Site Tours

Adelaide and South Australia are leading the nation in commercial and utility energy storage and sustainability, making AES 2018 the perfect opportunity to explore these installations, learn about the specific use cases and economics, and participate in Q&A with the site owners and technology providers.  Don’t miss this chance to get up close and personal with the technologies and installations leading the way in Australia’s transition to a smarter energy system.

All tours will be taking place on Tuesday 22 May 2018 and include transportation.

Price: $200.00 + GST
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

The Tesla Big Battery has made news globally since even before it was contracted to be installed when Elon Musk promised to fix South Australia’s energy problems in 90 days or it was free. Now an active part of the NEM, the Tesla battery, located at Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm, has the distinction of being the largest lithium battery installation in the world and has already been uses to stabilize frequency on the NEM as a result of coal power station failure.

Given the distance to the Hornsdale wind farm, this will be a full day tour, so be prepared for a long drive through scenic South Australia. Once there, Neoen and Tesla representatives will lead delegates on an in-depth tour of both the wind farm and the battery installation, detailing generation capacity, storage capacity, economics, and the various benefits and applications of an installation of this size.

Please note that food will not be provided, but the tour will stop for lunch.

This tour is now SOLD OUT, if you would like to be placed on the waiting list please contact Claire Austin at

Price: $75 + GST
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Peak shaving has become a fiscally viable application for energy storage in South Australia, and Adelaide HS will be the second of four Government owned buildings to receive Battery Energy Storage Systems from SIMEC ZEN Energy for this purpose. This is your opportunity to tour the installation site and energy management system detailing system performance paired with rooftop PV.

Tonsley is Australia’s first dedicated innovation precinct, designed and built around the defunct Mitsubishi Main Assembly Building (MAB), with sustainability integrated in all aspects of precinct.

Home to a growing number of high tech and innovative companies, as well as TAFE and a Flinders University research facility, the MAB is just the first phase of this revolutionary project. When completed, Tonsley will integrate housing, retail, and the technology sector in a energy efficient community driven by renewable energy.

Price: $75 + GST
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Flow batteries are truly an Australian product, with critical advancements in this technology coming out of the country.

Redflow, a leading supplier of Zinc –Bromine flow batteries powers much of its Adelaide offices through solar and a large-scale ESS. The building just down the street houses the Redflow “battery lab” where the company tests new software solutions through a range of situations and paired inverter technologies.  Learn more about this uniquely Australian battery technology and the rigorous testing that takes place before any new software upgrade is released to market.

The next stop will take us North East of Adelaide to the recently announced Highbury Pumped Hydro Energy Storage installation. This unique location, a former quarry in close proximity to a population centre, exemplifies the potential for pumped hydro energy storage in Australia.

Tilt Renewables will guide delegates through the project scope and stages, power capacity, and net benefit for Adelaide and South Australian energy consumers.

To be eligible to book on to one of the above site tours you must register as a conference delegate. You can select which tour you would like to attend on the registration form.

If you have already booked your conference pass and would like to add a tour to your registration please contact Claire Austin at

Additional information:

Tours will depart from the Adelaide Convention Centre outside the Montefiore Rd entrance. 

Please arrive by 8:30am for a 9:00am departure. 

For the local Adelaide tours, we expect to return to the Adelaide Convention Centre at approximately 12:30pm.

More information on the Hornsdale Wind Farm/Power Reserve tour to come shortly.