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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Desert Knowledge Research Institute Ltd

    Location

    Alice Springs, Northern Territory

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables Program

  • Start Date

    July 2020

    Status

    Current

  • Project Partners
    Desert Knowledge Australia, Power and Water Corporation, Ekistica Pty Ltd, Power Generation Corporation t/a Territory Generation, CSIRO, Arid Lands Environment Centre Inc, Power Retail Corporation t/a Jacana Energy

Summary

The Alice Springs Future Grid project will focus on addressing barriers to further renewable energy penetration in the local electricity network.

Need

The Alice Springs Future Grid Project acknowledges that the Alice Springs power system faces a number of complex challenges to increasing the VRE penetration.

The rapidly shrinking minimum daytime demand makes it difficult to provide system services, and will only become more problematic as higher volumes of renewables are integrated into the network. Alice Springs is facing challenges sooner than many other grids.

Action

The Alice Springs Future Grid is a collaborative project consisting of interdependent sub-projects. These sub-projects have specific focuses, including modelling, microgrid trials, household battery and tariff trials, developing new cloud forecasting techniques, dynamic export and dispatch of PV, and an investigation into wind resources. A strong community engagement element aims to educate and empower Alice Springs residents, while also focusing on regular sharing of lessons learnt.

Last updated
04 September 2020

Outcome

The project aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • increased Alice Springs community consumer satisfaction regarding the reliability and supply of energy, following a series of innovative trials
  • the reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake
  • increased skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy technologies including through the delivery of a ‘Roadmap to 2030’ plan to achieve 50% renewables in Alice Springs by 2030
  • improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of Renewable Energy Technologies.

Additional impact

Lessons learnt in Alice Springs will be transferable to other isolated grids in the NT, as well as larger networks. To preserve the knowledge generated through Alice Springs Future Grid, a website has been structured to support knowledge sharing and tell Central Australia’s unique and innovative renewables story.

Last updated 04 September 2020

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Preparing Alice Springs electricity grid for renewables

The electricity network that serves Alice Springs and its surrounds will be transformed to accommodate more renewable energy.

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