Canberra uni to build grid-like lab for low-carbon tech testing

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September 4 (Renewables Now) - Canberra-based Australian National University (ANU) will house a new laboratory that will imitate grid conditions and allow renewable energy researchers, developers and industry professionals to safely test low-carbon technologies before deploying them.

ANU unveiled on Wednesday plans for the facility, named the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Lab, saying that it will be supported with AUD 1.5 million (USD 1.02m/EUR 924,300) in Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government funding.

Australia has made great strides in transforming its electricity system into one that is becoming more distributed, decarbonised and digitised. One of the challenges that this transition to low-carbon energy systems presents is that the testing of new technologies can only happen in the live grid and often in people’s homes, ANU explained.

The new needs resulted in the DER lab being developed as a testing ground that mirrors the energy grid, and as way for the industry, researchers and regulators to develop low-carbon solutions.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.68/EUR 0.62)

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