Posted March 16, 2018 06:09:11 The first supercomputing system will run on an Australian solar farm.
The Gst Supercomputer has been installed in a solar farm in the Northern Territory, located near Mount Isa, and is a joint project between the Australian Government and the New Zealand Government.
The $40 million project is funded by the Australian Solar Energy Association (ASA), with support from the Australian Research Council.
“It is the first Australian solar-powered supercomputer system to be put into service in New Zealand, and it demonstrates the feasibility of the technology for commercial deployment,” ASA chair Professor Mark Mather said.
The project is part of a $5 billion plan to build an electricity-generating solar farm across Australia.
Solar panels are installed in the Gst Solar Farm at Mount Isa.
The farm is the largest solar-power plant in Australia, but its capacity is limited due to the harsh climate in the region.
Solar farms can generate enough electricity to power approximately 200,000 homes and businesses in New South Wales alone, but their capacity is much less than that.
Solar power is also subject to some environmental and energy regulation requirements, but these can be met by other renewable energy technologies, such as wind and hydro.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the Gth Supercomputer project was a step forward in the country’s solar power ambitions.
“The Gsts solar farm is a significant step towards achieving Australia’s energy targets and reducing emissions, and Australia’s position as a world leader in solar power will only improve,” he said.
“We have been developing solar power technology for more than 25 years and we are proud of the progress we have made.”
The Government said the project would create jobs, improve the economy and boost Australia’s international reputation.
“In particular, it will increase Australia’s capacity to compete on a global stage and create hundreds of new jobs in the solar power sector,” it said.