ARC Linkage Project

AICA Engineering Pty Ltd together with Curtin University and Regen Power have been awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, with a total project funding of $326,000.

The ARC Linkage Projects scheme supports collaborative research and development projects between higher education organisations and other organisations, including within industry, to enable the application of advanced knowledge to problems. This project aims to develop a remote area power supply that minimises the use of diesel in meeting the energy needs of remote communities and mining camps.

BC Irons

AICA Engineering in association with Regen Power took lead as the chief consultant and solar installer for the design, installation, testing and commissioning of a 30 kW off-grid PV system for BC Irons in Karratha.

YHA Perth City

AICA Engineering specialises in design, installation and commissioning of commercial solar projects. Working in conjunction with industry partners allows us to deliver with quality service and competitive pricing. With a fully qualified technical team in house and on ground enables us to tackle installations of any complexity through innovative solutions.

AICA Engineering has executed various commercial solar installations in and around Perth of which a 40kW system on Youth Hostel Australia (YHA) in Perth City was one among the many.

Infant Jesus Parish, Morley

AICA Engineering and Regen Power worked together to provide this community organisation with a solar system to reduce their long-term operating costs. The following is adapted from their bulletin.

What are the costs?

Electricity costs were forecast to be

  • 2010/11 Forecast – $8,700
  • 2011/12 Forecast – $9,600
  • 2012/13 Forecast – $11,000
  • 2013/14 Forecast – $12,400

The recommended maximum system size to provide for daytime usage is 15kW. The prudent approach is to begin with a 10KW system and gauge the results.

  • Cost of 15kW System: $60,000
  • Cost of 10kW system: $40,000
  • Approximate Saving in Energy Costs: 40 – 50%

Who is the provider?

Regen Power, has also installed units in both the Whitfords and Willetton parishes, and these parishes are very happy with the results. AICA Engineering is partnering with Regen Power to conduct the actual installation of this system, which uses higher quality HanWha (German) ‘Q-Cell’ panels and inverters and is also guaranteed for 25 years.

Mindarie, Perth

System summary:

  • System Maximum Power: 5.232 kW
  • Annual Energy Production Estimate: 7987 kWh
  • Daily Average Energy Production Estimate: 21.88 kWh

Our Client’s Experience

Hems Thakrar, Principal, Amani Finance

I would like to say that I highly recommend AICA for any solar requirements. I installed a 6KW system in my two storey house with them and it was installed seamlessly without fault and I was always kept informed. Ginsu and his team at AICA gave me the highest level of customer service and I was really impressed by their knowledge as well as their living up to all their promises and delivering the ideal solution for my home.

My two storey house had unusual roofs with several challenges that would have cost a lot of time and money to get to a workable solution including the moving of an existing solar heating system for the swimming pool.My requirements and expectations were also quick stringent at a limited budget. The team at AICA were able to recommend and deliver on the right solution despite all the challenges. Their work was professional, efficient, thorough and very clean.

Thank you AICA, I will always recommend you to all my colleagues and family when it comes to any solar solutions. I’m definitely a fan.

Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital, Kerala

The renowned Pushpagiri Medical College Hospital (PMCH) one of the premier super specialty multi-disciplinary hospitals in Kerala (India) with almost 1200 beds is in the process of moving towards the use of Sustainable Energy in the form of Solar Power System with Water Treatment Plant. Shaji Mathews, was involved with Regen Power and Radiant Solar to carry out the feasibility study and submit the proposal.

We are happy to acknowledge that Radiant Solar has got this project and AICA Engineering (INDIA) worked with Radiant Solar to install and commission the system to achieve the expected outcome by the Management.

Mar Athanasios College, Kerala

The Mar Athanasios College For Advanced Studies, Thiruvalla campus, Kerala

The college has installed a 30-kW rooftop solar-power plant to generate 45,000 units (kilowatt hours) of electricity a year.

The system has got 27,600 watt panels (Wp), a 30-kW state-of-the-art bi-directional charger capable of functioning as an interactive inverter with grid-tie capability, four-member charge controllers, a 19-inch rack, and a central monitoring device package.

Eco Beach Wilderness Resort, Broome

Devising advanced hybrid power system provided mining companies in remote areas with a cost effective means of generating their power.

The uniqueness of the automated hybrid system (solar and diesel) was its ability to be monitored remotely from thousands of miles away to optimise power input and output, helping to reduce its operational costs significantly, thereby an ideal choice for remote mining areas.

Veterans’ Retreat, Marble Bar

AICA Engineering was involved in a pioneering project developing a sustainable power supply in one of the hottest and remote locations in Australia, with an engineered off-grid solar power source.

The system consisted of 32 panels, a 38kWh energy storage battery system and Regen Power’s variable speed diesel generator, providing 24-hour power supply to the retreat

Powering one of Australia’s most remote locations

The following was featured in the Community newspaper group and can be found on their website.

Shaji Mathews from the University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is developing uninterrupted power supplies for remote locations and, in conjunction with Regen Power, has designed and installed an innovative solar photovoltaic diesel hybrid system for the Veterans Retreat at Meentheena Station, 75km east of Marble Bar.

The retreat is for veterans of military, medical, police and other services to help them cope with experiences of past conflicts and events. While the remoteness of the site makes it an ideal location to unwind, visitors battle with the extreme temperatures, so the Veterans Retreats of Western Australia approached Regen Power to develop a cost-effective, uninterrupted power supply system.

With the nearest petrol station located some 200km away, Mr Matthews developed a diesel generator which can run on variable speed to reduce the retreat’s fuel needs, yet still meet power requirements in case of solar power shortages.

“This is the first variable speed generator of this type and I’m pretty sure success of this combination system will give a big boost to remote applications,” Mr Matthews said.

“Current hybrid systems require a large battery storage bank or a big diesel generator to meet peak load, and running a new or upgraded grid is expensive. We can supply year-round power without a huge capital investment, making it affordable for those with limited funds.”

The system includes 32 panels, a 38 kilowatt hours energy storage battery system and the variable speed diesel generator, providing 24-hour power to the retreat, which incorporates facilities for caravans and camping, a donga with four self-contained rooms, a house and a shed. Solar panels have been mounted to the rooftop of the house and donga while the battery bank is located in an air-conditioned and insulated sea container.

“The new power system allows residents to have air conditioners, lighting and refrigerators in each room and to use appliances at any time. Previously, only their absolute basic electrical needs, such as refrigeration, were powered using a small petrol generator,” Mr Matthews said.

Mr Matthews said the solar panels will generate an average of about 30kWh of electricity per day. The solar hybrid system can meet almost 10kW peak power on a sunny day and around 5kW power at night.

“Our experiments have proven that the variable speed generator can achieve a fuel saving of up to 40 per cent compared to a conventional diesel generator in remote applications,” he said.