Gordon Hill

Gordon Hill

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    WA company to provide power for Indonesian village (A/Min)

    8/01/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    Western Australian technological know-how is being shipped to Indonesia to electrify a village.
     
    Acting State Development Minister Gordon Hill said he was delighted that Survivor Energy Systems Pty Ltd (SES) had won a pilot project with the Indonesian Government which would use its revolutionary wind turbine system to power a rural village.
     
    The announcement comes shortly after the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation science team decided to back Perth as a site for a solar research facility.
     
    "What is particularly pleasing is that the Western Australian Government has been able to play a role in bringing both of these energy projects to fruition," Mr Hill said.
     
    "SES have made use of the improving inter-Government relations between our two countries, which included the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Co-operatives of the Republic of Indonesia and the WA Department of State Development."
     
    The project would trial a solution to a long-standing problem faced by the Indonesian Government - the numerous islands cannot be connected by a main electricity grid, solar power options were reduced because of frequent low cloud cover and the average wind speed on the islands was too low for conventional wind turbines.
     
    "However, SES's system can produce useable electricity at only 2.4 metres per second wind and rated electricity at 4.5 m/sec," Mr Hill said.
     
    "SES will install a 15 kWh per day plant in an Indonesian village of 50 homes about eight hours drive from Jakarta.
     
    "SES has already trialled 40 wind turbines throughout Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, UK and USA and has a major system in operation for the Watarru Aboriginal community at Mt Lindsay in South Australia.
     
    "I am confident the Indonesian pilot project will be a resounding success for SES, as it has the potential to produce millions of dollars in export income and much needed jobs for WA."