We are pleased to report that batteries installed under the Bruny Island Battery Trial were used for support for the first time over the Easter and Anzac day period. As only three batteries had been installed and commissioned prior at that stage, we were unable to draw enough energy from the batteries to provide significant support to the network peak. This meant that there was very little effect on the use of the generator, which was required to be operated seven times over that period. The good news is that this provided us with a great opportunity for a test run and all batteries responded as expected. We requested support on ten occasions and discharged around 260 kWh from the batteries over this time. This is roughly the equivalent of ten days consumption for an average household. The installation of batteries is now ramping up, with another four ready to be commissioned. The next major event will be over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June
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.
We will be presenting about the CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial on Monday 3/04/2017 at the Alternative Technology Association meeting in Hobart.
This presentation is open to the public.
Details are here
The Bruny Island Battery Trial is now in full swing, with the first battery storage system due to be installed in the coming weeks.
We are very pleased to confirm that there is a portion of subsidy allocation remaining and as such there will be a second intake of participants in the Trial.
Once again, participants for the remaining places will be selected via a ballot and we expect this will be conducted during the week commencing 19 December 2016. All applicants will be notified of the outcome via email by 23 December, with official letters of offer to be posted early in the New Year.
The exact number of places remaining is to be determined, as we are still in the process of finalising the few remaining contracts from the first round of offers.
Previous applicants do not need to do anything to be considered for the second intake as initial applications have been kept on file.
Please note that subsidy pre-approvals granted as part of our first ballot will expire on Monday 14 November 2016. Completed subsidy applications must be submitted by this date and once the application has been received and reviewed, a notification will be sent outlining the next steps.