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NOJA Power Intelligent Switchgear

  • $5.00m

    ARENA Funding

  • $21.80m

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Advancing renewables

    Lead Organisation

    NOJA Power Switchgear Pty. Ltd.

    Start Date

    Jul 2017

    Project Partners

    AEMO, AusNet Services Ltd, Energy Queensland Ltd, Deakin University, University of Queensland

    Location

    Queensland

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Advancing renewables

Lead Organisation

NOJA Power Switchgear Pty. Ltd.

Start Date

Jul 2017

Project Partners

AEMO, AusNet Services Ltd, Energy Queensland Ltd, Deakin University, University of Queensland

Location

Queensland

Status

Current

This project aims to reduce the complexity and cost of connecting renewables to the grid, and increase the hosting capacity of distribution networks by developing, demonstrating and industrialising an economical intelligent switchgear. This device can capture high-resolution real-time network data and can provide protection, control, and monitoring solutions to facilitate the connection of renewables to the grid.

Need

To develop breakthrough technology to solve the challenges of ensuring the electricity grid is stable as more renewable energy is integrated. Key outcomes of the project include:

  • Reduction in the cost of connection and increasing the value delivered by renewable energy in Australia
  • Developing new protection, control and monitoring firmware to address renewable energy challenges
  • Reducing or removing barriers to renewable energy uptake
  • Increasing Australian skills in renewable energy
  • Improving power system security, reliability and stability in Australia

Once developed, 100 units will be installed on electricity networks across Queensland and Victoria where renewable energy connects to the grid and in locations of high renewable penetration.

The data captured by these devices will be shared with ARENA, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Deakin University and the University of Queensland as well as AusNet and Energy Queensland to help provide more accurate real-time information on the electricity system and renewable energy, in a unique collaboration.

Project innovation

This project will develop a range of switchgear products combined with unique controllers specifically targeting the requirements of Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSP) and reducing the connection cost of renewable energy resources. These products will manage the protection challenges associated with renewable resources integration increasing the hosting capacity of the electricity network by using dynamic protection configuration, precise wide-area measurements and real-time monitoring capabilities. This will be achieved with advanced protection schemes and with synchrophasors.

Benefit

These products will manage the protection challenges associated with renewable resources integration increasing the hosting capacity of the electricity network by using dynamic protection configuration, precise wide-area measurements and real-time monitoring capabilities. This will be achieved with advanced protection schemes and with synchrophasors. This project will contribute to the Advancing Renewables Program outcomes by reducing the integration cost, increasing the value delivered by renewable energy, removing barriers to renewable energy uptake and increasing skill and knowledge relevant to renewable energy integration in Australia.

Contact information

Neil O’Sullivan, Group Managing Director

+61 (07) 3907 8777

NeilO@nojapower.com.au