching Australia’s commitment of Net Zero emissions by 2050. After US $2.5 trillion was invested in renewable energy technologies over the previous decade, figures suggest that this expenditure will need to be matched year-on-year for the next 15 years if targets associated with the agreement are to be attained, demonstrating a significant opportunity for those with the knowledge and capability to produce renewable energy technologies. ‘Low emission technologies are becoming cost competitive’ One element stimulating an increased global demand of low emissions products and services is a significant increase in the technologies cost competitiveness. The ‘Net Zero Plan’ indicates that ‘the cost of solar generation has fallen by more than 73%’ within the recent decade, adding ‘solar panels and wind turbines are now capable of being manufactured and deployed at scale at significantly lower cost than traditional energy generators’. In addition, the technologies progression down the ‘cost curve’ has ensured that now is as good a time as ever for organisations to begin investing in solar technology, enabling a significant return on investment, primarily captured through reduced power costs over the coming decade. CPS National offer a range of renewable energy solutions to assist organisations in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, with the added benefit of a net positive result to the bottom line. Our extensive Operations and Maintenance offering ensures your medium and large scale solar projects continue to operate efficiently, whilst we also EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) medium scale solar (50kW-5MW) and offer commercial large scale solar installation (50kW-200kW). Contact us for further information regarding the benefits renewable technology can provide your organisation. View the full ‘Net Zero Plan’ released by the NSW Government.

2020-04-14T16:55:06+10:00April 14th, 2020|Renewables|

The Importance of Solar PV Testing and Analysis

Solar PV arrays are a common site across Australia and the world, and as the technology becomes cheaper and more accessible they become more common. Over 3 million PV panels were installed across Australia in 2018. This continues to increase as solar capacity grows at 50% per year, making solar the fastest growing renewable energy generation source. Download PDF of full article here The Landscape The incumbent and traditional energy supply modes are well established and management and maintenance of these generation types is well documented. Fossil fuels formed the backbone of Australia’s centralised electricity grid, however, market forces led by cost are changing the generation landscape. Renewables now make up over 22% of the grid supply. In addition, micro-grids and stand-alone systems are becoming more prevalent – especially in more remote geographies like Western Australia. Solar PV A small-scale solar PV system is commonly defined as +1kW to 99kW, medium-scale as between 100kW and 5MW, and large or utility scale as above 5MW, and can reach over 1GW as seen in the United Arab Emirates. As systems scale, and particularly those above 1MW, there can be thousands of PV panels, hundreds of inverters, kilometres of wiring, and significant HV infrastructure for grid connection. In short, a large and complex system. Large scale solar generation investment is usually underpinned by a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) where the output is sold at a predescribed rate. For the solar asset owner, generating the maximum output is crucial in realising the targeted ROI of the asset. Any rate of return is first and foremost calculated based on the panel manufacturers’ Standard Test Condition (STC) results. This makes panel performance critical to the entire commercial outcome for the developer or asset owner. The Challenges Throughout the commissioning of a solar PV system, a range of defects and issues can create an adverse outcome for the system and its resulting ability to achieve maximum output. PV panel damage during transport or installation can result in visible and non-visible defects. In addition, poor connectors, mismatched connectors, damaged wiring, visible and non-visible panel damage and incorrect design parameters can add to output and financial impacts. The below table provides an illustrative but realistic scenario for an off-grid solar PV array. Based on a 10MW array Data Value kWh p/year 17,000,000 PPA per kWh 30c Estimated revenue p/year $5,100,000 Example loss as % 5% Resulting revenue p/year $4,845,000 Loss in revenue $255,000 The critical element in the scenario above is the 5% loss associated with array output. Costing over $250,000 per year, 2 things should be understood and rectified: What is the cause of the loss, and Who is the responsible party? This is where a considered test regime plays an important role. Testing to Optimise Performance Periodic and comparable testing and analysis can protect against both losses and uncertainty around contractual obligations of parties involved in the commissioning and Operations and Maintenance (O&M). In fact, [...]

2020-04-07T13:18:16+10:00April 7th, 2020|Renewables|

Off Grid and Stand Alone Power Conference 2020

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

2020-02-28T14:39:29+11:00February 28th, 2020|Company, Event, Remote Area Power, Renewables|

CPS National Attends All-Energy 2019

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.

2019-10-22T17:56:34+11:00October 22nd, 2019|Company, Critical Power, Event, Remote Area Power, Remote Area Water, Renewables|

Stand-alone power systems tower over costly power lines in remote WA

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 [...]

2020-05-08T14:13:01+10:00October 4th, 2019|Remote Area Power, Renewables|

Ampcontrol Group Takes Out Innovation Award At The 2019 Hunter Business Awards

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.

2019-08-26T11:59:59+10:00August 26th, 2019|Company, Event, Remote Area Power, Remote Area Water, Renewables|

Breakthrough water solution provides sustainable clean drinking water to remote indigenous communities in central Australia

Today, the remote indigenous community of Gillen Bore in the Northern Territory showcased for the first time how they are accessing safe, sustainable drinking water through an innovative, new water treatment system developed by Australian engineering company Ampcontrol Group. Through the support of the Northern Territory Government, Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services and Alkupitja Land Trust, the breakthrough Gilghi Remote Water System transforms undrinkable bore water into pure water – providing people in Gillen Bore and surrounding communities with immediate access to clean and contaminate free drinking water. Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services CEO, Skye Thompson, said, “Ingkerreke services over 20 outstations that are reliant on bore water. This project has allowed the concept and opportunity for the improvements of the quality and quantity of water for the outstations in the future. We are grateful to be a part of this pilot project for our ongoing development in Central Australia.” An Australian-first, the Gilghi Remote Water System is an off-grid, fully transportable containerised water treatment system with remote monitoring. The smart combination of solar and battery storage technology to optimise power, and advanced treatment filtering systems designed in collaboration with Aurecon, allow the unit to be fully maintained and supported by the local community. Marking the official opening of the Gilghi Remote Water System, members of the local community, government representatives, media and stakeholders gathered in Gillen Bore to take part in a water drinking ceremony. Tasting the water in Gillen Bore for the first time, Ampcontrol Group CEO Rod Henderson said, “We are very proud to play a role in providing the Gillen Bore community with a sustainable water solution that provides access to clean drinking water. The Gilghi Remote Water System has the potential to be a game-changer, delivering better and safer ongoing water across Australia and the world, and improving quality of life as a result.” “This project could not have happened without the support of the Northern Territory Government, Ingkerreke Outstations Resource Services and Alkupitja Land Trust, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to profile Australian innovation and technology,” added Henderson. The Gilghi project is sponsored by the Northern Territory Government through the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Development MES Special Purposes Grant.

2019-08-23T11:09:36+10:00August 22nd, 2019|Company, Remote Area Water, Renewables|

Remote Renewable Energy Project

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.

2019-08-09T08:32:11+10:00July 10th, 2019|Critical Power, Remote Area Power, Renewables|

Tasmanian Energy Development Conference

We are at the Tasmanian Energy Development Conference in Devonport for the next two days showcasing our critical power and renewable energy solutions alongside Ampcontrol. Head to our website and reach out to our National Sales Manager Greg Campbell for more information.

2019-08-12T08:24:40+10:00June 19th, 2019|Company, Event, Renewables|