Monash Uni 100% renewable microgrid trial wins ARENA backing

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ARENA tips $2.9m into trial with Monash University and technology partner Indra Australia to run Clatyon campus entirely on renewable energy.

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A ground-breaking microgrid trial that aims to run Victoria’s Monash University on 100 per cent renewable energy – generated and stored on-site – has won grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

ARENA said on Friday that it was joining with Monash and technology partner Indra Australia to trial the microgrid on the University’s Clayton campus – an effort towards which ARENA would provide $2.97 million in funding.

The $7.1 million Monash Smart Energy City project will combine Indra’s ‘Advanced Grid Management’ (AGM) software platform with Monash’s grid-connected smart embedded network.

That network, which is being developed as part of Monash’s industry-leading Net Zero initiative, combines a variety of distributed energy resources, including up to 1MW of rooftop solar, 20 buildings with automated energy management systems, 1MWh of battery storage and electric vehicle charging stations.

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Sophie Vorrath

Sophie is editor of OneStepOffTheGrid.com.au and deputy editor of its sister site, RenewEconomy.com.au. Sophie has been writing about clean energy for more than a decade.

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