More renewables, less gas: South Australia turns energy debate upside down

Wind Energy

Based on an article by Giles Parkinson for Renew Economy. Two of the country’s biggest transmission companies have joined forces with the South Australia Liberal government to argue that the prospect of more wind and solar projects, a significant cut to gas fired generation and lower prices will justify the increased costs of the proposed […]

No Renewable Systems without Millisecond Monitoring

Engineer

By Phil Kreveld The brave new world of 50% power plus penetration of renewables in traditional AC grids requires reimagining legacy engineering and above all, a millisecond, synchronised view of network events. Synchronous generation is making way for asynchronous power generators, which connect via inverter-based resources (IBR). The inbuilt capacity for reactive power of synchronous […]

No Renewable Systems without Millisecond Monitoring

By Phil Kreveld The brave new world of 50% power plus penetration of renewables in traditional AC grids requires reimagining legacy engineering and above all, a millisecond, synchronised view of network events. Synchronous generation is making way for asynchronous power generators, which connect via inverter-based resources (IBR). The inbuilt capacity for reactive power of synchronous […]

Obvious Solutions for Grid Stability during the Renewable Energy Transition

by Phil Kreveld Australia is leading the way in the quest for a renewable electricity grid. Being at the forefront comes with its challenges — the most pressing of which is maintaining network stability. This in light of a reduction in baseload and a reduction in traditional generation that supplies a stable voltage and frequency. […]

Puerto Rico as a warning to power grid operators

Rooftop solar is already South Australia’s largest electricity generator with about 1300 megawatts of capacity involving one in every three homes. A full picture of the grid, as it stands, is the precursor to a successful transition to a resilient, distributed grid architecture. Policy makers need to give engineers the data they need if they are to expect a successful transition.

Eskom to deliver the world’s most visible electricity grid

Cape Town

Cape Town: South Africa’s energy utility Eskom awarded its National Power Grid Intelligence Tender to Actom Smart Technology (Pty) LTD, who will be deploying Stellenbosch based CT LAB (Pty) LTD technology to deliver a world first in power grid technology. The agreement will see Eskom install over 1,300 of CT LAB’s VECTO edge-computing devices into […]

To confront the climate crisis, the US should launch a National Energy Innovation Mission

the United States has not launched such a mission to counter the gravest threat of our time: climate change. Although a few clean-energy technologies, such as wind and solar power, have reached cost competitiveness with fossil fuels, many more urgently need advances if the world is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions—a herculean feat known as “deep decarbonization.”

More renewables, less gas: South Australia turns energy debate upside down

Rooftop solar is already South Australia’s largest electricity generator with about 1300 megawatts of capacity involving one in every three homes. A full picture of the grid, as it stands, is the precursor to a successful transition to a resilient, distributed grid architecture. Policy makers need to give engineers the data they need if they are to expect a successful transition.

Power Grids Aren’t Evolving Fast Enough for Global Warming

Rooftop solar is already South Australia’s largest electricity generator with about 1300 megawatts of capacity involving one in every three homes. A full picture of the grid, as it stands, is the precursor to a successful transition to a resilient, distributed grid architecture. Policy makers need to give engineers the data they need if they are to expect a successful transition.

Combating fraud and theft in the smart grid

Rooftop solar is already South Australia’s largest electricity generator with about 1300 megawatts of capacity involving one in every three homes. A full picture of the grid, as it stands, is the precursor to a successful transition to a resilient, distributed grid architecture. Policy makers need to give engineers the data they need if they are to expect a successful transition.

Grid strife threatens Australia’s green power switch, investors say

Rooftop solar is already South Australia’s largest electricity generator with about 1300 megawatts of capacity involving one in every three homes. A full picture of the grid, as it stands, is the precursor to a successful transition to a resilient, distributed grid architecture. Policy makers need to give engineers the data they need if they are to expect a successful transition.

Electric Grid Stability Assailed by Growing Challenges

Rooftop solar is already South Australia’s largest electricity generator with about 1300 megawatts of capacity involving one in every three homes. A full picture of the grid, as it stands, is the precursor to a successful transition to a resilient, distributed grid architecture. Policy makers need to give engineers the data they need if they are to expect a successful transition.

Monitoring Our Way Towards Grid Stability

“There was grid stability in the past, we still have it mainly now, and of course we’ll have it in the future”. That statement is heard often enough. “As the generator and load buses become more ‘dynamic’, we’ll adapt the grids organically—we’ll do whatever needs to be done to keep the system stable as there […]

PG&E exits 18-month bankruptcy and pays $5.4B to California wildfire victims

Rooftop solar is already South Australia’s largest electricity generator with about 1300 megawatts of capacity involving one in every three homes. A full picture of the grid, as it stands, is the precursor to a successful transition to a resilient, distributed grid architecture. Policy makers need to give engineers the data they need if they are to expect a successful transition.

Mixed cloud cover causes the highest spikes in solar energy, Dutch Scientists find

Synchronised, GPS-based monitoring and the use of Big Data analysis is the way towards flexible AC transmission as renewable penetration continues on its seemingly unstoppable growth.

Given the divisions in ownerships of distribution, transmission and generation assets and the separate jurisdictions of the Energy Security Board, the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Energy Market Commission and the Australian Energy Market Operator there is urgent need for mandated, overall monitoring and control of the NEM.

Grid-Wide Monitoring and Control Essential – Australian NEM

Synchronised, GPS-based monitoring and the use of Big Data analysis is the way towards flexible AC transmission as renewable penetration continues on its seemingly unstoppable growth.

Given the divisions in ownerships of distribution, transmission and generation assets and the separate jurisdictions of the Energy Security Board, the Australian Energy Regulator, the Australian Energy Market Commission and the Australian Energy Market Operator there is urgent need for mandated, overall monitoring and control of the NEM.

Beyond blackouts: Resilient grid requires local action

The future of a power grid system with baseload thermal, hydro and pumped hydro, gas-fired, wind and solar farm generation, AND the fast-growing private sector of virtually exclusive solar photovoltaic (PV) generation is a vexing problem for politicians, legislators and grid operators alike.

The argument that synchronized, granular, multi-nodal information has to be the basis for any number of control paradigms is easy to support—even if, depending on initial expenditure considerations, limitations are imposed on control protocols and there is a superfluity of information.

The (Future ? ) State of the Australian National Energy Market (and all grid operators)

The future of a power grid system with baseload thermal, hydro and pumped hydro, gas-fired, wind and solar farm generation, AND the fast-growing private sector of virtually exclusive solar photovoltaic (PV) generation is a vexing problem for politicians, legislators and grid operators alike.

The argument that synchronized, granular, multi-nodal information has to be the basis for any number of control paradigms is easy to support—even if, depending on initial expenditure considerations, limitations are imposed on control protocols and there is a superfluity of information.