All-Energy Australia focuses on clean energy transition
2019’s All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference, to be held in Melbourne this October, will showcase clean and renewable energy.
Attended by over 8500 local and international energy industry professionals in 2018, All-Energy Australia is a free-to-attend conference and exhibition focused on the immense opportunities for the clean energy sector.
Held in partnership with the Clean Energy Council, this year’s event is themed ‘Advancing Australia’s transition to a clean energy future’, which will focus on driving the sector’s continued growth and working together to create a nation powered by clean energy.
Attendees will have exclusive access to the latest technology and trends relevant to professionals working or investing in the renewables sector, from over 200 expert speakers across seven conference streams.
Distributed energy resources (DER)
Presenting within the conference program at All-Energy Australia this year will be Dr Phil Blythe, CEO of GreenSync, who will discuss the pathway to decentralise flexible grids in his session titled ‘Market Mechanisms: A Global Shift to DER Flexibility Markets’.
“While our energy systems have been traditionally centrally operated and managed by our generators and networks, there is now a need for a new market architecture that allows its newest investors — households and businesses — to participate and be rewarded for contributing to a range of grid services at times of need by the network,” Dr Blythe explained.
“There will not be a single market for flexibility, but rather multiple (parallel) markets for specific services provided by customers’ energy assets. Irrespective of the jurisdiction, markets for things such as emergency capacity, ancillary support and voltage management are likely to evolve in response to what DER can do. As this evolution continues, the need for a centralised digital exchange to host these individual markets becomes greater,” he said.
“To achieve flexible grids that facilitate customer participation and reward for DER services, while providing the visibility and coordination required by governments and system operators, we must move to a digital architecture that supports all stakeholders in the energy system — from networks to technology vendors to customers.”
Microgrids will also feature significantly in the 2019 program. Acciona Energy and Deakin Energy will share their insights on establishing a successful microgrid. In their joint speaker session, Belen Linares Corell (R&D and Innovation Director at Acciona Energy) and Dr Adrian Panow (Director at Deakin Energy) will cover the development of microgrids, how to maximise their benefits and what is required from a safe and functional microgrid.
“Major investment globally is being directed towards distributed energy resources. We must understand the impact and opportunities of DER on existing grids,” Dr Panow said.
“Moving to a DER environment does not reduce the need for safety, reliability, affordability and social equity. At Deakin, we are demonstrating through construction of our own 7.25 MW solar and storage microgrid that delivery and retention of research, cost and sustainability benefits can all be achieved together,” he said.
All-Energy Australia 2019’s exhibition will feature over 250 industry-leading companies, from market leaders to start-ups, showcasing innovations and emerging technologies and offering expert advice.
Companies with confirmed attendance include ABB, NEXTracker, Fronius, Growatt, LONGi Solar, Array Technologies, Risen Energy, Soltec, Samsung SDI, Senec, SMA Australia and BayWa r.e.
Visitors to All-Energy Australia will have access to the co-located and inaugural Energy Efficiency Expo, a new free-to-attend industry event launched to help organisations solve their energy productivity and affordability challenges.
What: All-Energy Australia
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
When: 23–24 October 2019
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