Battery Charging on AC Coupled Grid Connected Battery Systems

The advent of Grid Connected Battery (GCB) systems in Australia has led to increased interest in coupling GCB systems with existing or new solar PV system to increase energy self-sufficiency. GCB systems can be connected to a PV system as a DC coupled system, where the PV array is connected through a charge controller directly […]

Work Recommences on Draft Battery Storage Units

The hiatus in development of the draft Units of Competency UEERE4002A – Install, Maintain and Fault Find Battery Storage Systems for Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems, and UEERE5001A – Design Battery Storage Systems for Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems as a result of reforms in the Vocational Education and Training sector is finally over. The reform saw […]

Transition period ending for compliance to AS/NZS 4777.2:2015

The transition period for AS/NZS 4777.2: 2015 Grid connection of energy systems via inverters Part 2: Inverter requirements will end on the 10th October 2016, only 3 months away. The majority of inverters currently on the CEC approved product list currently expires on 9th October 2016. They will be removed from the list if manufacturers […]

A Practical Guide to PV Efficiency

At the end of June 2016, the world record for efficiency of rooftop solar modules was broken again: the US-based PV manufacturing company SunPower achieved an efficiency of 24.1% for a monocrystalline silicon-based PV panel, over 2% higher than the previous record. This news came shortly after the announcement earlier in the month of Hanwha […]

Residential energy storage: Are we ready?

The rise of residential batteries In the past year we have seen the first significant uptake of Grid Connected Battery (GCB) systems in Australia. In years gone by, batteries were used for standalone systems that were far from any poles and wires, i.e. in areas with no access to the electricity grid. However, we now […]

GSES at Australian Energy Storage Exhibition

GSES participated at the Australian Energy Storage Alliance’s Conference held at the Australia Technology Park, on 1-2 June 2016. GSES’ booth attracted much attention, especially the “Grid Connected PV with Batteries” training developed and delivered by GSES. GSES provides the training pathway to the Clean Energy Council’s “Grid Connected Energy Systems with Battery Storage” endorsement. […]

UNSW Student Meet Industry Night

The UNSW Students Meet Industry Night is a yearly event that provides 3rd and 4th year engineering students the opportunity to network with representatives from an array of companies. GSES was at the UNSW ‘Student Meet Industry’ Night on the 17th May providing industry information and career opportunity advice to matriculating students attending the event […]

Configuring Battery Storage Products – Comparing Apples and Oranges?

The renewables market is currently being flooded with energy storage products to meet the increasing demand and hype for this technology.   All of these products present a similar, well-scripted value proposition and all offer to deliver similar functionality. As a result, this rapid rush to market of these products and their advertising has created the […]

Standalone: Past, Present and Future

Stand Alone Photovoltaic (PV) systems are amongst the oldest of applications of photovoltaic systems and are a testament to photovoltaic technology’s ability to operate in the most extreme of conditions. They are typically used in isolated locations with low or no population, or in place of conventional grid infrastructure in less-developed regions. Standalone systems, as […]

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