In a recent trial of mini grid technology, a group of eight Melbourne houses were linked to each other to form a self-sustaining, all renewable grid that is completely independent of main grid electricity. Electricity was generated from combined solar and battery systems on the houses, which could even cover the houses without solar systems installed.
While the trial only lasted a few minutes, it was a successful test of the infrastructure’s ability to disconnect from the main power grid and share electricity between houses to maintain power in each household and then reconnect with the grid.
The test was operated by the Victorian energy delivery service business AusNet Services. The performed trial is just the first step in a process that will test the Mooroolbark mini grid’s capacity in managing peak demand on the network, as well as incorporating additional households in the neighbourhood.