National battery strategy: issues paper
The Australian government has released this issues paper issues paper on Australia’s battery industries. It explores how governments, industry and researchers can work together to create and support a sustainable, end-to-end battery supply chain.
A Quad partnership to secure battery value chains
This paper argues that the new role for renewable energy systems will demand a rapid transformation in the global battery industry. Battery demand is expected to increase dramatically in coming years, as a greater share of renewables in the energy mix requires significant build-out of...
Power to the people: proposals to increase the rollout of community batteries
In our efforts to combat climate change, a major challenge remains - how best to store excess electricity generated by rooftop solar for use when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing? This report explores the option of developing community batteries as a...
Volt-face: changing energy security in the National Electricity Market
The Australia Institute has commissioned a technical study on inertia and system strength from the Victorian Energy Policy Centre, to provide evidence for input into the Energy Security Board (ESB) process. This companion paper summarises the key findings of the technical study, as well as...
Renewable superpower scorecard 2021: Australia’s race to a renewable future
This publication presents a snapshot of how Australia’s states, territories and the federal government are performing in the race to become a renewable superpower.
Inertia and system strength in the National Energy Market
This report has been prepared for the Australia Institute to provide advice to the Energy Security Board’s Post-2025 redesign of the National Electricity Market (NEM).
‘We want it to work’: understanding household experiences with new energy technologies in Australia
New energy technologies are coming to market faster than regulatory frameworks can adapt, exposing users (and non-users) to new forms of risks and costs. This report considers the implications associated with ‘responsibilising’ householders for new types of involvement in the energy system.
Powering change: principles for businesses and governments in the battery value chain
This paper lays out the principles that businesses should adopt to avoid causing, contributing to, or being directed linked to human rights abuses and environmental harm along the battery value chain, from extraction to end-of-life.
Implementing community-scale batteries: regulatory, technical and logistical considerations
Due to their unique size and position in the grid, community-scale batteries have the potential to play an integral role in Australia’s transition to a decentralised grid. This research reveals enthusiasm for storage of this scale and outlines the considerations needed for the practical deployment...
Whole of System plan
This strategy document provides an informed view on what Western Australia’s principal electricity system, the South West Interconnected System, might look like over the coming decades. The Whole of System plan is a detailed study of how the state's major power system may evolve over...
Battery storage revolution
Battery storage offers numerous benefits to vulnerable communities by supporting energy management and building resilience. Council and the community acknowledge energy storage as a logical next step to increase community capacity for energy management given a constrained local grid network, strong solar resource and demonstrated...
Australian electricity options
In this series of publications, the authors provide short overviews of five main sources of electricity, and one of the main storage options. Each paper briefly explains the relevant technologies and international trends, and some of the opportunities and constraints that apply to their use...
Clean energy Australia report 2020
This report covers the latest key figures and statistics on the national energy market across Australia. It is the only analysis that includes the National Electricity Market, the Western Australian electricity grid and other major regional grids across the country in areas such as the...
Distributed Energy Resources roadmap
The speed and scale of rooftop solar uptake presents serious risks to Western Australia's current power system. The Western Australian government has developed this Distributed Energy Resources roadmap that aims to enable WA to have a smart and integrated electricity system.
Five steps to energy storage
The topic of this briefing is energy storage. Leaders from 17 countries were interviewed on topics exploring recent progress in terms of technology, business models and enabling policies. This document showcases these in 10 case studies.
Climate Central Solutions Brief: battery energy storage
Batteries are having a moment. This briefing paper describes the rapid growth of battery storage capacity in the United States, and how it can be used to reduce carbon emissions, while making the power grid more resilient to extreme weather.
Designing for resilient energy systems: choices in future engineering
Commissioned by Engineers Australia, in partnership with ASPI, this report presents the thoughts of four young engineers on innovative energy design projects they are currently working on, as well as their views on the challenges they foresee for the design of future energy systems. These...
Innovation landscape brief: utility-scale batteries
This report provides an overview of utility-scale stationary battery storage systems and their role in integrating a greater share of variable renewable energy in the system by providing the flexibility needed.
Large scale battery storage knowledge sharing report
This report summarises the key learnings and innovation opportunities for large scale battery storage projects in Australia based on specific project insights gathered through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Aurecon’s industry experience, and publicly available information.
The distributed energy resources revolution: a roadmap for Australia's enormous rooftop solar and battery potential
This report addresses the challenges that distribution network service providers, regulators, governments and policy makers will face as Australia makes the transition to a distributed energy resources future.
Engaging households towards the Future Grid
This engagement strategy draws on findings across all stages of the project to provide best practice and innovative examples of household engagement towards the Future Grid.
Solar energy facilities: design and development guideline
This guide provides an overview of the policy, legislative and statutory planning arrangements for solar energy facility projects in Victoria.
Optimal integration of photovoltaics in micro-grids that are dominated by diesel power plants
In this report, the effects of PV integration into diesel driven micro-grids was investigated. The focus was set to the fuel saving potential due to the PV integration and the resulting economics for the system.
Electric vehicles and batteries can drive growth of residential solar
This report assesses the prospects for residential solar, batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) in Britain and Germany, and looks at opportunities for near-term growth in the residential solar, battery storage and EV markets.
Why renewables are the solution for Australia: the low-cost source of new electricity generation
This briefing note highlights recent technological advances that have made renewables one of the country’s fastest growing industries, and Australia a world leader in battery storage.