2 – 2:50 pm, 1 December 2020
Speaker: Sophie Adams, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW
Virtual Power Plants appear to hold a lot of promise as a way to access the value of expanding household generation and storage capacity in Australia, and to address various challenges in the electricity sector. However, despite the quickly growing market in VPP offerings, little is known about whether Australian households are willing to participate, under which conditions, and why. This seminar will explore such findings, and also a VPP simulation study by solar monitoring service provider Solar Analytics, and the University of New South Wales.
2 – 2:50 pm, 17 November 2020
Speaker: Feifei Bai, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland
Utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) plants in remote areas are drastically increasing due to abundant and low-priced land. These remote areas are usually connected to zone substations through long weak feeders with open-delta step voltage regulators (SVRs), installed in the middle to regulate downstream voltages. However, distribution grids in such areas traditionally have feeders with low X/R ratios, which makes the independent reactive power compensation method less effective on voltage regulation. Consequently, upstream SVR may suffer from excessive tap operations with PV-induced fast voltage fluctuations. Although a battery energy storage system (BESS) can successfully smooth PV generation, frequent charge/discharge will substantially affect its cost-effectiveness.
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2 – 3 pm, 3 November 2020
Speaker: Neeraj Sharma, Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, School of Chemistry, UNSW
A large proportion of the function of batteries arises from the electrodes, and these are in turn mediated by the atomic-scale perturbations during an electrochemical process. A method to both understand battery function and improve their performance, is to probe the atomic scale evolution operando. The result is an atomic level “video” of device function which can be directly correlated to performance parameters such as energy density, lifetime (or degradation), rate capability and safety. This talk will emphasize the opportunities between atomic scale insight and application.
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, 20 October 2020
Speaker: Ian Hiskens, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
The seminar will present an integrated view of optimized capacity design and operation, of islanded energy hubs. We consider energy hubs that incorporate emerging distributed energy resources as well as energy storage devices, and fully support the electricity and heat demand of an islanded installation.
2 – 2:50pm, 6 October 2020
Speaker: Archie Chapman, School of IT and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland
The rapid rise of PV installations in distribution networks where network capacity is already fully exploited, has triggered some detrimental impacts on the network operation and other customers. These effects risk being replicated with the growth of other customer-owned distributed energy resources (DER), such as residential batteries and electric vehicles. For this reason, distribution network service providers (DNSP) have begun to mandate connection codes, such as inverter Volt/Var control (VVC) and/or PV active power curtailment (APC), to mitigate the resulting network problems.
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11am – 12 pm, 7 October 2020
Speaker: Alan Reid, Reposit Power
This event, hosted by the IEEE Young Professionals Australian Capital Territory Section, will examine the technical challenges faced by the electricity distribution system, and the advances in generation and storage technology. It will investigate the implications upon electricity network governance and ultimately seek to answer the question: how can we maintain electricity grid resiliency when confronted with the rise of the prosumer and electricity decentralisation?
12 – 1 pm, 10 September 2020
Speakers: Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Research Leader, ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program and Jaryd Revere, Program Manager, Horizon Power.
Australian National University researchers spoke with more than 50 householders across Australia to explore their perspectives on the concept of a shared battery as part of ARENA funded research on local energy models.
2 – 3 pm, 8 September 2020
Speaker: Olivia Boyd, Assistant Director, New Markets and Innovation, Australian Energy Regulator
Regulatory sandboxing is a new approach to facilitating experimentation and reform in the context of a rapidly changing energy market. This presentation will provide an introduction to the design of regulatory sandboxing in the NEM, what factors have shaped the design of the sandbox framework so far, and what lies ahead in terms of implementing the framework.
12 – 1pm, 26 August 2020
Speakers: Lachlan Blackhall, Head of the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program
This talk will address how global energy systems are currently undergoing substantial change. This is being driven by a number of factors. This talk is part of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Sciences seminar series.
12 – 12.50 pm, 25 August 2020
Speakers: Lachlan Blackhall, Andrew Fraser, Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Bill Tarlinton, Ben Weise and Gabrielle Kuiper
Research and development is underway to develop sophisticated ways to ‘evolve the grid’ to allow for increasing amounts of solar PV, battery storage and electric vehicles to participate in the electricity system.
2 – 2.50 pm, 28 July 2020
By Dr Jake Whitehead, Advnce Qld Industry Research Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
The University of Queensland is leading a number of research projects focussed on examining the future of heavy vehicles. This presentation will focus specifically on the deployment of zero emission buses including battery electric buses and hydrogen fuel cell buses in the Australian context.
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2 – 2.50 pm, 14 July 2020
By Associate Professor Gregor Verbič, Centre for Future Energy Networks, School of Electrical & Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Sydney
This talk will discuss approaches for facilitating the integration of small-scale distributed energy resources (DER) into low- and medium-voltage networks, in the context of the emerging transactive energy concept.
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2 – 2.50 pm, 30 June 2020
By Associate Professor Sujatha Raman, Director of Research at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)
In this talk, I want to engage the audience in conversation about different lenses through which we might understand and research the material underpinnings of renewable energy technologies.
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10 – 11.30am, 18 June 2020
Community-scale batteries: regulatory reform options
Presented by ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Ausgrid and Total Environment Centre
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To watch the recorded presentation by Marnie Shaw, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, ANU click here.
To watch the recorded presentation by John Skinner, Ausgrid click here.
2 – 2.50 pm, 16 June 2020
By Dr Maria Vrakopoulou, lecturer in power systems, University of Melbourne.
The increasing penetration of renewables and distributed energy resources across the power system is increasing the system uncertainty and hence operational challenges are introduced. The transmission system operator faces every day a decision-making problem with regards to many controllable set-points in the network.
2 – 3 pm, 2 June 2020
By Cameron Potter, Manager, Strategic Market Analysis, Battery of the Nation, Hydro Tasmania.
By the late 2020s, wind and solar generators are expected to supply nearly half of our grid’s total energy consumption and at times, this could be as high as 75 per cent. Deep (long duration) storages, and the flexibility they bring, are an effective solution to help balance the energy mix, increasing the reliability, security and affordability of Australia’s grid.
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11 – 11.50 am, 19 May 2020
Open, Data-Driven Tools for Smart EV Charging
By Zachary Lee, Resnick Sustainability Institute Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
The safe and affordable integration of millions of electric vehicles (EVs) into the grid will require advanced scheduling algorithms as well as techniques to optimize charging facilities. However, a lack of data, simulation environments and physical testbeds have hampered research in these areas.
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2 – 3 pm, 5 May 2020
A gas fired recovery? Hy-Trojan. Is hydrogen the next clean coal?
By Tom Swann, Senior Researcher for the Climate and Energy Program at The Australia Institute
Pre-pandemic research on Australian government attempts to promote fossil fuel consumption and the rush to develop Australia’s hydrogen industry based on export opportunities, especially to Japan and Korea, which have been vastly overstated by comparison with Japanese and Korean targets.
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