The Monash Microgrid
We're building an on-site microgrid at Clayton. In the next 12 years, we'll eliminate our dependence on coal-fired energy sources.
Our microgrid will be versatile enough to receive and store energy from various renewable energy sources. We'll be able to control when and how to use our energy, which means we can reduce demand and strain on the network during peak times.
Our microgrid will also help stabilise the wider grid, making it more resilient. This will benefit the broader community, especially during extreme weather events.
Find out more on the microgrid by watching this short video here or at the bottom of the page.
Smart Energy City Project
In partnership with global tech company Indra, Monash is developing a precinct scale microgrid platform as part of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funded Smart Energy City project.
Using Indra’s grid management platform, the Smart Energy City project will enable control of distributed energy resources, including a minimum of 1 MW of solar panels, 20 buildings, electric vehicle charging stations and 1 MWh of energy storage. These assets will be monitored in real-time, optimised to ensure efficient and reliable supply of electricity and connected to a transactive market which will allow each building to buy and sell electricity, and optimise energy use in response to pricing signals.
The Introductory Report highlights the microgrid platform being developed, and key questions highlighted by industry stakeholders.
Microgrid Electricity Microgrid Operator
The Microgrid Electricity Market Operator (MEMO) project aims to demonstrate the market potential for a third-party entity responsible for microgrids. The project will demonstrate how this entity can manage customers’ energy use and bills, and explore opportunities to develop economic value from microgrid operations. This project is supported by the Victorian Government’s Microgrid Demonstration Initiative, and seeks to investigate the business case for the creation of these new entities and provide regulatory recommendations to address potential barriers preventing their establishment in Victoria.
Victorian Market Assessment for Microgrid Electricity Market Operators
Monash has undertaken work to understand and quantify the value proposition presented by microgrids to Victoria in the context of the current Victorian regulations and constraints; and provide initial regulatory, policy, and market reform recommendations.
Monash University is proposing the establishment of Microgrid Electricity Market Operators to help coordinate customers’ distributed energy resources (DER) and enable customers to be rewarded for providing services to the broader grid, and will aim to demonstrate their value at several sites in the next four years. This brochure details how such entities would provide a sound commercial offering to customers while also reducing emissions and providing secure electricity.
redT Energy Storage System
Monash has partnered with UK energy storage company redT for the deployment of 1MWh energy storage system at the Monash University campus in Clayton. The commercial energy storage system is currently the largest in Australia and the first ever ‘hybrid’ energy storage system to come online globally that combines vanadium redox flow and lithium-ion technology.