CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial

CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial


The CONSORT Bruny Island Battery trial is a research project focused on the iconic Bruny Island in Tasmania’s south-east that explored how solar and battery systems can be used by householders to manage their energy while simultaneously being used to help manage the network; the project ran from 2016 to 2019 and was recognised in 2018 with an Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Award in Tasmania (national finalist).

Working in conjunction with rooftop solar generation, the batteries in CONSORT are coordinated to alleviate congestion on Bruny’s undersea power supply cable and to reduce the reliance on costly and polluting diesel generation during peak season, helping to stabilise network voltages within acceptable levels, while simultaneously enabling householders to make optimal use of their own solar power generation.

The project contained a uniquely diverse team, including engineers, computer scientists, economists, and social scientists.

It developed several key innovations:
  • The Network Aware Co-ordination algorithm, developed by the Australian National University orchestrated batteries at the least cost to resolve the network problem;
  • The reward structures research, undertaken by the University of Sydney investigated value-reflective network services prices; and
  • University of Tasmania social scientists analysed the customer experience throughout the trial, providing valuable insight relevant to scale-up of the trial.

This presentation will reflect the diversity of the project team by covering the network/technical aspects (Laura Jones) and the social science learnings (Pip Watson). It will present the results, learnings, and actions from the trial. This $7.9m project received $2.9m ARENA funding under their research and development round.


Laura Jones, Innovation Engineer, TasNetworks

Dr Phillipa Watson, Research Fellow, UTAS School of Social Sciences Housing and Community Research Unit (HACRU)

Event Details

Thursday 8 August 2019

5:30pm - 7pm


Engineers Australia

Level 5, 188 Collins Street

Hobart TAS

Registration Closes

5pm 8 Aug 2019


EESA and EA members: $0
Non-members: $30


The Tasmanian Chapter of EESA and the Tasmania Division of Engineers Australia.

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