Renewable energy systems for remote areas in Australia

Renewable energy systems for remote areas in Australia Journal Article

Renewable Energy

  • Author(s): Lowe, David, Lloyd, C. R.
  • Published: 2001
  • Volume: 22
  • ISBN: 0960-1481

Abstract: It has been long thought that the northern and central regions of Australia are ideal places for the installation of remote area power supplies (RAPS) based on renewable energy. In particular the solar regime in these areas is among the highest in the world. The Centre of Appropriate Technology has been undertaking a project, as part of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy research program, to look at the viability of renewable energy systems in remote areas of northern and central Australia. The study has involved compiling a database of existing knowledge of renewables in these areas combined with a set of site visits and case studies to look at both community attitudes to renewable energy and the actual operation of the systems. The study started in early 1997 and is due to be completed towards the end of 1999. The present paper outlines the logistics of the study and some of the results. The emphasis so far has been on wind and solar systems (including hybrid diesel systems) in Aboriginal communities. Some work has progressed for systems in pastoral properties and tourist ventures. The fieldwork to date has covered northern South Australia and the Northern Territory. Further fieldwork will occur in northern Queensland and Western Australia in mid 1999.

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Lowe, David, Lloyd, C. R., 2001, Renewable energy systems for remote areas in Australia, Volume:22, Journal Article, viewed 13 July 2024,

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