Leading power solutions provider in Australia and New Zealand, MPower has won the Renewable Energy Technology Challenge hosted by the Government of Western Australia, Department of Commerce, and energy provider Horizon Power.
The Renewable Energy Technology Challenge called for innovative solutions that would enable greater renewable energy penetration into isolated electricity networks, in particular within the Pilbara region.
Accepting the award on behalf of MPower, Mr Ed Blackley, National Sales Manager for Solar Products said that the company was proud to be recognised as a leader in developing new power solutions for remote communities. MPower’s winning solution addresses the problem of power output variability on small isolated electricity networks caused by clouds. Once fully commercialised, the technology will allow regional residential and small commercial electricity consumers to install solar power systems onto Horizon Power networks.
MPower’s system uses a combination of inverter and small battery storage to provide some backup power to the system owner in times of electricity outage.
Due to the increasing popularity of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, electricity companies including Horizon Power have faced difficulty maintaining network stability, particularly when these systems are affected by rapid changes as a result of weather conditions. To address these problems, Horizon Power introduced new standards in July 2012, requiring most new PV systems to incorporate some energy storage to smooth out the effect of clouds on the power output.
Mr Dwayne Lange, Managing Director of MPower Solar Systems observed that a cost effective solution was not available previously to consumers wishing to invest in this technology.
The $50,000 prize will enable MPower to continue the development of this technology for the renewable energy market.