Past events

Electric vehicle plug point

Tuesday, 2 July, 2024

EV internal charging and grid-to-battery efficiency: an empirical study based on selected EV and EV supply equipment models

Forum: BSGIP online seminar

This talk presents internal efficiency measurements of some of the typical EVs used in New Zealand with emphasis on maximum charge power transfer against selected AC and DC fast chargers. 

Tuesday, 4 June, 2024

Insights into market regulations: multi-agent energy system modelling

Forum: BSGIP online seminar

In the dynamic landscape of modern energy markets, the integration of advanced technologies and the evolving role of active citizens shape the trajectory of future energy systems. This talk explores the synergy between smart city concepts and decentralized energy systems, emphasizing the pivotal role of multi-agent energy system modelling in understanding market regulations and structure.



Tuesday, 7 May, 2024

Neighbourhood retrofit paves way for a just, decarbonised future

Forum: BSGIP online seminar

Ecoblock is an ambitious research, development and demonstration project that brings together an impressive array of leading experts in the fields of energy and water research, along with pioneering engineers, architects, designers, government officials, business professionals and community members. Find out more.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2024

Pushing the envelope: latest research from tech trial revealed

Forum: BSGIP webinar

Research findings from our latest collaboration with the electricity industry, to safely and cost effectively allow more renewables to enter the grid, will be revealed at this online forum.

Tarneit community battery

Wednesday, 29 November, 2023

The 2nd Future of Neighbourhood Batteries in Australia conference

Forum: BSGIP Conference

The conference will feature speakers from across Australia with sessions on the latest neighbourhood battery research, industry case studies, a government panel discussion and an opportunity to workshop the future of neighbourhood batteries.

Tuesday, 14 November, 2023

Energy resilience in bushfires and extreme weather events: perceptions, misconceptions and challenges

Forum: BSGIP online seminar

This seminar presents learnings from the recent interdisciplinary ‘ESKIES’ project funded by the NSW Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020. 

Tuesday, 31 November, 2023

Bioinspired separation systems mimicking plant membrane functions

Forum: BSGIP online seminar

Latest research on separation technologies to isolate valuable target molecules from industrial wastewater. Examples of molecules relevant to battery and storage grid applications that could potentially be separated from liquid wastes in the future might include borate, cobalt, copper, nickel, phosphorus, lithium, potassium, sodium and zinc. 

Nij Lal

Tuesday 17 October, 2023

Distributed Energy Resources and fairness

Forum: BSGIP seminar

Guest speaker Nij Lal, Principal, AEMO, will discuss how the social contract for connecting to the grid must evolve beyond the pay-plug-play expectations of electricity from the 19th Century, to a two-way agreement that is fair for both solar (and EV) owners and non-owners as the system transitions to higher penetrations of distributed energy resources (DER). 

2.30 – 3.30pm, Friday, 13 October, 2023

Realising our future energy system

Forum: Sustainable Canberra Expo

What’s over the horizon for our homes, neighbourhoods, cities and systems as we work to decarbonise how we live and work globally? Hear from Lachlan BlackhallAlix Ziebell and Heather Logie as they share some of the latest research, development and demonstration initiatives working towards a future energy system that is just, decarbonised, resilient and for the benefit of all. Register here.

Friday 18 August, 2023

EnergiZine: nuturing energy transitions @Questacon

An Engaged ANU pilot project

Immerse yourself in an absurd sunset ritual, where you’ll curate and create your own unique wellness zine for energy transition options.

City Transformed poster

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 August, 2023

The City Transformed: Urban life at the end of the world as we know it

Forum: Green Institute Conference 2023. Meanjin/Brisbane and online.

Speakers: Including BSGIP’s Kathryn Lucas-Healey and Wendy Russell

Their talk is ‘Transforming Energy Systems: caring beyond the local’.

Deepika Mathur

10 – 11 am, Tuesday, 8 August, 2023

What a waste! Where do solar panels go to die?

Forum: BSGIP online seminar

Speakers: Dr Deepika Mathur, Senior Research Fellow, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University

This seminar presents research on understanding why solar panels in Australia’s Northern Territory are being removed and how they are disposed.

Watch the recording here.

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10 – 11 am, Tuesday, 25 July, 2023

NSW Renewable Energy Zones First Nations Guidelines and case studies

Forum: BSGIP online seminar

Speakers: Michael Frangos, Indigenous Energy Australia and Chris Briggs, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology

The NSW Renewable Energy Zones (REZ) First Nations Guidelines, aim to contribute to a clear purpose of ensuring that First Nations communities through the five REZs gain appropriate benefit from the once in several generation developments.

Watch the recording here.

2 – 3 pm, Monday, 3 July, 2023

Designing the energy system with people: a new social contract?

Forum: BSGIP webinar

Speakers: Laura Jones, Brenda Martin, Pip Watson

It is clear the energy system is changing. People are installing rooftop solar, batteries, and electric vehicles at an increasing rate. In response, the energy system is undertaking major reforms. But the question remains: How should people be involved in the development of these reforms?

Watch the recording here. 

Darren Sharp

2 – 3 pm, Tuesday 30 May 2023

Net Zero Precincts: experimenting with transition through everyday experiences

Forum: BSGIP online seminar series

Speaker: Dr Darren Sharp, Senior Research Fellow, Monash Sustainable Development Institute 

This talk will discuss Net Zero Precincts, a four-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage project that brings together two key areas of research for the first time — transition management and design anthropology.

Watch the recording here.

David Pocock & Saul Griffith

5.30 – 7.30 pm, Friday, 21 April, 2023

Suburb Zero ACT launch

Speakers: Senator David Pocock, inventor and author Saul Griffith, Prof Lachlan Blackhall, Sarah Reid & Jon Sibley.

Join ACT Senator David Pocock, inventor and author Saul Griffith, and a panel of experts as we discuss a new initiative to electrify Canberra.

Watch the recording here.

Electricity power lines

2 – 3 pm (AEST), Tuesday, 4 April, 2023

Electricity market modelling: NSW roadmap policy & role of the consumer trustee

Speakers: Jin Han Lim, Senior Analyst, AEMO and Shira Samocha, Modelling Manager, AEMO Services Ltd.

Watch the recording here.

Johannes Hendriks

2 – 3 pm (AEDT), Tuesday, 21 March, 2023

RouteZero: a web application tool for assessing electric bus feasibility

Speaker: Johannes Hendriks, data scientist

This talk describes RouteZero, a web application tool for assessing electric bus feasibility, and some key knowledge sharing insights that came out of its creation. 

Watch the recording here.

9.30 am – 4.30 pm (AEDT), Wednesday, 28 November, 2023

Conference: The future of neighbourhood batteries in Australia 

Energy experts from across Australia will converge to consider national approaches to this nascent technology.

This one-day, invitation only event will bring together key players across industry, academia and government to outline actions required of different sectors to ensure this form of technology has a positive impact.



11 – 12 pm (AEDT), Tuesday, 1 November, 2022

Optimised EV fast charging: fourfold increase in battery life

Speaker: Vallabha Rao Rikka, Postdoctoral Researcher, Electrochemical Safety Research Institute (ESRI), Underwriters Laboratories, USA

In recent years, fast charging for electric vehicle applications has been a topic of immense importance among battery researchers. This arises from the need to address people’s anxiety of EV driving range while ensuring good performance and safety of Lithium-ion batteries. However, fast charging involves a high current, which increases the cell temperature and ultimately leads to capacity loss of the battery.  

Watch the recording here.

David Edwards

2 – 3pm (AEDT), Tuesday, 18 October, 2022

*RESCHEDULED* Integrating Distributed Energy Resources in remote Western Australia: a case study

Speaker: David Edwards, Future Technology and Innovation Manager at Horizon Power 

This presentation will provide insights into distributed energy resources trials in the remote town of Carnavon, WA, and the investigated technical solutions to overcome the barriers to electricity consumers installing DER and connecting them to the network.

Watch the recording here.

Nicola Willand

2- 3pm (AEST), Tuesday, 4 October, 2022

Residential energy efficiency, health & equity in Australia

Speaker: Nicola Willand, Senior Lecturer, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University

Nicola will draw on her PhD, which evaluated a residential energy efficiency improvement trial, and her more current work on energy justice and holistic approaches to tackle energy vulnerability through cross-disciplinary collaborations.

To watch the recording here. 

Kathryn Lucas-Healey

2 – 3pm (AEST), Tuesday, 28 June, 2022

Who cares? How care practices uphold the decentralised energy order

Speaker: Dr Kathryn Lucas-Healey, Research Fellow, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program

This talk will centre on a new paper, jointly authored by Kat and BSGIP colleagues and soon to be published in a special edition of Buildings and Cities journal, about gender and new energy technologies. 

Watch the recording here.

4 – 5.30pm (AEST), Thursday 16 June, 2022

Energy Conversations: A clean transport strategy for the ACT

Speakers: Jo Clay MLA, Bjorn Sturmberg, Yuan Peng & Bede Doherty

Expert speakers offer their analysis on the latest developments in clean transport including electric vehicles, charging in the ACT and surrounds, increasing the uptake of active and public transport, and transport challenges in sprawling cities like Canberra.

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Energy and the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions.

Sara Fuller

2 – 3pm (AEST), Tuesday 14 June, 2022

Governing just energy transitions in the Asia Pacific

Speaker: Sara Fuller, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Macquarie University

This talk will explore how the specific historical, political, economic, and social dynamics of the Asia Pacific region shape how we understand the governance of urban energy transitions across the region and considers how questions of justice and equity come to matter in such debates. Drawing on interviews and desktop analysis, the talk will  explore two case studies: first, the role of intermediary actors in the roll out of battery storage in the ACT and second, the potential for collaboration in reaching carbon targets in Hong Kong.

Watch the recording here.

Masoume Mahmoodi

10 am (AEST), Wednesday 1 June, 2022

Distributed generation capacity assessment in electricity distribution systems

Speaker: Masoume Mahmoodi, PhD candidate, ANU.

This PhD presentation will discuss the effectiveness of the response from available control devices in improving networks’ distribution generation capacity; 2) different techniques employed for decision making under uncertainty and 3) exploring two distributed techniques.

Abstract polygonal space with connecting dots and lines

12 – 1 pm (AEST), Thursday, 28 April, 2022

Converge: enabling greater integration of rooftop solar into the grid

Speakers: Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction, ACT and a panel of experts.

Converge is an exciting new project, based in the ACT, that will explore new ways to utilise smart software, rather than building more poles and wires. Essentially allowing greater penetration of renewable energy into the National Electricity Market.

Watch the recording here.

Project Symphony infographic

12 – 3 pm (AEST), Tuesday, 19 April, 2022

Project Symphony – our energy future

Speaker: Andrew Blaver, Project Manager, Project Symphony, Western Power

Project Symphony is an innovative project, based in Western Australia, where customer DER like rooftop solar, batteries and selected household appliances will be orchestrated as a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) to address these challenges.

Watch the recording here.

Ramteen Sioshansi

10 – 11 am (AEDT), Tuesday, 29 March, 2022

Assessing the resource-adequacy contribution of energy storage

Speaker: Professor Ramteen Sioshansi, Ohio State University

Energy storage is being viewed increasingly as a resource that can contribute to power-system reliability and resource adequacy. However, most markets and system planners employ ad hoc approaches to ascribing capacity value to energy storage. This talk presents a dynamic-programming-based approach to conduct these assessments for energy storage. Illustrative case studies show how market-design choices impact the use and operation of energy storage and its reliability contribution.

Watch the recording here.

Austin Texas EV facts/figures

9 – 10 am (AEDT), Tuesday, 1 March, 2022

Local government ownership of energy: Austin Energy, a community owned utility and its home-grown electric vehicle strategy

Speaker: Lindsey McDougall, Utility Strategist, EV & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy

Austin Energy, a publicly owned utility in Austin, Texas, offers a unique and broad approach to electric vehicle (EV) programs and initiatives. Lindsey McDougall will present the history of the utility with a focus on local government ownership and its influence on EV strategy. 

Watch the recording here.

Naomi Stringer

2 – 3 pm, 23 November, 2021

Project MATCH: Power system security with high levels of DER

Speaker: Naomi Stringer, University of New South Wales

Australia is leading the world in the deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and particularly Distributed Photovoltaic systems (DPS). As DER deployment continues, new challenges and opportunities are emerging for managing power system security during major disturbance events. Data driven understanding of DER behaviour in the field is becoming increasingly important to validate modelling and support operational decision making.

Watch the recording here.

Pippa Williams

3 – 4 pm, 26 October, 2021

Modelling hydropower operation in the NEM

Speaker: Pippa Williams, Hydro Tasmania

Modelling hydropower is complex compared to other energy sources due to the deep interdependence between operating decisions at different points in time, as well as the interdependence between different hydropower stations along the same river (or cascade). This presentation will discuss the factors required to accurately model hydropower operation in the NEM, and introduce some of the common modelling techniques. Many of these lessons are transferrable to emerging storage technologies.

Watch the recording here.

11 – 12 pm, 16 September, 2021

Optimal power flow for distribution systems

Speaker: Professor Steven Low, California Institute of Technology, USA

Hosted by the IEEE, Young Professionals Australian Capital Territory Section


Sarah Paparo

2 – 3 pm, 14 September, 2021

Trading, optimisation, and investment: strategies to maximise revenues and protect investments

Speaker: Sarah Paparo, Principal Consultant, Renewable Energy Hub

Contracting arrangements are necessary to underpin the transition to clean energy and broader decarbonisation. The scope for project developers and industry to secure appropriate contract arrangements will have a direct bearing on the cost, timeframe, and effectiveness of system-wide transition. 

Watch the recording here.

Chris Wallin

2 – 3 pm, 31 August 2021

Community batteries: the new kid on the block

Speaker: Chris Wallin, Yarra Energy Foundation

After an introduction of the Melbourne Solar Sponge project and YEF’s partnership with Citipower and  BSGIP, Chris will explain why shared energy storage is such a great idea and reveal the opportunities it unlocks.

Chris Wallin’s slide deck. Listen to the audio here:

Bruce Mountain

2 – 3 pm, 3 August 2021

Is rooftop solar a play-thing of the well-to-do? & Reflections on the economic reasoning for and against local use of system charges

Speaker: Bruce Mountain, Director, Victoria Energy Policy Centre, Victoria University

This two-part seminar will present recent work that critiques evidence of the relationship between rooftop solar and household wealth and, in the second part, discusses possible economic reasoning for and against local use of system charges for neighbourhood batteries. 

Wendy Russell

2 – 2:50 pm, 20 July 2021

The reticulation tool: A dialogue protocol for facilitating socio-technical integration and responsible innovation paths

Speaker: Wendy Russell, Visiting Fellow, Centre for the Public Awareness of Science ANU, and Director, Double Arrow Consulting, Canberra

Socio-technical integration is an important aspect of responsible innovation. By understanding how technical dimensions of innovation processes are entwined with social dimensions, researchers can increase their capacity to be reflexive about their roles and responsibilities in innovation, better anticipate innovation directions and consequences, and more fully engage and be responsive to stakeholders, users and publics.

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12 – 1:00 pm, 13 July 2021

CANCELLED: New lab replicates electricity grid

Distributed Energy Resources Laboratory launch event

Andrew Barr, Chief Minister for the ACT, will officially open a new facility at ANU, heralding in a new age in the energy transition.

Frederik Geth

1 – 2:00 pm, 18 June 2021

Power flow optimisation with phase unbalance: mathematical models and implementation

Speaker: Frederik Geth, Newcastle, CSIRO Energy Centre

Phase unbalance is a phenomenon in three-phase power networks that relates to voltages (or currents) magnitudes being unequal between phases, and the phase angles not being off-set by 120 degrees. Phase unbalance implies inefficient use of the network’s power transfer capabilities, as well as increased network losses. In a power distribution context, phase unbalance is represented as part of the constraints. In this context, Frederik Geth will talk about the physics of phase unbalance, and how it is translated to sets of mathematical equations that can be solved at scale by off-the-shelf nonlinear optimisation solvers.

Watch the recording here.

Daniel Harding

2 – 3:00 pm, 8 June 2021

The Zero Emission City – Climate and Energy Policy in the Australian Capital Territory

Speaker: Daniel Harding,
Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate, ACT Government

The ACT Government continues to implement world-leading climate change and energy policies, on its pathway to net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest. This presentation will discuss ACT climate change and energy policy and the oftentimes challenging but always interesting process of public policy development.

Watch the recording here by entering the password: c7CG*v!Qfj3e

Erika Meyers

10 – 11:00 am, 25 May 2021

Vehicle-grid integration and women: a review of EV gender trends in the U.S.

Speaker: Erika Myers, World Resources Institute (WRI), Ross Centre for Sustainable Cities, USA

This presentation will provide an overview of the U.S. trends in vehicle-grid integration (VGI) and a troubling gender discrepancy for electric vehicle (EV) purchasing patterns and VGI enrolment. Women purchase more than 50 percent of all new cars in the U.S. but only represent 30 percent of the EV purchasing demographics. This trend also has an adverse impact on VGI programs.

Dr Chao Zhang

2 – 2:50 pm, 11 May 2021

In situ transmission electron microscopy for energy storage and optoelectronic applications

Speaker: Chao Zhang, Faculty of Science, School of Chemistry & Physics, Queensland University of Technology

In situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is one of the most powerful approaches for revealing physical and chemical process dynamics at high resolutions. This seminar summarises the most recent developments on in situ TEM techniques; in particular, how they are able to visualise various events, measure properties and solve problems in the field of energy, by revealing detailed mechanisms at the nanoscale. The related applications include use of rechargeable batteries such as lithium-ion, sodium-ion and potassium-ion, to store the energy generated by photovoltaics.

Felicity Stenning

2 – 2:50 pm, 13 April 2021

Community-scale energy storage: the Enova story

Speaker: Felicity Stenning, Enova Community Energy Ltd. 

Enova is pioneering a community battery in Kurri Kurri, Newcastle designed to bring energy resilience to rural communities. It will encourage more rooftop solar uptake, by providing battery storage for the excess renewable energy generated. It will also provide the basis for increased usage of midday solar via a peer-to-peer trading scheme between the 500 participants (with and without solar), and the battery. 

Rex Martin

2 – 2:50 pm, 30 March 2021

Flexibility in practice: the importance of the everyday to energy flexibility in Australian households with solar PV and battery storage

Speaker: Rex Martin, Monash University

In renewables-based grids it is increasingly important for energy demand to follow supply. Sector visions of flexibility, typically involve householders’ use of distributed energy resources to shift and shed energy consumption, so that demand aligns with renewable generation. But flexibility can also be understood in other terms: as the dynamic and diverse ways in which real people live everyday life, and in the process consume energy.

11 – 11:50 am, 19 March 2021

Distribution System Operator – one element of the future ‘modular network’ potential

Speaker: Gavin Morrison, Essential Energy

This presentation will focus on the challenges in driving capability uplift in a non-metropolitan network supporting regional, rural and remote customers, and spanning every climatic condition across NSW – ranging from coastal and arid, to alpine conditions. The discussion will also refer to the Essential Network battery trial and aspects of the intended Distribution System Operator (DSO) implementation.

10am – 11am, 3 March 2021

Energy trading in the National Electricity Market

Speaker: Jason Hoon, Energy Australia

An overview of electricity wholesale trading in the National Electricity Market from physical to financial, and detailing some of the tools and considerations traders utilise to manage risk in their portfolios. 

D Ho & M Thompson

2 – 3pm, 2 March 2021

The operational challenges & solutions associated with high distributed energy resource levels in the National Electricity Market

Speakers: Daena Ho and Mark Thompson, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Australia’s world-leading uptake of distributed energy resources (DER), particularly distributed photovoltaics (DPV), present new challenges in operating the power system. Declining minimum demand levels, along with sudden disconnection of DPV generation during voltage or frequency disturbances, are critical challenges for operational and emergency response services in some regions of the National Electricity Market (NEM). To continue integrating high levels of DER, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is delivering a program of work to address these challenges.

Watch the recording here or view the slides here.

Green energy battery concept

12 – 1pm, 16 February 2021

Battery Lab launch: advancing research in lithium-ion & sustainable, next gen batteries

Speakers: Professor Lachlan Blackhall, Professor Keith Nugent, Associate Professor Alexey Glushenkov and panel members

A new world-class facility located at The Australian National University is set to research lithium-ion batteries, optimising their enabling materials, providing characterisation, and testing and assessing recycling and reuse options. The facility will also investigate other sustainable batteries.

Watch the recording here

2 – 2:50  pm, 1 December 2020

Household energy users’ willingness to participate in a PV and battery storage Virtual Power Plant

Speaker: Sophie Adams, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW

Virtual Power Plants appear to hold a lot of promise as a way to access the value of expanding household generation and storage capacity in Australia, and to address various challenges in the electricity sector. However, despite the quickly growing market in VPP offerings, little is known about whether Australian households are willing to participate, under which conditions, and why. This seminar will explore such findings, and also a VPP simulation study by solar monitoring service provider Solar Analytics, and the University of New South Wales. 

2 – 2:50  pm, 17 November 2020

Research on distribution power networks with high solar PV penetration

Speaker: Feifei Bai, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland

Utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) plants in remote areas are drastically increasing due to abundant and low-priced land. These remote areas are usually connected to zone substations through long weak feeders with open-delta step voltage regulators (SVRs), installed in the middle to regulate downstream voltages. However, distribution grids in such areas traditionally have feeders with low X/R ratios, which makes the independent reactive power compensation method less effective on voltage regulation. Consequently, upstream SVR may suffer from excessive tap operations with PV-induced fast voltage fluctuations. Although a battery energy storage system (BESS) can successfully smooth PV generation, frequent charge/discharge will substantially affect its cost-effectiveness.

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. 

Ian Hiskins

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, 20 October 2020

Optimal capacity design and operation of energy hub systems

Speaker: Ian Hiskens, 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. 

View the slides here.

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

Archie Chapman

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.

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?

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.

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.  

View slides here.

Lachlan Blackhall

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.