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Tech & Science Microgrids and neighbourhood power sharing set to transform how we use energy

22:51  02 december  2019
22:51  02 december  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Powering your neighbourhood with a small solar array, wind turbine and batteries could be the next big thing as microgrids set up across Microgrids and smart energy systems are predicted to be the next big thing in electricity supply — allowing us to not only produce our own energy , but also share it

As part of our How Energy Works series, this blog explains how microgrids work. A microgrid generally operates while connected to the grid, but importantly, it can break off and operate on its own using local energy generation in times of crisis like storms or power outages, or for other reasons.

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The ability to transport electricity long distances transformed the way we live, bringing cheap energy to people's homes.

But technological advances are causing ruptures in the traditional power grid and changing the way energy is produced and shared.

Microgrids and smart energy systems are predicted to be the next big thing in electricity supply — allowing us to not only produce our own energy but also share it with our neighbours.

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Share All sharing options. Microgrid just means a small, freestanding grid. It can consist of several buildings, one small building (sometimes called a “nanogrid”), or even one person (a “picogrid” Let’s take a quick tour of microgrids and their potential. Off-grid microgrids to extend power to the poor.

But the use of microgrids —decentralised energy grids that intelligently balance the local supply and demand of distributed clean energy resources—could avoid the Currently, he said, the way in which we use these technologies is, in his words, “dumb.” We simply attach solar panels, heat pumps, and

In the northern Victorian town of Yackandandah, the community is building three microgrid networks in its bid to become 100 per cent renewable.

Local resident Donna Jones is part of a microgrid trial, with 14 houses in her suburb set up with solar panels and subsidised batteries.

"The cost of electricity, when you've got solar panels on the roof, is already reduced because the majority of the power that you're using, you're generating yourself," she said.

The long-term goal is that the energy generated by solar panels and stored in home batteries, can be shared between neighbours, even those without their own panels.

"It means that you'll be purchasing your energy at a competitive rate, knowing it's just coming from your neighbour's roof, rather than from some generator far, far away," Ms Jones said.

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As the world's demand for energy grows, microgrids are going to become increasingly important — but what are they and why do they matter? The issue of access to power is an important one. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity.

What is a microgrid?

Most people in Australia are connected to the main electricity grid, power is generated from a large centralised station — usually coal-fired.

The electricity is then distributed through things like power lines that are connected to homes and businesses.

At its simplest, a microgrid is a small, freestanding grid — anything from a couple of buildings to a whole town or suburb.

There are two different kinds of microgrids:

  • Isolated grids, which aren't connected to the main grid, would typically be found in rural and remote areas
  • Grid-connected microgrids, like the ones at Yackandandah, that both generate their own power but can also sell or buy from the main grid

Suburban transformation

On the outskirts of Melbourne's eastern suburbs, an energy transformation is taking place — a testing ground for how our cities will use and distribute power in the future, using microgrids.

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Every day, 50,000 people visit Monash University's Clayton campus to work, study, play and live.

This city-like campus is being turned into a microgrid. Individual buildings are being set up with things like solar power, which can then be shared around the campus.

The biomedical building is the heart of the microgrid, housing one of the largest battery systems in the country — on its roof.

"We're trying to replicate what will happen in a real city. This is one of the largest microgrids of its type being developed in the country," program director of the Net Zero Initiative Scott Ferraro said.

"We're trying to consume as much solar as we can on-site … but we also want to link and take electricity from the grid when it's cheaper and more efficient to do so."

Smart energy

The University is constructing energy-efficient buildings and retrofitting old buildings so they require minimal heating and cooling.

But researchers are also coming up with systems that will decide when to reduce power and when to sell it back to the grid, based on timetabling, weather predictions and peak electricity times.

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Ahead of heat waves, university buildings could be pre-cooled so air-conditioning is not needed during expensive peak times.

"The digital element of energy is really allowing us to have much smarter control of when and how we use energy, with the aim to reduce system costs," Mr Ferraro said.

"This is where everyone's energy use is heading."

Mr Ferraro said Monash University was able to deploy some of the world's leading microgrid technologies, to showcase to others what Australia's smart cities could look like.

"We can take a little bit more of the risk than others would want to, because we are also doing research on these systems, which is our primary business," he said.

"So understanding how these systems work in the Australian energy market, and the business model behind them, is part of what's of interest to our researchers as well."

Diesel reliance

Across rural and remote Australia, microgrids have been used for years to electrify towns previously without power.

But heavy reliance on diesel generators persists despite advances in renewable energy.

Dane Thomas is manager of isolated energy at Ergon Energy, which operates 33 sites throughout remote Queensland and 17 in the Torres Strait Islands.

"One of the things we're really pushing for is increasing renewables and increasing customer-owned renewables," he said.

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"To try and bring that cost down and to get to a place where we can continue to maintain and manage a safe, reliable network."

The Queensland Government has a project to decarbonise four remote Indigenous towns in far north Queensland, including the community of Doomadgee.

"That's … doubling the size of a solar farm, from being 250 kilowatts up to 500 kilowatts," Mr Thomas said.

"And then we're also increasing customer PV [solar panels] that we've got in that community, so that's increasing not just a centralised but a decentralised model."

Isolated communities falling behind

With 4,000 residents, Thursday Island in the Torres Strait is one of the largest communities to have a microgrid, but it is run by diesel generators.

Mayor of Torres Shire Vonda Malone said the Council wanted to develop renewables to save money and create local jobs.

"Whilst we are not the providers of power, we are looking at alternative sources so that it can be more affordable, and obviously a lot more environmentally friendly," she said.

"How can we provide those future jobs that will enable our community members, our young people, to remain in community?"

But she said they were still hoping for government support as there were very few people in the community who could afford to install solar panels at home.

"It costs a lot of money to get things to our communities. What you pay in Melbourne is four times more in our community," she said.

"We can have all the technologies we like, but what does it mean to someone who was on a low income out in remote islands in the Torres Strait?"

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