Monash University Net Zero Initiative and the Transactive Energy Management Living Lab
Speaker: Ariel Liebman, Associate Professor, Monash University, Australia
Seminar Abstract:There is a confluence of technological, economic and climate and energy policy drivers that are now making a precinct level Net Zero transition enabled by new technologies including generation (Wind, Solar), storage, and Smart Grid and IoT technologies. Together with energy efficiency programs these are enabling Net Zero transitions around the world’s university campuses. Monash University in Melbourne has been recognised by the UN as a world leader in this through its UNFCC Momentum for Change Lighthouse Award in 2018.
I will describe Monash University’s approach to the development of our Net Zero Initiative and how it is not only showing that decarbonisation for a large and diverse precinct but it can be used as living lab for multi-disciplinary research. Monash’s Clayton Campus, hosting over 50,000 students and staff across a full range of teaching and research disciplines, will be Net Zero by 2030 and is hosting an innovative project to transform a large part of the campus into a Transactive Energy based Commercial scale Virtual Power Plant (VPP). I will describe the commercial process of getting a wind energy power purchase agreement and the Monash Microgrid project that includes the Transactive Energy VPP.
Speaker Bio: Dr. Ariel Liebman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Data Science and AI at Monash University. From 2020, he has been Director of the Monash Energy Institute and leads the RACE for Networks Program in the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy (RACE) for 2030 CRC. The Program optimises Australia’s electricity grid through customer engagement, distributed energy resources and network integration. This includes a holistic approach where customers are empowered to engage effectively with networks.
In 2016, Ariel proposed and led Monash Sustainable Microgrid Feasibility study, which led to establishment of collaboration between Monash University and State Government of Victoria on $30 mil microgrid program, one of the foundation blocks of Net Zero Program. His current research in Energy sector focuses on optimization and ML -based decision support tools for operation and planning of smart-grids, microgrids and large-scale energy systems. Internationally, Ariel led the Australia Indonesia Centre Energy Cluster directing a $2.8M research program in Microgrids and Energy System transition to tackle the challenge of integrating distributed storage and renewables into new system planning and investment. Dr. Liebman received his Ph.D. degree from University of Queensland, Australia.
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