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BUSINESSMAN Dennis Crossley is hoping a deal to sell 300 remote-area power units to a telecommunication carrier in Papua New Guinea will be the breakthrough needed to convince people of the combined wind, solar and LPG system’s effectiveness.

The units, based on French-designed and Chinese-built Nheohybrid 400 LED off-grid lighting system, integrate a state-of-the-art wind turbine with solar panels and an LPG-fuelled back-up generator.

Similar wind and solar power units provide security lighting at the new council car park in Kenny St behind William McCormack Place, the Smithfield Village, Pacific Toyota and a boat ramp at Mapoon.

Mr Crossley, of The Omega Group, said the plan was to attach the remote area power systems to PNG’s mobile phone carrier’s communications towers throughout the country. He is also talking to PNG’s Digicel company. He said he also was negotiating with Telstra to provide a unit at Mt Misery near Cooktown.

Mr Crossley said the $60,000 systems generated 4.5kW to 8kW of power and were less expensive and more reliable than diesel units. He said he was struggling to convince councils, businesses and others of the value of the systems despite the big savings. Mr Crossley said the council car park light cost $15,000, yet a similar standard light with underground cabling would have cost $100,000.

He said the turbine was of a downwind design which was quiet and backed up by solar panels which feed power into batteries stored below. ‘‘They have five days of autonomy with zero wind and sun, but that rarely happens,’’ Mr Crossley said. He said the turbine had a 35-year warranty and the solar panels 30 years. The batteries would have to be replaced two or three times. He said the lights were five times brighter than normal street lights and were virtually maintenance free. The special footings and the structures could withstand winds of more than 300km/h.

Mr Crossley said he had traveled to Africa and PNG to market the units and had sold 25 of the lighting systems in Australia. He said he had the distribution rights for Australia, New Zealand, PNG and the Pacific Rim as well as all other English-speaking nations. ‘‘I’ve done quotes in Mauritius, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana – as well as a big push into PNG,’’ he said.

Mr Crossley said he was in the research and development stage of Powerkube – a combined wind, solar and LPG system with two small wind turbines, solar panels, batteries and an LPG generator back-up which fits into a standard container and could be lifted into remote areas by helicopter.

He said the self-contained hybrid power system was suitable for medical clinics, aid stations, telecommunication facilities, schools, government offices, villages, mining survey camps,
remote island communities, camps, border crossings and military posts.

Mr Crossley also has the distribution rights for Pavegen – paving slabs to convert energy from people’s footsteps into electrical power.

Courtesy of the Cairns Post
Photo caption “Clean image: Dennis Crossley is taking his green energy ideas, including wind turbine lighting, around the world.”