In the future, new power generation and battery technologies may become common place in the community. We trialed how a smart grid can manage these technologies to reduce peak demand and improve reliability.
The project included participation from the community who tested the benefits of rooftop solar (photovoltaic) panels, natural gas fuel cells and community-based small wind turbines to create a distributed generation network. Power was generated locally and shared by the community through the electricity grid.
Battery storage units (right) have also been installed on the local network. When excess power was generated these batteries stored it for when it was needed, such as times of peak demand. The batteries were installed in the same areas as the local generation sources.
All these innovative distributed energy devices were on trial as part of Smart Grid, Smart City in suburban, urban and rural power environments. The aim was to understand the viability and feasibility of using these technologies in conjunction with the smart grid to improve power quality, reliability and consistency. To date, it was found the fuel cells that generated energy reduced the peak demand in a reliable manner. Further analysis is being done on the outcomes and infrastructure required to optimise the wind turbines and battery units, used to store power.
Watch the animation below to learn more about the distributed storage and generation trials taking place as part of Smart Grid, Smart City.