The Microgrid Knowledge Australia Channel

News and feature articles on microgrids in Australia including RFP's, policies and players impacting the region.

Australian Naval Microgrid Faces Operational Challenges

Giles Parkinson of Renew Economy describes operational problems faced by a microgrid installed by Carnegie Clean Energy at an Australian naval base. The Garden Island microgrid, located in a naval base off the port of Fremantle south of Perth, was supposed to be a shining light for the future of distributed energy, and potentially the world’s … [Read more...]

Australian Mine Lays Out Path to Make its Microgrid 99% Renewable

Lack of inertia prevents an Australian mine from expanding renewable energy use at its microgrid. The mine operator lays out a path to solve the problem. Sophie Vorrath of Renew Economy reports. The global resources company behind a ground-breaking project that shifted a West Australian gold mine to a more than 50% mix of wind, solar and … [Read more...]

What is Transactive Energy and Why is it Important to Microgrids?

The growing emphasis on using microgrids to generate revenue is leading to increased discussion of transactive energy, a concept described in a new paper by Monash University researchers and featured at the recent Microgrid Knowledge Virtual Conference. The Monash paper, "Transactive Energy Market for Energy Management in Microgrids: The … [Read more...]

Australian Government Awards $13.2 million for Microgrid Feasibility Studies

The Australian government has awarded about $13.2 million (U.S.) for microgrid feasibility studies as part of a growing effort to bolster grid reliability and provide electricity in unserved areas across the continent. The June 5 awards were the first to be made by the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund, which intends to … [Read more...]

Installation Completed of Record-size Hybrid Microgrid at Australia Mine

Sophie Vorrath of Renew Economy reports on the completion of the largest hybrid microgrid in Australia. A groundbreaking 56-MW solar, wind and battery project built to power a gold mine in remote Western Australia has been completed, marking the largest hybrid microgrid of its kind in Australia and the first in the country to use wind-generated … [Read more...]

Mining Toolkit Helps Clean Energy Industry Protect Profit, People and Planet

Clean energy’s gold rush for minerals used to manufacture electric vehicles, solar and other systems is not always sustainable and sometimes employs questionable labor practices, says a group that has released a mining toolkit to help the industry develop best practices. The Energy Resources Governance Initiative’s (ERGI) toolkit aims to … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Likely to Create Desire for Energy Self-Reliance: Australia

Energy leaders in Australia describe what’s ahead for solar and storage as a result of COVID-19. Sophie Vorrath of One Step off the Grid reports.  Concerns around the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on the Australian solar industry have shifted from supply to demand as manufacturers in China resume business-almost-as-usual, but the … [Read more...]

Microgrid Powers Town and Opens Door to Federation of Microgrids in Australia

Australia utility Horizon Power and PXiSE Energy Solutions, a provider of microgrid controls, are working to demonstrate that microgrids in remote areas can replace traditional infrastructure and boost renewables. Horizon Power, Western Australia’s regional energy utility, has begun operating a microgrid consisting of 1 MW solar and 2 MW battery … [Read more...]

How Western Australia Can Lead on Renewable Energy Microgrids

Sophie Vorrath, editor of One Step Off The Grid, describes a new report that outlines the potential for Western Australia to lead on renewable energy microgrids — and what stands in the way. Western Australia has the potential to become a global leader in renewable energy microgrid development and export, a new report has found, but only with … [Read more...]

A Global Tour of Contrasting Microgrid and VPP Markets

Peter Asmus of Guidehouse explores the different drivers impacting microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) uptake.  The stars are aligning for distributed energy resources (DER) to play an increasingly important role in providing energy services across both retail and wholesale markets. Recent forecasts from Navigant Research, a Guidehouse … [Read more...]