Energy solutions that are creating smarter and more interconnected communities

  • Session Topic
    Smart Grid

Energy solutions that are creating smarter and more interconnected communities

4 Oct 2018, 11:10 AM - 12:30 PM

Room 213
English (Australia)

Chair: Hugh Bromley, Lead Analyst, Bloomberg


Peer-2-Peer trading and the rise of Grid 2.0 - the most popular electricity on the market

Stefan Jarnason, CEO, Solar Analytics

There are technical and economic benefits through the decreased need for large transmission and upgraded distribution networks from increasing the amount of local electricity generation and consumption, especially when combined with peak load demand reduction. However, due to archaic network funding regulations, in most locations there is no financial incentive for households or networks (DNSPs) to optimise this local generation and consumption of electricity. 

Despite this absence of financial incentive, over 60% of customers with solar (prosumers) and 40% of customers without solar (consumers) want to participate in shared solar trading. 

Even more importantly, several network companies such as SAPN, Ergon and Ausgrid, are joining the Grid 2.0 transformation and are testing the ability of P2P local solar trading to reduce their infrastructure costs by providing financial incentives.

This talk will present the results of the Solar Analytics shared solar trading program which has been partially funded by Elemental Excelerator. The presentation will include:

  • Why consumers and prosumers are so keen to join P2P
  • Customer experiences in sharing their electricity
  • Profile of electricity traded
  • Changes in customer electricity consumption
  • Financial benefits able to be passed onto the networks and hence end consumers


Economics and physics: Building blocks of the dynamic grid

Doug Cook, Head of Delivery, GreenSync

In the context of energy, it is useful to consider what community means and why it is important. And what do we mean by smart and interconnected? What degree of intelligence and interconnection makes practical sense?

Distributed energy resources can either push us further apart through grid defection, load defection or affordability of renewable energy technologies; or it can bring us together by way of peer-to-peer, microgrids, etc. In this thought-provoking discussion, Doug will explore empirical data to illustrate this.

Most would agree there is greater benefit in bringing communities together to share resources, however our biggest challenge lies in our ability to build in the intelligence required for a more dynamic grid. To enable community programs such as peer-to-peer, the system must bring together both economics and physics.


The latest developments and future trends in convergence platforms for smart microgrid solutions

Herman Chang, General Manager of Energy Infrastructure Solutions BG, Delta Electronics

Australia has seen a huge uptake in residential PV systems and more recently the addition of stationary battery storage. As consumers are becoming more aware of the economic benefits the next step will be the addition of EV to the home. The convergent technology platform will be the V2H bi-directional inverter with added MPPT and stationary battery modules. A true home energy hub. 

Looking at the emergence of utility-scale storage and integration of renewable energy the need for rapid charging at power levels of 400kW and above requires the rethink of today’s energy infrastructure. A convergence towards the use of Solid State Transformer technology will allow for multi-mode bi-directional energy conversion and reduce the infrastructure cost at improved efficiency rates. The future energy grid will require not only smart communication networks but also a new generation of power conversion technology.


  • Stefan Jarnason



    Solar Analytics

    Stefan is a passionate believer in the power of innovation to solve one of the world’s most pressing needs – affordable, sustainable energy for all. ...

  • Doug Cook


    Head of Delivery


    Doug has 13 years’ experience in the energy and utilities industry in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Doug's current role has two...

  • Herman Chang


    General Manager of Energy Infrastructure Solutions BG

    Delta Electronics

    Herman Chang is a senior manager at Delta Electronics and leading a dedicated team Energy Infrastructure Solutions. Energy Infrastructure solutions...

  • Hugh Bromley


    Lead Analyst

    Bloomberg NEF

    Hugh Bromley leads Bloomberg NEF’s analysis of North American solar and distributed energy markets. Hugh joined Bloomberg in New York in 2011,...

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

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