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Evoenergy gets $2.05 million from ARENA for distributed energy trial Featured

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ACT-based electricity and gas distributor Evoenergy has received $2.05 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to trial the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) in an online marketplace.

In partnership with Schneider Electric and GreenSync, the $4.12 million project, designed to allow customers in Canberra to make the most of their ‘consumer energy’, will research and test the effect that the integration of DER is having on Canberra’s energy grid - allowing the network to better support the connection of further consumer-owned rooftop solar, home batteries, smart appliances, home energy management systems and electric vehicles.

ARENA says the trial will integrate Evoenergy’s existing operating systems with GreenSync’s Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX) platform and enrol DER assets into a simulated virtual power plant - allowing Evoenergy to better manage DER within its network and in the future allow customers to be paid for providing services to the network through their DER assets.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said: “Evoenergy’s trial will help to maximise the amount of distributed energy that the network can accommodate, while maintaining the stability of the system. This project will utilise two leading industry platforms to demonstrate a coordinated approach to DER management.”

“Over the past 10 years we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of DER in our network which has changed the way energy flows between homes and businesses. This project is exciting because it will give us a better understanding of how we can unlock the potential of DER in an increasingly decentralised grid,” said Evoenergy General Manager Fiona Wright.

Schneider Electric Vice President Simon Mouat said: “Managing how DER interacts with the grid will be a critical part of Australia’s future energy system. As a global business we are excited to work with Evoenergy in one of the most advanced electricity networks in Australia to define the optimal management of DER and maximise the network's performance.”

“With ACT’s ambitious renewable energy targets driving the uptake of solar and electric vehicles, this is an ideal network environment for us to demonstrate the growing capabilities of smart energy technology, where customer-owned energy resources can actively participate in providing network services for commercial value,” GreenSync CEO Dr Phil Blythe said

The project is expected to run for 18 months, with final results being released in early 2021.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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