Keeping the lights on at Twin Hill Station

A recent project to improve solar power and telecommunications capacity at Twin Hill Station, an Indigenous owned and managed property two and a half hours south of Darwin has resulted in big efficiency gains for the station.

As a large commercial operation that agists 12,000 cattle a year before export it’s essential the station runs smoothly. However the remote property had a lack of mobile phone and communications coverage, and under performing solar panels.

The job started with cleaning their solar panels, as testing showed us they did not have enough electrical current running through the panels. After cleaning the current increased by nearly double, which demonstrates the necessity of regularly cleaning solar panels in dusty environments.

After testing, we performed repairs and maintenance on lights, switches, fluoros, starters, GPOs, RCDs, isolators and undertook waterproofing and ant and bug protection.

Being located in such a remote spot, the Twin Hill Station had large areas of the station with no communication. Aussie Antennas and Electrical developed a staged implementation plan to install communications.

This included installing 25 watt commercial two-way radios with GPS capability in all vehicles and installing a two-way digital radio repeaters network and 30 metre telecommunications tower. This created a duplexed radio network and gave up to 50km of coverage.

We also installed a GPS server and network interface to track all station vehicles, so their location can be displayed on a graphical interface with the office, offering greater safety for their employees working remotely.

The final stage in the plan was to install a 4G antenna and 8m mast, connecting this to a Telstra mobile repeater and giving Twin Hills Station 900 square metres of mobile coverage where there had been none before.

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