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5th Annual Off Grid & Stand Alone Power Conference

Must attend event for the energy industry to share key achievements and latest innovations from the off-grid sector.

27-28 March 2018 | Radisson Blu, Sydney

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Providing a platform for off-grid energy players to meet and
share information on projects and technologies


The “Off Grid & Stand Alone Power Conference”, formerly known as the Remote Area Power Supply Conference, is now in its 5th year. The forum was launched to create a platform for off-grid energy players to meet and share information on projects and technologies. It has become an annual meeting place for industry participants to share learnings and perspectives.

Over the past 5 years, the off-grid sector has been evolving at a fast pace 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. The off-grid electricity industry shares common challenges with an environment that is characterised by the remoteness, the non-access to the State electricity grid and a variety of energy requirements with customers ranging from community groups, businesses and major energy users.

The “Off Grid & Stand Alone Power Conference” proposes two days of in-depth discussions around the current changes and challenges affecting the industry. Discussions revolve around practical cases studies, project demonstrations, technologies, system issues, batteries, regulations, maintenance, communication strategies, finance, and international perspectives.


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8:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

8:50 am

OPENING - Opening Remarks from the Chairperson

Professor Manos Varvarigos, Chair of the Electrical and Computer Science Engineering Department, Monash University


9:00 am

A changing industry landscape: off grid, fringe-of-grid and microgrid market outlook

Anthony Englund, Principal, Acil Allen


9:30 am

Independent power producer perspective in the national scene

Doug Walker, Executive Chairman, Zenith Energy (Tentative)

10:00 am

  • Projects in AusPac, Philippines and Caribbean as an IPP
  • Exploring the role of the IPP and their engagement with EPC and supply vendors

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

Off the grid - clean, reliable and affordable power in remote Australia

James Harman, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Developments


11:50 am

Nectar Farms: A Case Study in Renewable Energy Procurement

Stephen Sasse, Chief Executive Officer, Nectar Farms

12:10 pm

  • Challenges and opportunities for megawatt-scale renewable energy in the mining sector
  • Fit-for-purpose Flexible PPAs enabled by SunSHIFT
  • SunSHIFT case studies

12:30 pm

  • Are off-grid power systems and microgrids the long-term solutions to adapt to the changes transforming the energy industry?
  • What are the user needs and are they met?
  • Discussing the economics of off-grid base-load renewables

1:00 pm

Lunch and networking break


2:00 pm

  • Why, how and when the customer is engaged during the planning, delivery and operation of an SPS.
  • Sharing lessons learned to date

2:30 pm

  • A solution approach needed, there is no silver bullet
  • Project experience across multiple isolated systems Rottnest, Flinders, King Islands and wider international investigations
  • Engagement a critical key component, not just the technology

3:00 pm

How renewables can support long-term development for remote communities?

  • giving access to electricity to very remote communities in Indonesian islands
  • bringing more than just energy (jobs, education, food, development)
  • build on this experience to address different sorts of remote communities (France, Pacific islands, Australia)

3:30 pm

  • How do we engage, incent and motivate customers?
  • How much does the customer needs to understand about the system?
  • How do we engage with new comers in the market and constantly adjust to rapid changes in the industry?

3:50 pm

Networking and refreshment break

4:20 pm

Marree Hybrid Power Station – Informing sustainable power generation in off-grid communities

Nick Smith, Director, Energy Programs and Services, Energy and Technical Regulation - Department of the Premier and Cabinet

4:50 pm


5:00 pm

CLOSING – Closing remarks from the Chairperson

5:30 pm

Networking drinks

8:50 am

OPENING Opening Remarks from the Chairperson

Toby Roxburgh, Director, Beast Solutions, Chairman - Canberra Branch, Australian Institute of Energy


9:00 am

  • From a successful pilot of 6 SPS, where to next?
  • Our view of the future and how best to supply our customers’ future energy needs

9:30 am

  • The Australian Energy Market Commission’s recommendations on distributors moving remote customers with an existing grid connection to off-grid supply, where efficient
  • The changes to laws and rules required to implement these recommendations
  • Progress with these changes to date, and next steps

10:00 am

  • Implementation of a broad spectrum of microgrid and smart embedded network applications looking at new energy technology solutions, optimisation and network security, business and regulatory models and consumer drivers and value. To achieve this, Monash is building a microgrid on its 40,000 student Clayton campus.
  • Presentation of findings on using a layered intelligence, distributed optimisation and next generation communication systems to achieve increased reliability and high penetration of DER, but at a fraction of the cost of more typical hardwired centralised systems.

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

  • The addition of small grids within networks and as alternatives at the edge of networks or on long rural feeders is a major development in Australia and across South East Asia and the Pacific
  • This paper will outline the results of extensive modelling of such an embedded microgrid and how it can interact with the main grid
  • The investments made are totally dominated by the approach to pricing from the grid and NEM, and both state and national rules relating to the way customers captured within those small grids can be charged, with potentially high levels of missed opportunities – policy and regulation can drive or hinder this market.

11:30 am

  • Customer expectations of supply
  • Customer impacts, immediate and long term
  • Technical differences between grid and supply from a stand alone power system
  • Financial drivers for alternative supply solution
  • Regulations and rule changes to offering alternative supply solutions
  • Considerations for long term sustainable supply models

12:00 pm

Q&A – What are the barriers to change?

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:30 pm

  • Alice Springs – 5mW storage system
  • Projects in Pacific Island

2:00 pm

Tesla Powerpacks enable cost effective microgrids to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy

Shane Bannister, Business Development - APAC, Tesla

2:30 pm

  • AESKB (Australian Energy Storage Knowledge Base), 270kVA/270kWh Energy Storage and Control System for peak lopping, network stabilisation and islanded operation, Cape Jervis/SA
  • AusNet Services – Mooroolbark/VIC Residential Minigrid, 3-phase battery / inverter system for stabilisation and control of distributed residential solar and battery systems on-grid and off-grid

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:30 pm

  • Solar Forecasting Timeframes & Applications
  • Solar Forecasting for Diesel Control
  • CSIRO’s Solar Forecasting System for Remote Area Power Stations

4:00 pm

Upgrade of traditional RAPSs

  • Examples of compositions of real sides (type of resources)
  • Dynamic spinning reserve vs batteries
  • Functional principles

Impacts of integration of cloud camera forecasting

  • Functional parameters of the camera
  • Gains and advantages
  • Functioning scenario for a power station

4:30 pm

CLOSING - Closing Remarks from the Chairperson


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


Professor Manos Varvarigos

Chair of the Electrical and Computer Science Engineering Department, Monash University

Anthony Englund

Principal, Acil Allen

Doug Walker

Executive Chairman, Zenith Energy (Tentative)

Simon Gamble

Managing Director Australia/Pacific, Enernet GLOBAL

James Harman

Chief Executive Officer, Energy Developments

Jason Sharam

Managing Director, Linked Energy

Stephen Sasse

Chief Executive Officer, Nectar Farms

Joaquin Muñoz

Operations Manager, SunSHIFT

Andrew Blaver

Manager Advanced Consumer Energy Solutions, Horizon Power

Leon Chanter

Manager, Market Development, Horizon Power

Ray Massie

Manager Hybrid Energy Solutions, Hydro Tasmania

Jean Ballandras

Chief Executive Officer, Akuo Energy

Nick Smith

Director, Energy Programs and Services, Energy and Technical Regulation - Department of the Premier and Cabinet

Toby Roxburgh

Director, Beast Solutions, Chairman - Canberra Branch, Australian Institute of Energy

Matthew Cheney

Head of Network Planning, Western Power

Lily Mitchell

Senior Adviser, Australian Energy Market Commission

Tony Fullelove

Program Director, Net Zero Initiative, Monash University

Jim Snow

Executive Director, Oakley Greenwood

Glenn Dahlenburg

Manager Isolated Networks, Energy Queensland

Andrew Jones

Business Development Manager, Vector Energy

Shane Bannister

Business Development - APAC, Tesla

Michael Jansen

Managing Director, Power Technology Engineered Solutions

Gavin Cross

Product Development Manager, CSIRO Energy

Marie Pavlik

Global Accounts Leader – APAC, ComAp

when & where

27 - 28 Mar 2018

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney
27 O’Connell St, Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 8214 0000

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Richard Beattie
General Manager
Phone: +61 (02) 9080 4312

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (02) 9080 4030

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