The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will fund 12 different energy projects and studies with $9.6 million with the goal to strengthen the integration of distributed energy resources (DER). DER describes all behind-the-meter technologies such as roof-mounted solar panels or residential batteries, in commercial buildings, private homes, industrial facilities, charging stations for electric vehicles and all kinds of intelligent systems such as refrigerators or air conditioners.
ARENA is providing $7.21 million dollars for five projects and their increase in network hosting capacity. Led by Zeppelin Bend, Jemena, SA Power Networks, Solar Analytics and RACV, ARENA aims to improve system security and maximize energy distribution capacity. The seven studies include an ANU study on community energy models and a CSIRO study to prepare a low-voltage grid model for public use.
A further $2.38 million will support seven studies led by CitiPower & Powercor, Dynamic Limits, the University of Tasmania, CSIRO, Oakley Greenwood, Australian National University and the University of Melbourne to investigate DER's integration into the grid and the energy market. The Evolve project, led by Zeppelin Bend, is one of the funded projects.
“ARENA is extremely excited to be funding some of the best experts in the energy sector to build network hosting capacity technology and further understand the impacts of DER and to identify, and ultimately solve, the technical limits of our electricity grid.”, said Darren Miller, CEO von ARENA.
Source: Australian Renewable Energy Agency | https://arena.gov
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