The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $2.05 million in funding to Evoenergy to trial the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in an online marketplace to allow customers in Canberra to make the most of their ‘consumer energy’.
In partnership with Schneider Electric and GreenSync, the $4.12 million project will research and test the effect that the integration of DER is having on Canberra’s energy grid, allowing the network to better support the connection of further consumer-owned rooftop solar, home batteries, smart appliances, home energy management systems and electric vehicles.
The trial will integrate Evoenergy’s existing operating systems with GreenSync’s Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX) platform and enrol DER assets into a simulated virtual power plant. This will allow Evoenergy to better manage DER within its network and in the future allow customers to be paid for providing services to the network through their DER assets.
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Evoenergy general manager Fiona Wright said, “Over the past 10 years we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of DER in our network which has changed the way energy flows between homes and businesses. This project is exciting because it will give us a better understanding of how we can unlock the potential of DER in an increasingly decentralised grid.”
GreenSync CEO Dr Phil Blythe said, “With ACT’s ambitious renewable energy targets driving the uptake of solar and electric vehicles, this is an ideal network environment for us to demonstrate the growing capabilities of smart energy technology, where customer-owned energy resources can actively participate in providing network services for commercial value.”
The project is expected to run for 18 months, with final results being released in early 2021.