“A race to electrify everything:” ANU lab to fast-track distributed energy technologies

A photograph of solar panels on a red tile roof, with a blue sky above.
13 July 2021

A new research lab in the nation’s capital will help accelerate the development of new distributed energy technologies, allowing researchers and tech companies to test new energy devices and software platforms before they are deployed in the real world.

The Australian National University officially opened the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Lab in Canberra on Tuesday, which will provide researchers with a testing lab that simulates the real-world electricity system to test our new and emerging technologies.

The lab will contain a range of DER technologies, including solar PV, inverters, battery storage and the types of controllable loads that may be used in demand response mechanisms – to allow researchers to test and optimise the different technologies before they are deployed for real-world use.

Read the full article on the RenewEconomy website, featuring ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian Schmidt