We’re excited to be working with TasNetworks and the University of Technology Sydney on this project to explore the benefits of microgrids in areas with low solar resources in Tasmania.

Derwent Bridge in Tasmania’s Central Highlands region will beteh focus of the study. Image: UTS

While it is well known that Tasmania is a renewable powerhouse, solar uptake is low compared to the rest of Australia, and a number of remote communities still rely on diesel generators. This project will investigate whether establishing a microgrid, or upgrading existing off-grid technologies, would better meet the energy needs of regional and remote communities in the state.

A key objective of the project will be to develop tools that can assess the technical and economic viability of a microgrid at a site, in addition to an analysis of the impact on the local economy.

Project leader Dr Jahangir Hossain, from the UTS’ Faculty of Engineering and IT, said the project will provide measurable economic, social, environmental, and technical benefits.

“The main outcome is to provide a cost-effective and resilient power supply solution for the local businesses and communities while the associated negative effects from technical and economic perspective are either eliminated or minimised.” – Dr Hossain

You can read all about the project here.