RENeW Nexus, Australian Government, Australia
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RENeW Nexus, Australian Government, Australia

xGrid, µGrid, VPP The RENeW Nexus project was conceived to understand the potential of localised two sided electricity markets and how technology platforms can facilitate more efficient outcomes to the energy system.

Client summary

The project involves three parts, all based in Fremantle Western Australia:

Freo 48: Forty-eight households used Power Ledger’s platform to trade P2P  excess energy generated from rooftop solar panels with their neighbours via the existing electricity network and retailer.

Loco 1: Modelling of a residential Virtual Power Plant (VPP) to better understand the financial benefits prosumers could realise from having a battery installed and participating in a VPP as well as the benefits to the energy system.

Loco 2: A microgrid with a 670kWh shared battery system which will facilitate 36 households, under construction, that will trade excess energy with each other via the battery.

The RENeW Nexus project involved partners and supporters including the Australian Government’s Smart Cities initiative, AEMO, Curtin University, Murdoch University, DevelopmentWA, CSIROs Data61, Synergy, Western Power, energyOS and Power Ledger.

A link to a report summarising the project and it’s conclusions can be found below.

A link to a webinar hosted by Cofounder and Executive Chairman Dr Jemma Green and Global Head of Business Development Vinod Tiwari reviewing the project outcomes and learnings can be found below.

How the technology works

Power Ledger’s software was used to create a localised energy marketplace that allowed the users to set their prices to buy and sell energy between themselves, and drive better outcomes for the grid.

Power Ledger’s blockchain technology provided real-time insights into energy transactions between the participants to encourage load shifting. Households normally receive their energy bills every 60 days. Power Ledger’s technology allows them to view usage in 30 minute intervals.

The trial represents an innovative solution to virtual energy trading that may have implications for energy utilities working to balance energy supply and demand all over the world.

Western Australian Treasurer Ben Wyatt

1MWh

Peer-to-peer energy transacted each month

10%

Of all transactions per month are peer-to-peer

50,000

Transactions processed by Power Ledger each month

$36

Prosumers have earned per month selling excess energy

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