What We Do
The GIA is an industry–applied research collaboration established to address barriers to uptake of innovations to the electricity sector.
These barriers include:
- Limited effectiveness in collaboration between industry, business and research agencies in electricity sector innovation;
- A lack of guidance to innovators as to the needs of the end market;
- The need for impartial scientific validation of new technology innovations;
- Lack of understanding of applied value of innovations; and
- Difficulty in extrapolation of customer and whole of societal benefits of an innovation so that policy makers can make informed decisions.
The GIA was formalised in a Collaboration Agreement in October 2011. It has a pipeline of activities currently underway or under consideration addressing key priority issues for the industry.
Areas of immediate interest include:
- Demand and Energy Conservation;
- Renewable Energy Integration;
- Voltage Optimisation;
- Storage – Thermal and Electrical Storage Innovations;
- Waste Heat Capture and Distributed Generation;
- New business and funding models; and
- Electric Vehicles.