Thursday 13 June: Batteries & Energy Storage stream


Welcome Coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair

Shannon O'Rourke
Chief Executive Officer
Future Battery Industries CRC (FBICRC)

Optimising the role of utility-scale batteries in the energy system to support renewables
Harmonising storage assets across both distribution and transmission networks to enable a secure and decarbonised energy future
  • Capitalising on WA’s abundance of wind and solar resources via expanding transmission and large-scale generation storage to enable industry decarbonisation goals
  • Orchestration of network distribution storage to maximise the value to both customer’s and the community by activating their grid connected assets
  • Participation in markets and services to reduce storage pay back periods and accelerate decarbonisation outcomes

Matthew Cheney
Executive Manager Energy Transition & Sustainability
Western Power

Tweaking the current regulatory system to encourage more energy storage with batteries
  • Unlocking additional BESS revenues through network services
  • Streamlining the connection process for efficiency
  • Assessing the impact of CIS for storage projects and the uncertainty of coal closures
  • Amendments to the Market Price Cap

Pan Galanis
Director of Energy Markets
Akaysha Energy

PANEL DISCUSSION: How can batteries best support a faltering energy transition?
  • Are Australian regulators and forecasters underestimating the role batteries can play in avoiding blackouts, balancing supply and demand and smoothing out volatile prices?
  • How realistic is the idea that batteries replace coal plants in firming wind and solar?
  • Why are the longer duration (ie 4 hour+) battery projects lagging behind energy security needs, and can flow batteries fill the gap?
  • What are some of the solutions to supply chain issues for big battery developments (eg transformer shortages)?
  • How important are FCAS, offtake agreements and arbitrage to the financing of battery projects?


Greg Hannan
Strategy Director
AusNet Services


Paul Curnow
Managing Director – Strategy & General Counsel
Akaysha Energy

Emma Roberts
Executive General Manager Future Energy
CS Energy

Glenn Dahlenburg
GM Energy Storage Battery Project
Energy Queensland

Dominique van den Berg
Chief Executive Officer
Energy Networks Australia

Stephanie Unwin
Chief Executive Officer
Horizon Power

Morning tea in the expo hall
Assessing the value of domestic and behind-the-meter batteries
Examining the economics of behind-the-meter batteries for industrial sites
  • Reducing network congestion by storing excess solar for later use at the site
  • Comparing the investment cost of smaller scale batteries to the benefits
  • How will batteries be pricing their services in future markets?

Stuart Parry
Managing Director
Energy Storage Industries Asia Pacific

INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS: Maximizing battery ROI by bundling use cases into one BESS
  • Using a single BESS for multiple purposes to enhance cost effectiveness
  • Identifying use cases and aligning them with technology that has the capacity and capability to bundle
  • Real-life applications where the right technology enabled one BESS to serve multiple purposes, resulting in reduced capital costs and a quicker ROI

Andy Miller
Head of Commercial Development
PXiSE Energy Solutions (USA)

Unleashing consumer empowerment: Analysing the surge in 9-14kWh domestic batteries and harnessing their collective influence on the shared grid
  • Examining the factors fuelling the rise of 'energy independence' and identifying the types of batteries Australian households are adopting, along with profiling the customer demographics
  • Unpacking primary motivations driving investments in energy storage: energy independence, sustainability, economic considerations, and resilience
  • Harnessing the collective potential of residential battery storage - Exploring the mechanisms and levers to empower and optimise the combined commercial power of domestic batteries

Colin Crisafulli
General Manager Future Grid and Asset Management
Endeavour Energy

Lunch in the expo hall
Coordination and control for maximum value from batteries
Balancing energy flows by dynamically coordinating battery charging and discharging operations
  • Optimising battery performance through real-time adjustments based on demand and grid conditions.
  • Managing peak demand effectively through proactive coordination of battery deployment.

David Edwards
Future Technology & Innovation Manager
Horizon Power

INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS: ‘Mainstreaming’ batteries: How to identify the most competitive technologies and ensure profitable deployment
  • Clarifying the need for flexibility and all options on the table
  • Analysing energy storage technologies in terms of their current and future costs
  • Outlining energy storage applications and how revenue stacking can ensure profitability
  • Creating overall transparency to ensure policy and investment decisions can be made with confidence

Oliver Schmidt
Visiting Researcher
Imperial College London

PANEL DISCUSSION: How quickly can batteries take their position as stabilisers of renewable energy?
  • How much long duration storage can we expect to see in the next 3, 5 and 10 years (and are the regulators prepared)?
  • Can batteries realistically replace retiring coal plants in the role of firming and discharging during lulls in intermittent renewable generation?
  • What are the downsides to reliance on battery storage (eg 4hr+ winter shortages) and how can these be addressed?


Carlos Trench
General Manager Business Development
ENGIE Australia & New Zealand


Stuart Parry
Managing Director
Energy Storage Industries Asia Pacific

Ashley Manna
Head of Business Development

Emma Rogers
General Manager Strategic Network Operations

Colin Crisafulli
General Manager Future Grid and Asset Management
Endeavour Energy

Afternoon tea in expo hall
Defining the role of batteries in Australia’s future
Capturing long-term economic growth, energy security, and securing a position as a key player in the global supply chain for batteries
  • Outlining the critical opportunity for the growth of a battery production supply chain onshore in Australia
  • Establishing battery cell manufacturing and non-cell technology for specific end users
  • Defining the locations for battery manufacturing hubs
  • Identifying the subsidies and support that will ensure a thriving domestic industry, including Production Tax Credits

Beth Mitchell
Head of Engagement
Beyond Zero Emissions

Future-proofing power supply with batteries as part of the Local Network Battery Plan
  • Building and operating megawatt battery storage systems which will connect to the existing electricity network
  • Assessing the lifecycle of batteries that are installed now and projected return on investment (including reducing the need for costly distribution upgrades or emergency generators)
  • Defining the role that batteries play in renewable energy zones, during peak power consumption times, and as backup during outages and/or extreme weather events

Glenn Dahlenburg
GM Energy Storage Battery Project
Energy Queensland

Closing remarks from Chair
End of Batteries and energy storage stream