Friday, September 25, 2015

Adding Battery Storage to Rooftop Solar in Canberra

Last week I dropped in on Dr Lachlan Blackhall, founded Reposit Power in the industrial suburb of Fishwick in Canberra. Lachlan's company is providing technology for Tesla's residential battery storage unit and for other battery systems.
Fishwick is a light industrial area with a mix of car yards, bulk whitegoods stores, sex shops, and high tech startups. In my previous job I visited companies programming the fire-control systems for Australia's warships here. Most of these tech companies are in anonymous light industrial buildings. But prominent in the defense sector in Fishwick is CEA Technologies, which has one of their CEAFAR Active Phased Array Radar mounted on the roof, making it look like the deck of a warship.

Reposit Power's office is less prominent, but he plug-in hybrid car parked out the back is perhaps a hint to what is inside.  Reposit produce software and commission hardware to work between a solar panel, the grid and a local storage battery, to optimize renewable power.

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