CPS National were contracted by Fortescue Metals Group to design and upgrade existing DC power equipment and batteries located within FMG’s remote Radio Base Stations (RBS), ensuring increased system reliability and improved remote monitoring capabilities.

Located south-east of Port Hedland, Western Australia, the RBS sites are situated alongside FMG’s mainline railway. Due to their remote location, these sites are powered by solar and battery alone.

The reliability of the existing solar and battery equipment within these sites had been compromised, causing regular alarms to be triggered. A combination of the remote location and inadequate remote monitoring capabilities meant FMG technicians were required to attend sites to determine the extent of the faults triggering the alarms.

Requiring continued site operation throughout the duration of the upgrade works, CPS National developed a temporary DC power rack with 48V, 24V and 12V DC supply. This power rack was utilised to supply existing equipment whilst the original DC power equipment was replaced.

Adhering to strict OH&S requirements, the team selected a more suitable battery module, custom designing battery racking that both fit the existing building appropriately and housed enough battery capacity to meet the required battery autonomy for the sites DC power loads.

Finally, CPS National reconfigured the sites existing solar panels to maximise their capacity, integrating state of the art solar equipment that maximised output whilst also boosting remote monitoring capabilities.

CPS National delivered the project on time and to a typically high standard of quality, with the design and installation providing the customer with the most suitable solar and battery equipment, whilst adhering to stringent OH&S, remote monitoring and maintenance requirements.

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