Home energy management using approximate dynamic programming

My (almost complete) PhD candidate Chanaka Keerthisinghe has had his first journal paper “A Fast Technique for Smart Home Management: ADP with Temporal Difference Learning,” with Gregor Verbic and myself, accepted to IEEE Trans Smart Grids.  Preliminary results for this work were presented at PSCC in Genoa, earlier this year, and a few more publications are in the pipeline from Chanaka’s PhD.

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Energy ministers need to ‘focus completely’ on reforming electricity market

…says Tony Wood from the Grattan Institute:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-21/energy-ministers-need-to-focus-on-reforming-electricity-market/7646106

He’s not wrong. Alongside land, energy is a fundamental factor of production and an input into all economic activity. It is in everyone’s benefit to reduce the cost of energy delivered to end users.

Addendum: “A new analysis has called out Australian gas generators for choosing to exploit an energy market failure, rather than to fulfil their key role of complementing renewables by supplying additional local demand when needed.” http://reneweconomy.com.au/2016/gas-generators-called-out-for-exploiting-nem-flaw-creating-obscene-price-spikes-54494

19th Power Systems Computation Conference

Last week saw the 19th edition of PSCC in Genoa, Italy, where my coauthors and I presented 3 papers:

Many thanks to the organisers, committee members and participants for an excellent conference!

ARENA grant success: CONSORT project

I’m very happy to announce that Gregor Verbic and I are part of the CONSORT project – CONsumer energy systems providing cost-effective grid suppORT.

We’ll be working with Sylvie Thiebaux Paul ScottEvan Franklin and others at Australian National University, Heather Lovell and Pip Watson at the University of Tasmania, and the great people at battery control software business Reposit Power and network provider TasNetworks.

In the three-year project, up to 40 batteries will be installed and monitored in the homes of residents of Bruny Island in Tasmania. As the ARENA’s project synopsis says: “The project will develop an innovative automated control platform and new payment structures that will enable consumers with battery systems to provide support services to a constrained electricity network.”

The Tas Networks media release sums up my role, which is to investigate “what tariff structures best reflect the value of energy storage to the networks and what incentives are required for customers to install and use batteries in the most beneficial way for both networks and customers.”

So a very exciting 3 years lie ahead!