Monash University, Australia Proposes To Store Solar Power Using A Microgrid System

- Oct 01, 2019-

The use of solar energy by humans has already begun. Humans convert light energy into electricity to supply the electricity that is usually needed. However, the storage of solar energy has always been a headache.

Recently, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) partnered with Monash University and technology provider Indra Australia to try out the microgrid system to store solar power as a fully utilized renewable energy source for Monash Clay by 2030. The first step in the power supply of the campus.

Micro-Grid is also translated into micro-grid, which refers to a small power distribution system consisting of distributed power supply, energy storage device, energy conversion device, load, monitoring and protection devices. The microgrid is an autonomous system that can achieve self-control, protection and management. It can be operated in parallel with the external grid or in isolation.

The proposed microgrid aims to realize the flexible and efficient application of distributed power sources and solve the problem of large-scale and diverse distributed power supply grid-connected problems. The microgrid is a concept compared to the traditional large power grid. It refers to a network of multiple distributed power sources and their associated loads according to a certain topology structure, and is connected to the conventional power grid through static switches. The development and extension of the microgrid can fully promote the large-scale access of distributed power and renewable energy, and achieve high-reliability supply of multiple energy sources. It is an effective way to realize active distribution network, making the traditional power grid Smart grid transition.

The pilot will use Indra's Ingrid Advanced Grid Management (AGM) software platform to test the microgrid on campus in southeast Melbourne. The microgrid will be connected to the grid, including up to 1 MW of rooftop solar energy, 20 buildings with automated energy management systems, 1 MWh of battery storage and electric vehicle charging stations.

ARENA will provide Monash University and Indra Australia with $2.97 million in funding for the Monash Smart Energy City project, which will require a total investment of A$7.1 million.

ARENA's chief financial officer said, “The project will use Monash University as a 'life lab' to help universities form their own microgrids and control their energy use. The university uses a lot of electricity during the day, provided by Indra and Monash The solution can reduce peak demand and put the education sector on the path to renewable energy."

IndraAustralia's Energy Solutions Manager stated, “We are pleased to be a key technology partner for this leading program, Indra's intelligent use of edge computing utilizes centralized and distributed components to monitor distributed grid elements in real time. It will allow Monash Control and optimize the time and manner of energy use on campus."

Last week, ARENA launched a distributed energy integration program with energy market authorities, industry bodies and consumer associations as part of Australia's move toward an increasingly fragmented energy system.