Sophie Adams

Date:           Tue, 1 Dec 2020

Time:           2:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Forum:        BSGIP webinar

Speaker(s): Sophie Adams, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW

Location:    Zoom link

Contact:      Deborah Taylor

RSVP:          No RSVP needed


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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. 


  • 2.00 pm – Introduction by Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program,  Australia National University.
  • 2.05 pm – Presentation by Sophie Adams, Research Fellow, School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW
  • 2.35 pm – Audience Q&A.
  • 2.50 pm – Close.

About the speaker

Sophie is a human geographer and Science and Technology Studies scholar, and currently a Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Her research background is in climate change impacts and adaptation, and prior to joining UNSW she worked with think tank Climate Analytics headquartered in Germany. Sophie is co-leading the ‘Social License to Automate’ Annex, of the User-Centred Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Programme, of the International Energy Agency. It is investigating the social dimensions of automation in an increasingly decentralised and renewables-based energy system.