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JUWI in Australia

Find out more on the fascinating hybrid projects built in Australia.

Energizing sustainability

JUWI is active in Australia since the beginning of 2014. The main focus was initially placed on hybrid projects consisting of renewable energies, storage units as well as necessary control components. JUWI later also offered project development and EPC services as well as innovative products and solutions to support its customers here.

JUWI constructed three remarkable hybrid projects: The mining project "deGrussa Sandfire" (10.6 MW photovoltaics and battery storage), the solar storage and power plant for the University of Queensland on the Heron Islands with a capacity of four megawatts and the JUWI Hybrid IQ controller for the Goldmine Agnew. In 2020 JUWI was part of the construction of solar park Greenough River (37 megawatts) as an EPC service provider.

 

 

In 2016, the largest JUWI project in Australia to date also resulted in the largest solar hybrid power plant in the world: Our Australian JUWI subsidiary built and commissioned the power plant for the mining company Sandfire Resources NL.

Solar hybrid power plant DeGrussa

The largest solar hybrid power plant in the world of its time.

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Solar hybrid power plant DeGrussa

The largest solar hybrid power plant in the world of its time.
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Meekatharra
Western Australia
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10.6 Megawatt
Capacity
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20,4 million KWh
Annual yield

The Project

In 2016, the largest JUWI project in Australia to date also resulted in the largest solar hybrid power plant in the world: Our Australian JUWI subsidiary built and commissioned the power plant for the mining company Sandfire Resources NL.

A 10.6 megawatt, single-axis tracked solar park and a 6 megawatt battery storage cover the majority of the electricity requirement during the day. This reduces the mine's annual diesel consumption by more than 20 percent. In the solar park, around 34,000 solar modules convert the power of the Australian sun into climate-friendly electricity – this makes the DeGrussa gold and copper mine the largest solar-powered mine in the world at its time.

The completion of the project is an important milestone for the mining industry and the renewable energy sector.

Renewable Energies and the Mining Industry

The potential of off-grid systems for mining can be illustrated with the example of the DeGrussa mine: by using renewable energy sources together with the mine's existing diesel power plant, operators can not only reduce the negative impact on the climate, but also reduce fuel and operating costs at the same time. This saves 12,000 tons of CO2 emissions and five million liters of diesel fuel every year. The combination of solar power plant and battery storage is fully integrated into the diesel power plant and reduces its base load without interrupting mine operations.

Project video

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