Data, analytics, security and the ‘internet of energy’ of things

Data, analytics, security and the ‘internet of energy’ of things

12 Oct 2017, 2:55 PM - 4:15 PM

Room 212, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
English (Australia)

Chairperson:  Dr Adrian Panow, Director, Deakin Energy


IoT enabled Energy Management for a Smart Microgrid: Insights and Opportunities

Shama Naz Islam, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, Deakin University

With the rapid growth of distributed generation facilities in customer premises, the concept of microgrid has attracted significant attention, especially in rural communities, for meeting the local energy demand efficiently. The integration of renewable energy sources in a microgrid necessitates the incorporation of smart monitoring and control operations to cope with the intermittent nature of renewable energy. Effective energy management schemes are integral component of a microgrid to maximize the usage of local energy. Moreover, such schemes also allow for energy sharing among households in a microgrid and enable local energy trading options. On the other hand, the recent revolution in wireless sensor network technology has materialized the concept of internet-of-things (IoT) by embedding intelligence perhaps in every device around us. 


For effective energy management, the energy consumption and generation information, as well as the pricing information need to be forwarded in a reliable and efficient manner between smart meters and the control centre. Sending such information over the internet can allow much more flexibility by efficient use of communication resources. IoT enabled energy management systems (EMSs) can utilize cloud-computing resources for undertaking complex energy management decisions without adding much complexity to the smart metering devices. Moreover, such systems will be able to use the data analysis capabilities of cloud computation tools and obtain real time insights on the energy usage pattern across the microgrid.

The insights can reveal abnormal patterns in energy usage and send an alarm to the IoT enabled EMS dashboards in the customer premises. Moreover, data disaggregation techniques can allow for root-cause analysis of abnormal energy usage and forward real time intelligent decisions based on this. Combining several information like generation forecast and historical load demand, data analytics tools can undertake different energy conservation strategies and communicate with the customer EMS in real time. Incorporating such controls can be useful to utility as well because this will help peak shaving and decrease the expenditure in installing/purchasing additional capacity to meet the peak demand. In addition, obtaining such insights can allow for customer behaviour modelling and create opportunities for evaluating business strategies for different customer groups.


Smart energy monitoring 2.0

Nigel Morris, Business Development Director,  Solar Analytics

Energy monitoring is coming of age at lightning pace and quickly extending far beyond just measurement.

Today, smart energy monitoring systems are unleashing load control, consumer engagement and changing users behaviour in real time.

So what's next? Energy monitoring devices will soon be able manage peer to peer trading, predictive tariff switching and more.


Smart Meters, Smart Hubs or an IoT Energy Cocktail?

Gavin Dietz, Managing Director, Wattwatchers

Smart meters were meant to transform how consumers use and experience electricity but failed. Having worked as global Chief Information Officer for nearly a decade with the world's largest smart meter manufacturer, Landis+Gyr, I know why utility-style advanced metering infrastructure is doomed. But what comes next?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived just in time. As a keen technologist at home as well as at work, I'm using an off-the-shelf IoT switching product you can buy at a big box hardware store to match my pool system with my solar curve, so it will only run if on-site generation is available. I use Apple HomeKit via Siri to control my Philips Hue smart lights; and will connect energy management using the rules engine If This Then That to extend over-the-air control. IoT, home automation and energy are all converging.

I'm also using a sophisticated solar performance monitoring app developed in Australia to drive a process to right-size my home investment in distributed energy infrastructure. First step was to get my real-time energy data, consumption and generation from my 10kW solar PV system; with grid import and export data. Then I bought better, finding a new retailer, Now I'm optimising the in-home use of my solar PV output. Then I'll invest in just enough battery storage, and finally I'll get into demand management programs and local energy trading.

Behind the meter is the place to be with #IoT4energy. Consumers will be empowered with data, which they will control and can monetise; and grid operators will have real-time visibility across millions of generation, storage and consumption circuits.


Building the emerging Internet of Energy through asset aggregation and the delivery of grid services

Andrew Tanner, VP Business Development, Geli



  • Adrian Panow



    Deakin Energy

    As a senior executive and advisor in the resources, agriculture, manufacturing and renewable energy fields across government, private and research...

  • Dr Shama Naz Islam


    Lecturer in Electrical Engineering

    Deakin University

    Dr Shama Naz Islam is a lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Deakin University. She is a leading researcher in the area of smart grid communication,...

  • Nigel Morris


    Business Development Director

    Solar Analytics

    Nigel Morris is a 25 year solar industry veteran and has worked across virtually every discipline of solar power.  He is an accomplished and regular...

  • Gavin Dietz


    Managing Director


    Gavin Dietz is Managing Director of Sydney-based energy technology company Wattwatchers. He’s a keen technologist and home automation innovator who...

  • Andrew Tanner


    VP Business Development


    Andrew is spearheading the Business and Partnership Development for Geli. A professional engineer with over a decade of experience in developing and...

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