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Was held live on Thursday, July 2nd

Energy Storage 2020

Leading The Transition

The Australian energy market is in transition. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has made it clear that the future for Australia is a move away from coal-fired energy and towards cleaner sources of energy. A huge part of making this energy transition will be supporting renewable sources of generation with storage technologies that will keep the lights on when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.

Australia is blessed with some of the best and brightest minds in the world when it comes to energy storage, and for this webinar, we gathered leading experts to cover battery storage from every angle.

From “deep” and “shallow” storage, and why we need both, to grid integration of batteries and utility-scale battery demonstration projects, we covered it all in an informative, engaging and enlightening way.


Conference Program

Laura Harvey, Editor, Energy Magazine
Welcome Remarks

Christopher Gwynne, Battery of the Nation Project Director, Hydro Tasmania
The importance of deep storage for the energy transition

 Matt Rennie, Energy Transition Lead Partner, EY
Storage opportunities in the evolving energy market

PANEL: Distributed energy: solar and storage integration
Scott Oster, Director, Projects, Clean Energy Transition, SA Department for Energy and Mining
Dr Julio Braslavsky, Principal Research Scientist, Power Systems and Controls,
CSIRO Energy
Cathryn McDonald, Future Networks Engineer, SA Power Networks
Matt Armitage, DER Demonstrations Lead, AEMO

Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, ANU
Amping up for a storage-led economic recovery

Meet The Speakers

Laura Harvey, Editor, Energy Magazine
Laura Harvey founded Energy Magazine and has been editing the magazine since its launch. Laura is a veteran of the B2B publishing world, having worked on titles in the energy, infrastructure and utility industries for almost 20 years. Laura also acts as the MC and Host for a range of Monkey Media's Virtual Conferences, bringing her knowledge and expertise to create a highly engaging online format.

Scott Oster, Director, Projects, Clean Energy Transition, SA Department for Energy and Mining
Scott Oster is the Director of Projects in the Clean Energy Transition division of the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining, where he oversees the development and implementation of renewable energy projects supported by the government, including South Australia’s Virtual Power Plant.

Dr Julio Braslavsky, Principal Research Scientist, Power Systems and Controls, CSIRO Energy
Dr Julio Braslavsky is a principal research scientist with CSIRO Energy, specialising in the optimisation of renewables and energy storage in low-voltage electricity grids. Dr Braslavsky currently leads the research and knowledge sharing activities for the ARENA project Advanced VPP (Virtual Power Plant) Grid Integration, in partnership with SA Power Networks and Tesla Motors Australia.

Cathryn McDonald, Future Networks Engineer, SA Power Networks
Cathryn is a Future Networks Engineer at SA Power Networks, working on projects and strategies to integrate increasing levels of renewable and distributed energy resources into the South Australian distribution network. Her current projects are focused on optimising network voltages for distributed energy integration, and field trials of dynamic management of distribution network capacity.

Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, ANU
Lachlan is the Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head of the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at The Australian National University. Previously, Lachlan led the development of capabilities to monitor, optimise and control residential solar generation and battery storage, as well as the development of virtual power plant technology to aggregate energy storage.

Christopher Gwynne, Battery of the Nation Project Director,
Hydro Tasmania

Christopher manages the strategic development of the Battery of the Nation initiative, the blueprint for how Hydro Tasmania's renewable energy resources could be developed over coming decades. An electrical engineer by profession, Christopher has spent the last 15 years working across the full spectrum of Hydro Tasmania’s activities.

Matt Rennie, Energy Transition Lead Partner, EY
Matt is the leader of the Energy Transition business within Ernst & Young and serves as the EY Oceania Power & Utilities Leader. He is responsible for coordinating business and strategy for clients in the energy, water, gas, public sector and infrastructure industries, and has experience globally across generation, transmission, distribution and retail.