Important Dates
Paper submission: Now closed
Paper decisions: 8 Aug 2016
Final submission: 5 Sep 2016
12 Sep 2016
Registration: Now open
Early-bird closes: 12 Sep 2016
Tutorials: 28 Nov 2016
Conference: 29 Nov -
1 Dec 2016
Title: The Role of Energy Storage in Enabling the Future Smart Grid
– Industry View
Session type: Invited Panel Session
Proposed by: Dr. Julian de Hoog, IBM Research Australia
Date and time: Wednesday, November 30, 14:40-16:10
Location: Room 103

This is part one of a two-part series of panels being proposed, both on the topic of energy storage. This proposal covers speakers from industry.

Energy storage is seen by many as the next big change facing many global electricity systems, and Australia will see some of the earliest adoption. Moving beyond the burgeoning enthusiasm associated with energy storage technologies, there is a critical need to understand not just the benefits that energy storage may offer, but also the very real economic, regulatory, safety and technical challenges that lie ahead.

This session will bring together key representatives from the following:
a consultancy that can provide an valuable overview of the current challenges facing energy storage in the industry; a network operator; a gentailer (generation + retail); a third-party installer and operator of energy storage; and a large industrial research organisation that is very active in the energy storage space.

NeilGibbs Neil Gibbs
Executive Chairman, Marchment-Hill Consulting
“Enhancing the value proposition of storage”

Neil Gibbs has 25 years’ consulting experience at major international consulting firms specialising in utility and energy industries with a focus on corporate and business strategy, market design, the management of major reform programs, organisational change management, and performance improvement. He is current Chair of the Energy Storage and the Emerging Technologies Working Groups of the Clean Energy Council. In addition to his consulting experience, Neil is also an experienced and accomplished Business Executive who has led large businesses including A.T. Kearney, Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, and PA Consulting Group.

JohnTheunissen John Theunissen
Director, Smart Networks, Ausnet Services
“Energy Storage – Transforming Electricity Distribution Networks into Energy Integration Platforms “

John Theunissen presently leads network modernisation and advanced data analytics initiatives within AusNet Services. An electrical engineer by training, John has held numerous technical management roles within AusNet Services and its predecessor companies over the last 20 years, mainly in the protection, control and communication areas. He is passionate about network intelligence, automation, distributed energy resources and data science, especially their combined ability to shape our future energy ecosystems.
Prior to migrating to Australia in 1995, John was a Corporate Protection Consultant with Eskom, and before that worked for Siemens Limited, where he was responsible for Siemens’ national protection and disturbance recording business.

EdwardLynchBell Edward Lynch-Bell
Energy Storage Lead, AGL Energy
“Crossing the Value Chasm – Delivering Mass Market Energy Storage in Australia”

Edward Lynch-Bell was one of the founding employees of US battery company Aquion where he co-developed an innovative Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery technology. He holds several patents in battery technology and has Masters degrees from the University of Sheffield and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Within AGL’s New Energy division, Ed is responsible for sourcing the best available energy storage technology and fitting that technology to applications to optimise customer value.

LachlanBlackhall Lachlan Blackhall
CTO, Reposit Power
“Smart Storage: Creating transactive powerstations from distributed, residential storage.”

Lachlan Blackhall is the co-founder and CTO of Reposit Power. He holds a PhD in systems and control theory and is a leading expert in the control of lithium based storage devices. He has previously designed and developed control, modelling and analytics solutions across a variety of industries. At Reposit Power Lachlan has led the development of Reposit’s optimal control and trading software platform which allow networks, retailers and utilities to work with prosumers to deliver a clean, reliable and cost effective grid, regardless of the energy storage hardware the consumer owns.

SamBehrens Sam Behrens
Research Manager, CSIRO Energy
“What’s been happening in Australia’s energy storage space? An update.”

Dr. Sam Behrens is a senior research engineer for the Grid and Energy Efficient Systems group at CSIRO’s Energy Centre. Dr. Behrens’ research focuses on performance, integration and safety of battery storage technologies, and energy storage products or systems. He is the co-author of two book chapters, several patent applications, and more than 55 peer-reviewed publications. He also has more than 20 years’ experience been a research electrical and mechanical engineer.