President & COO, Hydrostor Inc.
Hydrostor Angas A-CAES Project: Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage offers a new technology pathway to flexibly-sited, long-duration bulk storage for Australia
Jon Norman is President & COO of Hydrostor, a leader in Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES). Jon is a professional engineer with over 20 years experience in the power industry, management consulting and government. Jon previously held senior roles at Brookfield Asset Management, including SVP for power markets in Europe, and responsibility for regulatory policy and government relations across North America for the power and utilities business. In earlier roles, he served as project manager for environmental operations and held senior roles in government, where he led grid and networks policy development in Ontario, as well as interjurisdictional negotiations. Jon holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in engineering and economics from the University of Toronto.
Jon has been a regular speaker on the International power sector conference circuit, appearing on 5-10 panels per year including the Australian Energy Storage Conference (2018), ESA Boston (2018), ESNA Pasadena (2018), Energy Storage Europe Dusseldorf (2018), IESO 2018 Electricity Summit, ESA Energy Storage Studio (2017), and S&P Global Power Markets Conference (2017).
The Australian energy market continues to transform as market forces are driving increased uptake of renewable energy and the retirement of dispatchable, synchronous generation (e.g. fossil-fuel power plants). Within this transition, there is a growing requirement for advanced solutions and technological innovations that provide grid-scale storage, flexible capacity, and ancillary services. Long duration bulk-scale energy storage technologies such as A-CAES are ideally suited to replace aging grid infrastructure and integrate higher levels of renewable generation.
Hydrostor’s Angas Project, under construction at the closed Angas Zinc mine near Adelaide, South Australia, is the first Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Australia. The demonstration project repurposes existing underground mining infrastructure as the A-CAES system’s sub-surface air storage cavern, benefiting both the electricity grid in South Australia and the local community by converting an unused brownfield site into a clean energy project that drives economic development.
Jon will discuss Hydrostor’s Angas A-CAES project and the benefits the technology provides to the local energy grid. In addition, he will discuss key takeaways for the long-duration energy storage industry and what we can be doing to support the next steps in this transition.