June 20 (Renewables Now) - Australian mining company OZ Minerals (ASX:OZL) will start in July the construction of a hybrid power plant at its Carrapeteena Copper-Gold Mine in South Australia.
The installation will consist of a 250-kW lithium-ion battery, a 250-kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system and 10-kW wind turbine connected to existing diesel generators, the mining company said Tuesday.
South Australian government’s Renewable Technology Fund has supported the project with a AUD-1-million (USD 691,860/EUR 612,162) grant, according to a press statement by energy and mining minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan.
The hybrid solution will be developed in partnership with SunSHIFT Pty Ltd, an Australian specialist in prefabricated and movable solar power installations. Commercial operations at the site are slated to commence in January 2020. The mine is located 160 kilometres north of Port Augusta.
The hybrid project is a trial installation launched within OZ Minerals’ initiative Energy and Mining Collaboration (EMC). The collaboration platform counts members such as Adelaide University, the Department of Energy and Mining and SunSHIFT, among others. OZ Minerals says that the purpose of EMC is to bring together researchers, start-ups and institutions into a shared space to investigate the integration of renewable energy and demand management-related activities on a mine site.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.69/EUR 0.61)