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Energy Allocation Strategies for Common Property Load Connected to Shared Solar and Battery Storage Systems in Strata Apartments

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Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, School of Design and the Built Environment, Curtin University, Perth 6102, Australia
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Balance Utility Solutions, Tarlton Crescent, Perth Airport, Perth 6105, Australia
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Energies 2020, 13(22), 6137; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13226137
Received: 16 October 2020 / Revised: 17 November 2020 / Accepted: 20 November 2020 / Published: 23 November 2020
Common property (CP) is a significant consumer of electricity in apartment buildings. Although some apartments in Australia have adopted shared microgrid configurations to offset grid consumption, the characteristics and load patterns of CP are rarely discussed due to lack of available data. As common areas normally constitute part of owner corporations, energy distribution in these premises requires attention. This paper presents empirical analysis of the CP load connected to shared solar and battery storage for three apartment complexes located in Perth Australia. Load patterns for CP over a defined dataset period were analyzed, and grid usage reduction was examined by implementing and comparing three energy allocation strategies based on surplus energy utilization. The findings indicated significant grid usage reduction for CP load in different apartments after implementation of three strategies. Instantaneous consumption decreased 72%, and surplus allocation strategy reduced 91%, while consumption-based allocation reduced 76%, of grid electricity. Moreover, consumption-based allocation offered improved cost benefits compared to the other two strategies. The results further revealed the usefulness of energy allocation and effectiveness of surplus energy utilization. Based on outcomes, the strategies provide consolidation with conventional energy trading mechanisms and broadly link to the virtual power plant concept for coordinating energy flows between multiple generators. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar PV; battery storage; shared microgrid; apartments; common areas; energy allocation; grid reduction solar PV; battery storage; shared microgrid; apartments; common areas; energy allocation; grid reduction
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Syed, M.M.; Morrison, G.M.; Darbyshire, J. Energy Allocation Strategies for Common Property Load Connected to Shared Solar and Battery Storage Systems in Strata Apartments. Energies 2020, 13, 6137. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13226137

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Syed MM, Morrison GM, Darbyshire J. Energy Allocation Strategies for Common Property Load Connected to Shared Solar and Battery Storage Systems in Strata Apartments. Energies. 2020; 13(22):6137. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13226137

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Syed, Moiz Masood, Gregory M. Morrison, and James Darbyshire. 2020. "Energy Allocation Strategies for Common Property Load Connected to Shared Solar and Battery Storage Systems in Strata Apartments" Energies 13, no. 22: 6137. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13226137

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