The Learning and Innovation Building (LIB) is UQ's new hub for technology-assisted learning. In keeping with the University's sustainability goals, the building was designed with cutting-edge green features and equipped with a 45.25 kWp photovoltaic system that supplies 25% of its peak-demand energy needs.

The LIB's 45.25 kWp photovoltaic system was comissioned in August 2013. Its 181 solar modules are configured into 4 arrays distributed along the rooptop and the terrace of the building. To maximize power harvesting, the modules on the terrace have been mounted on 20° tilt aluminium frames. The panels on the rooftop have been equipped with a maximizer device that counters the  effects of unfavorable shade and orientation, thus optimizing the power output of individual modules.

  • Site Name: UQ St. Lucia Campus
  • Building/Location: Learning and Innovation Building # 17
  • Suburb/City: St. Lucia, Brisbane QLD, 4067
  • Nominal DC Output:45.25 kWp
  • Module Area: 303.5 m²
  • Start-up Date: 05/08/2013
  • Visible on Live Data Display: Yes
  • Date Connected to Display: 05/08/2013

Technical Data

  • Site Longitude: 153°00'51"E
  • Site Latitude: 27°29'53"S
  • Height Above Sea Level: 46 m
  • Time Zone: AEST
  • Type of Installation: Roof-top  and terrace installation (elevated)
  • Tracking system: No tracking system
  • Tilt: 3° - 20°
  • Orientation: 165°- 255° (rooftop)/ 50°- 75° (terrace)
  • Module Make & Model: Solarworld Sunmodule – SW 250 mono
  • Module Technology: Polycrystalline Silicon
  • Module Size: 1675 x 1001 mm
  • Number of Modules: 181
  • Inverter Make & Model: Aurora  Trio PVI-12.5-TL-OUTD
  • Number of Inverters: 4