Established in April 2018 the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program (BSGIP) consists of a collaborative community that researches solutions to real-world energy and associated systems problems in a holistic manner. BSGIP’s academic expertise ranges from computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry to economics and the social sciences. The program places a strong focus on interdisciplinary research, development and demonstration (RD&D).
Since the program’s inception it has grown rapidly and now comprises more than 30 staff and students with diverse academic, industry, gender and cultural backgrounds.
The Program is hosted within the Australian National University by the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering (within the College of Engineering and Computer Science) and the Research School of Chemistry (within the College of Science).
The Program is currently funded for a five-year period from 2018 – 2022 with assistance from the ACT Government under the Renewable Energy Innovation Fund initiative and the Australian National University.
Dr Lachlan Blackhall
Dr Lachlan Blackhall is Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at The Australian National University. Previously, Dr Blackhall 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 to deliver services to energy networks, markets and utilities. Dr Blackhall holds a BE, BSc and a PhD in engineering and applied mathematics, is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).
Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program Staff
Dr Alexey Glushenkov, Fellow and Research Lead, Materials and New Technologies for Battery Storage, Research School of Chemistry, BSGIP
Ms Heather Logie, Chief Operations Officer, BSGIP
Dr Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Social Science Research Lead, Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering, BSGIP
Dr Elizabeth Ratnam, Future Engineering Research Leader (FERL) and Lecturer, Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering; and Research Lead, BSGIP
Dr Marnie Shaw, Senior Research Fellow, Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering; and Research Lead, BSGIP
Dr Björn Sturmberg, Research Lead, Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering, BSGIP
Mr Ben Weise, Chief Technical Officer, BSGIP