Energy supply matters – so does having the right technology

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 6th May 2015
Energy supply matters - so does having the right technology
Energy supply matters – so does having the right technology

A new event dedicated to the energy storage sector is offering delegates access to cutting edge technology on supply and storage solutions from world leading innovators.

It is only a few weeks until the Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition opens. To be held for the first time at Australian Technology Park in Sydney, 3 – 4 June 2015, the two day conference and exhibition addresses energy storage solutions at all levels, and features more than 50 experts from all over Australia and the world.

Keeping up with changing technology

Technology is changing at a frantic pace, and exhibitor ABB Australia is at the forefront of these incredible developments. ABB Australia is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact.

One of ABB Australia’s featured products at the exhibition is the Terra multi-standard DC charging station 53. Its flexible multi-protocol design supports CCS, CHAdeMO and AC functionality depending on the individual charging needs of each customer. Designed for en route charging, the Terra 53 is ideal for use at car dealerships, supermarkets, petrol stations and busy urban areas.

New technologies to be showcased

ABB’s Juergen Zimmerman is one of 50 speakers invited to discuss how energy storage is shaping the world, at the grid and off-grid levels, for transport infrastructure and in residential and commercial buildings.

Mr Zimmerman, ABB’s Research and Development Manager for Microgrid solutions, will share details of ABB’s involvement with an Australian-first battery energy storage system project, known as the Grid Energy Storage System (GESS) for AusNet Services.

The AusNet Services project, first announced in January last year, is occurring in partnership with ABB Australia and Samsung SDI, with the trial officially started in December 2014. AusNet Services, Victoria’s largest energy distributor, is testing the technologies viability as a way to enhance the management of peak electricity demand in the state of Victoria.

Another well known Australian business, GeoExchange Australia has joined with the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association of Australasia, and the Tumut Shire Council to present a project case study on the Riverina Highlands Building, in Tumut NSW.  A Ground Heat Exchanger (GHX) provides the ability to utilise the ground for thermal energy storage, essentially transforming the ground into a thermal battery. It enables heat to be extracted in winter (heat source) and return that heat in summer (heat sink). It is a dynamic thermal battery that operates both simultaneously and over the annual heating / cooling cycle.

Bruce Smith, Managing Director from Flow-Ice follows on from this session with information on Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and Load Shifting to enable power savings during normal operating hours when tariffs are higher. The systems are fully scalable and can be powered conventionally or via solar, biomass, wind or virtually any other energy source. This lends itself very much to stand alone applications in remote locations, resorts, and processing plants. Where necessary, the systems can be supplied in modular form in standard shipping containers.

Companies that use large amounts of energy in production will gain valuable information on optimum efficiency and cost effectiveness for their factories and buildings at the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition.

Readers of Australian Food News are able to book a ticket for the conference at a 10 per cent discounted rate by using promocode AFN2015 at checkout.

The exhibition and workshops are free to attend.

Event details:

Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition

3-4 June 2015, Australian Technology Park, Sydney

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