Monday, July 22, 2013

King Island momentarily turns off diesel generators

A milestone has been achieved in the push to switch King Island on to renewable energy.
Hydro Tasmania has a small number of wind turbines and solar panels on the island and is aiming to reduce the use of back-up diesel generators by 65 per cent.
The state owned business is celebrating what it calls a world first breakthrough switching off the generators for 90 minutes and relying solely on wind power.
Hydro's Simon Gamble says 100 per cent renewable generation has not been achieved anywhere else on such a large scale.
"We are aiming to achieve sustained periods of 100 per cent renewable energy," he said.
"We are aiming to increase those as we continue with the project and we will be able to do that further and further through the next few months."