2 – 3  pm, 3 November 2020

Atomic scale changes and its impact on battery performance

Speaker: Neeraj Sharma, Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow, School of Chemistry, UNSW 

A large proportion of the function of batteries arises from the electrodes, and these are in turn mediated by the atomic-scale perturbations during an electrochemical process. A method to both understand battery function and improve their performance, is to probe the atomic scale evolution operando. The result is an atomic level “video” of device function which can be directly correlated to performance parameters such as energy density, lifetime (or degradation), rate capability and safety. This talk will emphasize the opportunities between atomic scale insight and application. 

Past events

Ian Hiskins

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, 20 October 2020

Optimal capacity design and operation of energy hub systems

Speaker: Ian Hiskins, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The seminar will present an integrated view of optimized capacity design and operation, of islanded energy hubs. We consider energy hubs that incorporate emerging distributed energy resources as well as energy storage devices, and fully support the electricity and heat demand of an islanded installation. 

Watch the the recording here by entering this password: uL*3m^zVLxR6

View the slides here.

2 – 2:50pm, 6 October 2020

Fairness in distribution network management and cost allocation

Speaker: Archie Chapman,School of IT and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland

The rapid rise of PV installations in distribution networks where network capacity is already fully exploited, has triggered some detrimental impacts on the network operation and other customers. These effects risk being replicated with the growth of other customer-owned distributed energy resources (DER), such as residential batteries and electric vehicles. For this reason, distribution network service providers (DNSP) have begun to mandate connection codes, such as inverter Volt/Var control (VVC) and/or PV active power curtailment (APC), to mitigate the resulting network problems.

Watch the the recording here by entering this password: P3zBAOF1*nW7

Alan Reid

11am – 12 pm, 7 October 2020

Solar, batteries and virtual power plants: Australia’s distributed energy future

Speaker: Alan Reid, Reposit Power

This event, hosted by the IEEE Young Professionals Australian Capital Territory Section, will examine the technical challenges faced by the electricity distribution system, and the advances in generation and storage technology. It will investigate the implications upon electricity network governance and ultimately seek to answer the question: how can we maintain electricity grid resiliency when confronted with the rise of the prosumer and electricity decentralisation?

Registration required.

Solar panels, batteries & wind turbines

12 – 1 pm, 10 September 2020

Householder perspectives on community batteries

Speakers: Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Research Leader, ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program and Jaryd Revere, Program Manager, Horizon Power.

Australian National University researchers spoke with more than 50 householders across Australia to explore their perspectives on the concept of a shared battery as part of ARENA funded research on local energy models.

Watch the recording here by entering this password: QoyK^ZB*0KVI

Olivia Boyd

2 – 3 pm, 8 September 2020

Adapting to a changing energy sector: Australia’s new regulatory sandbox framework

Speaker: Olivia Boyd, Assistant DirectorNew Markets and Innovation, Australian Energy Regulator 

Regulatory sandboxing is a new approach to facilitating experimentation and reform in the context of a rapidly changing energy market. This presentation will provide an introduction to the design of regulatory sandboxing in the NEM, what factors have shaped the design of the sandbox framework so far, and what lies ahead in terms of implementing the framework.  

Listen to the recording here.
View slides here.

12 – 1pm, 26 August 2020

The decarbonised, decentralised and democratised grid

Speakers: Lachlan Blackhall, Head of the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program

This talk will address how global energy systems are currently undergoing substantial change. This is being driven by a number of factors. This talk is part of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Sciences seminar series.

Watch the recording here. 


Modern city with network connection concept

12 – 12.50 pm, 25 August 2020

Evolving the grid: smart orchestration for 21st century electricity systems

Speakers: Lachlan Blackhall, Andrew Fraser, Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Bill Tarlinton, Ben Weise and Gabrielle Kuiper

Research and development is underway to develop sophisticated ways to ‘evolve the grid’ to allow for increasing amounts of solar PV, battery storage and electric vehicles to participate in the electricity system.

Watch the webinar here.

Jake Whitehead

2 – 2.50 pm, 28 July 2020

Zero emission buses: an examination of electric and hydrogen options

By Dr Jake Whitehead, Advnce Qld Industry Research Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

The University of Queensland is leading a number of research projects focussed on examining the future of heavy vehicles. This presentation will focus specifically on the deployment of zero emission buses including battery electric buses and hydrogen fuel cell buses in the Australian context.

Watch the recording here by entering this password: oQ-9JlwxVgFu

Gregor Verbic

2 – 2.50 pm, 14 July 2020

Towards a transactive energy system for integration of small-scale distributed energy resources

By Associate Professor Gregor Verbič, Centre for Future Energy Networks, School of Electrical & Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Sydney

This talk will discuss approaches for facilitating the integration of small-scale distributed energy resources (DER) into low- and medium-voltage networks, in the context of the emerging transactive energy concept.

Watch the recording here and enter the password c2PMZ+xiQspK

Sujatha Raman

2 – 2.50 pm, 30 June 2020

Framing the nexus between renewable energy and resource extraction

By Associate Professor Sujatha Raman, Director of Research at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)

In this talk, I want to engage the audience in conversation about different lenses through which we might understand and research the material underpinnings of renewable energy technologies.

Watch the recording here and enter the password W-hAXSWH4suP

Community-scale battery

10 – 11.30am, 18 June 2020

Community-scale batteries: regulatory reform options

Presented by ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, Ausgrid and Total Environment Centre

Watch the full webinar here and enter the password: StjjUu^X51Kf

To watch the recorded presentation by Marnie Shaw, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, ANU click here.

To watch the recorded presentation by John Skinner, Ausgrid click here.

2 – 2.50 pm, 16 June 2020

Optimal power flow reformulations for secure integration of renewables

By Dr Maria Vrakopoulou, lecturer in power systems, University of Melbourne.

The increasing penetration of renewables and distributed energy resources across the power system is increasing the system uncertainty and hence operational challenges are introduced. The transmission system operator faces every day a decision-making problem with regards to many controllable set-points in the network. 

2 – 3 pm, 2 June 2020

Tasmania’s role in the national energy market transformation

By Cameron Potter, Manager, Strategic Market Analysis, Battery of the Nation, Hydro Tasmania.

By the late 2020s, wind and solar generators are expected to supply nearly half of our grid’s total energy consumption and at times, this could be as high as 75 per cent. Deep (long duration) storages, and the flexibility they bring, are an effective solution to help balance the energy mix, increasing the reliability, security and affordability of Australia’s grid.

Listen to the recording here and enter the password: rzC4RTb*VPNr

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11 – 11.50 am, 19 May  2020

Open, Data-Driven Tools for Smart EV Charging

By Zachary Lee, Resnick Sustainability Institute Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

The safe and affordable integration of millions of electric vehicles (EVs) into the grid will require advanced scheduling algorithms as well as techniques to optimize charging facilities. However, a lack of data, simulation environments and physical testbeds have hampered research in these areas.

Listen to the recording here and enter the password: rzC4RTb*VPNr

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2 – 3 pm, 5 May  2020

A gas fired recovery? Hy-Trojan. Is hydrogen the next clean coal?

By Tom Swann, Senior Researcher for the Climate and Energy Program at The Australia Institute

Pre-pandemic research on Australian government attempts to promote fossil fuel consumption and the rush to develop Australia’s hydrogen industry based on export opportunities, especially to Japan and Korea, which have been vastly overstated by comparison with Japanese and Korean targets. 

Listen to the recording here and enter the password: 3CGK#1Mk1iv4