How virtual power plants will change the energy landscape

  • Session Topic
    Energy Management
    Smart Grid

How virtual power plants will change the energy landscape

3 Oct 2018, 1:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Room 219
English (Australia)

Chair:  Glynn Ellis, Chief Business Development, Private VPP, Redback Energy


Grid Services and VPP - Transition to Integrated and Orchestrated DER   

Alan Coller, Grid Services & Business Development, SolarEdge


Building the biggest smart grid from virtual power plants  - experience from Europe

Sandra Trittin, Co-Founder, Swisscom Energy Solutions AG

  • combining Smart Grid Services in a Virtual Power Plant and attractive home energy management services for end-user create attractive business models all over the world
  • challenges and opportunities
  • advantages that Smart Grids based on DERs bring for the energy industry (network stability, wholesale optimization etc.)
  • making the energy turnaround accessible for all end-customers with any kind of devices with an attractive value proposition (examples)
  • examples of successful implementations

What attendees will gain:

  • experience and learnings from Smart Grid/Virtual Power Plant implementations all over Europe
  • how to create attractive value propositions for end customers to join DR programs
  • usage of Smart Grids even beyond DR


Virtual Power Plant SA

Mark Twidell,  Director - Energy, Tesla

Details coming soon


Tuning the Orchestra – Lessons learnt from CSIRO’s Virtual Power Station 2.0 Trial

Brian Spak, Leader – Grids and Renewable Integration, CSIRO

The increasing uptake of both solar PV and battery systems poses a serious risk of exceeding the hosting capacity of many Australian distribution network segments. Many existing energy-optimization solutions provide benefits to only one party: typically either the customer or the distribution network service provider (DNSP). CSIRO trialled the Virtual Power Station 2.0 (VPS2) project, by contrast, to develop a moderately-priced solution that delivers balanced technical and economic benefits for customers, DNSPs and society. Key lessons learnt from the trial include:

  1. demonstrating that Rooftop PV, Air-conditioners, batteries and other flexible loads can be intelligently controlled to increase PV uptake on distribution circuits;
  2. acknowledging that network benefits from such systems depend significant on their location within the network;
  3. determining that air-conditioners using AS4755 standard controls offer large benefits, but effective control is challenging; and
  4. identifying the need for new trials focused on optimising solutions for customers, DNSPs, the wholesale electricity market, and society at large. 


  • Glynn Ellis


    Chief Business Development, Private VPP

    Redback Energy

    Glynn Ellis has over 20 years’ international experience in successful new business delivery in the energy sector. Having initiated and led several...

  • Alan Coller


    Grid Services & Business Development


    Alan is the Director, Grid Services & Business Development for SolarEdge, a leading provider of intelligent inverter solutions.   Alan has over 25...

  • Sandra Trittin



    Swisscom Energy Solutions AG

    Sandra began her career at a management consultancy working in the areas of process optimiziation/ restructuring and supply chain management for...

  • Mark Twidell


    Director, Energy


    Mark Twidell has worked in the renewable energy industry for over 25 years and since May 2016 been with Tesla leading their entry into the Australian...

  • Brian Spak


    Leader – Grids and Renewable Integration


    Brian Spak leads the grid and renewable energy integration research program for CSIRO, Australia’s national science and research organisation. His...

Opening Times
Wed 3 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wed 3 Oct Networking Event 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Thur 4 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm

Registration opens 8.00am

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