Bruny Island battery trial wins Engineering Excellence Award

The CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial has won the Engineers Australia’s Tasmanian Engineering Excellence Award, held in Hobart, and now reaches the final of the 2018 Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA), which will be announced in September 2018.

The AEEA awards recognise outstanding achievement in engineering and the invaluable contribution engineering makes to the economy, community and the environment. The project was previously awarded EESA’s Energy Project of the year and the Clean Energy Council’s Business Community Engagement Award in 2018.

The award coincides with the CONSORT project passing another important milestone, in demonstrating how smart coordination of home battery systems can help to support electricity networks, while rewarding battery owners for this support.

The trial, based on Bruny Island, Tasmania, was able to prevent project partner TasNetworks from having to start their backup diesel generator during a major network peak.

The full press release can be found here.

Project members from TasNetworks, the University of Tasmania and The Australian National University receive the award

CONSORT wins the Clean Energy Council’s Community Engagement Award

We are proud to have won the Clean Energy Council’s Community Engagement Award. This award is a recognition of the hard work put in by all the project partners and the Bruny Island community to make this project a success.

One of the unique parts of the CONSORT project is our focus on the customers’ and in particular, their experience of the technology. This is not just their financial or economic outcomes, but includes how they feel about contributing to the local network for the benefit of their neighbours, and how they respond to things like receiving notifications of upcoming peak load events. Our motivation is to understand what makes customers come to trust that the technology we’ve developed is actually acting in their best interest, and what customers perceive as fair compensation for the network company occasionally making use of energy stored in their batteries. The CEC Business Community Engagement Award reflects the value that the industry puts on these considerations.

You can find more information on the CEC’s website.

CONSORT Wins EESA’s Energy Project of the Year

The CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial has been awarded Energy Project of the Year by the Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA). The award was presented at EECON 2018, in Brisbane. It recognises a project within the energy sector that has delivered significant benefits to stakeholders and the wider community while being managed and executed with a high level of excellence.

The Energy Project of the Year award is accepted by Laura Jones, of TasNetworks.

First battery installed

We have recently commissioned the first battery on Bruny Island. This lucky resident now has a 10kWh battery and 5kW solar system they can use to manage their electricity consumption. There are several more systems being installed over the coming weeks.

We plan on using all batteries that are installed by Easter this year to manage the holiday load on the island.

We are working on an event in the near future to officially launch the project. We will post more information once we know all the details.