How is mobile technology supporting the construction industry?

Posted by Design & Construct on 8 May 2017, 09:38:25

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The Australian Government, in partnership with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is supporting the future of renewable energy, by funding the deployment of a 1 MW technology named ‘SunSHIFT.


Mobile technology to aid the construction industry


ARENA is a commercially orientated agency who have helped fast track this innovative renewable energy technology, assisting in increased supply of renewable energy throughout Australia.

SunSHIFT Pty Ltd is a clean energy company formed by Laing O’Rourke which focuses on the commercialisation of its large-scale, modular, moveable solar photovoltaic system technology, SunSHIFT. The mobile technology will aid the construction industry, off-grid mining operations and remote communities, by providing a short-term contracted power supply.


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The AUD $2.1 million project in Rutherford, New South Wales, is hoped to facilitate the eventual transition to using renewable energy, by providing a cleaner and more cost-effective alternative to diesel generators.


The pop-up project not only provides a quick set up and pack down solution, but also means that companies do not need to rely on a long-term payback period for solar installations.



“You can start small – with a single 1 MW block alongside your existing generation facility – and as you become comfortable with the approach and the economics improve, you can add more solar blocks”, said ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht. The funding will allow SunSHIFT to showcase and deploy its moveable solar PV product to the commercial marketplace. Which state lights the way for new construction jobs in the renewable energy sector?


“Off the back of this demonstration, we will be ramping up manufacturing to meet the strong demand for our product from mining companies, independent power providers, and infrastructure investors active in emerging markets and developing economies,” said SunSHIFT General Manager, Will Rayward-Smith.



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