Client: Laing O’Rourke

CTP Scope:

Feasibility Study, Design

  • Feasibility & Concept Design Phase – Apr 2013 – Jun 2014

  • Detailed Design Phases – Jul 2014 – Feb 2015

Project Partner:

Power Technology

Project Goal:

Hybrid Power System

Project Challenges:
  • Technical requirements

Project Results:
  • A detailed HOMER [1] software simulation model was prepared in order to understand the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE)for a range of system options. These included; Diesel + Solar and Diesel + Solar + Energy Storage compared with a base case of Diesel Generator only. Battery and Fly-Wheel technology were both considered for the energy storage; this was intended to stabilise the system and allow it to run in “diesel off” mode rather than for bulk storage of energy.
  • The lifetime costs of the system – capital, operating and maintenance, fuel, redeployment and salvage – were considered along with the load profile for a remote workers camp to calculate the LCOE for the range of system sizes and configurations. The HOMER software tool allowed CTP to run through a high numbers of options, calculate LCOE for each and hone in on the optimum solution.
  • In parallel to preparing the feasibility study, Laing O’Rouke submitted a proposal to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for funding of the first deployment of the hybrid power system. This required the team to be responsive to a fast-evolving project application and assist with answering numerous technical queries as Laing O’Rouke progressed through the application. The process culminated with the successful funding application and the project is now moving to the detailed design phase.

[1] Hybrid Optimisation of Multiple Energy Resources

HIM Laing O’ Rorke (Sunshift) CTP