RACE for Networks

Optimising Australia’s electricity grid through customer distributed energy resources and network integration.

Program Leader: Neil Horrocks neil.horrocks@racefor2030.com.au

Themes

Theme 5: Designing future networks

This theme will study emerging social trends, lifestyles, routines, and practices of end users. It will explore their impact on power system design and the evolving role of market architecture, including the roles and responsibilities of system actors. Understanding how end-user desires and actions are implemented in complex decision-making tools is a fundamental research topic to be delivered. For the true optimisation of the power sector to be realised, new partnerships and engagement, and collaborative communication will be utilised. This will help to explore future states of the sector

Theme 6: Developing local grid solutions

This theme considers how end users want to use, control and value their Consumer Energy Resources (CER) devices. It will examine where, when, and how CER could be best deployed to minimise costs and emissions using real-time facilities that allow faster local decision making. Standardised methods for securely integrating CER will be developed considering social, economic, environmental and technical factors. Research outcomes will be shared through collaborative data networks to help scale CER solutions to their full potential.

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Understanding power system dynamics with high levels of grid-forming inverters
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Investigation into Voltage Management Technologies for Future Australian Suburban Distribution Networks
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Identification, Key Management and Trust for Inverters for Distributed Energy Resources
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Behind the Meter Forecasting & Optimisation
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DSO and Beyond: Optimising Planning and Regulation for DM & DER
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Measuring and communicating network export service quality
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Demonstrating pathways for Urban Renewable Energy Zones – Barriers, opportunities, and impacts of establishing Urban REZ
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Distributed energy business models: Comparing distributed energy business models within current and evolving institutional structures to identify key opportunities and leverage points for a clean, affordable and reliable electricity grid
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Curtailment and network voltage analysis study (CANVAS)
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Low voltage network visibility and optimising DER hosting capacity
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