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EESA - Port Augusta Sundrop Farms' Project
Mon. 15 May 2017, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm ACST
Our Sponsor: Schneider Electric
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Sundrop Farms is a global leader in sustainable agriculture.
Port Augusta, located in South Australia is a coastal town that yields an arid, sunny environment with a vast supply of water from the Spencer Gulf.
A plentiful supply of water and sunlight are the fundamental elements necessary in constructing the first-of-type facility capable of providing Australia with a consistent, efficient and sustainable supply of up to 16 million kg of truss tomatoes per year.
Commissioned in late 2016, the Port Augusta Horticultural Project represents a world first commercial scale greenhouse facility that operates on a renewable supply of energy and water.
The facility comprises 20 hectares of growing area within environmentally controlled state of the art greenhouses. Water for irrigation is supplied from the adjacent Spencer Gulf and desalinated using a multi-effect distillation system. Sea water is used for evaporative cooling necessary to maintain ideal growing conditions throughout the hot desert summer. A 30MW Solar Energy System comprising a Concentrated Solar Thermal Plant (CSP) is combined with a 1.5 MW steam turbine and generator to provide power to supplement the operation.
Energy in the form of heat is the primary (and most costly) energy source for maintaining ideal growing conditions in commercial greenhouse facilities. Typically heat is generated using large diesel or gas fired boilers however the Sundrop Farms facility generates and stores heat from the CSP via large, thermally insulated tanks that operate very similar that of a domestic hot water system.
Come along to hear from Josh Smith, Sundrop Farms Project Manager and Angus Tulloch, Sundrop Farms Engineer, and learn how the;
- Project was developed from a scaled pilot facility
- Project was faced with technical, construction and delivery challenges
- Solar Energy system was constructed and commissioned
- Solar Energy System is integrated with the greenhouse facility
- Project represents global best practice in sustainable farming
Angus Tulloch BE Mech (Hons) BMaCompSc
Associate Engineer, Sundrop Farms
Angus has worked at Sundrop Farms since graduating in early 2015 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He has been involved in the design, construction and commissioning of the Port Augusta project and now through its early operation as a commercial facility. Angus was also involved in renewable technology design through University, culminating in the design, build and racing of the first Adelaide University Solar Car to compete in the World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide in 2015.
Josh Smith PhD BE Mech (Hons) CPEng CPPD
Senior Project Manager, ProManage Australia Pty Ltd
Josh Smith was engaged by Sundrop Farms as Project Manager of the Port Augusta Facility from January 2015.
Josh has a diverse range of engineering and project management experience across a range of industries including water, transport, defence, mining and agriculture. Local to Adelaide, South Australia, Josh completed his engineering degree at Adelaide University.
He undertook his postgraduate (PhD) research in Germany and is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and Certified Practising Project Director (CPPD). He is a Director of local Project and Construction Management consultancy, ProManage Australia Pty Ltd.
Networking and Refreshments:
Available from 5:30 pm. Thanks to our sponsor Schneider Electric who have kindly provided the refreshments for this event.
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University of South Australia, City West Campus, Bradley Forum
Level 5, Hawke Building
55 North Terrace
Adelaide, SA 5000