Pooled Energy provides retail electricity and swimming pool automation to pool owners as part of an on-going service. The energy consumption of the pools is managed from a central Network Operating Centre in such a way as to help off-load and stabilise the Grid. It is an enabling technology for intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and sun.
How the project works
Australia has 1.4M swimming pools, using as much electricity as half of Victoria, or the equivalent of two large Power Stations. Pooled Energy’s overall objective is to improve energy efficiency at the pools sufficiently to retire one power station and then manage the remaining electrical load as a way of off-loading and stabilising the Grid. For the individual pool owner, Pooled Energy typically reduces the ~40% of total household power used by the pool to about 10%, reduces chemicals up to 80% and delivers a much higher quality, healthier and more reliable automatic pool as part of a package of services. The system eliminates the need for a regular pool technician, thereby saving further cost.
Area of innovation
Pooled Energy has a unique eco-system developed over 9 years, which uses custom chemistry, custom sensors, process automation at the pool, an Internet of things via encrypted VPN communications, a full SCADA system, cloud computing with an emerging AI, and connections to the NEM, the Grid at a technical level and the Weather Bureau.
The ARENA project will be a trial at scale with a minimum of 3,000 pools and demonstrate Demand management and Modulation for the Grid, appearing as a large-scale ‘black-box’ battery distributed throughout the Grid, at a small fraction of the cost of actual batteries. It will save energy, chemicals, equipment life and a lot of the support labour required by pools
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