21-23 August 2017 | Melbourne, VIC

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 24 August 2017

8:45 am - 9:30 am Morning Tea

9:30 am - 9:45 am Opening remarks from the chair

9:45 am - 10:25 am Applying Technology to Drive Automation of controls to Improve Grid Stability

This session explores the application of technology and deploying renewables to maximize network stability. It will explore new development in energy storage and automation of controls and their potential to improve network stability and integrate renewables. It aims to assess the pros and cons and identify the best fit for the differing demands of different networks.
  • Exploring cost effectiveness
  • Investigating scalability
  • Developing strategies to overcome these

10:25 am - 11:05 am Optimising the Renewable energy Mix in Queensland by Incorporating Wind and Solar to Meet the Baseload

Roger Price - Chief Executive Officer, Windlab Limited
This session will explore a world first project being lead by WindLabs in far north Queensland to introduce wind to the demand on solar projects. It leverages the declining marginal cost of both wind to depress day time demand.
  • Assessing the impact of the lowering marginal cost of renewables on energy stability
  • Developing strategies to strike a balance between wind and solar
  • Leveraging the increasing competitiveness of renewables on energy supply and demand

Roger Price

Chief Executive Officer
Windlab Limited

11:05 am - 11:35 am Morning Tea and Networking

11:35 am - 12:15 pm Fast Frequency Service – Treating the symptom not the cause to Build Network Stability

Kate Summers - Manager, Electrical Engineering, Pacific Hydro
Australia is unusual in that it has created a real time market for the provision of all of its frequency control.
This is in contrast to other electrical power systems where frequency control is managed through fixed services with a level of mandated requirements. This session argues that this needs to be revised to ensure the power system is able to withstand major events.
  • Assessing the market structure and its influence on the deterioration in the frequency control of the power system
  • Delivering a system that doesn’t sacrifice control systems
  • Investigating the market frameworks for frequency control

Kate Summers

Manager, Electrical Engineering
Pacific Hydro

12:15 pm - 12:55 pm Making the Grid More Self-Reliant to Better Withstand Extreme Events

Muriel Watt - Chair, Australia Photo Voltaic Association
This session will focus on building regional self sufficiency by isolating pockets on the grid to form micro girds. This strategy works to prevent blackouts caused by extreme situations by optimising energy storage and adding hydro and solar power to the mix.
It adopts a co-operative approach, ensuring that energy supply matches demand in emergency situations.
  • Developing a strategy to create micro grids in regional areas
  • Building resilience into the micro grid by leveraging energy storage
  • Adding solar and hydro power to the mix to prevent blackouts

Muriel Watt

Australia Photo Voltaic Association

12:55 pm - 1:55 pm Networking lunch

Pumped storage hydropower is resurging in popularity across the globe as governments and utilities seek to ensure grid stability in markets with increasing penetration of renewables. With energy reliability a hot topic in Australia, eyes are now turning to pumped storage hydropower.
  • What is the importance of pump storage for peaking power, balancing the fluctuations in renewables, and providing stability to the grid?
  • What are the barriers to developing more Australian pumped storage hydropower projects? What has been holding it back?
  • The Kidston pumped storage hydro project: addressing key risks and optimising design

Richard Herweynen

Principal Consultant Civil Engineering

Donald Vaughan

Principal Consultant Primary Electrical Engineering

2:35 pm - 3:15 pm Engineering Cyber-Security Resilience into the Grid

Matt Robinson - Director of Energy and Power, Asia Pacific, Worley Parsons
Energy infrastructure is increasingly moving towards digitalised smart energy systems. Energy operations are increasingly becoming the target of cyber-attacks with potentially catastrophic consequences.
Development of energy specific cyber security solutions and defensive practices are therefore essential.
  • Investigating the biggest cyber threats to the grid and identifying emerging risks
  • Developing a cyber security program to combat cyber terrorism and other threats
  • Promoting shareability of incident information, development of best practice and relevant standards

Matt Robinson

Director of Energy and Power, Asia Pacific
Worley Parsons

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Afternoon Tea

3:45 pm - 4:25 pm Leveraging Pumped Hydro to Stabilize the Grid and Broaden the Energy Mix

Julian Turecek - Head of Assets, EnergyAustralia
The Federal government recently approved a AUD 450,000 grant to EnergyAustralia to develop a pumped hydro energy storage project in South Australia. EnergyAustralia’s proposed $200 million 100 megawatts project, located in the Spencer Gulf in South Australia, will be Australia’s first pumped hydro project using seawater. This session explore the economics of pumped hydro, challenges and scalability.

  • Understanding the mechanics and practicality of pumped hydro
  • Strategies to make pumped hydro cost effective
  • Evaluating the scalability

Julian Turecek

Head of Assets

4:25 pm - 5:05 pm Planning for an New Grid Future: Ensuring Energy Security with the Trend towards Democratisation of Energy Consumption

Professor Gerard Ledwich - Chair in Power Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology
Going off -the-grid isn’t a new idea. Energy companies have been experimenting with the idea of going off the grid in remote areas for a while to minimize the risk of disruption in bad weather and bush fires. And also in a bid to control costs. With developments in energy storage and renewables. As well as the rise of the conscientious end user, there is a rising trend towards going off the grid – reducing energy costs and giving users more control on their energy consumption. This session will explore the impact on the energy markets, competitiveness, cost per unit from the grid perspective. It will investigate how policy and regulations need to evolve to address these changes and focus on creating a roadmap.

  • The effect of users, both large energy users and homes moving of the grid by embracing independent generation and renewables
  • The impact on cost per unit
  • Will the grid still be relevant and how does it need to evolve
  • Peer-to-peer and Peer-to-grid
  • Collaborating with users to optimize energy security

Professor Gerard Ledwich

Chair in Power Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Queensland University of Technology

5:05 pm - 5:15 pm Closing Remarks from the chair

5:15 pm - 5:15 pm End of conference