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Indra Monash Smart City

  • $2.97m

    ARENA Funding

  • $7.17m

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Indra Australia Pty Limited

    Start Date

    Oct 2018

    Project Partners

    None

    Location

    Victoria

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

Indra Australia Pty Limited

Start Date

Oct 2018

Project Partners

None

Location

Victoria

Status

Current

Summary

The Indra Monash Smart City will demonstrate how smart and renewable technologies can be integrated at the Monash University Clayton embedded network to maintain power quality and test market driven responses and business models.

Indra’s Active Grid Management (InGRID AGM) platform will provide real-time monitoring and control over the grid-connected assets, and be optimised to add value to customers, market participants and the electricity grid.

How the project works

Using Indra’s grid management platform, the project will enable control of distributed energy resources, including a minimum of 1 MW of solar panels, 20 buildings, electric vehicle charging stations and 1 MWh of energy storage. Firstly, the assets will be monitored in real-time enabling visibility and control at the low-voltage network. Secondly, the assets will be optimised to ensure efficient and reliable supply of electricity within the technical limits. The third and final phase will implement a transactive market to allow each building to buy and sell electricity, and optimise use in response to pricing signals.

Area of innovation

Unlike other embedded network projects relying on centralised control from one single industrial equipment manufacturer, the Indra Monash Smart City will demonstrate the interoperability among different manufacturers and technologies to unlock opportunities for scalable smart grids with participants and providers. This is to ensure the technical and commercial solutions being developed are replicable beyond the realm of this project. Rather than duplicating existing functionality, Indra’s platform will leverage the intelligence of the various systems and use its openness to standard protocols to integrate third-party technology that adds value to the platform.

Benefit

The Indra Monash Smart City will demonstrate how a 100% renewable powered embedded network could operate reliably, and the value it could provide to customers and the broader energy network. It will show the value of smart energy infrastructure to the various market participants, and will lay the path to commercialisation for similar projects across a range of greenfield and brownfield applications. Real-time integration will facilitate the sharing of information and services amongst network companies, customers and new market players (such as aggregators).

More information

Contact information

German Burbano, Manager Energy Solutions

+61 408 268 555

gburbano@indracompany.com