Education Institute Training Facility
TAFE SA Regional, Mount Gambier Campus, South Australia Campus, located 450 kilometres south of Adelaide, can now boast that it has the very best facility in Australia for training technicians and installers involved in domestic renewable energy systems. The $350,000 ‘Solar and domestic wind turbine installation and grid connect training centre’ was built by TAFE SA Regional students and supported by industry sponsors. It has attracted sponsorship and interest from around Australia in fact.
Why telecom base stations?
The GSM Association representing the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry estimates that “nearly 639,000 off-grid base stations – the pieces of equipment which provide cellular network coverage – will be rolled out by 2012 across South and South East Asia, Middle East and Africa where grid availability is among the lowest in the world”. Energy accounts for up to 60% of network operating expense. Corporate policies are also in place to reduce carbon footprint.
Maldives PV/Wind/Diesel Microgrid System Report
Hybrid systems consisting of a cluster of small wind turbines, photovoltaic modules, a bidirectional grid forming mini grid inverter (which can also work as a battery charger), battery storage and the existing diesel generators were installed and commissioned in the Uligam, Raimandhoo and Kondey island in July/August 2007.