How will lessons learnt in the project be used in the future? And by whom?
Knowledge sharing is a key focus for (funding agency) ARENA, and the Future Grid project has a prominent knowledge sharing plan, delivery of which is led by CSIRO. Reports generated through the project are not only hosted on the ARENA Project Page for Future Grid, but also on the project’s website. This website has been built with a legacy mindset, aiming to outlive the project at least until 2030 by which time the 50% renewable energy target should have been achieved. The website also has its own knowledge bank which serves as a one-stop-shop for public information about renewable energy relating to Central Australia. It is recognised that lessons learnt in Alice Springs can be scaled-up and applied to other grids, such as the Darwin-Katherine Interconnected System (DKIS) and the National Electricity Market on Australia’s East Coast. The project’s main target audience is industry and government, so it is expected these entities will be the primary conduit through which lessons learnt in Alice Springs are applied elsewhere.