The Knowledge Sharing Centre will have an ‘open door’ policy for researchers, providing opportunities for industry, academic institutions or other researchers to engage in on-site data collection, analysis and research.
A data collection and storage facility – All data from the Normanton Solar Farm will be managed and stored within the Centre. Data will be monitored on a daily basis and climate and performance data will be streamed via the project website.
The construction of a Management Centre on the Normanton Solar Farm site will be managed by Solar Futures Australia to correlate, display and research real time data which can be shared through tourism, governments, educational programs and the solar industry. Providing an opportunity to develop a ‘Savannah Way green energy tourism trail’ throughout the Gulf as other projects are developed.
Normanton Solar Farm project aims to demonstrate how the learnings gained form this innovative project will be disseminated to the renewable energy industry, governments, industry and the community more broadly.
Knowledge Sharing Centre
- Data Sharing
- research and Education
Key Knowledge Sharing Activities
- Site Open Day
- Workshops and conferences
- Project Interactive Web site
Displays, Data Collection
- Research and development
- Green Energy Trail
Knowledge Sharing Objectives
- Improved understanding renewable energy fringe of Grid
- Improved understanding of performance characteristics in a tropical, monsoonal climate
- Provide opportunities for education, research and tourism
Objectives of the Centre
- improved understanding of the costs and challenges of designing, procuring, constructing and operating a solar PV farm in a remote, tropical region of Australia;
- improved understanding of the financing requirements and commercial viability of solar PV deployments in fringe-of-the-grid locations of Australia;
- improved understanding of the benefits and opportunities of providing distributed renewable energy in fringe-of-the-grid locations;
- improved understanding of the performance characteristics of solar PV deployed in a tropical, monsoonal climate;
- timely data that is correct and of a sufficient quality to enable accurate calculation of the levelised cost of electricity in relation to solar PV;
- more accurate technology readiness and commercialisation readiness levels for solar PV in fringe-of-the-grid, remote tropical area applications;
- improved public awareness and understanding of fringe-of-the grid solar PV developments.