Local Government Facilities as a Grid Paralleled Mode Micro-grid

Funded

City of Melville

Multiple facilities across City of Melville, Western Australia

Project stage

In progress

Timeframe

Start date: 01 December 2018
End date: 20 June 2020

Project value

Australian Government funding:
$546,724
Total:
$1,100,000

Partners

  • Murdoch University

Focus area

  • Facility and services management (buildings, energy, waste, utilities)
  • Natural environmental data and measurement (air quality, dust, noise, waterways)

Project type

  • Smart energy
  • Smart building
  • Smart amenity management

Technology type

  • Internet of Things
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Environmental sensors
  • Cloud computing

Project summary

City of Melville's Smart Grid Paralleled Mode Micro-grid project, in partnership with Murdoch University, aspires to test and optimise the ability of this approach to significantly improve energy efficiency, water efficiency, energy security and the adoption of renewable energy across distributed local government facilities. The successful implementation of this project will provide an integrated system including renewable energy generation at sites, smart metering technology, an advanced long-term energy planning technique.

The challenge

Sustainable resources management, stronger monitoring, reporting and verification systems, engaging community and establishing partnerships for supporting resource efficiencies and emission reductions.

Solution

The monitoring system will provide valuable insights into the energy and water consumption patterns at each site. They will be connected to a dashboard to enable the relevant stakeholders at each site to have a clear oversight over the energy and water use, and power quality, for the whole facility, and across various parts at each site in real time. This will be critically instrumental in identifying potential opportunities for improvement of energy and water usage at the sites, quantifying return on investment (ROI) for such improvements, effectiveness of any energy efficiency initiatives implemented and for tenant management and transparent billing at the facilities. This will also help strengthen accountability for different users at each site and help in transparently sharing our resources for efficient use.

The City will further explore options of treating multiple facilities as a part of the same grid and managing them in tandem such that the overall load on the local grid is minimised. All the associated assessments and guidance around this system will be developed as a part of this project that will help the city for Sustainable Energy and Water Management and reducing emission reductions and cost of operating these assets.

Benefits

  • Learning on resource efficiencies
  • Efficient public assets
  • Better utilisations and reduced wastage of resources of public assets better value.

Contact details

Name: Jag Walia
Phone: 0893640312
Email: jag.walia@melville.wa.gov.au