Wednesday 23rd May 2018


Registration open

9:00- 10:00



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

Opening Speaker

Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining


Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman & CEO of the GFG Alliance

10:05 - 11:00

Panel Discussion- Energy Storage on the NEM

Moderator/Discussion Leader

Kane Thornton,  CEO, Clean Energy Council


Jo Witters, Executive General Manager, Centre for Innovation, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

Kobad BhavnagriHead of Australia, Head of Economics and Policy – Asia Pacific at Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Anne Pearson, Chief Executive, Australian Energy Market Commission

Andrew Kingsmill, Manager/Network Planning, TransGrid

11:00 - 11:30

Morning Tea

11:30 - 12:45

South Australia Powers Forward with Large-Scale Energy Storage

Session Moderator
Professor Andrew Stock, Councillor, Climate Council


Vanessa Sullivan, Founding Partner at the Lyon Group

Maximising Benefits for Investors and Consumers by Integrating Large Scale Solar and Battery Storage

Mark Twidell, Director, Energy at Tesla

Hornsdale Power Reserve and South Australia VPP

Grant Alderson, Development Manager, SolarReserve

The Aurora Solar Thermal Project


Energy Storage for the Commercial Built Environment

Session Moderator

Jil Lindau
, Australia Commercial Head for Bloomberg New Energy Finance


Jonathan Ruddick, General Manager, Planet Ark Power

Microgrids as a Service and Creating a Two-Way Grid

Dan Sturrock, Senior Consultant, Business Development & Transactions

ARENA and the opportunity for distributed storage for commercial customers

James Hunt
General Manager, Solution Sales, Schneider Electric

Diverse Solutions for Commercial Energy Storage

12:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:15

Energy Storage and Hybrid Solutions for the Mining Industry

Rebecca Knol, CEO, South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME)

Ike Hong,  Vice President and Head of Power Solutions Division, Kokam

High Power/ Low Energy Lithium Battery Storage for the provision of Inertia, Spinning Reserve and Grid Support in Off Grid Mining applications

Will Rayward-SmithGeneral Manager of SunSHIFT

Next Generation Power Plants for Miners

The Software Side of Energy Storage

Session Moderator

Alex Lloyd, Project Manager – Energy Storage Knowledge Bank, University of Adelaide

Mark HigginsChief Operating Officer of Strategen Consulting

Transactive Energy

James Eggleston, Senior Analyst, Power Ledger

Blockchain applications and the Electricity Market

Andrew MearsCEO and Founder, SwitchDin Pty Ltd

Smart Fleet Control of Solar and Batteries


15:15 - 15:45

Afternoon Tea

15:45 - 17:00

Microgrids: Changing the Way We Think About Energy Networks

Session Moderator

Craig Bearsley, Director – Power and Industrial, NSW/ACT, AECOM


Toby Price Chief Development Officer, Carnegie Clean Energy

Microgrid Case Studies – Battery Energy Storage Technology Network in Network-Connected and Off-Grid Applications

Craig Evans, President and CEO of ESS Inc

The Winds are Changing: Shifting the Economics of a Texas Microgrid with Long-Duration Energy Storage

David Edwards, Technical Visionary, Lead Edge Compute, Project Director, Horizon Power

Orchestration of High Penetration DER in Microgrids

Best Practices from Germany

Session Moderator

Valeska GottkeSenior Expert for Communications and Markets at the German Energy Storage Association (BVES)


Valeska GottkeSenior Expert for Communications and Markets at the German Energy Storage Association (BVES)

Frank Amend, Managing Director at Belectric Solar and Battery GMBH

Susanne Kleineheismann, Head of Sales, Water Battery – International, Max Boegl Wind AG

17:05 - 18:00

Networking Drinks

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