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The falling cost of solar panels has resulted in more than one third of South Australia Houses now having solar panels. The State Government is providing a subsidy of up to $6000 towards the cost of a Home Battery. Electricity retailers are providing subsidies for homes with a battery to join a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) scheme, to enable them to keep their wholesale electricity prices down. Having a Home Battery can also provide backup power in case of a power failure. The big question is; “With all these subsidies is it economical to install a Home Battery?”
The talk will outline the different popular battery technologies, their round trip efficiency, degradation over time and ways that a Home Battery can be incorporated - this will include “vehicle to home” technology where an electric car can be used as a Home Battery. Increasing rooftop solar penetration can cause grid instability and Home Batteries can be used to keep the power system stable. Data from the presenter’s all electric home will be used as a typical case for evaluating how the daily savings from a battery vary during the year, this will then be used to calculate payback periods for a typical quoted battery. The additional requirements and limitations of having a backup power capability are also discussed.
About the Speaker
Keith Kikkert received a BE(Hons) in 1968 and a PhD in 1972 from The University of Adelaide. For three years he was a lecturer at The University of Adelaide. For 37 years he was a lecturer at James Cook University and for seven of those he was Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He “retired” in 2010 and is now an Adjunct A/Prof at both The University of Adelaide and James Cook University.
He has extensive experience in SmartGrid, communication systems and RF electronics. His current research is on Phasor Measurement Units used in power system instrumentation. Keith has authored more than 100 refereed publications, 8 patents/applications, 4 book chapters and a book on RF Electronics, which is distributed by AWRCorp.
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