22/003 – Collection of Solar Radiation and Wind Speed Data for Combination of Renewable Energy

Transitioning the electricity system to deal with an increasing share of renewables and different ways of operating is challenging, but it presents many opportunities to reduce carbon emissions, help businesses and provide clean energy for future generations. Electricity is only one component of the energy transition. Other sectors such as transport, heavy industry and the ‘built’ environment are crucial in the pursuit of lower emissions and in ensuring Australia meets its international commitments.

Renewable energy, often referred to as clean energy, comes from natural sources that can be replenished on a human timescale. The Western Australian shoreline has huge potential of availability of sunlight and high winds throughout the year. The availability of natural sources, which never run out, are the source of renewable power.  The data collection of availability of sunlight and wind speed over the period will provide insights into the use of new technologies.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. Collect solar and wind data from West Australian Coastal regions, including Barrow Island and Onslow.
  2. Compare the actual data with historical data obtained from BOM and/or data provided by Chevron .
  3. Collect the wind speed at heights equivalent to available wind turbine masts to evaluate the maximum utilization of wind energy.
  4. Develop the solar and wind availability chart and assess the combination of power to determine the maximum and minimum power availability during the day over the year.