Queensland Aerospace College (QAC) specialises in CASA / EASA Part 147 advanced aircraft maintenance engineer type training, theoretical, practical, including On-Job-Training (OJT), and innovative QAC Virtual Instructor-Led Training on an impressive range of aircraft types including Airbus, ATR, Boeing, Bombardier, De Havilland, EADS Casa, Embraer, Fairchild, Fokker, Hawker Beechcraft, Saab, Viking Air and engine types including CFM, General Electric, Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney, and Rolls Royce, using the QAC Virtual Classroom Platform
In 2019 they underwent a thorough review of their energy consumption and costs and decided on an optimiser technology Solar system designed and installed by Solar Hybrids to offset their energy needs. A year on and it has been operating as predicted and offsetting over 50% of Queensland Aerospace College’s energy consumption. The intention of Queensland Aerospace College in the future, is to fully offset their energy needs once storage solutions are financially viable.
The Hanwha Q Cells solar panels are connected via 43 SolarEdge DC Optimisers to 1 x SolarEdge 3-Phase inverter. The Optimisers are small electronic devices installed beneath each solar panel that enable panel-level monitoring and ensures each module panel is continually kept at maximum power point. Electricity losses due to mismatch or partial shading conditions are also kept to a minimum through the use of SolarEdge Optimisers. Additionally, this SolarEdge system also provides a superior level of safety. The DC-DC optimisers revert to ‘extra low voltage’ when the system is switched off during daylight hours. If an accident occurs, the system will automatically isolate to safe mode once the communications link is breached or the system is shutdown. This allows firefighters to operate safely and use water to push back a flame front.
The Solar Hybrids team designed the system, procured the components, and project-managed the build from start to finish, ensuring a safe and successful implementation of the highest quality system with minimal disruption to Queensland Aerospace College operations.