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AN­ Helping Build Cheaper, Greener Electricity Networks

By Australian National ­niversity

April 18, 2018

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New smart electricity technology called Network Aware Coordination (NAC) recently passed a major test in Tasmania, Australia, by proving it can help manage the supply of renewable energy and battery storage for households and the electric grid.

The NAC technology, developed at the Australian National University (ANU), was successfully tested across 40 homes on Tasmania's Bruny Island, demonstrating it can be implemented across Australia to improve electricity security and reduce energy prices.

NAC relies on a distributed algorithm, meaning each customer's system acts in their own best interest and privacy is retained, says ANU's Dan Gordon.

ANU professor Sylvie Thiebaux notes the NAC approach can be used to solve wider grid problems, especially those that can arise through mass deployment of renewables and battery storage. "This paves the way for a more intelligent way to operate our grids reliably, while collaborating with consumers to make the best use of the resources they are installing," she says.

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