Residents of Fremantle wanted for renewable energy trial

Curtin University

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Residents of Fremantle wanted for renewable energy trial

City of Fremantle residents who own renewable energy and alternative water systems (eg, solar PV, rainwater tanks) are invited to take part in a new trial being led by Curtin University.

Part of the RENeW Nexus project, the trial will investigate how cities of the future can use combined data and blockchain technology to integrate distributed energy and water systems infrastructure. It will include energy and water data analysis and assess the viability of peer-to-peer trading. Community participation in the project will enable research and data analysis to support and inform Western Australia’s transition to a new energy and water network.

Participants in the trial will have a remotely read metering device installed to their existing system. The device will use the property’s Wi-Fi to remotely send data to a secure database that can be accessed by approved personnel only. Project participants will be provided with access to a web platform that enables them to view their property’s data and understand their usage.

The secure data that is collected will inform research conducted by Curtin University and Murdoch University scientists. Project partners include Curtin University, Power Ledger, City of Fremantle, Murdoch University, Western Power, Synergy and LandCorp.

The project is supported and funded by the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, which aims to help local governments and communities use smart technology and increase the accessibility and use of public data. The program aims to help cities, suburbs and towns become more livable, productive and sustainable, and improve urban service delivery.

Click here to register interest in the trial and receive an invitation to a drop-in information session on 18 May. Expressions of interest close on 25 May.

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