Increasing renewables into the grid: A look at control and stability systems and how they are stabilising the grid

  • Session Topic
    Grid Integration

Increasing renewables into the grid: A look at control and stability systems and how they are stabilising the grid

3 Oct 2018, 11:20 AM - 12:40 PM

Room 216
English (Australia)

Chair: Mark Lampard, Group Director Power & Industrial VSA, AECOM


Utilizing renewable energy integration opportunities by mitigating challenges through technical innovation

Dr Chandana Samarasinghe, Risen Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd

Renewable Energy is starting to be used as the panacea for solving current climate change and global warming threats. Further it is receiving increasing attention for grid integration due to falling costs.  Therefore, Governments, independent System and Market Operators, Utilities, and Research communities are working together to integrate large-scale renewables into power networks. 

Renewable Energy grid integration poses opportunities as well as technical and commercial challenges. For successful Renewable Energy development, all opportunities should be utilized and potential challenges need to be identified for forming advance plans for mitigation. While some challenges can be worked through collaboration with all stakeholders, other challenges require technical innovation. Such strategies will set to successful and profitable project completion enabling a clean energy future.

This presentation captures potential opportunities, challenges and technical and non-technical mitigation measures in integrating Renewables in large networks.


Is reliance on synchronous machines holding us back from evolving the power grid to facilitate renewables?

Donald Vaughan, Principal Consultant for Primary Electrical Engineering, Entura

The rules and regulations of the power grid have evolved on the basis that synchronous machines and AC transmission and distribution form the backbone.  With the rise of renewables and hence inverter based technologies, is it the case that an epochal shift in thinking is required? Can we imagine a different set of protections, controls, limits and operating regimes that would allow a more cost-effective inverter based power system to develop?


Leveraging inverter capability for grid stability: what will it take for households to help solve our voltage problem?

Dr Geoff James, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney

Networks Renewed is a major project funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). It aims to demonstrate how solar PV, battery storage and inverters can support distribution networks in managing power quality. The project is specifically focused on investigating the potential for smart inverters to regulate network voltage. The path to implementation is being established by two commercial- scale demonstrations of controlled solar PV and energy storage – one on the Mid North Coast in regional NSW, and one in rural northern Victoria.’

This presentation will discuss the progress of the demonstration and lessons learned so far, including the technical proficiency of inverters to provide voltage support services and the potential value for delivering those services. It will compare the technical requirements, performance, and cost of behind the meter inverter control against traditional voltage regulation options and recommend how governments can incentivise greater deployment where it is efficient to do so.


  • Mark Lampard


    Director Power & Industrial VSA


    Mark has a background in project management, strategy development, managing electrical connection consulting assignments, electrical design,...

  • Dr Chandana Samarasinghe


    Grid Connection Manager

    Risen Energy (Australia) Pty Ltd

    Dr Chandana Samarasinghe (MIEE, RPEQ, CPEng) received the B.Sc.(Eng.) in Electrical Engineering from University of Moratuwa, MBA degree from Deakin...

  • Donald Vaughan


    Principal Consultant for Primary Electrical Engineering


    Donald Vaughan is Entura’s Principal Consultant for Primary Electrical Engineering. He has over 20 years of experience providing advice on regulatory...

  • Dr Geoff James


    Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures

    University of Technology Sydney

    Dr Geoff James is consultant in clean energy and is respected as a thought leader following more than 25 years of multidisciplinary research with...

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