New research to improve home power storage


University of Tasmania researchers will lead new research into how to better integrate home battery systems into existing power grids.

The $1.8 million research project will see an international team of researchers better develop the functionality of home power storages to mimic the role larger generators currently play.

Project lead, and University of Tasmania School of Engineering researcher, Associate Professor Evan Franklin, said Australia’s power system is set to become the most decentralised in the world.

“The whole power system is changing as we are getting more power from solar, wind and distributed PV generation on roof tops, which means we rely less on coal-fired power plants and hydro generators to operate and help balance the system,” he said.

“In Australia, there are currently about 50,000 batteries in homes, where two or three years ago there were practically none.

“There has been a steady increase in the uptake of PV systems as they become more affordable. Projections are one in five households will have a battery installed in the next 15 or so years

The project team, which includes researchers from the Australian National University, will investigate the potential of distributed PV generators, battery systems and electric vehicles to provide power system stability.