Microgrids have historically been popular in remote areas like islands that are without access to a national electricity transmission network. Substantial cost reductions in solar PV and lithium-ion batteries are enabling clean energy microgrids to be built in cities.
Planet Ark Power is able to create a grid-connected microgrid. This enables major benefits including:
- Economics are much improved through the ability to trade the spot market and engage in Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS).
- Improves grid security and stability by enabling participation in FCAS. With AEMO and governments, across Australia encouraging distributed energy sources.
- Enables the unlocking of other income streams from the connection of onsite diesel or gas generators that would otherwise be idle and only used for backup.
- Provides the site with cheaper, cleaner power, at zero marginal cost, unlike other energy sources such as gas.
- Power security through islanding capability as the battery and the solar can come on to power the site almost instantly ensuring no loss of power continuity.
Planet Ark Power Microgrid – Adelaide SA
Planet Ark Power is expected to install a very large microgrid in 2020
- 1.21MW of rooftop solar + 3.0MW (3.4MWh) lithium-ion batteries stacked in 3 x 40ft on-site containers with an additional 20ft container for specific demonstration of eleXsys® and VAR control for the network.
- Excess solar energy (.31MWh*) is stored in the batteries and then sold to the network at optimal times via FCAS & spot- market trading, without eleXsys this would not be economically viable.
- This project will help prove the scalability of the solution.
NB * Information correct at time of publishing.
Planet Ark Power is transforming the IKEA retail outlet in Adelaide into an unconstrained, grid-connected commercial microgrid. The IKEA eleXsys® Microgrid was launched in October as the first solar panels were being lifted onto IKEA’s 14,370 sq metre rooftop. The...