The Offshore Renewable Energy Systems Program (RP3) of the Blue Economy CRC has a key milestone to deliver a demonstration offshore/high energy renewable energy system, encompassing offshore renewable energy conversion technologies, a microgrid with integrated storage (electrochemical, hydrogen, …) and demand-led control system, to meet an off-grid, offshore demand.
The purpose of this scoping project is to review state of the art existing and proposed offshore renewable energy system concepts to identify suitability for Australian offshore/high energy conditions and end-user suitability. This scoping study will clarify the numerous challenges associated with employing renewable energy conversion technologies offshore/high energy; building hydrogen microgrids that are robust in this environment; and modelling the components of a hydrogen microgrid and the entire energy system. It will identify clearly the strategic strengths of the CRC capability aligned with RP3, capture lessons learned from prior national and international projects, provide guidance as to how to tackle the listed challenges and thereby identify strategic priorities for RP3 over the first several years of the CRC.
The study will also assist the development of a mutually aware and collaborative network of RP3 participants. Consultation across this network will be essential to identify high-priority research areas.