ARENA backs 'world first' mobile solar-diesel plant

By John Conroy

Laing O’Rourke managing director Cathal O’Rourke said the company was leveraging the design would provide an "innovative solution that reduces operating costs and provides a cleaner energy alternative". “Our engineering and construction operations across Australia currently deploy hundreds of diesel generators, of which many can potentially be augmented with this new renewable energy technology," he said. “As specialists in major remote and regional projects, we have an opportunity to harness vast amounts of solar energy at our projects, for a sustainable engineering solution.

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said UK-based multinational construction firm Laing O’Rourke would be constructing, setting up and packing down the 1MW plant. “A semi-portable hybrid system like this carries enormous potential – it may provide industries and communities in regional and remote locations with a viable renewable energy alternative and could equally be used to assist in international relief efforts," he said.

Mr Frischknecht said ARENA had backed the idea during the design phase, and was now pleased to support it at the demonstration stage. “The speed at which this game-changing solution has progressed from the drawing board to the field is a testament to the clever Australian design and its potential to bring more renewable energy to off-grid Australia," he said.

Read more here: Business Spectator


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