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Smarter ways to beat blackouts and support solar

14 February 2017

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Rather than getting hot under the collar over Australia’s energy crunch, ISF researchers are suggesting some low cost, clean and reliable solutions in these two recent Conversation articles:

Crisis, what crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids, by Lawrie McIntosh and Dani Alexander describes how technologies such as “smart inverters” can help to manage voltage at the household scale, rather than at substations. This would improve the quality of our power and flip the potential problem of household renewables into a solution.

Chris Dunstan describes how the frequently overlooked option of demand management can solve the energy tri-lemma of affordability, reliability and sustainability in his article Turnbull’s right: we need cheap, clean and reliable power – here’s how