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Renewable energy

Enabling technologies

Renewable Energy Commercialisation in Australia, Australian Greenhouse Office, 2003
NOTE: The status of these projects will have changed since the time of publication, and project contacts may also have changed.

A wide range of ancillary technologies are employed to facilitate the generation, storage or use of renewable energy. Examples of these technologies include:

  • batteries and other energy storage technologies - for storage and supply of power to users
  • charge controllers - to control the charging of batteries to maximize battery life
  • inverters - to convert DC power into AC supply for grid supply or household use, and
  • system controllers - computer-based systems to automatically manage the operation of a renewable energy system, including the renewable energy components, diesel generators, loads and energy storage systems.

Remote area power systems require battery banks and inverters to store energy and convert it into a useable form. Wind turbines utilise sophisticated control equipment to manage their operation and interaction with the grid. The further development of these technologies is a key factor in making renewable energy more technically viable and economically competitive.

Projects

  1. International Environmental Strategies Program
  2. Commercialisation of IPS wind/diesel/energy storage technology
  3. King Island wind energy innovations
  4. Remote area energy storage innovations
  5. Commercialisation of solar charge control technology
  6. Commercialisation of a valve-regulated lead acid battery for renewable energy systems
  7. The zinc bromine battery for renewable energy applications
  8. Commercialisation of innovative Australian inverters
King Island

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  1. International Environmental Strategies Program as PDF
  2. Commercialisation of IPS wind/diesel/energy storage technology as PDF
  3. King Island wind energy innovations as PDF
  4. Remote area energy storage innovations as PDF
  5. Commercialisation of solar charge control technology as PDF
  6. Commercialisation of a valve-regulated lead acid battery for renewable energy systems as PDF
  7. The zinc bromine battery for renewable energy applications as PDF
  8. Commercialisation of innovative Australian inverters as PDF

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