Various media outlets look to Global-Roam for clarity during heat wave

In early February, numerous news websites including the Adelaide Advertiser and the Sydney Morning Herald embedded our NEM-Watch Live Generation Widget (as seen on RenewEconomy) to help explain the generation mix of each state of Australia during the recent heat waves affecting the South Australian and New South Wales electricity network. In addition to the situational awareness that the widget provided, Allan O’Neil made several posts on WattClarity during the week including this initial analysis attempting to explain the root causes of the blackouts experienced in South Australia.

 

About media quote on solar panels being “mostly useless” late in the day

During the national heatwave of February 2016, we fielded many calls from journalists and saw an increasing number of parties use (or embed) a variety of our bite-sized widgets, all focused at making some aspects of complexity more understandable.

One of the conversations I had with a journalist let to being quoted over the weekend saying that solar PV was “mostly useless” late in the day.  Hence, over the weekend I added this note of clarification on WattClarity for those who are interested in more than just soundbites.

Battery Storage compendium service created

Throughout 2016 we have been working with the Australian Energy Storage Council in the development of a national Energy Storage Register (the reasoning for which is provided here). This project is ongoing.

In the process of developing this service for the range of stakeholders involved in the sector, it became apparent that there was an opportunity for us to help in a number of other ways with respect to the battery storage sector – and, in the process, help to ensure that the Energy Storage Register sees successful development through 2017.

BatteryStorage.info is being developed collaboratively by Global-Roam Pty Ltd and the Australian Energy Storage Council. The site explains aspects of battery storage to a wider audience and acts as a single location for all articles about Battery Storage.

BatteryFinder™ widget launched

Our BatteryFinder™ widget, launched in October 2016, continues to grow as a searchable/filterable ready reference to the makes and models of battery storage currently available on the Australian market.

BatteryFinder™ emerged as a milestone in the development of the broader national Energy Storage Register – as the Register requires a comprehensive (and continually updated) list of Makes and Models of battery storage technology available for use in Australia.

1) Battery Finder is embedded below.  You can both:
(a)  Search for particular battery systems of interest; and/or
(b)  Filter down the list, by clicking the facets on the left.

2) Don’t forget that there’s no charge to embed BatteryFinder™ on your own website – simply click on the “</> Embed” button on the widget below, provide your details and follow the instructions emailed to you.

3) Based on requests from some interested parties, we are also developing API access to Battery Finder data, which will be available at a modest charge.  Please email us if you would like to know more about this.

We’ll look forward to continuing to seeing the list below increase in numbers…

Animation on WattClarity helps explain what happened during yesterday’s blackout throughout South Australia

Our CEO, Paul McArdle spent the best part of last night piecing together the animation below in an attempt to understand what went on leading up to and during yesterday’s blackout throughout South Australia. Using ez2view, the animation explains what happened in generation and demand levels in South Australia between 06:00 and 17:00 on Wednesday the 28th of September, 2016.

An initial post and an update on the situation has already been posted on WattClarity, but time permitting, more analysis of what’s happened will be published over the coming days and weeks.

Pondering the future of Australia’s electricity market through detailed analysis

Our CEO, Paul McArdle recently penned an article on WattClarity pondering whether the remarkable price results from Q2 were a short lived excursion or whether they are the begging of a more systematic change in pricing patterns. Paul’s article caught the attention of several journalists including Ben Potter from the Australian Financial Review, who referenced the analysis in his piece ‘COAG out of action as electricity prices soar‘, and sought comments from Paul on the topic:

Average wholesale electricity prices across the National Electricity Market shot up to $65-$80 a megawatt hour in the mainland NEM states in the June quarter, and to $120 in Tasmania, Paul McArdle, director of GlobalRoam, said.

Providing analysis on the possible closure of Australian power station

Last week, Sydney Morning Herald journalist’s Adam Morton and Brian Morris published an article on the possible closure of coal-power generation at the Hazelwood Power Station. In the article, the journalists sought comments from a number of industry experts including our CEO, Paul McArdle. Providing experience and insight on the topic, Paul was quoted in the article:

Most analysts who spoke to Fairfax Media said it was difficult to say what impact removing Hazelwood would have on prices – Global-Roam’s Paul McArdle said it was the “million dollar question” – but many said they were likely to increase.

Paul McArdle, managing director at Global-Roam, said: “The reality is nobody knows because it depends what competitors do.” He said it was likely prices would rise while also lifting AGL’s profitability, for example.

LiveGen Widget goes live – “a world leader”

Our new internationally-focused LiveGenTM widget has been live for a short period of time, and can be accessed here:

http://data.RenewEconomy.com/LiveGen

We’re pleased to be able to work with the people at RenewEconomy to help make global complexity more understandable – in this case, in terms of the contributions of various generation fuel types across a growing number of locations (currently 29 locations across Australasia, Europe and North America with more coming…) .

We’ve built this to address one of the common points of feedback we received over the past 12 months or so of providing our NEM-WatchTM widget (accessed here and here and discussed here) to a growing number of people.

We noted that Ketan Joshi had described the new tool and “AMAZING” and had voiced some nice words about us being “a world leader in visualising” (complexity):

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Thanks Ketan!  Always nice to hear when what we do helps to clarify something about the energy sector.

We’re looking for more locations to add in – let us know if you know of some!

 

 

Explaining what demand would look like on a renewable-heavy NEM to a wider audience

A previous article written by our CEO, Paul McArdle for WattClarity has recently been published on RenewEconomy.

Paul is booked in to speak at the 2015 All Energy conference about what role Demand Response might play in a future environment where intermittent generation sources supply a significantly higher percentage of the energy mix in the NEM.

In his article, Paul notes assumptions about consumption, the network and supply before going on to model a load duration curve.

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Explaining South Australian wind generation to interested (and confused) stakeholders

After fielding a number of questions relating to wind farm production in South Australia over a two week period – our CEO, Paul McArdle took to WattClarity to help make the complexity of the situation understandable to many interested (and confused) onlookers.

To illustrate the yin and yang of wind over a 4-day period for broader consumption, we used our NEM-Watch entry-level dashboard. Using screenshots of NEM-Watch we were able to create the animation below to clearly explain what was happening over the 4-day period.