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Planet Ark Power technology integral to innovative microgrid project

Date: 22-Jun-20
Author: Rachael Ridley

Engineer with eleXsys © Rachael Ridley

Planet Ark Power – a solar engineering and technology company and sister organisation to Planet Ark – will have its award-winning technology featured in a research project into advanced microgrids conducted by leading Queensland researchers.

Planet Ark Power’s research partners Griffith University, Central Queensland University, and Macquarie University have received $450,000 from the Federal Government’s Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects to develop secure and reliable microgrids for residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

The project aims to demonstrate the benefits of innovative, clean energy technology to improve energy efficiency and reliability, as well as reduce energy costs for consumers and develop effective responses to energy disruption in a safe environment.

As a part of the research project, Griffith University will create a microgrid at its Nathan Campus in Queensland. A microgrid is a smaller version of the electricity network that is made up of a community of energy users. It’s connected to the electricity grid but can also operate independently.

Planet Ark Power’s eleXsys® technology will be the critical link in enabling the microgrid at Nathan Campus to reach its full potential. Integrating eleXsys® will help the microgrid operate autonomously through powerful and innovative artificial intelligence technology, while also managing the flow of clean energy into the electricity grid and enabling sharing of clean energy with buildings connected to the microgrid.

Working in association with the Peak Demand Energy Management Facility at Griffith University, Planet Ark Power’s innovative researchers will contribute to the research and development of the Advanced Microgrid Energy-Management System (AM-EMS).

This enduring partnership between Planet Ark Power and Queensland’s leading researchers at Griffith University and Central Queensland University began in 2012 during the early stage development of eleXsys®.

The internationally award-winning technology platform unlocks the full potential of electricity networks by enabling more clean energy from large-scale solar rooftop installations to flow seamlessly and safely into the grid.

Planet Ark is proud to see its sister organisation continue its collaboration with its university partners to improve global understanding of energy efficiency using clean energy technology.

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Rachael                                           Ridley

Author: Rachael Ridley

Rachael joined Planet Ark in 2019 after eight years working in media and publishing as a producer, editor and writer. Rachael is excited to use her skills in content creation and communication to instigate positive environmental behaviour change.
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