Technology Griffith University’s energy storage system promises benefits for customers

Griffith University’s energy storage system promises benefits for customers

A team at Griffith University has developed and applied an intelligent scheduling system distributing energy resources efficiently to 128 residential customers in South-East Queensland.

Researcher Mr Chris Bennett, working under the supervision of Associate Professor Rodney Stewart and Professor Jun Wei Lu, created a forecast-based, three-phase battery energy storage scheduling and operation system aims to provide cheaper, better quality power over a low voltage electricity distribution network.

The low voltage network is a suburb of a few hundred homes where there is a single area transformer. Peak solar generation occurs during the middle of the day when demand is low. Yet, daily peak demand of the electricity distribution network is during late mornings and evenings. “This means there is an incongruity between when energy is generated and when it is required, which can lead to supply and quality issues,” said Mr Bennett.

An intelligent battery energy system in the low voltage network means reduced peak demand, more efficient load balancing and better management of supply from solar photovoltaics. The proposed system could reduce:

  • wholesale peak generation charges,
  • ease expensive upgrades to the power grid,
  • reduce the average time of power outages, and
  • improve overall power quality delivered to customers

“Our solution tackles these immediate issues while also setting the foundation for a future smart grid,” My Bennett says.

Very clever, Griffith University. Thanks for keeping it clever!

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