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Achieving cost-effective abatement from Australian electricity generation

State of the art modelling tools to be used to examine the pathway to a low carbon electrical energy system.

  • $1.03m

    ARENA Funding

  • $1.38m

    Total Project Value

Need

Prior to these studies being undertaken, there was limited evidence and supporting information as to the relative benefits of a Renewable Energy Target versus a carbon price in terms of the transition to a low carbon energy system.

Project innovation

This ARENA funded project has produced state of the art modelling tools to be used to examine the pathway to a low carbon electrical energy system. The models have demonstrated that the pathway to large carbon abatement is technically feasible and viable from an economic point of view.

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    University of Melbourne

    Start Date

    Jul 2012

    Project Partners

    University of NSW

    Location

    Melbourne

    Status

    Past

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

University of Melbourne

Start Date

Jul 2012

Project Partners

University of NSW

Location

Melbourne

Status

Past

 

Benefit

A low carbon energy system for the National Energy Market (NEM) is technically and economically feasible, and under certain circumstances may be cheaper than a business as usual scenario energy system with mostly fossil generation

Lessons learned

By taking multiple approaches to simulating the least cost technology mix to meet projected demand using only renewable energy generation technologies, the project has demonstrated that by optimally placing wind and solar PV plant around the NEM the variability in output can be minimised, and that combined with hydro, concentrating solar thermal and biogas to provide dispatchable generation for times of low output from wind and PV, the system can be run in a stable fashion.

More information

Contact information

Dr Roger Dargaville

0416 528 437

rogerd@unimelb.edu.au

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