Eco Park founder sparking with ideas
BYRON Eco Park owner Dieter Horstmann's newest venture will light up your life - literally.
Mr Horstmann and an informal crew of researchers, inventors and contributors continue to pack the 75ha eco-friendly Tyagarah test bed with innovative projects.
The latest of which are some seriously powerful solar panels, accompanied by an environmentally-friendly Aquion Energy non-toxic battery, which hint at the prospect of a future without power bills.
Mr Horstmann was the first importer of the panels and batteries in Australia.
"It's all about green power, making our own. We want to have our own energy bank," he said of the system, which sits atop of an old hangar at the property.
"At night they (solar panels) get 240 volt back and you only pay for the difference.
"Energy companies don't want this. They try to stop this, but I think it's better and cheaper than having big, high voltage, dirty power lines across Australia over long distances.
"Instead, all you need is cluster batteries. It doesn't take much."
Mr Horstmann said the panels are currently making excess power and would only struggle to meet demand under considerable load.
He believes solar could be our solitary power source if we are smart with our power usage.
"We have to change our habits, save electricity at night time, by not running electric hot water systems, for example," he said.
Mr Horstmann said a storm last year knocked out power to almost all homes in the Byron Shire, but his hangar remained a beacon in the night, thanks to his solar saving.
"This is the answer," he said.
"This sort of thing is what we all need to be doing.
"This is how people can live in harmony with nature.
"This is ecology power.
"We need to be only buying this new technology, this green power these days."
Mr Horstmann noted the park's Tyagarah Apiaries and Australian Medicinal Honey products are produced without the use of any fossil fuels.
The park's system comprises SunWellSolar semi-transparent PV modules, paired with a 24/7 Aquion Energy AHI battery stack, controlled by SMA Australia Sunny Island electrics.