By Dr Björn Sturmberg, The Conversation, 8 July 2020
The newly launched Realising Electric Vehicle-to-grid Services project (REVS) will see owners paid to plug their electric vehicles into the national electricity grid. In exchange, the vehicles will allow the national grid operator to draw upon their batteries in the rare moments that the grid is on the brink of a blackout.
ANU Press Release, 8 July 2020
A team from The Australian National University will lead research into how electric vehicles (EVs) can support our energy grids.The EVs will act to prevent blackouts and the researchers say that if all of Australia’s vehicles went electric they would provide more power than five Snowy Hydro 2.0s.
Shared community battery may be trialled in solar-powered Canberra suburb to stabilise energy supply
ABC News article featuring expert commentary by Dr Marnie Shaw, 5 June 2020
Australia is home to the planet’s biggest battery. It is also the world’s leading market for household batteries. But Canberra researchers suggest medium-sized batteries — shared between several hundred homes — could be just as crucial for the energy grid’s future.
By Dr Lachlan Blackhall, 19 May 2020
The last six months have been tumultuous for all Australians. We have experienced the destructive fury of an unprecedented bushfire season and are now facing a global pandemic. COVID-19, and our collective response to it, is causing significant social and economic upheaval. Thankfully, our timely and collective response has likely averted a catastrophe in Australia.
By Marion Rae, Australian Energy Daily, 15 May 2020
Community battery storage isn’t just an engineering and development puzzle for regulators and town planners, it’s a social challenge, according to researchers from the Australian National University.
Ecogeneration article featuring expert commentary by Dr Björn Sturmberg, 11 May 2020
Energy storage is a mandatory inclusion in a grid supplied by unpredictable wind and solar. As costs continue to fall more of these important assets are lining up to connect.
By Dr Björn Sturmberg, The Conversation, 11 February 2020
Decentralised ‘microgrids’ with many local and small-scale generators, interconnected but able to operate independently when necessary can help make the electricity grid more resilient in times of disaster.
By Dr Björn Sturmberg, The Canberra Times, 3 February 2020
As our government looks for solutions to address climate change, investing in microgrids and transmission lines are obvious starting points.
By Dr Björn Sturmberg, The Canberra Times, 15 January 2020
No longer are the consequences of our actions far away in time or space. The nightmarish future we were long warned about has arrived and is staring us in the face along firefronts thousands of kilometres long and 70 metres high.
Australian National University Press Release, 4 September 2019
11 July 2019
Dr Lachlan Backhall, head of the Battery Storage Grid Integration Program presented the 2019 Entrepreneurial Fellow Inaugural address.
By Dr Lachlan Blackhall, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 November 2018
While one end of Australia’s political spectrum ramps up plans to underwrite new coal fired power stations, there is now have a competing policy agenda that positions renewable energy and battery storage as key pillars of Australia’s energy system.
Australian National University Press Release, 6 April 2018
The ANU has announced the appointment of Dr Lachlan Blackhall to lead an $8M international research program to improve ways to integrate battery storage with the electricity grid.