The roof-top PV installation on the research laboratories is similar to that located on the teaching block: a 12.6 kWp array with panels mounted parallel to the roof.

Electrical power from the array is used in the research laboratories, outdoor equipment on the adjacent aquaria deck, and nearby buildings.

IRS has seven large laboratories (5 dry and 2 wet labs), fully equipped with modern equipment and an adjacent dark microscope room.

These laboratories and the near pristine conditions of island's marine environment make the Heron Island Research Station (HIRS) the ideal platform to undertake research on the Great Barrier Reef.

In addition to having PV to generate electricity, the HIRS makes use of solar collectors to heat water for the shower block.

Heron Island Research Station  Research Laboratories
Heron Island Research Station
Heron Island Research Station
Heron Island Research Station


Site name Heron Island Research Station
Building / location Research Laboratories
Suburb / city Heron Island, QLD
Nominal DC output 12.6 kWp
Module area 89 m2
Start-up date 1/06/2010
Visible on Live Data display No
Date connected to display Mid 2012
Site longitude 151°54'48" E
Site latitude 23°26'33" S
Height above sea level 9 metres
Time zone AEST
Type of installation Rooftop installation (elevated)
Tracking system No tracking system
Tilt 10°
Orientation 30°
Module make & model Polycrystalline silicon
Module technology Kyocera 210w KD210GH-2PU
Module size 1500 x 990 mm
Number of modules 60
Inverter make & model Aurora One PVI-4.2
Number of inverters 3