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Groundbreaking trial uncovers new possibilities to manage power outages 

Mooroolbark mini grid’s latest trial proves sharing stored renewable energy through the network alleviates power outages for communities.

Power reliability is looking brighter after AusNet Services’ mini grid trial in Mooroolbark passed a new milestone, which demonstrated that batteries and solar shared on the network can be orchestrated to power nearby homes during power outages.

In the latest milestone in its ground-breaking mini grid trial, the team successfully separated a small, residential community in Melbourne’s outer east from the main power grid for almost 22 hours; whilst enabling a steady and secure power supply to customers by sharing renewable energy. 

Only 14 of the 18 homes which separated from the main grid have solar panels and batteries which are shared with the network. 

While separated from the main grid, our innovative Distributed Energy Network Optimisation Platform was used to control the batteries and share the stored renewable energy among all 18 homes – even those without solar – before successfully switching all homes back to the main power grid. 

What this means for Victorians is that the process can be adapted over time to dramatically reduce the impact of power outages, especially in remote and rural areas.