Most of us in the energy sector would be aware of the steady growth in household battery systems and the emergence of grid-scale projects such as the Hornsdale “Big Battery” in South Australia.
But will batteries be a marginal presence or a defining feature of our future energy system?
Two leading experts will provide their insights on the impact batteries are currently having in the market and their future potential in building a modern energy system.
Tom will talk about the growing range of services that batteries can provide, such as virtual transmission and synthetic inertia, and the scope for application in the Australian context. He will draw on his experience with the soon-to-be-expanded Hornsdale Power Reserve at Neoen.
Andrew will focus on the market and financial aspects of batteries, using the case study of University of Queensland’s 1.1 megawatt behind-the-meter battery system, highlighting the ‘stacking’ of value streams.
About the Presenters:
Tom Geiser is the Senior Market Manager with Neoen. His primary role is to contract with clients, but he also takes part in regulatory engagement, trading strategy, and asset optimisation. He has worked in the energy sector for over a decade with experience in R&D, consulting, spot trading, and retail. Tom has a Bachelor of Engineering and became fascinated by energy markets in his final year.
Andrew Wilson heads corporate Energy & Sustainability at the University of Queensland (UQ) and is Project Director of the 64 megawatt Warwick Solar Farm. He and his team are leading a world first initiative for UQ to become a 100% renewable ‘Gensumer’ – playing on both sides of the energy market as a large scale energy generator and large energy consumer, utilising energy storage and demand response to help deliver UQ’s operational energy needs in a flexible, sustainable, and lowest cost manner.