Can a town survive without the grid?
Despite generating almost half of their electricity from rooftop solar, South Australia has the most expensive electricity in the world.
In addition, the grid in SA has recently seen major blackouts and is reliant on importing electricity from other states. A promising solution to these issues is to restructure the grid into clusters of microgrids - miniature grids - that are self sufficient and can operate as autonomous entities. This project investigates a generic modelling process to evaluate the feasibility of microgrid implementation for entire towns and uses real world data from the town of Port Pirie as a test case.
Future energy and resources
Electrical and Electronic Engineering