My initiatives and engagements in the electricity sector fall broadly into the following categories.
I have led the design and construction of a $4m power systems testing lab at the ANU. The lab is designed and operated for a wide range of users across industry and R&D.
Please get in touch if you wish to know more and make use of this world class facility! See https://der-lab.net.au/ for details.
This project is a joint initiative of the ANU, ITP Renewables, UNSW Canberra, and evoenergy. It is funded by the ACT Government.
I make regular contributions to the (sadly troubled) Australian energy policy discourse.
I’m a leader of an interdisciplinary team working to bolster the resilience of our electricity supply through the use of microgrid technologies to create a “grid of microgrids”.
All Microgrids posts are here.
I’m part of an interdisciplinary team at the ANU working on the potential for medium scale battery storage, aka Community batteries.
All Community battery posts are here.
Solar for rentals
I founded a social enterprise called SunTenants that makes solar work for rental properties. This was acquired by Solar Analytics in 2019.
All Solar for rentals posts are here.
Solar for apartments
I lead the first deployment of solar + storage into an Australian apartment building in 2015-16, at a housing co-operative in Sydney called Stucco.
All Solar for apartments posts are here.
- Community, batteries – a discussion paperAlso summarised in this article in The Conversation
- Community batteries are popular – but we have to make sure they actually help share powerNew article in The Conversation today. Excerpt below. The idea is for these batteries to reduce carbon emissions and energy bills while benefiting all energy users nearby, rather than only those with access to rooftop solar. These are great ambitions – small wonder they’ve proven a hit. But the success of these batteries is far… Continue reading
- Yahoo news: Call for energy rules, not cheap loans, for landlordsHome owners may welcome cheap loans for double-glazing or battery-ready solar but making negative gearing conditional on upgrades has been suggested as more effective for landlords. Research shows up front costs are not the largest barrier to rental property investments in solar, and it may be the same for energy upgrades, energy expert Bjorn Sturmberg… Continue reading
- Dr Karl’s Shirtloads of Science podcastMy fun discussion about “Energy and Cars” (and Amy’s Balancing Act course) with @doctor_karl has just been released on Dr Karl’s #shirtloadsofscience #podcast. Listen here, https://shirtloadsofscience.libsyn.com/sos-336-car-energy-bs-mix or where ever you get your podcasts.
- The ANU Solar Racing team is preparing for the Bridgestone World Solar ChallengeNew article in The Canberra Times discussing how “the ANU solar racing team is pushing the boundaries of sustainable technology with their 3rd-generation solar car”. https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/8143027/solar-spirit-anu-students-pushing-the-boundaries-of-sustainable-technology/?cs=14329