Impact of technology uptake on an Australian electricity distribution network

Boulaire, Fanny, Utting, Mark, & Drogemuller, Robin (2015) Impact of technology uptake on an Australian electricity distribution network. Environmental Modelling & Software, 69, pp. 196-213.

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This paper presents simulation results for future electricity grids using an agent-based model developed with MODAM (MODular Agent-based Model). MODAM is introduced and its use demonstrated through four simulations based on a scenario that expects a rise of on-site renewable generators and electric vehicles (EV) usage. The simulations were run over many years, for two areas in Townsville, Australia, capturing variability in space of the technology uptake, and for two charging methods for EV, capturing people's behaviours and their impact on the time of the peak load. Impact analyses of these technologies were performed over the areas, down to the distribution transformer level, where greater variability of their contribution to the assets peak load was observed. The MODAM models can be used for different purposes such as impact of renewables on grid sizing, or on greenhouse gas emissions. The insights gained from using MODAM for technology assessment are discussed.

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ID Code: 83009
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Agent-based modelling, electricity demand, distribution network, decentralised generation
DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.03.019
ISSN: 1873-6726
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering Modelling (090702)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2015 00:33
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2015 20:44

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