Farming practices can be modified to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to use or create renewable energy sources and to sequester carbon in soils and vegetation. The University is actively exploring the feasibility of these opportunities at its rural Gatton campus. The installation of a 3.275 MW PV system is a further step along the path to a sustainable future for the campus.  

The UQ Gatton Campus occupies 1,068 hectares of rural land adjacent to the Warrego Highway at Gatton, approximately 90 kms west of Brisbane. It is one of Australia's leading educational and research institutions in the fields of Animals, Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Food and the Environment.  Gatton is UQ's largest campus by area and has its second largest student population. It is also the biggest source of renewable energy for the University and host the largest PV Research Facility in the southern hemisphere.

 

For more information visit the Gatton Campus website. A number of initiatives have been adopted to improve  the long term sustainability of the Gatton Campus; further PV installations, for example, are planned for the campus. 

 

  • Building 8167 A nondescipt name but an important energy infrastructure building. It has 25 kWp of roof mounted PV panels.           Read More
  • Gatton Solar Research FacilityThis is the largest PV research facility in the southern hemisphere. Read More
  • Library Warehouse BuildingThis 107.52 kWp PV system is another step towards improving the sustainability of the Gatton Campus. Read More

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Gatton Solar Research Facility

Gatton Solar Research Facility

Gatton houses over 36,000 individual solar panels as part of the PV Pilot Plant.

The Gatton Solar Research Facility is the largest PV research facility in the southern hemisphere. Located 90km west of Brisbane, its 3.275MW generation system  comprises of 5 arrays -a dual tracking array, a single axis tracking array and 3 fixed tilt panel arrays- totalling 36,000 individual PV modules.

 

The project was funded by the Education Investment Fund and is part of an AGL Energy Ltd project, which is supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).The new 3.275MW PV system provides a quantum leap in renewable energy generation for UQ, strengthens the University's Living Laboratories initiative; and completes a significant milestone in a wider strategy to improve the sustainability of the Gatton Campus operations.

This system is capable of supplying up to 20% of the Gatton Campus energy needs and it is currently the only UQ PV array exporting to the 11kV electricity grid.

 

  • Dual Axis Tracking Array The 630kW dual axis array comprises of 160 individual trackers. Read More
  • Single Axis Tracking Array The 630kW single axis array is made up of PV panels mounted on a single axis that tilts from east to west. Read More
  • Fixed Tilt Array The fixed tilt panel array makes up the largest amount of PV panels in the Gatton Pilot Plant. Read More
Building 8167 - Electrical Substation Building

Building 8167 - Electrical Substation Building

Gatton's Building 8167 is an important element in the campus infrastructure. It houses a major electrical substation and shelters a vital back-up power generator. Its location and orientation makes it well suited to a photovoltaic installation. The 25 kWp roof-top system was installed as part of the School of Veterinary Science relocation project.

PV panels have been landscape mounted on six sets of tilt frames set up at 27° on the flat roof of Building 8167. The long axis of the building is almost north-south and as a result the panels have been oriented 5 degrees east of north.

  • Site Name: UQ Gatton Campus
  • Building/Location: Building 8167
  • Suburb/City: Gatton, QLD 4343
  • Nominal DC output: 25 kWp
  • Module area:183.8 m²
  • Start-up Date: 1/06/2010
  • Visible on Live Data Display: No
  • Date Connected to Display:Early 2012 (planned)

Technical Data

  • Site Longitude: 152°20'01.50" E
  • Site Latitude: 27°33'11.00" S
  • Height Above Sea Level: 105 metres
  • Time Zone: AEST
  • Type of Installation:Rooftop installation (elevated)
  • Tracking system: No tracking system
  • Tilt:27°
  • Orientation:
  • Module Make & Model: Mono-crystalline Silicon
  • Module Technology: Conergy P170M
  • Module Size: 1580 x 808 mm
  • Number of Modules: 144
  • Inverter Make & Model:SMC 8000TL
  • Number of Inverters:3
Library Warehouse Building (No. 8248)

Library Warehouse Building (No. 8248)

Gatton Library Warehouse Building (No. 8248)

The Gatton Libray Warehouse is a state of the art environmentally-controlled facility built to store and safeguard key bibliographic material (e.g. books, journals, documents and archives). Its 102.5 kWp PV system has been integrated into the Gatton Solar Research Facility, which is an accredited Renewable Power Station under the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Act (2000).

Together with the Gatton Solar Research Facility, the 102.5 kWp PV system constitutes one of the largest PV power stations accredited in Australia by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER). The installation of the this system is one among many initiatives being undertaken at the Gatton Campus to bolster the sustainability of UQ operations.

  • Site Name: UQ Gatton Campus
  • Building/Location: Gatton Library Warehouse Building (No. 8248)
  • Suburb/City: Gatton, QLD 4343
  • Nominal DC output: 107.52 kWp
  • Module area: 733.3 m²
  • Start-up Date: 06/02/2015
  • Visible on Live Data Display: Yes
  • Date Connected to Display: 06/02/2015

Technical Data

  • Site Longitude: 152°20'24"E
  • Site Latitude: 27°33'2"S
  • Height Above Sea Level: 99 metres + building height
  • Time Zone: AEST
  • Type of Installation:Rooftop installation (elevated)
  • Tracking system: No tracking system
  • Tilt:
  • Orientation: -108°
  • Module Make & Model: Mono-crystalline Silicon
  • Module Technology: Trina Modules (TSM-240PC05)
  • Module Size: 1650 x 992 mm
  • Number of Modules: 448
  • Inverter Make & Model: Aurora Trio 12.5kW (PVI-12.5-TL).
  • Number of Inverters: 8