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11th of September 2020
Energy use at the MRO
In operating the Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO has several initiatives in place to reduce energy usage and carbon emissions. These include the use of a hybrid solar-diesel power station (1.85 MW in solar) at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia; this is supported by one of Australia’s largest off-grid lithium battery storage facilities to store and use solar-generated power once the Sun goes down. Having a power station at an observatory is complicated by the need to protect the radio telescopes from radio frequency interference generated by the power station itself. For the MRO, CSIRO developed innovative, low-cost shielding solutions for the hybrid solar-diesel power station. Renewable power technologies are being planned for the international Square Kilometre Array project, whose low frequency telescope and power station will be built at the MRO.

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