Tuesday 7 June: Electrical Engineering Forum, Day One

Registration open and welcome coffee

Chairperson Welcome

Dr. Daniel Eghbal
Manager – Future Network Strategy
Energy Queensland


Examining the Microgrid and Isolated Test (MIST) Facility and the role it will play in modelling networks to allow renewable energy and energy storage to form a greater part of the microgrid
  • Outlining the business case for the Microgrid and Isolated Test (MIST) Facility and the aims Ergon Energy has regarding uptake and advancement of new technologies
  • Identifying the impacts widespread renewable energy generation in remote communities will have on energy security
  • Reviewing energy storage solutions, including microgrids and stand-alone power systems, to determine which is best placed to offer seamless integration into the energy network

Alan Louis
Principal Engineer Technology Innovation
Ergon Energy and Energex

Unlocking the critical benefits of substation automation for the energy sector
  • Examining how integrated control and protection support improve asset management?
  • Highlighting some of the significant benefits of introducing smart substations, and what makes them more efficient and cost-effective than regular substations?
  • Understanding the ways automation and optimisation of existing substations support environmentally sustainable energy transmission

Craig Stallan
Executive Manager – Delivery

Real-time, grid parameter measurements for weak grids of the future
  • Australian grids are transitioning towards weak grids as more asynchronous sources are connected. This requires the implementation of more reactive power sources for voltage support as inverter-based resources (IBR) have limited fault capacity and var capacity for voltage correction. The increased penetration of IBR can be expected to result in the amplification of inter-area voltage and frequency oscillations—and these will not necessarily be restricted to small signal phenomena. New schemes in protection engineering will have to deal with the parameters governing under-frequency load shedding rather than only relying on dynamic restraining of UFLS relays in distribution network feeders with reverse power flow. The presentation will focus on the measurement and analysis of synchronously measured network parameters as the basis for the management of network stability and will possible control paradigms that should be based on real-time observations rather than only on network models.

Willie van Wyk
Managing Director
CT Lab

Morning Tea and Networking in the Expo Hall

Overcoming the technical challenges of integrating renewables into the grid
  • Addressing the barriers to increased capacity utilisation of renewable energy
  • Examining existing transmission infrastructure and examining whether fossil fuel plants should be retrofitted to maximise the use of renewables
  • Assessing long-range demand and evaluating the available options for expanding the capacity and transmission of renewable energy

Daniel Andersen
General Manager – Energy Markets
Powerlink Queensland

Using emerging technology to address problems in the SMART grid.
  • Looking into opportunities for the future of Australia’s energy transmission systems
  • Examining how modern technology enables fast and efficient automatic power distribution across the grid
  • Using the speed of 5G to monitor real-time distribution precision and control

Scott Chapman
General Manager – DER Program Delivery, Reform Delivery
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Lunch and networking in the Expo Hall

Addressing sustainability in Australia’s power generation assets
  • Discussing the future of Australia’s energy generation facilities and the importance of decarbonisation as the world moves toward a zero-carbon future
  • Examining how energy, standing energy, and transportation each has a role to play in decarbonisation through using renewables, developing new fuel sources, or employing the use of electric vehicles
  • Highlighting the ongoing work being done to decarbonise the grid and support a zero-carbon, just, and equitable future

Laura Jones
Senior Analyst, ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program
Australian National University

Examining the role emerging technologies will play in the future of the energy market
  • Exploring what it will take for renewable energy to provide stable services for the power system
  • Examining the impact renewables are having when it comes to managing supply and demand on the grid
  • Examining the lessons learned in the development and construction of the Blue Grass Solar Farm

Dr Mahbub Rabbani
Grid Connection Manager

Afternoon Tea and Networking

Examining the impact of electric vehicles on Australia’s existing energy infrastructure
  • Clarifying the potential increase in energy demand that will come from widespread use of electric vehicles and determining best practice strategies to prepare for it
  • Addressing power reliability on the grid as the use of electric vehicles increases
  • Determining whether the Australian grid can support widespread adoption of electric vehicles while moving towards a zero-carbon future

Adeel Rana
Future Network Team Leader


Utilising innovation for a distribution grid fit for the future
  • Determining strategies to plan a grid for the future in uncertain times
  • Examining how the use of microgrids can reduce widespread power outages during natural disasters such as bushfires
  • Addressing vulnerabilities in traditional infrastructure with new programs for improved energy security

Janica Lukas
Distribution Grid Strategy and Planning Manager
Western Power

International Keynote: Highlighting the lessons for Australia from international energy markets about maintaining energy security
  • Introduction of IRENA
  • IRENA’s work on Grid integration
  • Insights from our Grid Assessment study for Mozambique
  • Examining international trends in frequency management in high renewable generation systems, including approaches to maintaining sufficient inertia-Experiences from the UK and Ireland.

Dr Gayathri Nair
Associate Program Officer
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Closing remarks from the Chair
Networking Drinks in the Expo Hall
Australian Energy Week Official Event Dinner

Time: 6:30pm -9:30pm - (arrive for 6:30pm canapes and drinks)

Venue: The Pavilion, Arts Centre (100 St Kilda Rd)

Map: Located on the river, about 10 min walk from MCEC - Getting Here | Arts Centre Melbourne

Cost: $225, inclusive of canapes, 3 course dinner and drinks