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Distributed Energy Resources Hosting Capacity Study

  • $164k

    ARENA Funding

  • $354k

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Powercor Australia Ltd

    Start Date

    Jan 2019

    Project Partners

    ENEA Australia

    Location

    Melbourne, Victoria

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

Powercor Australia Ltd

Start Date

Jan 2019

Project Partners

ENEA Australia

Location

Melbourne, Victoria

Status

Current

Summary

The project aims to demonstrate the issues faced by Australian distribution networks in maintaining security and quality of supply in the context of increasing distributed energy resource (DER) penetration. It will also assess potential mitigation options, based on analysis of implementation cost vs benefit (i.e. additional PV hosting capacity created). This will provide a basis for more informed discussion between industry and academia using actual network data and a publicly available power system analysis software.

How the project works

Citipower and Powercor’s Network Planning and Development Department will collaborate with ENEA Consulting to select and assess a number of high-voltage and low-voltage configurations to identify implications and opportunities of DER using publicly available software. The project will also look to build upon the work of other studies such as CSIRO’s MV/LV Feeder Taxonomy Study.

Area of innovation

This project will further the industry’s collective knowledge of the subject matter as well as establish a replicable methodology for academia in assessing DER Hosting Capacity of DNSPs using freely available software.

Benefit

The project will provide:

  • Clarity – A robust methodology which demonstrates real world challenges of distribution network service providers (DNSPs) with increasing levels of DER
  • Opportunities – Provide a defined list of options to support higher levels of DER as well as provide associated cost/benefit analysis for DNSPs
  • Tools – A method of applying publicly available software that takes into account real world factors
  • Process Improvement – The results of the project will be fed back into the current CitiPower Powercor (CP/PAL) DER assessment process
  • Information Sharing – Additional learnings in the assessment of cost/benefit to the industry as a whole.

Contact information

Andrew Dinning, Manager Generation & Major Augmentation

adinning@powercor.com.au