Funding boost for Battery Lab

26 November 2020

Researchers at the Battery Materials and Energy Storage Laboratory (Battery Lab) have been awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant valued at $420,000 over three years.. 

Batteries in the burbs: exploring the potential

By Lachlan Blackhall, 24 November 2020

A team at the Australian National University has undertaken a significant project to explore the potential benefits of community batteries, as well as the attitudes of residents towards them. 

Students pointing at rooftop solar
Householders making Australia a DER superpower

By Sarah Wilson, 20 November 2020

Australia is on track to have the most decentralised electricity network in the world, overtaking Germany for top position in coming years. It is the adoption not only of solar PV but also a range of technologies collectively referred to as Distributed Energy Resources (DER) that is responsible for our status as a DER superpower. 

Rooftops with solar panels
Dynamic operating envelopes: what are they and why are they so important?

By Sarah Wilson, 9 November 2020

BSGIP recently published a report that delves into the calculation and use of dynamic operating envelopes, a mechanism central to the evolve project.

Envelopes
ACT’s big battery pledge is a step forward

By Dr Björn Sturmberg, The Canberra Times, 2 October 2020

This week, ACT Labor proposed a network of large batteries in the territory that will have a total capacity of 250 megawatts. That’s two-thirds larger than the world’s current largest battery, which is in South Australia, and may well be amongst the top 50 by the time it’s completed.

Hornsdale Power Reserve
Position vacant: Research Fellow/Fellow

ANU Job Description, 28 September 2020

An electrical engineering position is now available within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. The successful applicant will be working on power systems/power electronics for electric vehicles, batteries & grid integration  

The power of battery storage recharged with cash splash

ANU Press Release, 15 September 2020

Research to better unlock the potential of battery technologies has been given a vital funding boost as part of the latest round of the Australian Capital Territory’s renewable energy reverse auction.

Batteries and wind turbines
Making solar + batteries work for all

PV Magazine article with Dr Lachlan Blackhall, 3 August 2020

Trials of large-scale battery capabilities in Australia are showing great promise; behind the meter, households are buying into state-based battery programs and subsidies. Here, ANU’s Dr Lachlan Blackhall talks about the exciting potential for mid-scale community battery storage, future EV storage capacity, and more.

Potential for new-era data services from consumer electricity devices

By Wattwatchers Team, 22 July 2020

Opportunities to capture and use energy data from intelligent, distributed devices installed in homes and enterprises have been explored in research reports commissioned by Wattwatchers Digital Energy.

Owners of electric vehicles to be paid to plug into the grid to help avoid blackouts

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.

Man charging an electric vehicle
Electric vehicle fleets set to be on-call to back-up the grid

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.

Row of Nissan Leaf cars
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.

Solar panels on house rooftops
COVID-19, climate change and the value of experts

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.

Elderly couple walking past a social distancing sign
Citizens required to power community batteries

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.

Storage comes to calm the market

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.

Energy storage facility
Microgrids: how to keep the power on when disaster hits

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.

Our future: a new electricity grid for a new climate era

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.

Australia must declare World War Zero on carbon emissions

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.

New lab to help drive Australia’s low carbon energy future

Australian National University Press Release, 4 September 2019

Australia’s low carbon energy system of tomorrow will be given a vital spark thanks to a new million-dollar laboratory to be built at the ANU.The Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Lab comes with $1.5 million in ACT Government funding.
Australian National University Entrepreneurial Fellow inaugural address

11 July 2019

Dr Lachlan Backhall, head of the Battery Storage Grid Integration Program presented the 2019 Entrepreneurial Fellow Inaugural address.

Welcome investment in future energy grid

Australian National University Press Release, 13 February 2019

The Australian and New South Wales governments have invested $7 million in a project that aims to develop new ways to operate the existing energy grid. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency and NSW government have invested in the evolve project, a consortium of nine partners led by software development company Zepben and The Australian National University.

Batteries, solar panels and wind turbines
Green is the new black: how renewables and storage will replace coal

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.

ANU announces new leader of battery storage program

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.