The Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Laboratory “DER-Lab” is a new facility to allow for safe testing of new technologies such as monitoring and communication devices, smart controllers, aggregation (e.g. Virtual Power Plant) and market participation software and other innovative new products under development, in a multi-platform environment that simulates real-world conditions prior to roll-out.
The aim is to develop protocols for multi-technology solutions to avoid early technology lock-in, streamline research and development and maximise the number of products which can be used across Australian networks.
Once built, the new Distributed Energy Resource (DER) test laboratory “DER-Lab” will be housed at the ANU which is within the Evoenergy distribution network. The lab will model a small and reconfigurable distribution network where an array of DER devices such as residential batteries, solar PV systems, inverters, and real and simulated controllable electrical loads will be available to industry and researchers. Construction is planned for completion in Q2 2020.
The DER-Lab has been made possible by the investment of $1.5 million from the ACT Government’s Priority Investment Program. The facility continues the ACT leadership in the renewable energy sector and will become the national focal point for the ecosystem of DER developers, researchers, and utilities.
DER-Lab will be a world-class, open-access facility for third party hardware/software developers, universities, and network and market operators.
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