Solar powering automotive development

The Linfox-owned Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC) has invested in renewable energy technologies to further support the development of vehicle components, passenger cars and heavy vehicles on site.

Located in Anglesea, Victoria, the 1,000 hectare proving ground previously relied on generator power during business hours due to its isolation from the main electricity grid.

The AARC site in Anglesea, Victoria

This prompted the installation of a new solar collection system to power offices and workshops, and support in-field testing.

Estimated to reduce generator use by 85 per cent, the system will dramatically improve AARC’s carbon footprint, reflecting Linfox’s commitment to a sustainable future.

Through excess energy stored in lithium ion batteries, the system now provides 24-hour power for the first time in the site’s history.

This has strengthened the AARC’s communication and security systems and met customer demand for afterhours testing.

The development of autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems will further add to this demand, as greater emphasis is placed on data collection and analysis rather than traditional mechanical-based research.

General Manager at the AARC, Ari Suss, is pleased with the transition to solar power. “We are moving to be a 24-hour, seven day-a-week vehicle test facility.

“Solar battery power provides around the clock energy availability and enables us to be more responsive to the broad needs of our customers and support their own commitment to environmental sustainability,” he said.