Fringe-of-grid Electricity Supply

This project has been developed to examine the social, technical and economic possibilities and benefits of deploying alternative electricity supply technologies in fringe-of grid applications.

Just 10% of Australians live outside urban areas. These Australians suffer from poorer health and welfare outcome, reduced access to education and essential services and less reliable electricity supply. In addition, rural and regional communities are particularly vulnerable to increasing droughts, bushfires and heatwaves being driven by climate change.

Deployment of these technologies has the potential to directly impact the quality and reliability of electricity supply to rural and remote Australians – minimising one of the vectors for inequality in these communities. It could also open up new opportunities for maintaining essential services to these consumers, communities and emergency services during bushfires, heatwaves and other extreme climatic events – providing additional value and benefits for both end-users and utilities alike. 

The team

Matt Pepper is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Management and Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Law. Matt will lead the economic theme of the project, and will provide key guidance on translating technical possibilities into economic feasibilities, focusing on a holistic understanding of total value and benefits of alternative electricity supply technologies.

Sean Elphick is Research Coordinator at the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) in EIS. Sean will lead the project, strengthen existing (and establish new) relationships with key utility and end-user stakeholders, and provide research expertise and guidance based on his extensive track-record in industry-based collaborative research.

Albert Munoz is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Management and Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Law and an Associate Fellow at the SMART Infrastructure Facility. Albert will undertake the cost-benefit analysis activities, and will leverage his expertise in disaster management modelling to determine additional benefits that can be derived from deploying renewable generation and storage systems in fringe-of-grid applications.

Jason David is a UOW early career researcher and Associate Research Fellow at the Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre (APQRC) in EIS. Jason will play a key role in the project, undertaking the desktop analysis of existing alternative electricity supply technologies deployed in fringe-of-grid applications.

Jon Knott is a UOW early career researcher and Research Fellow at AIIM. Jon will bring his expertise in energy storage technologies and will provide support in understanding how energy storage solutions could be integrated into alternative electricity supply solutions.


This project is working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

 Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy   Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.   Goal 13: Climate action   Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals