Wind Powered NBN Trial Offers Disaster Resilience.
Wind Powered NBN Trial – NBN has trialled wind power of remote wireless transmission sites, as part of its strategy to increase network resilience during disasters that interrupt power supply.
The compact turbines were developed by Diffuse Energy and can support temporary power units the NBN deploys when connection to the power grid is cut off during a natural disaster, such as a fire or flood.
NBN deploys solar and diesel-powered Hybrid Battery Cubes to maintain connectivity for communities and emergency services. These units can support wireless transmission points for 6-9 months.
The trial of Diffuse turbines was supported by NBN contractor Decon Technologies and added 3 micro wind turbines to a Hybrid Battery Cube to help power the assets in order to extend their operating time before re-fueling.
“While there is still much more to do, the trial has been a success,” NBN chief engineering officer John Parkin said in a statement.
“From a sustainability perspective, we are investigating and validating new renewable energy solutions to power our network – which reduces our dependence on the grid and drives down emissions and operational costs.
“From a resilient network perspective, we have determined it is possible to use wind generation to extend the battery life of temporary assets or a site during an emergency event – supporting communities and emergency services with connectivity when they need it most.”
“Wind Powered NBN Trial Offers Disaster Resilience.”