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Rob Fitzpatrick

CEO, Gelion

Gelion’s Zinc Bromide Gel Battery Technology

11.45 – 13.00 | Friday 14 June 2019

Rob Fitzpatrick is a passionate technology advocate, and has been so for much of the past three decades. Rob’s career spans research and advocacy at the Property Council of Australia, corporate strategy, sales & marketing at McKinsey & Company, telecommunications at SingTel Optus, technology innovation at shopfast.com.au, commercialisation of early stage research at Data61, foundation investor in technology-based startups and company director influencing technology adoption in traditional businesses.

Development of Australia’s digital skills base through investment in STEM education and encouraging diversity in the ICT workforce, such as by providing greater support for women is under Rob’s leadership and one of AIIA’s top priorities.

Rob holds non-executive director roles with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet). Rob has Economics and Law degrees from the University of Sydney and a Master in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Rob is an active family man, avid traveler, ocean swimmer and surfer.

Abstract Outline:

Gelion CEO, Rob Fitzpatrick, will detail how Gelion’s robust, safe and scalable zinc-bromide gel battery solution is advancing innovation in the renewable energy sector. What’s new and what can we learn? A lot! The first patent in this area was submitted in 1884 and Gelion is the world’s first commercial non-flow Zinc bromide storage battery that doesn’t require parasitic load. How low can we go … in terms of cost? And, who’s lining up for deployment?