Energy management software company SwitchDin has urged operators in the Australian renewable energy market to work collaboratively as the decentralised generation model becomes increasingly dominant.
November 12, 2020
The Clean Energy Regulator (CER) has reported that Australia is on track to add a staggering 6.3 GW of new renewable energy capacity in 2020, including almost 3 GW of rooftop solar.
The CER welcomed the growth but warned the rise in small-scale PV presented a real threat to grid stability with the development of integration strategies shaping as critical in the transition to a renewable energy future.
SwitchDin CEO Andrew Mears said the need for technology manufacturers to adopt a collaborative approach would be critical in improving and maintaining the integrity of the grid.
âMany manufacturers are looking to drive a single-vendor solution but intra-operability is key,â he said. âWeâve been through a phase where weâve seen quite large single-vendor solutions but I think the market is quite sensitive to that risk.
âTaking a multi-vendor approach means more systems can be efficiently coordinated. It also means a certain level of standardisation.
âAt the moment itâs a very fragmented market. Solar and battery systems differentiate themselves with different features and different capabilities so being able to standardise in terms of data and control is really a key enabler. It makes it easier to integrate with networks and retailers.â
SwitchDin, recently named winner of the World Energy Councilâs Start-up Energy Transition awardÂ in the Digital Energy Systems category, said the company provides technology which integrates with most popular PV inverter and battery storage systems.
Austrian-based inverter and battery manufacturer Fronius is among those that have worked with SwitchDin and Fronius Australia solutions manager Rod Dewar said the collaboration would allow customers to tap into more initiatives for rooftop solar and battery storage.
Froniusâ range of hybrid inverters are compatible with SwitchDinâs Droplet controllers and Stormcloud cloud platform, ensuring they satisfy the virtual power plant (VPP) readiness requirement under South Australiaâs Home Battery Scheme (HBS) and are eligible for a subsidy of up to $3000. Homeowners in Victoria who install a similar system can also access a solar battery rebate program.
Fronius inverters can also be paired with SwitchDin Droplets to meet South Australiaâs mandatory âRemote Disconnection and Reconnectionâ requirement under the Smarter Homes initiative.
In addition to meeting basic criteria for the HBS and Smarter Homes programs, Fronius systems coupled with SwitchDin Droplets will let small-scale solar and battery systems contribute more proactively to grid stability and efficiency and are also eligible to participate in an expanding range of VPP programs.
Mears said VPPs had emerged as âthe next stage of an evolving energy service market,â providing increased value for solar and battery systems .
âVPPs are going to enable new types of partnerships between electricity networks and the retailers and the customers,â he said.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has backed VPPs, declaring them capable of delivering a range of services for the power system as well as creating new revenue streams for owners of distributed energy resources like rooftop PV and battery storage.
âValue streams exist in the market at the moment only with the big batteries, the big generators,â Mears said.
âVPPs are actually democratising that opportunity. Theyâre enabling smaller players to participate in the energy market and unlock other value streams in the energy network. They will also unlock opportunities for owners to get more from their systems while contributing to the stability of the electricity grid.â
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