The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Australia including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Grid-Connected Microgrids and Battery Technology

Grid-connected microgrids are considered the future of a smarter electric grid. So as large-scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS).AusNet Services, the largest energy delivery service in Victoria, … [Read more...]

The Hybrid Microgrid Down Under…Lux Research Sees Distruptive Energy Ahead…Other Quick News

Construction will begin in September on a hybrid microgrid in Coober Pedy, a remote town in the Australian outback where conditions are harsh.Two Senvion MM92 turbines will supply wind energy to the hybrid microgrid, which also will use solar and battery storage to help the community reduce its reliance on diesel fuel.The project has … [Read more...]

Western Australian Utility Leads Switch to Microgrids

Sophie Vorrath of One Step Off the Grid describes how a utility leads the switch to microgrids in Western Australia.The shift from traditional centralized fossil fuel power generation to distributed renewable energy powered grids is widely accepted as a foregone conclusion by players in the global energy market. How quickly this will happen, … [Read more...]

Portable Hybrid Microgrid Up and Running in One Week for Australia Village: ABB

A new portable hybrid microgrid system was up in running in an Australian village within one week of leaving the factory more than 600 miles away.Six months later it was packed up and relocated for use elsewhere. The disassembly required less than 170 hours of labor.Called SunSHIFT, the hybrid system can use solar, diesel and natural gas … [Read more...]

Australian Microgrid Companies Join Forces; Plan International Push

Two Australian microgrid companies, Carnegie Wave Energy and Energy Made Clean (EMC), have joined forces to develop solar, wave, wind and energy storage projects both at home and internationally.The companies plan to develop energy projects on islands, off-grid and in grid-connected communities.Carnegie will invest $3 million in cash and … [Read more...]

Around the World in Energy Storage: Quick Microgrid News

For an agricultural business in Hawaii, it's aloha reliable power. At Mari's Garden, aquaponics on site combine growing plants hydroponically with growing fish through aquaculture. Read: consistently high energy consumption coupled with expensive electricity. They sought a renewable energy generation solution that could connect with energy storage … [Read more...]

Australian Group Studies How Neighborhood Microgrids Can Boost Solar Use

An Australian clean energy advocacy group has won government funding to look into how neighborhood microgrids can reduce limits on the amount of solar energy that households can generate and store.The Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL), which serves the community of Moreland in Melbourne, will investigate how microgrids would let … [Read more...]

Seeking a Global Blueprint for Microgrids in Greece…and More Quick Microgrid News

Younicos, which is part of a consortium in Greece working on a global blueprint for smart microgrids, says that the Greek Island of Tilos could use renewables for more than 80 percent of its power with battery energy storage.The battery would dramatically cut use -- and therefore cost -- of fossil fuel-based power transmitted to Tilos  from a … [Read more...]

Microgrid Jr Comes of Age: The Rise of the Solar Plus Storage Nanogrid

The microgrid may be getting all of the attention, but its smaller knockoff -- the nanogrid -- is starting to capture the spotlight too.What is a nanogrid? Like the microgrid, it is a technology in search of a clear definition. But basically it is a small microgrid, typically serving a single customer or facility.A distributed energy … [Read more...]

How Fast is the Microgrid Market Growing, Really?

Two respected research firms regularly analyze and forecast market growth for microgrids. Both agree that microgrids will grow at a rapid clip over the next five years. But how rapid?If you try to compare the findings from the two firms -- GTM Research and Navigant Research -- you might end up scratching your head. It’s a bit of an apples and … [Read more...]