Monash sets up testing ground for energy innovation


Monash University has set up a new Grid Innovation Hub to foster a collaborative industry partnership approach towards a secure, affordable, smart, reliable and environmentally responsible energy sector.

The Grid Innovation Hub is a three-year program receiving around $6.6 million in funding. The founding partners are AusNet Services, Advisian, Indra, redT energy, Senvion Australia and GE and Energy Exemplar.

The electricity sector is changing rapidly due to the unprecedented adoption of renewable energy technologies and the introduction of the smart grid. This transition is requiring new thinking in the way energy is generated, transported, traded and consumed.

The hub features a Future Control Room equipped with specialist software to view, control and manage big data, distributed energy systems and network security. It compliments Monash University’s Victorian grid connected microgrid designed to demonstrate new technologies and ways to manage electricity.

The control room combined with the Monash microgrid enables a living laboratory for the hub partners to innovate new solutions while training the next generation of professionals.

Director of Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI) Associate Professor Jacek Jasieniak said it would provide technical leadership and policy advice to the energy sector while equipping future professionals with new skills.

“In 2016, the Climate Council of Australia reported that 28,000 new jobs were required for Australia to obtain 50 per cent renewable electricity,” Associate Professor Jasieniak said.

“We live in an era facing unprecedented energy challenges that require greater collaboration and innovation than ever before.”

More information is here.

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