Review of storage options for grid connected PV within Australia

Froome, Craig and Meredith, Paul (2010). Review of storage options for grid connected PV within Australia. In: Proceedings - 48th AuSES Annual Conference. Solar 2010, the 48th AuSES Annual Conference, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (). 1-3 December 2010.

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Author Froome, Craig
Meredith, Paul
Title of paper Review of storage options for grid connected PV within Australia
Conference name Solar 2010, the 48th AuSES Annual Conference
Conference location Canberra, ACT, Australia
Conference dates 1-3 December 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings - 48th AuSES Annual Conference
Place of Publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Solar Energy Society
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Fully published paper
Total pages 11
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This paper reviews the options available and recent progress within Australia‟s energy storage industry and the role they will play within the solar sector. It will also outline the research proposed and benefits to the solar sector as a whole.

As part of The University of Queensland‟s 1.2 MW PV Array Project, storage options are now being considered to model peak load shifting and matching demand vs. Production from the solar array. Part of this array is being constructed on two identical car park structures located adjacent to each other. It is proposed that storage be added to one array whilst the other will feed directly back into the grid. Various studies will then be undertaken to determine how this storage can be best utilised in conjunction with the PV generation.

Preliminary studies have indicated that storage will help overcome the current barriers relating to intermittency and that further cost savings through reduced distribution charges will further accelerate the deployment of solar technologies. A review of technologies available, particularly those on the Australian market has been undertaken to determine the best option for this project. Whilst decisions have been reached in relation to appropriate technologies, further research needs to be undertaken to quantify cost savings and deployment rates.
Keyword Renewable energy
Energy storage
Solar energy
Energy policy
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 15 Dec 2010, 15:28:04 EST by Mr Craig Froome on behalf of School of Chemical Engineering