Increasing DER hosting capacity while reducing costs and enhancing energy system resilience

Supervisors

Prof Peter Newman and Dr Charlie Hargroves (Curtin)

Richard Romanowski (Planet Ark Power)

The project

The successful PhD scholarship applicant will investigate how new customer transaction and business models can be used to accelerate the uptake of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in order to cost effectively assist in stabilising the grid during the transition to decentralised energy generation and storage. The pace of the shift to DERs has been underestimated and this is now causing service issues with the current electricity grid (regarding electricity cost and quality), while also suppressing a range of new business opportunities. The effective management of this transition stands to provide significant opportunity to both incumbent entities and new entrants to the energy sector, while supporting Net Zero emissions outcomes. The future electricity grid will likely incorporate a combination of both grid and local scale renewable energy generation and storage, with the emphasis likely on local scale, with risks for all stakeholders in the transition from central systems.

The focus of the PhD project will be on ways to harness the value of DERs through new ways to transact energy services in a way that creates multiple benefits for existing and new stakeholders. The research will learn from and build on current academic and industrial projects to explore tangible ways to underpin a safe and rapid transition to a clean, affordable, and reliable grid based around the appropriate rollout of DERs.

RESEARCH PARTNER

INDUSTRY PARTNER

Planet Ark Power

 

EXPECTED START DATE

October 2022

EXPECTED END DATE

October 2025

 

PROJECT CODE

0400
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