Bruny Island smart battery trial

Date & time

12–1pm 12 April 2018


Atrium, Hedley Bull Building, 130 Garran Rd, Australian National University


Dr Lachlan Blackhall, ANU; Kirsty Gowans, ARENA


 Sarah Wilson
 02 6125 0946

The first research results of a household solar and battery storage trial using a world-leading software platform developed at ANU will be revealed at a launch event on Thursday 12 April.

The Network-Aware Coordination (NAC) Platform, an outcome of cutting-edge ANU research funded by the ARENA CONSORT trial, will be officially launched at The Australian National University.

The NAC technology, trialled off the coast of Tasmania on Bruny Island, involved 40 households equipped with solar panels, batteries and battery controllers. In the same way that traffic lights coordinate the flow of cars and trucks on the road, the NAC coordinates the flow of energy from residential solar and batteries to networks and markets to ensure the efficient and reliable operation of the electricity grid.

Expert speakers including Dr Lachlan Blackhall, the newly appointed Head of the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at ANU and Kirsty Gowans, General Manager, Project Delivery, ARENA will discuss:

  • how the NAC is solving network problems on Bruny Island as part of initial development and testing
  • how the NAC can be used to solve current and future grid challenges by supporting more renewables, providing greater grid reliability, and reducing the costs of electricity for everyone.

Registration is essential. Lunch will be provided.

This event is hosted by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and the ANU Energy Change Institute.

For more information on the trial -

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