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7th Annual Off-Grid &
Stand Alone Power Conference

25 – 26 February 2020 | Swissotel Sydney

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Standard RATE (SAVE $200) - EXPIRES ON 6th February 2020


Co-located with the Large Scale Solar Conference and the 3rd annual Pumped Hydro & Battery Storage Conference. One registration for all events.

The Off Grid and Stand Alone Power Conference, previously the “Remote Area Power Supply Conference” is now in its 7th year. The forum was launched to create a platform for off-grid industry players to meet and share information on projects and technologies.

The off-grid sector has been evolving at a fast pace over the past several years sustained by the transformation of the global energy industry with the introduction of new technologies, the increasing use of renewable energy and the rising prices of traditional energy supplies.
More projects are being launched to test small grids projects and even tests to remove fringe of the grids areas from the grid to increase power quality and reduce costs.

The conference is an industry focussed event for delegates to hear about current and new projects, share practical issues and understand the range of challenges such projects face.



8:30 am

Registration and coffee

9:00 am

OPENING - Opening Remarks from the Chairperson

Matthew Robinson, GM OT and Market Systems - Asia Pacific, Power Systems Consultants


9:05 am

This presentation will provide an overview of the AEMC’s recommended regulatory frameworks to support the provision of stand-alone power systems:

  1. provided by local distribution businesses to existing grid-connected customers, where a SAPS provides a more efficient alternative to maintaining an existing connection, and
  2. provided by parties other than the local distribution businesses (ie third-parties) to new customers, where those customers have made the choice to receive supply via a SAPS

9:35 am

The role of governments and regulators in supporting and facilitating the current energy transformation to a more distributed and renewable energy market

Simon Corbell, Chief Advisor, Energy Estate


10:05 am

Power and Water Corporation has successfully hybridised 25 remote diesel power stations in the Northern Territory with 10MW of solar PV, establishing a platform for remote communities to move to 50% renewables and beyond. The presentation will cover:

  • Lessons learnt from the program rollout
  • Results of 12 months of SETuP operational performance
  • Low load diesel engine performance
  • post-SETuP solar projects

10:35 am

  • We will look at the changes in the energy market driving the uptake of renewable solutions
  • The challenges that an O&G producer faces to adopt renewables solutions
  • Explore an innovative way of delivering power to small 24/7 off-grid remote sites
  • Share the learnings from implementing a remote hybrid solution at scale

11:05 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:30 am

CASE STUDY | The Heron Island Research Station Microgrid project

Danielle Esterhuysen, Project Officer - Energy & Sustainability, The University of Queensland

12:00 pm

Advance PSoC Lead-Acid Battery Technology in Standalone Power Systems for Mining and Oil and Gas Applications

Ganesh Ganeshkumar, Territory Manager, A/NZ, Ecoult


1:00 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:40 pm

Isolate Power System Development – Are we there yet

Ray Massie, Manager Hybrid Energy Solutions, Hydro Tasmania

2:10 pm

  • Reducing energy costs to households and other energy users
  • Affordably decarbonising our energy supply
  • Deploying smart energy systems to improve the quality and resilience of our electricity supply

2:40 pm

  • Targeted asset management, maintenance and repairs
  • The transferable nature of lean and six sigma across the microgrid business
  • Small data to solve large problems

3:10 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:40 pm

Establishing ‘non-network alternatives’ - Utility Off-grid, Stand-alone Power Systems (SPS), microgrids

Laurie Curro, Head of Power Systems, Horizon Power

4:10 pm

Consumers are embracing distributed energy resources to take control of their energy use. How is the industry is adapting to a more consumer centric energy market? How the industry is delivering energy in line with community expectations?


4:40 pm

Momentum in hybrid and renewable energy solutions in the Off Grid space have had a few false starts, TEC-C presents the key to achieve ongoing successful projects, sharing its experience in projects it is involved in:

  • Off grid capability for a university campus in South Australia
  • Remote area mine in South Australia

5:10 pm

CLOSING – Closing remarks from the Chairperson followed by networking drinks

9:00 am

Opening Remarks from the Chairperson

9:10 am

Increasing Distributed Energy Resources

Energy Queensland manages electricity supply for 38 remote and isolated Queensland communities. These communities are predominately powered by 33 diesel generator power stations with capacity of 21.3MW, these networks also have an installed capacity of 1MW of centralised and 2.5MW decentralised (DER)renewables

One of the current challenges faced by Energy Queensland’s Isolated communities is increasing the level of DER while maintaining system reliability, stability and safety. A trail project in Lockhart River implemented a system which enable 750 solar panels installed on government buildings, including council and school roofs (209kW), and a small amount of battery energy storage (60kWh). The solar power generated will be used by everyone in the community, providing around 10% of the community’s energy needs. Following the success of this project EQL is now implementing similar architecture but at lower capital and operate and maintain cost at other communities. The first of these being completed in 2019, with a rollout to most other sites.

9:40 am

CASE STUDY - ATCO Clean Energy Innovation Hub - the use of Hydrogen in remote and standalone power systems and microgrids

Russell James, General Manager, Business Development West, ATCO

10:10 am

Smart Energy City project at Monash University

Ariel Liebman, Director, Monash Grid Innovation Hub

10:40 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:10 am

Renewable energy options for remote mining operations

Emily Alford, Principal Consultant, Oakley Greenwood

11:40 am

The future of the grid and the role of SAPS and microgrids for a more reliable and renewable network system

Nathan Kirby, Principle Engineer, Distribution Grid Strategy, Western Power

12:10 pm

Utilizing hybrid power systems to resolve edge of grid and constrained mains issues

Chris Pye, Division Manager - Renewable Energy, ComAp Pty Ltd.

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:30 pm

Improving microgrids with small-scale wind

Samuel Evans, C-founder, Diffuse Energy

2:00 pm

CASE STUDY - The Yulara off-grid solar power project

Daniel Gilbert, Solar Asset Manager, Epuron Australia

2:30 pm

The Akuo Energy project in Tonga

Adrien Bock, COO, Akuo Energy

3:00 pm


3:20 pm

Closing Remarks from the Chair and afternoon refreshments

4:00 pm

End of Conference


Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2995+GSTEarly Bird

Event pricing

  • Standard rate $2,995 – Expires 06 Feb 2020
  • Full rate $3,195 – From 07 Feb 2020


The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull

29th Prime Minister of Australia

Matthew Robinson

GM OT and Market Systems - Asia Pacific, Power Systems Consultants

Claire Rozyn

Market Specialist -Transmission & Distribution Networks, Australian Energy Market Commission

Simon Corbell

Chief Advisor, Energy Estate

Sam Latz

Program Manager SetUP, Power and Water Corporation

Daniel Trujillo Escomel

Head of Business Energy Solutions Sales, AGL

Danielle Esterhuysen

Project Officer - Energy & Sustainability, The University of Queensland

Ganesh Ganeshkumar

Territory Manager, A/NZ, Ecoult

Ray Massie

Manager Hybrid Energy Solutions, Hydro Tasmania

Margarida Pimentel

Manager Policy & Insights, Mondo

Steven Bye

Manager, Energy Program Energy Programs & Services Energy & Technical Regulation Department for Energy and Mining, South Australia Government

Laurie Curro

Head of Power Systems, Horizon Power

Sabiene Heindl

Director, The Energy Charter

Felipe Kovacic

General Manager - Business Development, TEC-C Investments

Peter Price

Head of Corporate Strategy & Executive General Manager Asset Safety and Performance, Energy Queensland

Russell James

General Manager, Business Development West, ATCO

Ariel Liebman

Director, Monash Grid Innovation Hub

Emily Alford

Principal Consultant, Oakley Greenwood

Chris Pye

Division Manager - Renewable Energy, ComAp Pty Ltd.

Samuel Evans

C-founder, Diffuse Energy

Daniel Gilbert

Solar Asset Manager, Epuron Australia

Adrien Bock

COO, Akuo Energy

Nathan Kirby

Principle Engineer, Distribution Grid Strategy, Western Power


The Energy & Investment Series brings together three of Informa’s leading renewable energy events under the one roof. This allows the finance and investment community, service, engineering and supply industries, government agencies and the broader energy sector to switch sessions and plan a track to suit their requirements. This is great value and offers exceptional networking opportunities.

All three conferences – The 6th Annual Large Scale Solar, the 4th Annual Pumped Hydro & Battery Storage Conference, and 7th Annual Off-Grid and Stand Alone Power Conference will be co-located at the Swissotel, Sydney on the 25-26 February 2020

One registration to any of these conferences gives you an Access All Areas Pass to attend any of the sessions at the three events.

That’s three conferences for the price of one. Over 80 speakers on the most cutting edge energy projects being rolled out across Australia.

when & where

25 - 26 Feb 2020

Swissotel Sydney
68 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 (02) 9238 8888

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Still have a question?

Diana Lauzi
Conference Manager
Phone: +61 (02) 9080 4313

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4030

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