Miami, Cancun, stop: Lady Elliot Island?

On Saturday June 4th 2011, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort will welcome the world's largest solar boat, MS Tûranor PlanetSolar, which is circumnavigating the globe on the first round-the-world trip powered by solar energy.

The solar catamaran departed Brisbane on June 2nd and will make a special stopover at our tiny coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef, as it continues its voyage up the Queensland coastline towards Cairns.

The boat uses the very latest cutting-edge technology and will pioneer the use of sustainable energy technology on water. The purpose of the expedition is to demonstrate that high-performance solar mobility can be realised today by making innovative use of existing materials and technology.

The benefits of utilising energy from the sun have been realised by the Management of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort in recent years.

Located 80 kilometres East of the Australian mainland, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is the most isolated, pristine and unique resort on the Great Barrier Reef. However, this remoteness presents the resort Management with some operational challenges.

Power is generated on the island utilising a state of the art Hybrid Solar Power Station which combines the technologies of gel batteries, solar panels, inverters and a generator to supply 3 phase power to the island. Since the system was commissioned in December 2008, the resort"s diesel fuel usage has reduced from 500 litres to around 200 litres per day on average. Overall this, combined with other initiatives, has resulted in a reduction in CO2 emissions by almost 70%.

The Management team's long-term goal is to run the resort entirely on solar power and other renewable power sources, thereby eliminating the use of generators except as backup. The upgrade currently underway will bring this dream closer to reality. The installation of an additional 100 solar panels scheduled to arrive from Europe in late 2011, coupled with an additional 24 BAC gel batteries, will supplement the existing 48 state-of-the-art units used to store this amazing renewable energy. This will put Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort"s Hybrid Solar Power station at 40kws of renewable power, 145 kws total output capacity, making it one of the largest systems on a remote island resort anywhere in Australia.

For further information contact Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort General Manager: Glenn Daniels Email: [email protected]

Phone: 07 5536 3644