Australia’s energy resources and infrastructure are essential to our economy.
The National Measurement Institute (NMI) provides independent, local, top-level measurement expertise. We support energy sector stakeholders including:
Our services underpin:
We support local manufacturers that export high-voltage and high-tech gas products.
We develop solutions to the measurement challenges of metering renewable gases and hydrogen.
To help Australia’s energy sector operate safely and reliably, we:
We are the only provider of most high-level energy-related measurement services in Australia.
To meet these responsibilities we offer:
Our High Voltage Laboratory contains Australia’s largest high-voltage hall. We:
We also have a mobile high-voltage laboratory. The mobile laboratory can transport reference equipment and standards to client sites anywhere in Australia.
Our Londonderry Flow Facility calibrates LPG, petrol, diesel and CNG flow meters for inspectors, licensees, manufacturers and the oil industry.
We also produce reference gases for natural gas and LNG industries to support custody transfer.
NMI collaborates with industry to support the energy sector.
Our discussions with Australia’s LNG and LPG stakeholders highlighted the lack of proficiency testing services for measuring LPG composition.
We make and certify reference LPG mixtures. We also take part in a key comparison of gas composition measurements organised by the Consultative Committee for Amount of Substance (CCQM).
NMI runs proficiency training services. These support the accuracy of custody transfer values based on product composition specifications.
We worked with industry to expand our Londonderry Flow Facility to:
Our CNG flow meter calibration service is one of only a few worldwide to be ISO 17025 accredited.
We are working on expanding these services to LNG.
CNG and LNG burn more cleanly and generate less greenhouse emissions than petrol or diesel.
CNG is widely used in Australian bus fleets. Industry is planning to roll out more CNG and LPG filling stations over the next few years.
NMI’s research supports our energy sector stakeholders.
For our electricity networks to be reliable, high-voltage power equipment must be able to withstand lightning strikes.
This means all products used in high-voltage electricity networks must be tested with artificially generated lightning voltage.
NMI has three roles in impulse high-voltage testing in Australia.
NMI has led two IEC TC42 working groups, which revised the documentary standards that determine how dielectric testing of high-voltage apparatus is performed.
Some of these standards are now based on reference values of lightning impulse waveforms based on our research.
We offer methods and systems to implement the new standards, including a mobile facility.
We also provide training to Australian industry through our electrical measurement courses and technical presentations at power industry conferences.
The use of new technologies like renewable electricity, distributed generation, energy efficient appliances and lighting lead to new measurement requirements.
Australian electrical calibration and testing laboratories face new challenges as the accuracy, range and versatility of electrical measuring instruments increases.
NMI conducts extensive research to meet these needs.
We have developed new services for calibration laboratories in the electrical energy sector. These include:
NMI’s capabilities help address emerging issues in the energy sector.
Australia needs measurement science to solve the challenges of introducing energy efficient appliances and renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, into our electricity networks.
In September 2017, with the Australian Academy of Science and the National Metrology Institute of China, NMI brought together Australian and Chinese experts from national metrology institutes, academia and industry for the Australia-China workshop: Measurement challenges for electrical energy security.
The workshop was opened by Australia’s Chief Scientist and had the support of the Australia-China Science and Research Fund.
The consortium formed at this workshop will collaborate to develop new harmonic measurement and network assessment techniques to help keep electricity networks secure.
On 8 April 2019 the Honourable Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, announced a Global Innovation Linkages Grant. The grant will provide over $720,000 to the University of Wollongong and other Australian industry and research organisations including NMI, as well as global partners in China and Germany, to support development.
We’re supporting better energy efficiency and renewable power generation by:
Determining the efficiency of LED lights and other new technologies requires power measurements over a wide range of frequencies. NMI was the first measurement institute in the world to introduce a power standard up to 200kHz.
Last updated: 25 February 2021
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