In the middle of the Gibson Desert in Australia lies the Yamarna exploration camp. Here, the gold producer Gold Road is searching for this valuable metal. Because only 1% of gold deposits discovered are suitable for a productive mine, the search for gold needs to be extremely cost-efficient. In the past, diesel generators were used almost exclusively to generate electricity. The camps require electricity on-site for drilling, sampling, crushing and testing facilities, as well as air conditioning, kitchens and laundry. As diesel generators need to operate around the clock in order to ensure good fuel combustion, each kilowatt hour of electricity carries substantial costs. High maintenance costs and the regular requirement for diesel transportation drive up costs even further.
Thanks to the numerous hours of sunlight, a photovoltaic installation presented itself as a useful addition in Yamarna. A TS 48 V from TESVOLT with 408 kWh ensures that the solar power can also be used at night and helps reduce the diesel generators’ running times by up to 90%.