Vanadium flowing in 2020

May 19, 2020 6:41 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

2020 was touted by many as the year of the vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB).  In spite of the impact of the global pandemic, this prediction is beginning to bear fruit and the year is only halfway through. The VRFB was invented in the 1980s at the University of New…

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The Decade of Utility Scale Batteries

January 21, 2020 4:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Article written by Matt Hayes, Phillip Riley As we begin a new decade a hot topic in the Australian renewable market is the potential of energy storage.  It is predicted by many that grid scale storage will significantly evolve over the next decade. While there have been some notable grid…

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Emergence of Stand-Alone Power Systems in Australia

September 24, 2019 9:49 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On 30th May 2019 the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) released its final report on the “Review of the Regulatory Frameworks for Stand-Alone Power Systems – Priority 1”.  The report sets out the recommendations from the Commission for regulatory change which allows Distributed Network Service Providers (DNSPs) to create their…

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The evolving investment case for home battery storage: Incentives & virtual power plant programs

August 19, 2019 11:21 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Enabling households to tap into battery value streams additional to the standard ‘solar self-consumption’ approach will be crucial in driving uptake by making batteries more attractive. These include hard, financial benefits like virtual power plant (VPP) participation revenues (for energy market participation as well as grid services) which help shorten payback periods,…

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Electric Power Research Institute advances microgrid feasibility through collaborative demonstration projects and standards implementation

April 17, 2019 9:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Author: Matthew A. Pellow, PhD, Pellow Energy Insights Microgrids are seeing increased demonstration and deployment in Australia, both to provide greater resiliency to critical facilities in grid-connected environments, and as a potentially cost-effective approach to serving utility customers in remote communities. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) – based in…

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Storage to suit remote sites such as islands, fringe of grid and off-grid

February 18, 2019 11:28 am Published by Leave your thoughts

In Australia, there are many remote sites which are located in “fringe of grid” and “off grid”. In the AEMC report (*) for Western Power proposal dated 19th December 2017, Western Power stated many benefits when allowing distributors to provide electricity to customers (mostly in fringe of grid) from off-grid…

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Off Grid Market Australia

January 24, 2019 9:04 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Australia’s Renewable Energy sector is hugely dynamic and moving at such a speed with several areas of the market set for huge growth trends.  Whilst the utility scale Solar, Wind and Battery Energy Storage projects make up most of the headlines there are several emerging markets that will soon sit…

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GSES: The Growing Potential of Stand-Alone Power Systems

October 25, 2018 3:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Stand-Alone Power Systems (SAPS) have been an alternative and a solution for many decades to power devices, telecommunications, buildings and communities that experience practical or financial barriers to grid electrification, be it in rural areas or in developing countries. SAPS have been used to provide small scale portable lighting, water pumping,…

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How Storage can fix Australia’s energy crisis

September 24, 2018 1:21 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Submitted by Stephen Thompson, Arup Australasia Over the past two decades the Australian energy market has undergone major transformation as technology and policy have shaped the 21st Century electricity network. The changes have unfortunately not been accompanied by either the same pace of regulatory reform, system planning or policy stability…

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The Queensland Electric Super Highway – a significant move towards EV adoption

February 22, 2018 11:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Article by Paul Sernia, Chief Product Officer, Founder, Tritium Seven months ago, the Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads announced it was going to build ‘the world’s longest electric super charger highway in a single state’ as part of its commitment to encourage Queenslanders to support, and accelerate, the uptake…

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