Wednesday 8 June: Electrical Engineering Forum, Day Two

9:00
Registration open and welcome coffee

09:20
Chairperson Welcome

Dr David Pointing PhD
Chief Executive Officer
The Australian Power Institute

VIRTUAL POWER PLANT

9:30
Discussing the role of virtual power plants in the future of the energy grid
  • Addressing the emergence of the virtual power plant as a reliable source of renewable power
  • Examining the opportunities digitalisation and urbanisation have created to increase the drive towards decarbonisation
  • Uncovering what’s next for virtual power plants and how, as a decentralised system, they are best placed to ride out natural disasters and prevent widespread energy outages

Jacqui Mills
Head of Virtual Power Plants
Clipsal Solar

10:00
Panel Discussion: Addressing the benefits, challenges, and opportunities virtual power stations provide to the grid
  • How has the introduction of batteries impacted the grid, and what lessons can other states take from the world's largest virtual power plant?
  • What are the main benefits of virtual power plants for business and the consumer?
  • How can a virtual power plant help to stabilise the grid while delivering more sustainable energy than a conventional power plant?
  • What are the main challenges facing the adoption of virtual power plants, and what can be done to overcome them?

Moderator:

Dr David Pointing PhD
Chief Executive Officer
The Australian Power Institute

Panellists:

Saad Akbar
Principal Engineer – Future Networks
Evoenergy ACT

Gregory Abramowitz
Head of Orchestration - Platform and Operations
AGL Energy

Jacqui Mills
Head of Virtual Power Plants
Clipsal Solar

Dor Son Tan
Head of Distribution Networks
Energy Networks Australia

10:40
Partner presentation
11:00
Morning Tea and Networking in the Expo Hall
RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION

11:30
Using renewables to modernise the grid and improve energy reliability
  • Examining emerging technologies to modernise the electricity grid to better support the use of renewable and clean energy
  • Determining whether large scale battery storage is a critical component of Australia’s clean energy future
  • Maximising the benefits of intermittent renewable generation and optimising interconnector flow and dispatch

Kate Cavanagh
Energy Systems Research & Testing Facilities Leader
CSIRO

12:00
Examining how technology plays a role in DER integration
  • Asking how we can leverage the network to unlock the potential of customer flexibility, while delivering a safe, reliable service
  • Answering how do emerging network and customer technologies enable more renewable energy
  • Determining how networks keep pace and adapt to the rate of change of customer technology
  • Examining how technology assists the energy transition through better alignment of asset, operational and spatial data

Kathryn Granheim
Principal DSO Strategy Advisor
Western Power

12:30
Lunch and networking in the Expo Hall

13:30
Planning and developing new energy generation assets
  • Outlining what is needed when you’re developing new power generation assets to capitalise on low/zero-carbon energy such as hydro or solar
  • Addressing the critical issues and challenges low/zero-carbon energy generation faces in today’s volatile marketplace
  • Looking towards the global market to see what is working in other cross-border locations and what needs further examination to address long-term supply requirements

Trevor Lim
Market and Grid Manager
Total Eren

14:00
Panel Discussion: Designing new infrastructure to support and decarbonise energy generation
  • Unlocking the future of infrastructure design to capture more useable data and ensure new generation assets are created with a low/zero carbon future in mind?
  • Looking into some of the ways real-time matching of supply and demand can be included to ensure a steady stream of power across the transmission lines?
  • Examining some of the critical factors often overlooked in managing renewable to grid integration?

Moderator:

Dr David Pointing PhD
Chief Executive Officer
The Australian Power Institute

Panellists:

Kate Cavanagh
Energy Systems Research & Testing Facilities Leader
CSIRO

Nick Carter
Managing Director
Akaysha Energy

14:30
Afternoon Tea and Networking
PROCUREMENT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DELIVERY

15:00
Overcoming procurement challenges occurring during global supply chain disruption
  • Examining some of the key learnings we’ve uncovered during COVID needing implementation to protect future supply chain and procurement reliability?
  • What tools, systems and/or processes can be implemented to secure your supply chain?
  • Highlighting the main challenges engineering and procurement teams face or could face when it comes to future project procurement?

Rakesh Solanki
General Manager - Supply Chain Services
Powerlink Queensland

BATTERY STORAGE AND THE ENERGY GRID

15:30
Supporting the deployment of renewable energy through the installation of battery energy storage systems
  • Discussing best practice strategies to create effective management of energy storage integration
  • Analysing the key enablers of battery storage technologies and examining the future trends for battery storage over the coming years
  • Determining the critical barriers to deployment of advanced inverter technology and what needs to be done to ensure renewables are a reliable part of the Australian energy mix

Sharon Tissai-Krishna
Grid Connection Manager
Maoneng

16:00
Closing remarks from the Chair and Forum adjourns