Horizon Power chooses SwitchDin to supply secure utility gateways for residential solar & battery systems in Onslow WA
The evolving investment case for home battery storage: Incentives & virtual power plant programs
West Australian utility Horizon Power has selected SwitchDin to provide enhanced Droplet controllers as ‘Secure Gateway Devices’ (SGDs) to enable strategic deployment of high levels of distributed energy resources in the Onslow region.
Under the three-year contract, homes and businesses in the north-west town of Onslow installing new solar and battery storage systems will be provided with an SGD.
New South Wales to support battery uptake (and VPPs) with interest-free loan program
Home battery storage systems can deliver value to both the homes that own them as well as the utilities and the energy system at large, but batteries are still expensive and payback periods too long for many households to justify a purchase. The battery storage incentives introduced by several states, combined with values unlocked through virtual power plant programs, will help to improve the attractiveness of investment in battery storage for homes while prices remain high.
SwitchDin enters European market with first shipment of residential battery storage package from Eguana / Hanwha Q CELLS
The New South Wales government has kicked off the consultation phase of its Empowering Homes Program, which will incentivise uptake of battery & solar+battery installations with interest-free finance. An eligibility requirement for the program is that the equipment used must be ‘virtual power plant capable’.
SwitchDin / VARTA pulse 6 battery integration testing site live in Newcastle
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.
[VIDEO] Virtual power plant participation options: Examining choice in an evolving landscape
Adding another tier 1 manufacturer to its list of integration partners, SwitchDin has established a testing site with German battery manufacturer VARTA on the path to full integration with the company’s ‘pulse 6’ storage system.
SwitchDin chosen for Startup Energy Transition’s SET100
Last week we made a presentation about virtual power plant participation models at the Smart Energy Conference in Sydney.
The presentation covered the different options for households and businesses to partake in virtual power plant programs - from equipment choices to program & incentive types.
Security in virtual power plants & DER management
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.
SwitchDin supports energy system evolution in ARENA-backed project
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.
Handling the heat: How smarter distributed solar, batteries & load control can support energy system resilience
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.
[Video] Standardisation and the role of edge computing in distributed energy resource management
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.
Simplifying complexity in virtual power plants & distributed energy management
This presentation by our CEO Dr Andrew Mears provides an overview of the role that standardisation (via edge computing) will play in Australia’s increasingly decentralised energy system.
Scoping Australia’s virtual power plant potential
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.
How much battery-based virtual power plant capacity is there in Australia? We take a look at the numbers.