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South Australia has a mix of renewable energy resources which is both unique and as extensive as anywhere in the world. The mix includes abundant wind resources capable of being accessed from hundreds of kilometres uninhabited and semi-inhabited coastline. The State’s potential for geothermal energy is unparallel to any other State in the nation. The solar resource is outstanding in world terms as is the prospective wave energy resource.

Only a fraction of South Australia’s renewable energy resources are being used at present. There is general agreement that the quality of these resources is such that they can be used to produce much more renewable energy at competitive prices.

This area of the website consolidates existing and new data on the State's wind, solar and marine resources. Further information on transmission and other infrastructure can be found at Infrastructure Maps.

The Federal Government's Renewable Energy Atlas is a high level interactive map of renewable energy resources (wind, solar, geothermal, ocean energy and bio-energy resources) previously made available by the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency is redirecting enquiries about the source data to the organisations involved.  

RenewablesSA facilitates access to higher resolution data not available from the Renewable Energy Atlas. These include for the following renewable resources that the State has significant comparative advantages in: 

Wind  

 

The Commonwealth Government previously published an online Renewable Energy Atlas of Australia. This resource is no longer publicly available however in 2012, the South Australian Government entered into a licence agreement for the data to publish maps. The following maps use WindLab Systems as source data and show the predicted mesoscale wind speeds at a height of 80 metres above ground level, for the years 1995-2005, one each for 9km resolution (Australia map) and 3km resolution (South Australia map).

 

 

 

In 1984-1988, the South Australian Government commissioned the South Australian Wind Energy Program to monitor wind speed and direction data at a number of selected sites in the State. For the sites identified, data was collected for minimum, peak and average wind direction on a 20 minute basis from 10 metre towers. To obtain source data for these sites please contact us.

 

Solar

The following information has been provided for investors interested in solar insolation levels in South Australia.

 

The maps show the average daily direct normal irradiance (DNI) and the average daily global horizontal irradiance (GHI). DNI is relevant for the siting of concentrated solar power systems and GHI is relevant for flat plate solar collectors, typically non-concentrating photovoltaic panels and solar hot water systems.

 

Data for the maps is based on hourly irradiance data averaged for each month and provided by the Bureau of Meteorology’s National Climate Centre 1998 – 2007. The gridded data covering Australia (for which the colour map is a graphical representation) has resolution intervals at 5 km.

 

                     

 

                           Direct Normal Irradiance Map           Global Horizontal Irradiance Map

 

Solar Modelled Time Series Data

RenewablesSA has commissioned 3TIER to provide solar insolation and weather data for four key sites in South Australia. Potential investors can use this data to run design simulations and find the likely electricity output a solar power station would produce at each location. The solar insolation data has been interpolated from the past 10+ years of half hourly high-resolution visible satellite imagery; and the wind, temperature and relative humidity have been determined from 10+ years of simulated data (see the reports for more detail). The four modelled sites are: Pimba, Port Augusta, Neuroodla and North West Bend.

For each site the following is provided: a report giving an overview of the analysis; a time series comma separated value (CSV) file including hour-ending mean data for Global Horizontal Irradiance, Direct Normal Irradiance, Diffuse Irradiance, Zenith Angle, Azimuth Angle, Wind Speed at 10m, Wind Direction at 10m, Air Temperature at 2m, and Relative Humidity at 2m. The key variables are also summarised in monthly and hourly diurnal tables, again provided as CSV files. Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) files have been created in the TMY2 data format for use in existing software that is unable to process the entire time series data set. The TMY files were created using an empirical approach that selects samples from the full time series to create a "typical year" of data with 8760 hours, while preserving the following characteristics of direct normal irradiance: monthly means, monthly cumulative distirbution of daily means, diurnal cycle, and the annual mean.

Pimba  Overview Report

The following are separate csv files for Monthly Diurnal Table data

Global Horizontal Irradiance
Direct Normal Irradiance
Diffuse Irradiance
Wind Speed
Wind Direction
Air Temperature
Relative Humidity

Typical Meteorological Year data (TMY2 file)

 

Port Augusta  Overview Report

The following are separate csv files for Monthly Diurnal Table data
Global Horizontal Irradiance
Direct Normal Irradiance
Diffuse Irradiance
Wind Speed
Wind Direction
Air Temperature
Relative Humidity

Typical Meteorological Year data (TMY2 file)

 

Neuroodla   Overview Report
The following are separate csv files for Monthly Diurnal Table data
Global Horizontal Irradiance
Direct Normal Irradiance
Diffuse Irradiance
Wind Speed
Wind Direction
Air Temperature
Relative Humidity

Typical Meteorological Year data (TMY2 file)

 

North West Bend   Overview Report
The following are separate csv files for Monthly Diurnal Table data
Global Horizontal Irradiance
Direct Normal Irradiance
Diffuse Irradiance
Wind Speed
Wind Direction
Air Temperature
Relative Humidity

Typical Meteorological Year data (TMY2 file)

For any of the four sites listed above, please contact us to obtain a summary csv file containing Hourly Diurnal Table data

Validation of 3TIER's methodology

Geothermal 

Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA) currently provides the lead for geothermal energy. Support, such as the provision of pre-competitive data, a supportive investment framework and small drilling grants, is provided through their Plan for Accelerated Exploration (PACE). In addition PIRSA provides the contracting party for the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) Geothermal Implementing Agreement and provides leadership and a secretariat for the Australian Geothermal Energy Group (AGEG).

More information for investors with interests in geothermal can be accessed from Primary Industries Research South Australia.

South Australia’s Primary Resources and Industries provides spatial information on geological, drillhole and mineral deposits via the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver.  

Ocean - Wave and Tidal 

Information is accessible from the National Renewable Energy Atlas.  Maps produced for the Atlas and source data in the form of ascii grid files is available from the CSIRO.

 Biomass  

The State has a number of locations which can provide low cost access to the essential ingredients – land, water, nutrients and sunlight.

For resource documents, please contact us.  

 

For information on siting near infrastructure such as electricity networks and natural resources, see Infrastructure Maps


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