The roof-top PV installation on the Research Laboratories is similar to that located on the Teaching Block: a 12.6 kWp array with panels mounted parallel to the roof. Electrical power from the array is used in the Research Laboratories, outdoor equipment on the adjacent aquaria deck, and nearby buildings.

IRS has 7 large laboratories (5 dry and 2 wet labs), fully equipped with modern equipment and an adjacent dark microscope room. These laboratories and the near pristine conditions of island's marine environment make HIRS the ideal platform to undertake research on the Great Barrier Reef.

In addition to having PV to generate electricity, the HIRS makes use of solar collectors to heat water for the shower block (shown in the thumbnail photo below). 

Site Name: Heron Island Research Station (HIRS)

  • Building/Location: Research Laboratories
  • Suburb/City: Heron Island, QLD
  • Nominal DC output:12.6 kWp
  • Module area: 89 m²
  • Start-up Date: 1/06/2010
  • Visible on Live Data Display: No
  • Date Connected to Display:Mid 2012 (planned)

Technical Data

  • Site Longitude: 151°54'48" E
  • Site Latitude: 23°26'33" S
  • Height Above Sea Level: 9 metres
  • Time Zone: AEST
  • Type of Installation:Rooftop installation (elevated)
  • Tracking system: No tracking system
  • Tilt:10 °
  • Orientation: 30°
  • Module Make & Model: Polycrystalline silicon
  • Module Technology: Kyocera 210w KD210GH-2PU
  • Module Size: 1500 x 990 mm
  • Number of Modules: 60
  • Inverter Make & Model:Aurora One PVI-4.2
  • Number of Inverters:3