The Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program is led by Dr 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.
The Leadership Group
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 Alexey M. Glushenkov is a joint appointment between the Research School of Chemistry and the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering at the Australian National University. He is a Research Lead within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration program with a focus on battery materials.
Hedda Ransan-Cooper leads the social science program within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program (BSGIP). 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 Elizabeth Ratnam currently holds a Future Engineering Research Leader (FERL) Fellowship from ANU and is a lecturer in the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering. She is also a Research Lead with the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. Her research interests are in developing new paradigms to control distribution networks with a strong focus on creating a resilient carbon neutral power grid.
Dr Marnie Shaw is a Senior Research Fellow in the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering and Research Lead in the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at the ANU. She is also the convenor of the Energy Efficiency research cluster at the ANU Energy Change Institute. Her research interests focus on the application of data analytics and machine learning to a range of data-rich problems, including the integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid.
Dr Björn Sturmberg is a Research Lead within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. He 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.
Ben Weise is Chief Technical Officer within the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program. He is responsible for developing industry-focused solutions for the smarter use of distributed energy resources to increase the penetration of renewables and ensure network security.