Professor Barry Brook along with other colleagues including Dr. Francis Clark, have launched a website ‘oz-energy-analysis.org’ as a way to examine the broad implications of increasing levels of renewable energy into the electricity grid. The aim of the website is to examine renewable energy sources, predominantly wind and solar, and examine how their variability interacts with the grid – how it can be managed, how much power they can produce and how much it would cost.
The website will transparently present data, assumptions, models, analysis, interpretation and engage with a wide range of contributors by using an Open Science model. The initial focus is on the state of South Australia, but the vision is to scale up this work and apply it to all of Australia, and even other countries. The website will provide a mechanism for everyone to contribute with information and discussion to develop the overall view that is needed by policy makers and to aid sophisticated public discourse.
The website, as of today, is in ‘beta-2‘ release and can be viewed here