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Funding for new electricity grid technology development

The Turnbull Government through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $5 million to NOJA Power, a Brisbane-based energy technology company, to develop smart switchgear that will help maintain stability of the electricity grid.

NOJA’s new switchgear technology will be deployed at 100 locations across the distribution network to maintain frequency at 50 hertz which is critical for system strength and security. It will provide detailed, real-time snapshots of electrical flows and enable a significantly better power system data than is currently available.

The data captured by these devices will be shared with ARENA, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and energy network businesses to facilitate better-informed system planning and real-time operations.

Once developed, the switchgear will be trialled in areas of high renewable penetration in Queensland and Victoria. This is part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to supporting the energy transition while ensuring affordable, reliable and secure energy for Australian industry and households.

NOJA Power is working with AEMO, Deakin University, the University of Queensland, Energy Queensland and AusNet on this project. This project is a good example of government, industry and universities collaborating to develop solutions for Australia’s distribution network.

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