The Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program
Designing and implementing the building blocks of a resilient energy system, for the benefit of all energy users.
Established in April 2018 the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program is pioneering pathways for the integration and optimisation of energy storage in electricity grids and electricity markets, globally. With a strong focus on interdisciplinary research, development and demonstration (RD&D), the Program is delivering on a number of nationally significant infrastructure projects.
BSGIP has a mandate to undertake activities related to the development, integration, operation, and optimisation of energy storage in electricity grids, and electricity markets, globally. The activities being researched in this program are categorised into the below four themes
Materials Battery Technologies and Characterisation
Designing, building and characterising new battery storage devices, based on a fundamental understanding of different chemical and material behaviours. Exploring opportunities for battery recycling, reuse and failure analysis based on characterisation capabilities.
Energy System Modelling and Analysis
Progressing the state-of-the-art in modelling, forecasting and prediction to understand the behaviour and performance of power systems with a high penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) including solar PV, battery storage and electric vehicles.
Energy System Control and Coordination
Developing systems and capabilities for the effective optimisation, control, coordination and orchestration of battery and energy storage systems, and electric vehicles in modern power systems.
Social Science, Economics and Policy
Undertaking social research and designing and implementing policy, economic and market models to support the deployment of energy and battery storage including residential, precinct and grid-scale battery storage and electric vehicles.
The Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program is funded by the ACT Government, under the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund initiative, and the Australian National University. It is jointly hosted within the ANU by the School of Engineering and the Research School of Chemistry.
Meet our Researchers
The Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program is led by Professor Blackhall
Since its inception the program has grown rapidly and now comprises more than 30 staff and students with diverse academic, industry, gender and cultural backgrounds.
Professor Lachlan Blackhall
Professor Lachlan Blackhall is Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at The Australian National University. Previously, Professor Blackhall led the development of capabilities to monitor, optimise and control residential solar generation and battery storage, as well as the development of virtual power plant technology to aggregate energy storage to deliver services to energy networks, markets and utilities.
Professor Blackhall holds a BE, BSc and a PhD in engineering and applied mathematics, is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). Read more »