UNSW Sydney is teaming with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and solar monitoring company Solar Analytics on a revolutionary solar study.

This $2.2 million project has gotten $981,000 in funds from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in accordance with its Advancing Renewables Program and will take place throughout three years starting in January 2021.

While Australia’s deployment of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is crucial to lessening greenhouse gas emissions, important engineering work is needed to entwine them across the power system, project lead Naomi Stringer from UNSW’s School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering stated.

Australia is now a global leader in home solar PV installations, with more than 2.5 million systems across the nation. How these systems act when seated on our rooftops can bear material impacts on the wider electricity grid, Stringer stated.

Unexpected occurrences like lightning strikes and equipment failures occur each day in the power grid. On occasion disturbances happen, and the capacity of the total power system to ride through and recover.

Effects of rooftop solar can be especially apparent during disturbance occurrences when the grid is strained, endangering a new power system security. Yet there also exist valuable chances to capture rooftop solar capabilities to restore power system security. In spite of this burgeoning role and possible impact, there is little info displaying how solar PV operates in the field throughout such occurrences, she said.

The team of UNSW, AEMO and Solar Analytics represents a rare partnership that unites research capabilities, a firm industry need, and important public sector experience, Stringer said.

Data analysis will be a substantial portion of the study with the project intending to address the essential questions of power system security by harnessing a sizable quantity of roof system data. Project partners will team up with stakeholders across the business encompassing inverter and battery manufacturers to examine novel data streams.

Violette Mouchaileh, AEMO’s chief member services officer stated that the results of this project will enable the construction of the smarter grid we require to operate securely, safely and dependably with more elevated levels of distributed generation. It’s ensuring we possess the tools and support the decisions that consumers make in investing in this variety of resources.

AEMO will apply the study findings to enhance planning and operation of the grid power system so that conventional measures that might negatively affect PV system owners and the public are avoided.

Saying that Solar Analytics is devoted to burgeoning the rooftop solar industry to its complete potential, Dr Jonathon Dore, head of product innovation, stated that the project expands on work they’ve been doing through past years to guarantee that solar works flawlessly with the remainder of the energy system and provides a vital step toward Australia’s solar future.

The project will be completed in the Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets group at UNSW. The study expands on standing work by AEMO, Solar Analytics and the UNSW Sydney team, such as two foundational ARENA projects, which have laid the groundwork for this new project.

The ARENA Advancing Renewables Program empowers projects that can allow for affordable, reliable renewable energy in Australia.

 

Source: Architecture and Design.Com.Au