SwitchDin enters European market with first shipment of residential battery storage package from Eguana / Hanwha Q CELLS

SwitchDin’s Droplet battery controller and Virtual Power Plant software is headed to Europe as part of the first volume shipment of Hanwha Q CELLs Q.HOME+ package in Germany. The Q.HOME+ package incorporates Eguana’s Enduro battery storage system, which is equipped with an on-board version of SwitchDin’s smart energy management (EMS) and virtual power plant (VPP) enabling software.

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SwitchDin chosen for Startup Energy Transition’s SET100

SwitchDin has been selected for its virtual power plant management platform as one of the top 100 energy startups from around the world through the German Energy Agency’s (dena) and World Energy Council’s Startup Energy Transition program.

The SET100 is a shortlist of the best applicants to the Startup Energy Transition Award 2019. As a SET100 startup, SwitchDin will exhibit at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi in September.

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Security in virtual power plants & DER management

Distributed energy is the future of Australia’s electricity system. The Australian Energy Networks Association (AENA) anticipates that by 2027 40% of energy consumers will have a distributed energy resource (DER) on site. This number is expected to surge to nearly 70% by 2050. Industry bodies such as the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) - among others - have made similar projections. Many of these will take part in virtual power plant (VPP) programs, which reward system owners for supplying services into the energy system.

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SwitchDin supports energy system evolution in ARENA-backed project

As part of a consortium of nine partners led by software development company Zepben and the Australian National University (ANU), SwitchDin will take the roll of an aggregator and provide its virtual power plant (VPP) solution to enable visibility and direct control of solar, batteries and controlled loads such as air conditioners and EVs.

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Handling the heat: How smarter distributed solar, batteries & load control can support energy system resilience

High temperatures pushed electricity demand close to the levels of available generation, which led to extremely high wholesale energy prices as more expensive generation was require in both states, and ‘load shedding’ - i.e. utility initiated power outages - was implemented in Victoria.

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Simplifying complexity in virtual power plants & distributed energy management

Complexity is one of the biggest challenges in distributed energy resource management & virtual power plant operation. Part 1 of this series (based on our white paper) covers complexity, while security is the focus of the part 2.

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