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Live demonstrations of solar power technology that drive research all over the world.

The Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia Solar Cen­tre (DKASC) is a solar pow­er tech­nol­o­gy demon­stra­tion facil­i­ty less than 15 min­utes’ dri­ve from the cen­tre of Alice Springs. The unique facil­i­ty is a real life demon­stra­tion of solar tech­nolo­gies span­ning many types, ages, makes and models.

As the largest mul­ti-tech­nol­o­gy solar demon­stra­tion facil­i­ty in the south­ern hemi­sphere, the Solar Cen­tre com­bines research and devel­op­ment, edu­ca­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties, knowl­edge gen­er­a­tion and shar­ing as well as elec­tric­i­ty sup­ply for the Desert Knowl­edge Precinct, pro­vid­ing clean ener­gy every day to the organ­i­sa­tions onsite and reduc­ing the amount of elec­tric­i­ty drawn from the grid. 

Peo­ple vis­it­ing Alice Springs can freely walk through the facil­i­ty and see the var­i­ous instal­la­tions up close. How­ev­er, many peo­ple from across the world down­load data from the instal­la­tions via the DKASC web­site to study and bet­ter under­stand the dif­fer­ent tech­nolo­gies and envi­ron­men­tal factors.

The Solar Cen­tre fea­tures 39 solar instal­la­tions, built in col­lab­o­ra­tion with var­i­ous indus­try and uni­ver­si­ty part­ners. An impor­tant ele­ment of the Solar Cen­tre is the inter­ac­tive online map where live data from the site is pub­lished in real time and accessed by more than 10,000 nation­al and inter­na­tion­al indus­try users, includ­ing research insti­tu­tions, aca­d­e­mics, stu­dents, prod­uct devel­op­ers and mem­bers of the public. 

Launched in 2008, the DKA Solar Cen­tre was ini­tial­ly estab­lished with a $3.1M grant from the Com­mon­wealth and is now entire­ly sus­tain­able in its ongo­ing development.

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The DKASC is a fas­ci­nat­ing dis­play of solar tech­nolo­gies, past and present.

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