Energy storage — the great enabler

Energy storage — the great enabler

The 2019 Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (AES), held 13–14 June, will bring together industry professionals in the energy storage sector to analyse the projects and transformative technologies powering the global energy transition.

With the theme ‘Energy Storage – The Great Enabler’, Australian and international speakers will present solutions for utility, commercial, off grid and aggregated residential energy storage applications. This includes:

  • Large-scale/utility applications of a variety of energy storage technologies
  • Distributed energy resources for grid applications
  • Mining and microgrid case studies from across the world
  • Economics for commercial and grid scale energy storage investment
  • Installed commercial energy storage projects
  • The future of energy storage in Australia

For example, Alan Louis, Principal Engineer Technology Innovation at Energy Queensland, will discuss ‘Protection Challenges in the Design and Operation of LV Microgrid Systems’. Specifically, his presentation will cover Energy Queensland’s experience in the implementation of commercial-scale microgrid via battery energy storage systems (BESS), including one at Eagle Farm in Brisbane and one at Spence St Depot in Cairns, both of which consist of lithium-ion technology coupled to the grid via a power converter interface. AES 2019 explained Louis will look at: the challenges of microgrid operation and impact on the existing electrical installation; design of the protection scheme for the microgrid and considerations with standards, including the wiring rules; and microgrid applications at an MV and HV level.

Clean Horizon Analyst Samantha Hilliard will also explore how to improve the interactions between vendors and buyers when it comes to buying large-scale BESS, while Brenton Laws, Business Development Principal at Western Power, will delve into the PowerBank project in which Western Power & Synergy connected a 420 kWh community battery in Mandurah, Western Australia.

Other speakers include: Ian Kay, Chief Financial Officer, ARENA; Robert G Morgan, CEO, Energy Storage, GE Power; Fiona Orton, Future Grid Manager, Trans Grid; and Juregen Zimmermann, Business Development and Technology Manager, ABB’s Global Centre of Competence for Microgrids.

AES 2019 will also provide attendees with the opportunity to network with other delegates, speakers and exhibitors via free networking drinks followed by an optional dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour on the evening of 13 June.

Event details

What: Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition

When: 13–14 June 2019

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney


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