Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies program
The Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies (AEST) program supported the development and demonstration of electricity storage technologies for use with variable renewable generation sources such as wind and solar.
The program aimed to increase the ability of renewable energy to contribute to Australia's electricity supply system.
Public reports on those projects completed under the AEST program are listed below (see Related documents).
Regional Renewable Energy Assessment in Western Australia
ACRE commissioned Evans & Peck (partnering with Worley Parsons) to undertake a Regional Renewable Energy Assessment in Western Australia.
These studies (see Related documents) were focused on the Pilbara and Mid West regions and sought to identify and assess the potential for renewable energy projects and systems to provide sustainable and secure energy supply in these regions.
The geothermal industry
ACRE commissioned The Allen Consulting Group to gain a better understanding of what the key issues are facing the geothermal industry in Australia, while also outlining a possible pathway for development of the sector.
Overseeing the development of the report, Australia's geothermal industry: pathways for development (see Related documents), was a Geothermal Expert Group chaired by Professor Robin Batterham, with experts from industry, government and research bodies.
Building on the analysis from these reports and consultation with state and territory governments, the ACRE Board has prepared Geothermal Directions (see Related documents) to expand on its strategy for the geothermal sector outlined in the ACRE Strategic Directions paper.
The ACRE Board developed a Wave Directions paper to look at the opportunities and challenges facing the marine energy technologies in Australia. This involved the preparation of advice to the ACRE Board by a group of international experts, chaired by Professor Frank Larkins (Chief Scientist, Victoria), with Dr John Huckerby (IEA-OES-IA) and Mr Eoin Sweeney (Ocean Energy Development Ireland) as members. ACRE's advice was provided to the Minister in June 2012 in the form of a letter to the Minister together with a copy of the expert group's advice to the ACRE Board (see Related documents below).
High penetration of variable renewable energy
Australia, along with many other countries, is successfully managing high levels of variable renewable energy on our electricity grid, including from wind and solar energy. As part of the Clean Energy Solutions Centre initiative, ACRE funded a report by the USA's National Renewable Energy Laboratory which looked at the the diverse approaches to effective integration of variable renewable energy used in six countries—Australia (South Australia), Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and the United States (Colorado and Texas). The report, Integrating Variable Renewable Energy in Electric Power Markets: Best Practices from International Experience, summarises policy best practice approaches that policy makers can pursue to ensure that electricity markets and power systems can effectively manage increasing penetrations of variable renewable energy.
Evans & Peck
|Assessment of the potential for renewable energy projects and systems in the Pilbara|| [PDF 7.6MB]|
Evans & Peck
|Assessment of the potential for renewable energy projects and systems in the Mid West|| [PDF 6.9MB]|
The Allen Consulting Group
|Australia's geothermal industry: Pathways for Development|| [PDF 144KB]|
Geothermal Expert Group
|Australia's Geothermal Industry: Pathways for Development|| [PDF 1.3MB]|
|ACRE Geothermal Directions|| [PDF 182KB]|
|ACRE Board||Letter to Minister on Ocean Energy|| [PDF 72KB]|| [DOC 464KB]|
|Ocean Energy Expert Group||Consolidated response|| [PDF 33KB]|| [DOC 32KB]|
|ACRE Board||ACRE Board Submission – CEFC Expert Review|| [PDF 128KB]|| |
Smart Energy Storage (trading as Ecoult)
|Final Public Report under the AEST Program|| [PDF 3.1MB]|
Lloyd Energy Systems
|Final Public Report under the AEST Program|| [PDF 383KB]|
|Final Public Report under the AEST Program|| [PDF 37KB]|
|Final Public Report under the AEST Program|| [PDF 70KB]|