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Implementing Australia's first residential grid connected BESS - Industry Project

Croft, Benjamin (2016) Implementing Australia's first residential grid connected BESS - Industry Project. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Embargoed until May 2017.


Energy Made Clean (EMC) designed, built and commissioned Australia’s first residential grid connected battery system in January of 2016. This project will serve as a touchstone for new Battery Energy Storage (BESS) installations around Australia and the world. The challenge of integrating the increasing up-take in residential PV installations into the grid has been undertaken. The technical problems caused by PV like peak demands and grid instability can be addressed through the successful operation of the BESS. The project can address these problems in theory though peak shaving and voltage/frequency assist control modes.

The outcome of the project was the supply of a BESS capable of operting in the modes which solve grid stability and peak demand issues of rooftop solar on the grid. The level of success in which the issues are solved can only be measured by data collected over the lifetime of the project.

This paper will not analyse the effectivness of the BESS in solving peak shaving and grid stability issues but will describe the objectives of the overall installation for context and purpose. Instead it will seek to display clear instances of my own applied learning while working on the project from an engineer’s perspective.

During the project I demonstrate the key learnings and appliction of those learnings using examples. There is also demonstrations of electrical engineering theory from the Engineering degree at Murdoch University being applied to solve a specific issue with matching voltages. These examples provide valuable insight into the project timeline as well as the development towards a successful installation.

Publication Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor: Shafiullah, GM and Harries, D.
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