CONSORT is an ARENA funded research project and field trial, which will address how batteries can be used by householders to manage their energy while simultaneously being used to help manage the network. During the trial, up to 40 battery systems will be installed in homes on Bruny Island in Tasmania’s south-east. Working in conjunction with rooftop solar generation, these batteries will be coordinated to alleviate congestion on Bruny’s undersea power supply cable and to reduce the reliance on costly and polluting diesel generation during peak season, will help to stabilise network voltages within acceptable levels, while simultaneously enabling householders to make optimal use of their own solar power generation.
CONSORT is a collaboration between three universities (The Australian National University, The University of Sydney, and The University of Tasmania), electricity network provider TasNetworks, and Canberra-based startup Reposit Power.
ARENA is providing $2.9M in funding to CONSORT as part of the second round of its R&D Programme.
For more information, visit the CONSORT project website.