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Distributed Energy Resources Trials in Carnarvon – Challenges and Opportunities to increase Photovoltaic System Penetration in Remote Networks

Dr. Martina Calais, Murdoch University Perth/Australia, held a guest lecture at the DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems in Oldenburg on September 20, 2018, from 4 to 6 pm.

by Dr. Martina Calais, School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

About the presentation:

The “Distributed Energy Resources Trials in Carnarvon” is a collaborative research project concerned with a series of practical trials, experiments and studies in Carnarvon, Western Australia, with the aim of increasing distributed Photovoltaic and battery systems hosting capacity in remote Microgrids. Horizon Power, the utility operating remote networks in Western Australia, has partnered with Murdoch University researchers who will assist with the analysis of the data, and the development of control strategies using photovoltaic and battery system management, and short-term solar forecasting tools. This presentation provides an overview of the Carnarvon network and its generation facilities and the initial work performed as part of the trials. Opportunities and drivers for the trials as well as technical constraints and the challenges associated with enabling high-penetration distributed energy resources in a remote microgrid will be discussed.

About the speaker:

Martina Calais completed her electrical engineering degree at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. She first worked as a research engineer on automotive power supplies in the Electrical Drives Department at Daimler Benz Research and Technology in Frankfurt before moving to Perth where she completed her PhD in Power Electronics at Curtin University. Martina then joined Murdoch University where she was principally involved in the development and coordination of the Renewable Energy Engineering Degree. She now lectures in Power and Renewable Energy Engineering and has more than 18 years of teaching and research experience in the areas of renewable energy engineering, power electronics and photovoltaic systems technology. In 2014/15 Martina was a Fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst which led to research collaborations with researchers from NEXT Energy (now DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems), Oldenburg University and Murdoch University in the areas of grid integration of renewable energy and short term solar forecasting.

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