Microgrid Innovation Summit by Innovate Australia
23rd February, 2021
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Liberty Training & Conference Centre, 197 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Could Australia’s energy future be a network of renewable microgrids? Are microgrids the future of clean energy and energy management?
Liberty Flexible Workspaces are pleased to Host this important community event.
Wikipedia describes microgrids as ‘decentralised groups of electricity sources and loads that normally operate connected to and synchronous with the traditional wide area synchronous grid (macrogrid), but can also disconnect to “island mode” and function autonomously as physical or economic conditions dictate’.
Microgrids are best served by local energy sources where power transmission and distribution from a major centralized energy source is too far and costly to execute. In this case, the microgrid is also called an autonomous, stand-alone, or isolated microgrid.
Experts at Microgrid Knowledge believe that with microgrid growth, more market challenges and opportunities will emerge, leading to increased uncertainty. Will we see a push to use new technology to update existing basic microgrids to advanced microgrids? Will we see more vehicle-to-grid solutions as microgrids and electric vehicles come together to provide power in a bidirectional way — helping charge the vehicles and support the grid at the same time?
Transportation and vehicle electrification continue to be important factors for cities striving to achieve their carbon emissions goals. Thus, the increased integration of electric vehicles and associated charging stations will certainly have an impact on the microgrid market.
Indeed, when microgrid growth brings more and more of these systems into large urban areas, the conversation around cybersecurity requirements will need to change from what-if conversations to establishing new and rigorous requirements. Moreover, when considering utility or commercial and industrial microgrid installations, cybersecurity requirements vary substantially.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director at Level 5 Design
Jessica Shaw MLA
Member for Swan Hills, Chair, Economics and Industry Standing Committee
CEO at General Microgrids, Inc.
Managing Director at Sentient Hubs
CEO at Regional Development Australia Perth, Chair at Lithium Valley WA
Samuel Lee Mohan
Manager – Innovation Projects at ATCO
Director at Hydrogen Energy Pty Ltd
The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and a general discussion moderated by Peter Damen.
Hosted by Liberty Flexible Workspaces
Regional Development Perth, City of Perth, Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources and Hydrogen Energy Pty Ltd.
Innovate Australia encourages, assists and promotes Australian innovation. The not-for-profit and non-partisan organisation works with industry and academia to uncover innovation, encourages new innovations, develops programs and forms innovation networks. Innovate Australia aims to be an independent conduit for viable ideas.
Innovate Australia operates independently of government, industry and universities, however, works with a range of stakeholders on unique and forward-thinking projects across Australia. Services provided include, but are not limited to consulting, think-tanks, connecting firms undertaking innovative projects and marketing of organisations embarking on their innovation journeys.