Predicting the solar power supply
Solar energy technology is one area of innovation and economic growth recognised by $30 million Federal Government funding to create the jobs of the future.
UTS is a partner in a $3 million solar energy project, one of 16 funded under round seven of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants.
Using Artificial Intelligence and hydrogen to unleash the power of solar energy will create solar farms with advanced energy storage, similar to lithium batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. UTS will provide the expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for a hybrid Energy Storage System (ESS) solution to integrate solar generation fully into the distribution system
As one of the fastest growing energy sources, solar is likely to become the primary source of electricity generation in Australia, which can also become an international leader in solar technology.
The project aims to develop a widely applicable integrated package for small-scale solar farming, focusing not just on photovoltaic technologies and solutions, but on the monitoring, control, integration and optimisation of distributed solar farming.
With technologies for harnessing solar energy becoming increasingly cost-effective, it also needs to be efficient, stable and affordable for distribution of electrical power from many sources and storage points to houses, factories, buildings and transport systems.
Dr Guandong Xu, leading the AI involvement from the UTS Advanced Analytics Institute, said that for solar power to be a predictable source of energy for the grid, it needs to be able to adjust output according to demand.
AI will be used to predict generation and demand based on historical and real time data, and to forecast price and spikes, delivering cost-effective and world-class energy efficiency.
The system will use AI to manage and smooth out the intermittency of renewable energy, balance out supply and demand, and allow the use of excess renewable energy where and when needed.
Providence Asset Group coordinates the project; UNSW joins UTS as a research partner, and industry partners are SunGrow Group, Risen Energy Group, TongYu Heavy Industry Co Ltd, Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited, Diamond Genest Pty Ltd, CSIRO, H2store Pty Ltd