Technology

Sunshine Hydro’s AESOP technology and Superhybrid innovation is revolutionary.

AESOP

AESOP - Innovation for Asset Performance Management

AESOP is Sunshine Hydro’s Advanced Energy Storage Optimization Program. It is an innovative asset management tool that Sunshine Hydro uses as part of its operational optimisation program for public utility organisations and privately owned pumped hydro facilities.

About AESOP

AESOP is used to design and operate pumped hydro facilities in a way never seen before. It can benefit both new and existing facilities and develop financial data suitable for detailed financial analysis.

What sets AESOP apart from current simulation programs is its ability to utilise historical, current live, and forecast data into its decision-making matrix. The combination of this data being fed into AESOP allows it to accurately optimise the usage of the incoming energy it receives to attune to the current demands within contestable wholesale markets whilst accounting for future commitments. The capability to adjust a wide variety of variables within AESOP allows customers to optimise a pumped hydro facility to desired specifications.

Superhybrid™ Modelling

AESOP is designed to add value to any pumped hydro or deep energy storage system. The benefits generated by AESOP are maximised when it is used to optimise a project that has been converted into a Superhybrid ecosystem. This is a project that combines traditional hydro, wind, solar, electrolysis, liquefaction, and fuel cells. In this ecosystem, one of the roles of AESOP is to maximise the level of contractable firm green energy generated.

Client Engagement Process

Phase 1 - Project Modelling

Using comprehensive historical data, AESOP provides engineers and IT professionals with tools to trial variable project design parameters to optimize the design of a Superhybrid. Results allow investment decisions to be validated with a high level of confidence.

Features:

  • Supported by a dedicated Sunshine Hydro consultant
  • Optimizes and confirms a Superhybrid design using historical data
  • Focuses on optimizing the level of firm green energy
  • Generates detailed financials to validate capital investment
Phase 2 - Commercial Operation

AESOP focuses on maximizing the hour-by-hour, verified, firm green energy level required by industrial customers. AESOP applies multiple real-time optimizations to distribute incoming renewable energy to different parts of the Superhybrid in order to meet contractual requirements. At the same time, AESOP is also maximizing revenue through opportunistic trading within contestable wholesale markets.

Features:

  • Can be integrated with widely used industry platforms
  • Optimizes bid stack creation on every time cycle
  • Generates detailed daily, weekly, and monthly financial results
  • Provides a live dashboard of current and past operations
  • Provides comprehensive charting and reporting

What is a Superhybrid?

A Superhybrid™ is a system or process that combines multiple technologies that are not normally connected. Sunshine Hydro’s typical Superhybrid™ model includes wind and solar farms feeding into a pumped hydro project which is linked to a hydrogen generation plant. All components are orchestrated to work smoothly together using our AESOP control system.

Key components of a typical Superhybrid model include:

  • A design process that uses AESOP
    to optimise performance (AESOP technology communicates with the NEM/wind/electrolyser/ liquefaction/ pump/generator); 
  • upper and lower water reservoirs;
  • hydro pump and generator;
  • wind and solar;
  • grid connection
  • electrolyser (PEM generating hydrogen and oxygen); and
  • liquefaction (converting hydrogen gas to liquid).

All the components of a Superhybrid solution make an important contribution and work together in this ecosystem to provide a reliable, contractible, firm green energy output

Sunshine Hydro is in the business of Keeping the Lights on™

Grid Services

Grid ancillary services are used to manage grid power systems safely, securely, and reliably. These services maintain key technical characteristics of the system, including standards for frequency, voltage, network loading, and system restart processes.

Peaking Power

There are times when the market demands electricity which cannot be provided elsewhere. If the prices are sufficiently high, it creates an opportunity to provide electricity to meet this demand. With a Superhybrid system, electricity can be diverted from various system components to meet this demand. This is called demand electricity and is sometimes referred to as “peaking power”.

Firm Green Electricity

Industry and community require a constant feed of electricity. Wind energy varies with wind conditions and solar energy is only available during sunny days. Firm green energy is a constant stream of renewable electricity that can be contracted and relied on all day every day.

Green Hydrogen Gas

Unlike traditional fossil fuel-based hydrogen, green hydrogen is produced through electrolysis of water using renewable power such as solar or wind which splits water’s two main elements hydrogen and oxygen producing green hydrogen gas.

Green Hydrogen Liquid

Hydrogen is liquefied by reducing its temperature to −253 °C, similar to liquefied natural gas (LNG) which is stored at −162 °C.

Green Oxygen

This is a bi-product of the electrolysis of water using renewable energy.

Carbon Offset

A carbon offset refers to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), or an increase in carbon storage (e.g, through land restoration or the planting of trees), this is used to compensate for emissions that occur elsewhere.