Thursday 13th June 2019



9.00 - 10.00

Opening Plenary

Welcome from the Organiser:

Sam Staples, Sales and Conference Manager, Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition

Government Keynotes:

Zali Steggall, OAM, Member for Warringah

The Hon. Ben Franklin MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy, NSW Government

Keynote Presenter:

Robert G Morgan, CEO, Energy Storage, GE Renewable Energy

10.05 - 11.00

Panel Discussion: The Role of Energy Storage in Australia's networks

Panel Leader:

Darren Gladman, Director – Smart Energy, Clean Energy Council



Amy Kean, Director Energy Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies, NSW Department of Planning and Environment

Kobad Bhavnagri, Head of Special Projects, Bloomberg NEF

Mark Higgins, Chief Operating Officer, Strategen


11.00 - 11.30

Morning Tea

Stream One

Stream Two

11.30 - 12.45

Australia's Transition to Grid Scale Energy Storage

Session Moderator:

Abbie McQueen, Associate Director/Team Leader – Renewables, Generation and Industrial, AECOM 


Caleb Waugh, Head of Business Analytics, Energy Storage, Lockheed Martin Energy 

Enabling 100% renewable grids – energy storage dispatchability and duration requirements in Australia

Gregory Abramowitz, Manager – Market Development, AGL Energy

AGL’s virtual power plant in South Australia – learnings and opportunties

Harley Mackenzie, Managing Director, HARD Software

Lessons from the implementation of market systems for utility scale batteries in the NEM

Session Sponsor:

Innovative Commercial Hybrid Energy Solutions

Damian Edwards, Energy & Sustainability Specialist, CQ Partners

South Australian Produce Markets – Innovative Hybrid Energy Solutions

Edwin Foong, Business Development Manager, Enwave Tonsley

Philipp Dautel, Tonsley Precinct Director, Renewal SA

Tonsley District Energy and Water Scheme

Adam Valmoro, Regional Director, Viking Cold Solutions

Thermal Energy Storage Enables 13-Hour C&I Load Shed – a Case Study

12.45 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.15

Energy Stability Through Grid Connected Microgrids

Session Moderator:

Sally Torgoman, Infrastructure Lead Advisory/Managing Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Alan Louis, Principal Engineer Technology Innovation, Energy Queensland

Protection challenges in the design and operation of LV Microgrid Systems

Brenton Laws, Business Development Principal, Western Power

Paul Simpson, Products and Services Manager, Synergy

Powerbank; a community storage project

Matthew Pellow, Principal, Pellow Energy Insights

Lessons learned from microgrid feasibility studies in Pennsylvania, Louisiana and Tennessee

Energy Storage as an Investment

Session Moderator:

Dan Sturrock, Director – Business Development & Transactions, ARENA


Peter Sherry, Director – Australian Lead, Baringa Partners

Dispatchable Renewables – a markets and investor perspective 

Marija Petkovic, Managing Director, Energy Synapse

Risks and opportunities for battery storage in wholesale markets

Simon Brooker, Executive Director, CEFC

Investing in Australia’s Energy Storage Market

Session Sponsor: 

15.15 - 15.45

Afternoon Tea

15.45 - 17.00

Australia's Utilities Driving Energy Transformation

Session Moderator:

Jil Lindau, Commercial Head – Australia & NZ, Bloomberg NEF


Fiona Orton, Future Grid Manager, Trans Grid 

The role for energy storage in supporting a stable and reliable renewable energy power system

Hedy Dalvand, Manager Future Networks, United Energy

Solar and storage orchestration to defer distribution augmentation

Andrew Turley, Manager – Integrated Energy Systems, AEMO

Energy storage – a key enabler for a reliable and resilient future grid

Microgrids: The Swiss Army Knife of Energy

Session Moderator:

Kerim Mekki, Technical Director, Aurecon


Dr Andrew Mears, CEO, SwitchDin

Building flexible, resilient microgrids with battery storage

Alberto Tubella, Area Manager Australia Asia Pacific, Cegasa Portable Energy

Case Study: Hybrid system for an off-grid livestock farm with 3,000 head of cattle

Rod Scott, CEO, Selectronic Australia

Off Grid and Microgrid – How to balance stakeholder objectives

Session Sponsor:

17.05 - 18.00

Networking Drinks

Unwind after the first day of the conference and exhibition, join your peers on the exhibition floor in a relaxed and informal environment and network over a few drinks.


Networking Dinner Cruise

For the first time, and to ensure the opportunity to network and develop business relationships continues past the event floor, a Dinner Cruise will take place on Sydney Harbour at the conclusion of the opening day. This is during Sydney’s iconic Vivid Festival and attendees can enjoy an evening of five-star food and entertainment whilst enjoying the spectacle that is Vivid.

*This conference program is subject to change