The Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program is led by Professor Lachlan Blackhall and a team of seven research and professional staff collectively known as the Leadership Group. The Leadership Group meets regularly to drive the strategic direction for the program.
Professor Lachlan Blackhall is Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. Professor Blackhall is best known for his work to support the uptake and integration of renewable and distributed energy generation and storage into modern energy systems. This has included world-first capabilities to monitor, optimise and control distributed energy resources and integrate them with system and network operators.
Associate Professor Kim Blackmore is a Senior Fellow in the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at ANU. Kim enjoys the richness of collaborating across disciplines to address complex systems challenges. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of Engineers Australia. In recent times Kim has been exploring the lens of cybernetics, and how systems thinking can be deployed in pursuit of decarbonisation and sustainability.
Tim Johnston is Delivery Lead (Below Zero) and coordinates BSGIP’s work streams to enable achievement of the ANU Below Zero Initiative. Tim has been a director within the Department of Defence in Transformation, Governance and Performance Analysis. He also worked as a management consultant for a number of years, focused on private sector strategy and organisational transformation for the public and not-for-profit sectors.
Laura Jones is an experienced innovator and engineer with a demonstrated history of working across multiple industries and has been central to delivering on large customer-focussed projects such as Bruny Island Battery Trial. She has had a diverse work history spanning field testing, power system analysis, planning, innovation, and most recently economics & business models.
Heather Logie is the Chief Operations Officer within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program where she is responsible for the operational management and strategic growth of the program. Previously, Heather has operated as an independent contractor providing support to large renewables projects and non-profit organisations. Prior to this she held a number of senior positions in the Australian Public Sector.
Josh Vote has been developing software professionally since 2006 in both academic and industry settings. HIs experience ranges from embedded devices to cloud computing and everything in between. He is a proponent of building robust infrastructure and teams and building things that make people’s lives a little easier.
Dr Phillipa Watson is a Research Fellow investigating social aspects of energy transitions. She works/has worked to facilitate sustainable change in built environments, energy use and in the community for over 25 years, integrating transitions, housing, energy and design understanding with social and environmental foci.
Alix Ziebell is Engagement and Impact Lead focused on connecting BSGIP’s work with broad applications, opportunities and collaborations. Alix is a seasoned policy professional with diverse experience in government, not-for-profits, and private enterprise in Australia and internationally, particularly focused on system transformation at the leading edge.
Roshini Barrett is Program Administrator with BSGIP, responsible for finance reporting, budgeting, HR and staffing contracts.
PhD candidate Jayaminda Bovithanthri's research is based on optimising the planning of community energy storage systems. He completed his undergraduate studies specialising in electrical engineering with a first class and was ranked 2nd in the 2018 batch of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He obtained his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in 2020.
Dr Maureen Boyle is a Research Fellow with over 15 years’ interdisciplinary experience in the energy and development sectors. Maureen's doctorate looked at the role and influence of transnational actors on energy development in Cambodia. Most recently, Maureen undertook the social research for Project Symphony, a Virtual Power Plant in Western Australia. She also has extensive experience in the energy sector nationally with previous roles with ARENA, industry, and the not for profit sector.
Anna is a PhD Candidate with the School of Engineering. Anna’s PhD research focuses on the role of energy in supporting and improving quality of life. She is interested in framing of energy access targets and policies and how this framing translates to intended human development outcomes. She is exploring approaches to energy access that reflect community-articulated priorities while balancing positive and negative impacts of energy systems.
Ant is a senior project manager at BSGIP with a passion for renewable energy, and an interest in turning academic research into products that the industry can use. He has10 years of industry work experience in Data Science, as a practitioner and manager. He holds a PhD in optimisation and simulation. To complement his technical background, he is currently studying towards an MBA in strategy and digital transformation.
Lizbeth is a graduate student at the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, working on an engineering research in the multi-energy systems (MES) domain. The research is focused on developing mathematical optimisation models and modelling framework for the MES network. Lizbeth aspires to become a software engineer, and is passionate about computer science, engineering, and tech.
Alexey M. Glushenkov is an Associate Professor in the Research School of Chemistry and a Research Lead in Battery Materials in the ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, a joint initiative with the Research School of Engineering. Associate Professor Glushenkov received his Master of Physics degree from Novosibirsk State University in Russia in 2003 and his PhD degree (physics, electronic materials engineering) from ANU in 2009.
At BSGIP, Mustafa has worked on the development of software for electrical network modelling, simulation, control and data exchange, from architecture design and development through to testing and deployment. He has managed the groups cloud infrastructure and many integrations with various project partners. Mustafa holds a Masters of Engineering (research) in renewables and control systems. He is passionate about all things technology and engineering.
Shan (Dora) He
Shan (Dora) He, a research fellow specialising in smart energy management solutions. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from Monash University, where she developed innovative approaches to reduce energy use and costs in homes using advanced mathematical and optimisation techniques. Her expertise in battery scheduling algorithms and techno-economic analysis has been refined through her extensive work experience in academia, industry, and with government agencies.
Ben is a PhD student focusing on the resilience of energy networks to natural disasters.
Andrew's research on Waveform Analytics concerns development of novel techniques to enhance operation of the emergent power-electronics dominated grid with the goal of helping accelerate the energy transition. His 15-year career has included Engineering and R&D roles at a number of high-tech companies in the defence, commercial and medical sectors. Andrew holds a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Sussex and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge.
Ellen's research aims to understand the role of humility in how engineers build and maintain professional relationships, and in turn, the impact on outcomes for all involved in projects. Aside from my research, I am personally interested in how we can increase diversity and inclusion in engineering, Humanitarian Engineering and the application of improvisation to foster skills in STEM professionals.
Brenda Martin is a social researcher at the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program in the School of Engineering. Her research focus is on social justice and equity in the context of socio-technical transitions, participatory design and systems approaches.
Meike Moeckel is a Software Developer within BSGIP. After finishing her engineering degree, she worked in autonomous driving. Her skills range from programming, setup and maintenance of complex IT Infrastructure to test management. She is committed to making life a little easier step by step every day!
Tim Moore is an electrical engineer and subject matter expert in interoperability for Consumer Energy Resources (CER). Tim's focus is on progressing the energy transition through the development of policy and standards relating to interoperability, to help ensure the benefits of CER are realised and distributed to all energy users.
Mehdi Nikpendar manages the DERlab (Distributed Energy Resources lab). In this role Mehdi provides technical support for university and industry researchers to study, test and verify the integration of DER devices into the distribution system, conduct research and prototyping activities, and acquire and compare scientific data.
Lisa O’Farrell is Executive Assistant to Professor Lachlan Blackhall, Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. Lisa is responsible for juggling Lachlan’s busy schedule, a broad range of cat-herding activities and in generally keeping the wheels running smoothly. Lisa has worked at ANU for about ten years and previously for government and the not-for-profit sector.
Dr Thrinath Ramireddy's research interests are electrochemical energy storage especially batteries (metal-ion and dual-ion) and metal-ion hybrid capacitors.
Dr Hedda Ransan-Cooper leads the social science program within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. She is working with colleagues from a range of disciplines and beyond the academy to better understand and facilitate the transition to a more sustainable electricity grid. Dr Ransan-Cooper's research has covered various dimensions of sustainability transitions, primarily in the areas of migration and energy change.
Dr Wendy Russell is currently a research fellow with the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. She was previously a research fellow in the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science in the College of Science at ANU. She is also an associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.
Associate Professor Marnie Shaw's research interests lie in applying data analytics and machine learning to a range of data-rich problems, including the integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid. At the ANU, she has been looking at how energy storage can support increasing amounts of renewable energy in the grid, while reducing energy costs for consumers, and addressing important issues around energy equity.
Dr Anna Skobeleva is a Software Developer for the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program (BSGIP) at ANU. She holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Control Engineering. Before starting her PhD she worked in industry as a Control Engineer for over 5 years.
Dr Bjorn Sturmberg is engaged in projects on grid integration of distributed energy resources and electric vehicles, advanced sensors, power system security, energy analytics, policy and regulations, and social acceptance of new energy technology.
Deborah Taylor is a Project Officer working within the Distributed Energy Integration Program Interoperability Steering Committee, following on from Program Administration at the outset of the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. Deborah has previously worked in the airline industry, diplomatic service and tertiary teaching in linguistics.
Hugo is a social researcher with the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. Hugo’s research interests include socio-technical and sustainability transitions, energy justice, and the social acceptance of smart technologies. Currently he is investigating the social worlds of smart grid projects in the Pacific.
Dr Michael Thomas is a research engineer and software developer at the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. He works across a handful of projects, modelling decarbonisation pathways for small and large electrical networks. Before joining BSGIP, Michael was a postdoctoral researcher using computational chemistry techniques to investigate protein function, disease state and supramolecular aggregation pathways.
Dan is a PhD candidate at the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, working on Clean Energy Solutions for the Great Barrier Reef. He is also part of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program, more precisely the Cooling and Shading team. Prior to joining the ANU, Dan spent four years at Deakin University in Geelong, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours).
Sarah Wilson is Communications Manager for the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, responsible for communicating the work of the Program to a broad audience. Her remit includes managing the website, social media and events. Sarah has worked in Australia and internationally for a number of organisations dedicated to improving the lives of people and the planet.