The project

The project aims to deliver a stable, reliable and robust microgrid system using a solar array, battery storage and backup diesel generation and is being undertaken in the north-west of Western Australia in Karratha at Cherratta Lodge, a FIFO accommodation facility.

The impact

To date the team have made good progress in modelling and optimising two microgrids with installation and commissioning of the distributed solar array now complete. The system will also be supplemented by a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB).

The project will help to reduce energy costs, provide important data about emissions reduction and allow users to maintain energy stability despite variability of renewables such as wind and sun.


  • Energetics Pty Ltd
  • Magellan Powertronics Pty Ltd
  • Murdoch University
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Ultra Power Systems Pty Ltd
  • University of Western Australia
  • Cherratta Lodge / Ensave

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