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An Australian National University (ANU) laboratory will receive investment funding from the ACT Government for its research and development of technologies that monitor, control and coordinate renewal energy generation.

Figuring out how to most effectively and reliably distribute renewables into the power grid is a key challenge as the ACT draws closer to its 100 per cent renewables target.

The new Distributed Energy Resources Laboratory will develop technology and software to test and monitor renewable energy resources such as solar panels, batteries and wind generators.

It will provide a testing environment for new monitoring devices, smart controllers, energy market models and other innovative products to help drive the rollout of renewables.

The new laboratory is another addition to the ACT’s renewable energy expertise and infrastructure, with which it is building knowledge, technology and services to become a leader in renewable energy exports.

The laboratory will provide ANU students and researchers opportunities to work alongside industry to better align their research and build their skills.

It is also hoped it will attract industry, network companies and academics around Australia and the world to bring their business, technology and research and development to the ACT.

The ACT Government has provided $1.5 million funding for the lab through its Priority Investment Program, which was established to work with industry, research and tertiary sectors to attract investment and grow established and emerging priority areas of Canberra’s economy.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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