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Home batteries light up future

The potential for home battery systems to balance the supply of electricity, thereby replacing the reliance on large generators, is the focus of a research project valued at $1.8 million being led by the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Scientists will work with industry and international partners to develop the functionality of devices, such as home battery systems, to mimic the role large generators play in electricity supply. Currently, generators – including coal-fired power plants and hydro generators – work to sustain the balance in supplying electricity. Project lead and UTAS engineering researcher, Associate Professor Evan Franklin, said: “In Australia, there are currently about 50,000 batteries in homes, where two or three years ago there were practically none … Projections are one in five households will have a battery installed in the next 15 or so years.”

14 February 2019, Edition 202

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