Lord Howe Island lies 600 kilometres directly east of mainland Port Macquarie in NSW. With a permanent population of 360 people and a restriction on tourist numbers to a maximum of 400, the island’s economy is simple, depending upon diesel fuel shipped in fortnightly on the Island Trader.
MEA recently installed a 45 m wind monitoring tower on the island to gather data on the renewable energy resource blowing in the sea winds. Because the island is volcanic, tower footings and guy anchors had to be blasted into the rock using explosives.
The island has no mobile phone coverage. Instead, data is collected by an operator visiting the wind tower and downloading the data logger using a laptop computer. Wind data is emailed to the wind consultants assessing the resource.
And the lucky MEA tech doing the installation in this scenic tropical paradise? Terry Creer!
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