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Roelands Village Photovoltaic Solutions

Chow, T.Z. (2013) Roelands Village Photovoltaic Solutions. Internship Report, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

The lack of electrical power leads to social, physical, environmental and economic problems. During 16 weeks I was involved in the Roelands Village Photovoltaic Solution, which is part of one of EWB’s reconciliation plans, with the focus on building strong relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. My role was to collect valuable information and design an upgraded model of the existing grid-connected system.

This project focused on the PV solutions for an Aboriginal community at Roelands Village. The predicted maximum demand was assessed to be 850 A, exceeding current supply significantly. Following this, a detailed cost benefit analysis was also undertaken to examine options to increase the capacity for power and power generation at the Roelands site. This analysis examined alternative local renewable energy resources as well as a detailed analysis on solar PV implementation on site. The costs of solar PV implementation were examined in detail and it was recommended that a priority should be given to the installations of solar PV on buildings 22, 16 and 7 as their capacity is greater and the payback period’s shorter. In future, the findings from this data and research will be instrumental in helping implement a comprehensive, sustainable electrical infrastructure at Roelands Village.

Publication Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/22516
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