First wind turbine installed at first ever wind-solar-battery hub
By Russell Burford on 14 September 2018
The solar and battery storage project has been installed at the Kennedy energy hub in North Queensland, the first wind turbine for a world-first utility scale, on-grid wind.
Although could be expanded to more than 1.2GW – should the circumstances be right according to Windlab – the Kennedy energy hub will comprise 40MW of wind, 20MW of solar, and 2MW/4MW of battery storage. Developed by Windlab and Eurus Energy, the last blade of the first Vestas 3.6MW turbine was installed at the 60.2MW first stage of Kennedy energy hub. The last 67m blade was lifted into place by a 750-tonne lattice boom mobile crane, which lifted it to the 132m-high hub.
Delivering the construction and engineering is a consortium between Vestas and Quanta Solar. The sub-station is also being upgraded and the solar panels and Tesla batteries are also currently being installed.
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