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Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Conference

Informa Australia is delighted to announce the forthcoming Pumped Hydro Energy Storage conference

20-21 March 2018 | The Grace Hotel, Sydney

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Bringing together industry leaders, government representatives + key experts


As the energy industry continues its transition to renewable energies, pumped hydro storage is at the forefront of the nation’s energy debate as a solution to add much needed power storage capacity across the country’s energy networks and generation systems. Announcements and feasibility studies undertaken to explore ambitious major projects such as Snowy Hydro 2.0, Hydro Tasmania Battery of the Nation, the Kidston project, Cultana South Australia seawater project, and more recently Zen Energy’s Green Steel Project, have raised the profile of the potential for this viable and powerful technology to be rolled out.

The 2018 Pumped Hydro and Energy Storage Conference is returning to Sydney on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st of March, providing a timely platform early in the year to hear latest project developments and discuss associated challenges and opportunities.

Building upon the 2017 Conference, the agenda will feature updates on Australia’s major hydro power and storage projects as well as current projects in construction, additional projects under planning and the potential for mine sites to convert to pumped hydro and energy storage solutions. The two days of in-depth presentations will include discussions around regulation and policy, project economics, investment requirements, logistics, and service & supply developments, and the potential role of PHES to facilitate the transition of the energy industry to more renewable sources of energy.

Bringing together industry leaders, government representatives and key experts in this exciting field, this will be a unique event at which to explore opportunities for future growth.

The program is currently under development and will be announced in the coming weeks. If you are interested in contributing to the event, please contact



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8:00 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

8:30 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chairperson

8:40 am

KEYNOTE | Ministerial Opening Address


9:00 am

  • 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

10:00 am

  • The time value of solar and wind generation is different from average wholesale electricity prices.
  • How does the time value of this generation change as renewable penetration levels increase?
  • How does pumped hydro energy storage affect the time value of renewable generation?

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break


11:00 am

The Kidston Pumped Storage Hydropower Project

Simon Kidston, Executive Director, Genex Power

11:30 am

  • The future of Australia’s energy market is changing and Tasmania has a significant role to play in delivering more clean reliable and cost competitive energy to the NEM
  • The Battery of the Nation initiative is uncovering a compelling case for Tasmania to significantly increase its energy capacity and storage potential and help the country’s transition to a low emissions future

12:00 pm

Snowy Hydro 2.0 Project

Paul Broad, Managing Director, Snowy Hydro

12:30 pm

Lunch & Networking Break

1:30 pm

The current development on many energy markets shows that there is an increased necessity of regulation capacities to stabilize grids. Speed variable pump turbines fulfil these requirements by having the capability of taking and supplying energy from and to the grid in a regulated way. This paper has its focus on the influence and possibilities of turbine selection parameters such as runner diameter, speed variation and the specific speed in combination with given plant and operating requirements.

2:10 pm

  • WATER BATTERY, one of solutions for Power Grid changing by Renewable Generations
  • Investment initiative/incentives for security and reliability of Power Grid
  • A certain assurance for long term investment return for new investors

2:40 pm


2:50 pm

Networking and refreshment break


3:20 pm

  • A transforming energy market
  • Tasmania’s renewable, dispatchable resource
  • Investigating stronger Vic-Tas interconnection

3:50 pm

  • HVDC technology applied to Renewable Energy and Hydro Storage schemes with specific reference to weak interconnecting grids, frequency control and black start capability
  • HVDC multi-terminal designs including considerations for future Generation or load increases

4:30 pm

  • The role of transmission networks in the energy system of the future
  • The benefits of pumped hydro storage for the power system
  • Insights into studies on transmission upgrades for renewable energy zones and Snowy 2.0

5:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chairperson

5:10 pm

Networking drinks

8:50 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Dr Roger Dargaville, Senior Lecturer, Renewable Energy, Monash University


9:00 am

  • Key aspects for delivery of affordable, low risk, fast to market pumped storage hydro
  • Goat Hill Project overview – up to 250MW capacity and 8 hours of storage located in South Australia
  • Early partnering approach with contractors to deliver improved project delivery outcomes

9:30 am

PHES potential outlook in Queensland

Professor Simon Bartlett AM, Australian Chair in Electricity Transmission, University of Queensland

10:00 am

  • Pumped hydro the key to integrating renewables into the needs of a modern grid
  • 225MW, 1770MWh storage project near Port Augusta, using seawater
  • Challenges and opportunities in market and engineering

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment

11:00 am

The paper presents two cases of operation simulations of pumped storage stations. One presents the grid support capability of different PSPP types and the other concerns the dynamic behavior and resulting loadings when supplying fast grid support.

12:10 pm

Kanmantoo Mine Pumped Hydro Storage Project

Steven McClare, Chief Executive Officer, Hillgrove Resources

12:40 pm

Lunch & Networking Break


1:40 pm

  • The CEFC is investing in renewables and storage projects across Australia
  • This presentation will discuss the investment considerations for pumped hydro projects including what financiers look for and potential revenue models

2:10 pm

  • Development of a “beta” off-river pumped hydro public cost model — Rank ordering of thousands of PHES sites with the aid of a cost model
  • PHES and HVDC: partners in high renewable energy futures
  • Speed of construction of off-river PHES
  • Development of a “gamma” cost model

2:40 pm

  • Technical comparison of the services provided
  • Relative technology life-cycle costs
  • Sustainability considerations

3:10 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:40 pm

Old mine sites and pumped hydro energy storage projects

4:10 pm


4:40 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chairperson


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


Professor Andrew Blakers

Director, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Australian national University

Simon Kidston

Executive Director, Genex Power

Matt Walden

Transaction Specialist | Business Development & Transactions, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

Christopher Gwynne

Program Director, Battery of the Nation, Hydro Tasmania

Julian Turecek

Head of Assets, Energy Australia

Andrew Kingsmill

Manager Network Planning, Transgrid

Simon Brooker

Executive Director Corporate & Project Finance, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Nick West

Senior Civil Engineer, Entura

Chris Corr

Vice President, Special Projects Co-ordinator, Bendigo Sustainability Group

Steven McClare

Chief Executive Officer, Hillgrove Resources

Dr Roger Dargaville

Senior Lecturer, Renewable Energy, Monash University

Bess Clark

General Manager Interconnector Assessment, TasNetworks

Christian Reilly

Director, Altura Group

Bret Harper

Associate Director of Research, RepuTex

Paul Broad

Managing Director, Snowy Hydro

Remus Schrepler

Hydraulic Application Engineer, Voith Hydro

Ken Seshimo

Senior Advisor, International Business Division, J-Power

Taichi Hirose

Senior Manager, Electrical Engineer, J-Power

Athanasios (Thanos) Krontiris

Global Product Specialist HVDC Connections, ABB

Barbara Blake JD

Manager, Investment & Special Projects, Energy Commercial Projects & Programs, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

when & where

20 - 21 Mar 2018

The Grace Hotel, Sydney
77 York St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9272 6888

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Still have a question?

Blandine Vallee
Conference Manager
+61 2 9080 4053

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4030

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