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...
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...
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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.