The Conversation article, 15 July, 2022
Our new research has found rooftop solar maintenance, as with other forms of housework, has the potential to become an equity issue. And the burden of this unrecognised work is set to worsen as the energy transition accelerates.
ATSE briefing, 11 July, 2022
Lachlan Blackhall was one of five energy experts to provide a briefing on the state-of-play of renewables recently. The briefing launched a new short report from the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering: Here and now – the state of low emissions technology in Australia.
ANU press release, 8 July, 2022
Electric vehicles can handle the distances required to travel to essential services in remote and regional Australia, a new study from The Australian National University (ANU) has shown.
BSGIP news story, 27 June 2022
Associate Professor Alexey Glushenkov and colleagues from the Research School of Earth Sciences received $180,000 from the ANU College of Science Research Strategic Programs funding for 2022 for a project looking at critical minerals at high pressures – novel compounds for storage batteries.
The Conversation article, 24 June 2022
The Black Summer bushfires devastated parts of the Eurobodalla region in New South Wales. Then earlier this year, the area was hit by floods. As climate change threatens to bring more severe and frequent extreme weather events, how can we help future-proof such communities?
BSGIP news story, 23 June 2022
Lachlan Blackhall recently led a team that was awarded funding in the latest round of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology Strategic Investment Program for a project titled ‘Multi Energy System Modelling for the Agricultural Sector’.
BSGIP news story, 16 June 2022
A federally funded project examining the use of microgrids to bolster local energy resilience has selected eight sites across the Eurobodalla for further studies.
BSGIP news story, 15 June 2022
The Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program’s battery materials team from the ANU Research School of Chemistry joined forces with the Munster Electrochemical Energy Technology (MEET) Centre to assess a new variety of dual-ion battery that utilises negative electrode materials containing black phosphorus.
BSGIP news story, 6 June 2022
The launch of Melbourne’s first inner-urban community battery on Sunday 5 June is welcome news, and not just for the local Fitzroy North residents.
Renew Economy, 25 May 2022
A new paradigm is needed in the energy sector, one that encapsulates people’s hopes and ideals. Neighbourhood batteries could help with this, but the positive benefits are not guaranteed. Opinion article written by Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Marnie Shaw, Wendy Russell and Louise Bardwell.
The Conversation, 11 May 2022
18 transport and energy experts have created an independent, science-based summary to support the decarbonisation of Australia’s transport sector.
ANU media release, 11 May 2022
Co-author of the Framework for an Australian Clean Transport Strategy (FACTS), launched today, Dr Bjorn Sturmberg says the lack of clear direction is slowing our adoption of clean technologies, such as electric cars and buses.
ABC online, 20 April 2022
After a spate of bushfires, a Western Australian regional electrical network is replacing overhead lines in fire prone regions with off-grid solar and battery systems. Featuring commentary by Dr Elizabeth Ratnam.
ABC online, 5 April 2022
Report on community, or neighbourhood batteries featuring expert commentary by Drs Marnie Shaw and Hedda Ransan-Cooper.
22 March 2022
The Acton campus is now home to the University’s first electric vehicle (EV) chargers. One Type 2 EV charger and one bi-directional EV charger have been installed in the Geology Close carpark, in front of the Ian Ross building on North Road. The Type 2 charger is available to the ANU community, free of charge when not in use for research purposes.
11 March 2022
Meet Lizbeth Dimonti, the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program’s newest Phd candidate. Lizbeth’s research will focus on the visualisation & characterisation of batteries via cutting-edge electron microscopy.
The Guardian, 8 February 2022
Featuring expert commentary by Dr Hedda Ransan-Cooper, social science research lead at the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program.
PV Magazine, 15 January, 2022
The uptake of EVs in the years ahead will add up to staggering battery capacity, mostly sitting idle on driveways. Featuring commentary by Laura Jones, Senior Analyst at BSGIP
The Canberra Times, 19 November, 2021
Expert commentary on the lack of R&D funding in Australia by Prof Andrew Blakers, Prof Frank Jotzo, Prof Lachlan Blackhall (pictured in the Distributed Energy Resources Lab at ANU) and Prof Mark Howden.
Opinion piece by Prof Lachlan Blackhall, Daily Telegraph, 5 November, 2021
The world is watching and waiting in anticipation as global leaders gather in Glasgow for COP26, in the hope that international governments will agree actionable commitments that start to achieve rapid and sustained decarbonisation over the decades ahead.
BSGIP news story, 21 October, 2021
A new pilot project set to drive down emissions in public transport and heavy transport has today been announced. The $36 million project will consist of Australia’s largest electric bus fleet (40 buses), charging infrastructure and a retrofitted bus depot in Leichhardt, Sydney.
Ecogeneration article featuring by Dr Bjorn Sturmberg, 15 October, 2021
If networks could charge for localised use of their service, all customers in areas with high PV and community-scale batteries would pay lower bills … with no cost to the network, research shows.
ABC online article featuring expert commentary by Professor Lachlan Blackhall, 30 September, 2021
Some solar owners are being told they can’t export power to the grid or are being hit with solar export limits due to fears the network can’t cope, meaning their excess clean energy is essentially being wasted.
Energy stored in electric car batteries could power your home or stabilise the grid – and save you money
10 August, 2021
ABC online news story featuring Dr Bjorn Sturmberg, Dr Kat Lucas-Healey and the Realising Electric Vehicles-to-grid Services (REVS) project.
5 August, 2021
BSGIP and partners are delighted by news of successful project funding for a microgrid feasibility project for the Eurobodalla region.
Complicated, costly and downright frustrating: Aussies keen to cut emissions with clean energy at home get little support
The Conversation, 3 August, 2021
Research, by Hugo Temby and Hedda Ransan-Cooper, into customer experiences with new energy technologies.
The Fifth Estate, 29 July, 2021
Vehicle-to-grid technology can turn electric cars into energy storage when the owners are not using them. EV industry researcher, Kat Lucas-Healey asks if the system is as good in reality as it sounds on paper.
Blog post by Marnie Shaw, 23 July, 2021
This ‘story’ behind the paper’ originally accompanied a paper published in Nature Energy – Applying responsible algorithm design to neighbourhood-scale batteries in Australia.
ANU Press Release, 13 July, 2021
The Distributed Energy Resources Laboratory was officially opened by Andrew Barr, Chief Minister, ACT Government, heralding in a new age in the energy transition.
The Conversation, 10 June, 2021
Australia’s world-leading rollout of rooftop solar can help guide the country’s transition to electric vehicles. Article by Bjorn Sturmberg, Kat Lucas-Healey, Laura Jones and Mejbaul Haque.
28 May, 2021
Yarra City Council webinar recording, 8 April, 2021
Learn how community batteries will have a role to play in responding to the climate emergency. Featuring Dr Marnie Shaw.
The Guardian, 5 April, 2021
Professor Lachlan Blackhall, Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, spoke to The Guardian about the financial prospects of community battery projects.
ABC Science online, 30 March, 2021
Dr Marnie Shaw provides expert commentary on the challenges and opportunities associated with the influx of rooftop solar entering the electricity system.
Energy Insiders Podcast, 19 March, 2021
Senior analyst with the REVS project, Laura Jones, talks EVs, V2G, V2X & various other V2s in this interview (starts at approx 11.30 mins).
Supergen Smart Charging Webinar, 13 March, 2021
REVS researchers Laura Jones and Kathryn Lucas-Healey describe how vehicles are being integrated into the Australian power system through vehicle-to-grid technology.
ARENA Insights Spotlight, February 2021
In this interview, Dr Bjorn Sturmberg discusses ‘The A to Z of V2G’ report, which provides a comprehensive review of international V2G projects, exploring the benefits and challenges of V2G technology.
Professor Lachlan Blackhall, Utility Magazine, 24 February 2021
Dynamic operating envelopes are one important way to enable greater hosting capacity for solar PV, battery storage and electric vehicles in the electricity grid.
You Tube video, 18 February 2021
The Battery Materials and Energy Storage Laboratory was officially unveiled via an online event on 16 February 2021. View the video of the lab shown at the event here.
Dr Bjorn Sturmberg, Canberra Times, 25 January 2021
Recent announcements that two big batteries will be built at coal-fired power stations in NSW are great news for the energy system and regional communities across Australia.
Ecogeneration, 18 January 2021
Report on the opportunities Australia has to export clean energy and what it could mean for the National Electricity Market. Featuring commentary by Dr Bjorn Sturmberg.
ABC online news article featuring expert commentary by Dr Marnie Shaw, 13 January 2021
An energy provider’s plan to build Australia’s largest battery is the latest development in a quickly transitioning energy market.
By Sarah Wilson, 22 December 2020
If interviews with owners of electric vehicles (EVs) have revealed one clear message, it is that once people buy an EV, going back to a petrol or diesel vehicle is highly unlikely. EVs are fun, fast and fabulous.
By Sarah Wilson, 21 December 2020
A bold initiative of the ACT Government, to electrify their fleet of vehicles, has grown into a world-leading research and demonstration project that is setting the scene for large-scale adoption of vehicle-to-grid technology in Australia.
The Fifth Estate article featuring expert commentary by Dr Bjorn Sturmberg, 14 December 2020
An electricity deal struck for both the good of the planet and thousands of residential tenants has been labelled a win-win by academics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.