Distributed energy resourcesProject Indra Monash Smart City
This report details the precinct scale microgrid platform as part of the ARENA funded Smart Energy City project.
Australian electricity markets are rapidly changing. Distributed energy resources (DER) such as rooftop solar panels are increasingly being deployed directly on electricity customers’ premises. The role of the “prosumer” is rising; a category of energy users which both generate and consume electricity using a combination of on-site renewable energy and energy storage. Practices in buying and selling electricity are rapidly evolving to service this growth in DER and prosumers. In addition, these factors are increasing the need for load management technologies and services, such as demand side response and electricity storage.
Monash University is partnering with global technology and consulting company Indra for the Smart Energy City project, supported by a $2.9 million grant through ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program. The Smart Energy City project will develop a grid interactive microgrid at Monash University’s Clayton campus, which will maximise the utilisation of DER and loads in a coordinated way through Indra’s OneSait AGM technology platform and development of a Transactive Energy Market.