Morning Site Visit A: Visit to Monash University Microgrid at the Clayton Campus
Site Tour A
As part of an ambitious goal to be emissions free by 2030, Monash University is partnering with ARENA and Indra Australia to create a new microgrid at the university’s 57 year old Clayton campus. This microgrid trial will help transition Monash University to run entirely off renewables by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by then. This site tour will demonstrate how Monash uses intelligent controls, renewable energy sources and edge computing to monitor and control distributed grid elements in real-time and optimize when and how energy is used across the campus.
 Afternoon Site Visit B: Battery Technology Research and Innovation Hub at Deakin University
Energy storage plays a key role in delivering clean, safe and reliable energy. BatTRI-Hub is a unique, world class research and innovation facility focused on advanced battery prototyping at Deakin University.This site visit will show you how researchers at the Institute for Frontier Materials are developing next generation energy storage solutions.

Space in Each Site Tour is Limited, Registrations Will Be Available On First Come, First Reserved Basis

09:00 Conference Introduction by Conference Producer
09:05 Highlights on Conference Day 1 Key Sessions by Conference Chairman
Gary-112x128 Prof. Gary Rosengarten
Head of Energy
09:15 MicroGrids in Australia
Keynote by Energy Minister: Latest Developments and Future of Microgrids in Australia
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has proposed a $36 million microgrid program to determine the feasibility of using microgrids for poorly served and remote communities across the country. An initial slate of prospective projects is emerging. The Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund would help fund as many as 50 feasibility studies, designed to test the ability of microgrids to improve electric reliability and resilience, save money and reduce emissions. Many of the targeted communities rely in whole or part on diesel-fueled generators.
Minister-DAmbrosio-112x128 The Hon Lily D’Ambrosio MP
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Minister for Solar Homes
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Virtual Power Plant Implementations, Innovations and Future

The Role of Microgrids in Australia’s Future Energy System

The falling costs of renewable generation and battery storage are making microgrids increasingly viable in Australia, especially for customers in remote or “fringe of grid” areas where grid-connection costs are high. Solar PV, battery storage and diesel generations are typically used in Australian microgrids; in some cases, virtual power plants (utilising rooftop PV) are used. This presentation discusses recent reforms to the regulatory framework by the AEMC to facilitate greater use of microgrids in Australia, where this is cost-effective. These reforms aim to provide improved consumer outcomes in terms of: lower prices, improved (or the same) reliability, and the same level of consumer protections, as compared to grid-connected customers.

Alan-Rai---NEW-112x128 Alan Rai
Senior Economist – Strategy & Economic Analysis
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
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Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
Case Study
The First VPP in Australia, Moulding Virtual Power Plants: Reposit Power in Canberra
10:30 The first and largest of its kind in the world, the Canberra Virtual Power Plant project solves grid challenges that arise from wholesale market volatility, peaks in demand and generation, and poor power quality. VPPs are built to balance problems in the wholesale electricity market and on the distribution network. It groups lots of individual homeowners solar battery setups together to sell energy back to the grid when it’s needed most. The VPP is an important demand response source that can quickly reduce load on the network and when scaled up would prevent the need for load shedding in almost any scenario. More than 500 households are rewarded for participating in Canberra’s Virtual Power Plant. Reposit Power was awarded the Sir William Hudson Award – the highest honour for a project awarded by Engineers Australia in December 2018.
Alan-Reid-112x128 Alan Reid
Head of Business Relation
Reposit Power
Reposit Power
11:00 Turning Disruption into Opportunities: How Multi-tiered Energy Management Solutions are now Optimising Costs and Distributed Resources and accelerating business Digital Transformation
Stephan-Alberth-112x128 Stephan Alberth
Group Vice President – Digital Transformation Energy Lead
ABB’s Power Grids Australia
11:30 The role of the International Energy Agency’s ‘First Fuel’ (energy efficiency) in distributed energy solutions and emerging energy markets
Alan--headshot-2-112x128 Alan Pears
Senior Industry Fellow
12:00 Lunch & Networking
Smart Energy Roundtable Discussion
13:00 Table 1: National’s Smart energy Policies and Programs: Are the Governments’ incentives sufficient and appropriate to driving consumer uptake?  
John-Mennega-112x128 John Mennega
Group CEO, Director
Air Future Group
Table 2: Turning Disruption into Opportunities: Establishing the business case for a VPP and how the integration of multiple different platforms can be achieved. ABB
Stephan-Alberth-112x128 Stephan Alberth
Group Vice President – Digital Transformation Energy Lead
ABB’s Power Grids Australia
JuergenZimmermann2-112x128 Juergen Zimmermann
Business Development and Technology Manager Grid Edge Solutions
ABB’s Power Grids Australia
Table 3: Integrating energy efficiency and productivity improvement with demand response and management and behind-the-meter renewables and energy storage
Alan--headshot-2-112x128 Alan Pears
Senior Industry Fellow
Table 4: WA’s Smart Energy Policies and Programs
James_Egglestonphoto-112x128 James Eggleston
Senior Analyst
Power Ledge
Power Ledger
 MicroGrids Development
MicroGrids in Australia
Renewable Energy Innovations – coordination and management of distributed energy resources to enable higher penetration of renewables in Microgrids
Andrew-Blaver-112x128 Andrew Blaver
General Manager Consumer Energy
Horizon Power

The Distributed Energy Resources Revolution: A Roadmap for Australia’s Enormous Rooftop Solar and Battery Potential

Darren-Gladman-112x128 Darren Gladman
Director, Smart Energy
Clean Energy Council
Clean Energy Council
Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session

Monash University’s Case Study: How Microgrid Enables Monash to run Entirely Off Renewables

Scott-Ferraro-112x128 Scott Ferraro
Program Director, Net Zero Initiative, Buildings and Property Division
Monash University
Monash Uni
16:30 Developing a Performance Standard for Battery Energy Storage Systems – Challenges and the Future for Australia and Global Market
Anand-Bhatt-112x128 Dr Anand I. Bhatt
Research Scientist, Advanced Energy Storage Technologies
16:30 Air to Energy: Compressed Air Energy Storage Batteries for MicroGrids / VPPs  – A Revolutionary Approach
John-Mennega-112x128 John Mennega
Group CEO, Director
Air Future Group
17:00 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman
17:05 Champagne Networking Session
Enjoy a glass of champagne whilst networking with other like-minded individuals on topics that are of most interest to you and fellow delegates.

Next Steps in Virtual Power Plants (VPP)
09:00 Welcoming Speech, Opening Remarks & Thank You Sponsor Speech by Conference Producer
09:15 Integrating VPP into the National Electricity Market
AEMO: VPP Demonstrations to Maximise Value for All Energy Consumers
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) launched Australia’s first Virtual Power Plant (VPP) demonstration program to inform the operating and regulatory processes for the safe and efficient integration of VPPs in the National Electricity Market (NEM). In partnership with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the trials will explore the operational capabilities of VPPs to deliver energy and Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS).
Violette-Mouchaileh-OK-112x128 Violette Mouchaileh
Executive General Manager – Emerging Markets & Services
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
09:45 AI and Analytics
Operationalizing VPP: Using AI and Analytics to Better Predict Demand and Supply Generation from DERs
Ariel-Liebman-112x128 Associate Professor Ariel Liebman
Deputy Director, Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute (MEMSI), Director (Faculty of IT)
Monash Grid Innovation Hub
 Monash Uni
Morning Refreshments & Networking Session
 Innovations in Grid Scale Energy Storage: New Developments and Learning Lessons
10:30 The impact of VPP design on grid and system operation
With the increasing penetration of controllable distributed energy resources (DER) in the Australian electricity network, there is interest in unlocking extra value by aggregating these smart resources and ensuring their participating in markets for energy, ancillary and network services. These systems have the potential to support energy reliability and security while driving down customer costs, but even well-intentioned designs for VPP operation can lead to perverse (and negative) outcomes in the electricity system. 
BEN-WEISE-112x128 Ben Weise
Lead Developer, ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration
The Australian National University
11:00 Facilitating the efficient integration of distribution energy resources in the National Electricity Market
ED-CHAN-112x128 Ed Chan
Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)
 Blockchain and Energy Trading

Co-creating the energy solutions of tomorrow with our customers today

  • Innovation initiatives in new energy technologies (VPP’s, EV’s, community storage, distributed generation, P2P trading) Synergy is currently driving with its customer base
  • How Synergy is working with customers to shape product design and engagement strategies to deliver mutual benefits
  • Insights and learnings from these – what works/what doesn’t
  • What’s next for us
krystal-skinner-112x128 Krystal Skinner
New Energy
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12:00 Flexibility and grid services from an integrated electricity-hydrogen Virtual Power Plant
Pierluigi-Mancarella-112x128 Pierluigi Mancarella
Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Power and Energy Systems Group  
12:30 Lunch & Networking
 Renewable Energy Innovations
13:30 Renewable Energy Innovations
The Future of Hydrogen as Renewable Energy Storage in Australia
Jason Crusan
Vice President, Technology
Woodside Energy Ltd.
Case Study: South Australia’s Virtual Power Plant
Tesla, with support from the South Australian Government, launched South Australia’s Virtual Power Plant in early 2018 to provide system security services to the State’s distribution network and to realise significant cost savings for low income households. The trial phases of the project have already connected more than 1,300 Housing SA customers to the SAVPP providing invaluable learnings on deployment, customer engagement, and ability for the aggregated distributed energy assets to provide system security services. The SAVPP is aiming to connect up to 50,000 homes, each fitted with a 13.5 kWh Tesla Powerwall 2 battery and rooftop solar system, to deliver 250 MW of solar energy and 650 MWh of battery storage capacity in the grid. 13545_25270
Scott-Oster-picture-112x128 Scott Oster
Director Projects, Clean Energy Transition
Department for Energy and Mining
0scar-Wilke-112x128 Oscar Wilke
Business Development, Energy – APAC Sales
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Biomass Energy
Case study – The Zero Emissions Byron Project

NSW’s first Bioenergy plant, a 5MW solar farm for their own use, a shared, community-owned solar farm, a hydro scheme. They are working alongside others to develop a microgrid in their arts and industrial estate. All of these projects have lessons to share and insights from others to add.

mayor-simon-richardson-112x128 Simon Richardson
Byron Shire Council
Afternoon Refreshments & Networking Session
 AI and Analytics

Blockchain Energy Trading P2P Case Study
Blockchain Energy Trading: How Blockchain Enables Australia’s First Peer-to-Peer Power MicroGrid Trading Kick-off

White Gum Valley, a residential development near Fremantle, Western Australia, has rooftop PV installed on its blocks. A modest 53.6kW solar PV system has been paired with a 150kW lithium-ion battery energy storage system on Evermore, one of the apartment blocks. Using Power Ledger, a block chain-based technology developed by a local firm will be used to provide a so-called ‘trans active’ layer to the management of the solar-plus-storage installation. Residents will be able to freely sell their power to one another, allowing those with surplus production, for example, to sell power to their neighbours as required.
James_Egglestonphoto-112x128 James Eggleston
Senior Analyst
Power Ledger
Power Ledger

Case Study – CitiPower and Powercor making Smarter Networks using Smart Meters and Advanced Analytics

Silverpond-Adel-Foda-1-112x128 Adel Foda
Head of Science
Peter-McTaggart-112x128 Peter McTaggart
Manager, AI & Data Analytics | Digital Innovation – Network Strategy, Programs & Change
CitiPower, Powercor & United Energy
16:15 Final Roundup
The Road Towards 100% Renewable Energy
bin_lu-112x128 Bin Lu
Research Fellow
The Australian National University
16:45 Closing Remarks by Conference Chairman