Top award for Canberra Virtual Power Plant
Canberra-based Reposit Power has received the Sir William Hudson Award from Engineers Australia.
Reposit Power received the award in recognition of building a virtual power plant in Canberra from customer-owned residential battery set-ups. The project solves grid challenges that arise from wholesale market volatility, peaks in demand and generation, and poor power quality.
Reposit Power CEO Dean Spaccavento said that VPPs are the building block of our future electricity grid. “There has been a lot of discussion in the energy industry about building VPPs to solve grid problems, and it’s an honour to be recognised for building robust and reliable technology that is proven to help society,” said Spaccavento.
“We realised that creating a distributed electricity grid using residential solar battery set-ups would solve a lot of grid problems.
“Our smart technology acts as a gateway, by building VPPs to balance problems in the wholesale electricity market and on the distribution network.”
Reposit builds VPPs by grouping lots of individual home owners’ solar battery set-ups together to sell energy back to the grid when it’s needed the most.
Leylann Hinch, Branch Manager Asset and Network performance for Evoenergy, who partnered with Reposit Power on the Canberra VPP, said that Evoenergy has one of the most reliable electricity networks in the country and demand management activities like the joint VPP with Reposit Power is a really important tool to help maintain quality of service in the ACT.
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