Infinite Energy - UWA & Q-Cells Research Partnership

Research Partnership with UWA

In mid 2012, Infinite Energy participated in the Future Farm Australia 2050 Research Partnership with the University of Western Australia’s School of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering, German Solar PV manufacturer Q-Cells and GreenSense. The Project’s vision is “to imagine the best-practice farm for 2050, and do it now.” Details of the project are available on the UWA website.

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As part of the initiative, UWA purchased a farm at Pingelly, 150km south east of Perth. The solar component involves providing the new state of the art Farm Manager’s residence with a stand alone Solar PV system which will supply 100% of the home’s electricity needs. As well as providing a 100% off-grid solar power solution to the Farm Manager’s residence, the solar array will also form the basis of an on-going research project which will evaluate different Solar PV technologies in a real world environment.

About the System

  •  The “off-grid” system is totally independent from the electricity grid (which is approximately 1km away) and will provide 100% of the energy requirements for the large modern farmhouse constructed at the site.
  • The house’s energy is totally supplied by the solar PV system – no additional generators are used.
  • The system has a 3 day redundancy meaning that the house can run for 3 days if there was no sun or a system malfunction.
  • The system features 2 x 5kw ground mounted solar arrays (total 10kw) together with a battery backup system.
  • The system production and homestead power usage is monitored remotely via the web using the GreenSense View platform.

Components used:

  • 1 x 5kw Solar PV system utilising 22 x 235W Q-Cells Q-Pro G2 (Poly-crystaline) modules with an SMA SunnyBoy 5000TL inverter.
  • 1 x 5kw Solar PV system utilising 56 x 90W Q-Cells Q-Smart modules (Thin-Film) with an SMA SMC 5000A inverter.
  • 3 x SMA Sunny Island 5048
  • Clenergy Solar Terrace 3 Mounting System
  • 24 x Hoppecke 8 OpzV Solar.Power 1000 batteries
  • Greensense View Monitoring Platform.

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