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Australian Government | Australian Renewable Energy Agency | ARENA
30 September 2022

Diving deep into DER and EV integration

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DEIP Dives into the future of DER integration

Earlier this month, ARENA and the ANU co-hosted over 130 people at a DEIP Dive event in Canberra. The day explored the role that technology can play in the public interest, shared insights into ARENA's EV smart charging portfolio and DER market integration trials, and discussed the roles of EVs and DER in Australia's future energy system. 


Image: Panel discussion at the DEIP Dive event

Read the DEIP Dive Event Presentations and Summary 


Access ARENA’s library of knowledge on EV smart charging and V2G

ARENA's smart charging portfolio is gathering valuable insights and data on how to manage growing levels of EVs at the lowest cost and greatest benefit to customers. In partnership with the ANU, ActewAGL's REVS is investigating how fleets can provide grid support services.

Image: Nissan LEAF charging from a Wallbox Quasar at the CHAdeMO port. Source: ANU


The cutting edge of end-to-end DER integration

A new DEIP report sheds light on four sophisticated DER market integration trials - AEMO's Project EDGE, Western Power's Project Symphony, Evoenergy's Project Converge and Ausgrid's Project Edith.

These trials are exploring how DER can deliver services and operate in energy markets, while adhering to the physical limits of the system and satisfying consumers’ needs and preferences.


Image: Illustration of the core functions being met in the end-to-end DER market integration trials.

Read the DEIP DER Market Integration Summary Report 

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New website supports innovation and technology advancement in the energy market

The AER, in partnership with ARENA, AEMO, AEMC and the Essential Services Commission of Victoria, has recently launched the Energy Innovation Toolkit website to support energy innovators and start-ups navigate complex regulatory frameworks. The website provides guidance on how new technologies and business models can be delivered under the current regulatory framework, with a trial waiver function and rule change process to be launched soon.


Image: Energy Innovation Toolkit logo (source: Energy Innovation Toolkit)

Access the Energy Innovation Toolkit website 

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Australian Government and Energy Innovation Toolkit logos

New to the Knowledge Bank

Low Emissions Metals

The Port Kembla Steelworks Renewables and Emissions Reduction Study released its first Lessons Learnt Report focusing on supply chain constraints for the bulk supply of biochar in Australia.


Renergi has released the third Lessons Learnt Report from Energy from Waste Through Pyrolysis project and provides insights into the importance of drying feedstocks for pyrolysis processes.

Pumped Hydro Energy Storage

The Centennial Underground Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project has published its Final Report outlining the viability of underground coal mining voids as potential pumped hydro energy systems.


On 28 July 2022, ARENA hosted the Thermal Energy Storage (TES) Insights Summit that explored the challenges and opportunities of TES for industrial heat processes. Watch the recording here.

Solar PV

The fifth report in the Generator Operations Series Benchmarking large-scale solar PV performance in Australia using satellite weather data proposes a method to remotely determine the performance ratio of solar farms using satellite weather data without needing ground-based measuring equipment.


The Business Renewables Centre Australia’s Final Report summarises the work undertaken to establish the resource centre and marketplace platform to facilitate the uptake of corporate PPAs.

Visit ARENA's Knowledge Bank for more.

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