Entura win top gongs for engineering excellence

Entura team at AEEA 2018

Two Entura engineers have received the top accolades at the Tasmania Engineering Excellence Awards for creating safe and sustainable power and water solutions.

Principal consultant, electrical primary systems, Donald Vaughan was named Professional Engineer of the Year and engineer Lyndon Johnson won the Young Professional Engineer of the Year award at a gala event in Hobart last night.

“Donald is an industry authority on the connection of wind and solar farms to weak grids and the power system dynamics of low-inertia networks,” Entura managing director Tammy Chu said.

“Donald’s knowledge and experience places him at the forefront of efforts in Australia to transition to a renewables-based energy sector and we’re very proud to have him as part of our technical leadership team.

“Lyndon has pioneered powerful new 3D methods for presenting and interpreting data. His work will improve engineering efficiency and accuracy, and offers safety benefits for power and water assets and for communities.”

As divisional winners, both Donald and Lyndon automatically progress to consideration for the national Engineer of the Year award, which will be announced later this year.

Mr Vaughan said he was honoured to receive the award.

“I’m delighted to be recognised as an advocate for the value of engineering, and for supporting a clean energy future,” he said.

“Enabling more renewable energy in a way that is sympathetic to the needs of the wider power system is a major contribution engineers can make towards the good of communities and the environment.”

Two of Entura’s projects were also selected as finalists for the Tasmania Engineering Excellence Awards: the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project in Far North Queensland and the Yap Hybrid Renewable Energy Power System on the North Pacific island of Yap, in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Entura’s comprehensive studies and investigations undertaken for Genex Power’s Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project provided confidence in the configuration, design and feasibility of this significant project, the first pumped hydro energy storage project set to be built in Australia in decades.

“Entura’s successful completion of this feasibility study supports the resurgence of interest in pumped hydro, which is an efficient, cost-effective large-scale energy storage solution,” Entura principal consultant, civil engineering, Richard Herweynen said.

“Australia’s transformation towards high-quality, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy will require large-scale storage to enable weather-dependent ‘intermittent’ renewable generation (such as wind and solar) to be transformed into fully ‘dispatchable’ energy.”

On the North Pacific island of Yap, Entura delivered a hybrid renewable energy power system.

“Our team designed and detailed the power system architecture to transform what was a manually operated 100 per cent diesel power station into a flexible, integrated and automated power system including more wind and solar generation combined with efficient diesels,” Entura project manager Dean Haley said.

The advanced hybrid power system is enabling Yap to experience up to 70 per cent renewable energy in the system when conditions allow, with an overall average of 17 per cent renewable energy.