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  • Writer's pictureKylie F. Kearns

Proudly powering the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

The CSIRO is using drones equipped with LiDAR technology to research and identify pests and weeds on trees in Northern Western Australia.

LiDAR is an active remote sensing system which means the system itself generates energy - in this case, light - to measure things on the ground. In a LiDAR system, light is emitted from a rapidly firing laser and measures the time it takes for emitted light to travel to the ground and back. (Wikipedia)

Having powered equipment for the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and their Flatback Turtle Flipper Tagging Programme we built a custom portable RV Lithium System to keep three sets of Drone batteries charged simultaneously whilst driving or on solar. For extended missions or ones at sea, the CSIRO will use a generator to recharge this system.

The CSIRO's Lithium Battery Pack / Inverter / Charger features:

  • A 24 volt, 100Ah Battery Pack (equivalent to 200Ah's in 12 volt)

  • Victron's Multiplus II which is 24 volt and incorporates a 3000VA Inverter and built in 70 Amp, 240V Battery Charger

  • Victron's BMV712 Battery Meter

  • Redarc's LFP 24/20 Vehicle and Solar Charger with improved charging capabilities to 25A after custom modification

  • Twin 240V power points to charge the Drone Batteries

  • A 300W KT Solar Blanket

  • Dimensions = 580L x 270W x 310Hmm

  • Weight of Battery System = 26kg Weight of Victron Multiplus II = 19kg Total = 35kg

We wish the CSIRO team safe travels and every success with their important work.

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