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Large Scale & Commercial Batteries Conference

Examine the advances and challenges around large scale and commercial battery storage in Australia

21-22 August 2018 | Radisson Blu, Plaza Hotel, Sydney

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Early Bird Rate $2,695 (Save $500) Expires on 30 June 2018 // See Pricing Below


Informa Australia are delighted to announce the inaugural Large Scale & Commercial Batteries Conference which will take place on the 21-22 August 2018 at the Radisson Blu in Sydney. This event will bring together leading experts to examine the advances and challenges around large scale and commercial battery storage in Australia.

The Large Scale & Commercial Batteries Conference proposes two days of in-depth discussions around the implementation of batteries in the energy sector, including practical cases studies, technologies, finance, regulations, maintenance and international perspectives.

Informa is the world’s largest business conference organiser. We have an extensive portfolio of business conferences in Australia, including our National Policy Series of event in partnership with the Australian Financial Review. Our specialist resources and energy conference team has over 25 years’ experience developing timely and well attended events across Australia and around the world.


9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

  • What is ARENA’s interest in grid-connected batteries?
  • Overview of the projects we have funded?
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Key questions we are seeking to answer
  • Where to from here?

9:50 am

Our ongoing research pertains to the feasibility assessment of using a storage system attached to the high-voltage transmission grid adjacent to large-scale generation systems. We assess the technoeconomic feasibility of installing energy storage close to generation sites. There has been relatively productive academic interest in this field within recent years. There are however some legitimate questions that yet to be rigorously addressed. If, in the hopefully near future, significantly low-cost battery (or other) storage systems are introduced and energy storage become economically viable at all levels of the grid, will it result in lower electricity price and lower emissions and thus support the move towards a net-zero-emission society?

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

10:50 am

  • The Powering Queensland Plan sets out the Queensland Government’s strategy to guide the state through the short-term and long-term challenges facing Australia’s energy markets
  • The government is investing $1.16 billion to ensure Queenslanders can continue to enjoy an affordable and secure supply of electricity
  • The government will facilitate the next wave of up to 400 megawatts of diversified renewable energy, including 100 megawatts of energy storage through a reverse auction

11:30 am

Gannawarra Energy Storage System

John Cole, Founder & Chief Executive, Edify Energy

12:10 pm

  • PV, wind, pumped hydro and HVDC: necessary and sufficient to reach affordable and reliable 100% renewable electricity
  • The balancing cost of 50%, 75% and 100% renewable electricity in Australia
  • Comprehensive site survey of PHES in Australia and the world

12:50 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:50 pm

The Riverland Solar Storage project

Mr David Green, Partner, Lyon Group

2:30 pm

30MW battery energy storage system in the Pilbara

Dr Gary Bryant, General Manager Asset Strategy, Alinta Energy

3:10 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:30 pm

The Bruny Island battery trial

Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Entrepreneurial Fellow & Head of the Battery Storage & Grid Integration Program, Australian National University

4:10 pm

The Daly River High Penetration project delivered under the ARENA/NTG funded SETuP program has delivered an advanced MW scale battery – solar – diesel power system able to be replicated at multiple sites with minimal re-engineering. Located in the remote NT community of Daly River (Nauiyu), this initiative has transformed the power system that was once 100 per cent reliant on diesel power, into one that operates ‘diesel off’ on a daily basis. During the first two months of operation the diesel engines have regularly remained off up to 16 hours / day saving ~ 65% of daily diesel consumption. The project design goal is a minimum 50% total fuel savings averaged over the year.

The Daly River High Penetration Project is demonstrating the technical and commercial benefits of this technology. This is the first of many future systems that will build on the back of the SETuP program.

4:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:00 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

Opportunities for large-scale batteries in the Australian market

Annabel Wilton, Analyst, Distributed Energy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

9:50 am

The outlook for large scale & commercial storage in Australia

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

Based on past work and experience with lithium battery storage systems, CSIRO has identified a number of potential safety risks associated with the installation and operation of these systems. There is, however, lack of wide-spread data and information regarding whole-of-systems lithium battery energy storage safety risks. CSIRO plans to evaluate the electrical, mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties of whole-of-system battery storage systems at one of the first testing facility of its kind worldwide, with the aim to better understand the safety implications for consumers.

11:40 am

Ecoult has had megawatt scale UltraBattery installations performing continuous high-rate work in the USA and Australia for more than 6 years, with the original batteries still performing strongly. Ecoult will share data from existing sites, explain the performance characteristics of this fully recyclable CSIRO-invented battery technology and describe our next-generation, large-scale, on-grid microgrid applications currently under construction in the USA.

12:20 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:20 pm

Zinc-bromine flow batteries

Tim Harris, CEO, Redflow

2:00 pm

CWP Renewables, a developer of renewable energy projects in Europe and Australia, is proposing to add grid scale battery storage to their site near Glenn Innes in NSW alongside the almost completed 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm. This project, envisioned as a solar plus wind plus battery combination, will be part of a 1.3GW portfolio of projects called the GrassRoots Renewable Energy Platform. At Sapphire, it will include the construction of a new 230MW Sapphire Solar Farm and a new 75MWh utility level battery system, alongside the 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm; all components should be completed within a two year timeframe. The platform is expected to provide a more desirable option for commercial and industrial (C&I) clients. The main driver for this type of project is the dispatchability of renewable power and matching generation to customers’ unique load profiles. The additional benefit from such sites will derive from utility level batteries being further recognised and valued by the regulatory market, as the market transitions away from fossil-fuelled electricity sourced from existing coal-fired generators.

2:40 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:10 pm

The 30 MW / 30 MWh large-scale, grid-connected battery located at the Ballarat will demonstrate how batteries can help provide grid stability and support on a congested transmission terminal, at a critical location, reducing the need to expand the substation. The battery will be capable of powering 20,000 homes for an hour.

3:50 pm

Brendan Rogan discusses the challenges, from an Engineering Contractors perspective, in designing, constructing, testing and commissioning new Energy-Storage technology, into an existing network, and the future of these emerging technologies in the Commercial Renewable Market.

4:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

4:40 pm



Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3195$2695+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird

Event Pricing

Early Bird Rate – $2,695 // Expires on 30 June 2018
Standard Rate – $3,195 // From 1 July 2018


Dan Sturrock

Investment Director, ARENA

Dr Kaveh Rajab Khalilpour

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University

Beth Keddie

General Manager Emerging Opportunities & Acceleration, Energy Queensland

John Cole

Founder & Chief Executive, Edify Energy

Professor Andrew Blakers

Director, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Australian national University

Mr David Green

Partner, Lyon Group

Dr Gary Bryant

General Manager Asset Strategy, Alinta Energy

Dr Lachlan Blackhall

Entrepreneurial Fellow & Head of the Battery Storage & Grid Integration Program, Australian National University

Dow Airen

Senior Project Manager – Daly River High Penetration System, Power and Water Corporation

Annabel Wilton

Analyst, Distributed Energy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Niva Lima

Grids and Renewable Integration, CSIRO

Robert Stevenson

Engineering Communications Manager, Ecoult

Tim Harris

CEO, Redflow

Dr Andrew Thomson

Renewable Energy Engineer, CWP Renewables

Mark Leslie

Market Director, Asia Pacific, Fluence

Brendan Rogan

Manager - Commercial Renewables, Infrastructure Services, Downer Group

when & where

21 - 22 Aug 2018

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
27 O’Connell Street
New South Wales 2000
+61 2 8214 0000

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