Knowledge Hubs

The free-to-attend Knowledge Hubs explore innovations and technologies helping to transform the energy landscape, showcasing projects, intelligence and insights into future solutions. The Hub Sessions offer a dynamic format and engaging Q&As, allowing attendees to network in an exclusive topic-led setting, right on the exhibition floor.

This creates the right environment to help utilities tackle the challenges they face in an ever-changing environment. We discuss the current and forward-looking industry challenges and opportunities around the transitioning power generation mix, renewable integration, digitalisation, energy markets, through to end-use.

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Generation & Renewable Technology Hub

Solutions oriented presentations and discussions on all generation technologies including solar, wind and  fossil fuels. This Hub also includes sessions on Energy Storage, Decentralised Energy, Hydrogen and Generation, VPPs for Grid Stability, the Digital Plant and O & M Strategies.

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Transmission & Distribution Hub

Practical ideas for engineering and operations professionals in the network space featuring cutting edge topics including Hydrogen and the Grid, Standardising Grid Edge Solutions, what DERMs Means for the Utility and Field Service Solutions.

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Retail & Digital Transformation Hub

Here professionals involved in smart metering, IOT, analytics, data management and digitalisation will discuss topics such as AI/Machine Learning, the Digital Experience, Digitalising Works Experience, Drone Data Capture, Sensors & Real Time Data Capture and Understanding Customer Behaviours.

The Program

March 10, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Generation & Renewable Technology Hub

Plant Digitalisation Block

10.30 – 11.00 am | Trends in Power Plant Technology
Speaker: Ji Hwan Kim
A case study from Korean South West Power Company on how they developed a real time monitoring system into a smart prediction diagnosis system.

 

11.00 – 11.30 am | Big Data and Optimising Power Plant Operations
Speaker: Uniper
In today’s world’s its all about optimising power plant operations through real time monitoring and asset tracking.

 

11.30 am – 12.00 pm | Plant Cyber Security
Speaker: To be announced
In a digital world security is paramount. What are the most effective means of protecting your system from external threats.

 

Speaker/s: Ji Hwan Kim,

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March 10, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Transmission & Distribution Hub

T&D Transition Solutions Block

10.30 – 11.00 am | Hydrogen and the Grid
Speaker: Benjy Lee
Intermittent renewable power poses enormous challenges to the grid and hydrogen will play a major role in “grid firming” and stability.

 

11.00 – 11.30 am | Orchestrating Large Scale Power From Distributed Generation-From a Grid Perspective
Speaker: Tracy Deveugle-Frink
Decentralisation is developing at a rapid pace so how does that become large scale power and become part of the larger grid.

 

11.30 am – 12.00 pm | Solar Friendly Neighbourhoods: LV Phase Switching / Dynamic Power Compensator
Speaker: Asanka Paranamana
AusNet Services has developed exciting new technology to meet changing consumer needs and in this session reviews that technology.

 

Speaker/s: Benjy Lee, Tracy Deveugle-Frink, Asanka Paranamana,

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March 10, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Retail & Digital Transformation Hub

IoT/Analytics Block

10.30 – 11.00 am | The State of IoT and Analytics in the Utilities Industry
Speaker: Paul Siemers
Big data, analytics, IoT and more are transforming the world. What are the dramatic changes in the water and electric utilities space?

 

11.00 – 11.30 am | AI and Machine Learning
Speaker: Lachlan O’Neil
Topics that are much discussed and whose applications are sometimes misunderstood are analysed in this session.

 

11.30 am – 12.00 pm | Sensors and Managing Real Time Data
Speaker: Frank Zeichner
Sensors have enabled companies to monitor all types of data in real time. The question is how to do this most effectively.

 

Speaker/s: Paul Siemers, Lachlan O’Neil, Frank Zeichner,

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March 10, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Networking Lounge

Networking Lunch

Join fellow industry professionals for a networking lunch. Catch up with old friends or connect with new industry colleagues.

The lunch is available to Summit Pass holders, upgraded Expo Pass holders, exhibitors and presenters.

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March 10, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Transmission & Distribution Hub

Grid Edge Block

1.30 – 2.00 pm | What DERMs Technology Means for a Utility
Speaker: Terry Mohn
DERMs is a concept that everyone embraces. But are what the real implications?

 

2.00 – 2.30 pm | The Role of DERMs in a Regulated Environment
Speaker: Jason Froud
There is much discussion surrounding the move of regulated network companies into new areas and how it impacts there planning.

 

2.30 – 3.00 pm | Standardising Grid Edge Solutions
Speaker: Andrew McConnell
Emerging solutions are always exciting but often unwieldy and this requires the development of standards.

 

3.00 – 3.30 pm | Secure Power on the Edge of the Grid
Speaker: Matthew Charles-Jones
Methods of ensuring reliable power in tandem with grid edge solutions is a critical industry imperative.

 

3.30 – 4.00 pm | Integrating Distributed Resources
Speaker: David Prins
The challenge (and opportunity) presented by distributed resources and the larger system is a crucial topic in today’s world.

 

Speaker/s: Terry Mohn, Jason Froud, Andrew McConnell, Matthew Charles-Jones, David Prins,

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March 10, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Retail & Digital Transformation Hub

Digitalisation Block

1.30 – 2.00 pm | The Digital Experience: Services for a Lifestyle
Speaker: To be announced
Utilities must use their digital expertise to understand and engage with customers with a deep understanding of the lifestyles of their end-users.

 

2.00 – 2.30 pm | The Digital Experience: Case Study for the Internal Customer
Speaker: Rob Mannion
Often not enough of a focus, the needs of the internal customer, those utility and power company employees who face the end-user, needs to be understood.

 

2.30 – 3.00 pm | Digitalising Works Experience
Speakers: Chris Cunningham and Nic Reardon 
A real world case study where a leading network company details how they digitized critical processes.

 

3.00 – 3.30 pm | The Digital Ecosystem: Where is Digitalisation Taking Us
Speaker: Smart Energy Water
We now are living in a predominately digital world. But what are the yet to be explored possibilities of this exciting environment.

 

3.30 – 4.00 pm | Intelligent Asset Management and Analytics
Speaker: Think 180
How are all the new tools available used to perform the task that is the backbone of any power and utility company.

 

Speaker/s: Rob Mannion, Chris Cunningham, Nic Reardon,

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March 10, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Generation & Renewable Technology Hub

Decentralisation and Storage Solutions Block

1.30 – 2.00 pm | Large Scale Storage Solutions
Speaker: Dr Julio Braslavsky
Energy Storage is critical to managing the intermittency of renewable power. Providing storage is even more important for ensuring reliable power.

 

2.00 – 2.30 pm | VPPs for Grid Stabilisation
Speakers: Alex Georgiou and Dr Robert Simpson 
One of the greatest challenges in the energy transition is delivering power consistently. The Virtual Power Plant allows that.

 

2.30 – 3.00 pm | Industrial Automation in a New World
Speaker: Yokogowa
New technologies are emerging at and ever- increasing pace and automation for these new approaches is essential.

 

Speaker/s: Dr Julio Braslavsky, Alex Georgiou, Dr Robert Simpson,

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March 10, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Generation & Renewable Technology Hub

Hydrocarbons and the Energy Mix Block

3.00 – 3.30 pm | Re-Imagining Coal Fired Generation
Speaker: Robert Giglio
In some ways coal has become the forgotten fuel. How does coal fit into the over-all energy mix?

 

3.30 – 4.00 pm | Trends in Gas Turbine Technology
Speaker: James Donohue
With gas being called “the transition fuel” and developments like gas/hydrogen blends, what is happening to turbine technology?

 

Speaker/s: Robert Giglio,

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March 10, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Enlit Australia Show Floor

Happy Hour

Relax and grab a drink from our Happy Hour Drink Stations located on the show floor. Network with fellow industry colleagues over a casual drink and chat.

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March 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Generation & Renewable Technology Hub

Gas to Power Block

10.30 – 11.30 am | Panel Discussion: Hydrogen as a Power Generation Fuel
Speaker: Luigi Bonadio
A panel of industry experts explore the potential of hydrogen in the power segment and its role in decarbonising the grid.

 

11.30 am – 12.00 pm | The Impact of Natural Gas/Hydrogen Blends
Speaker: Vikram Singh
Perhaps the biggest opportunity for hydrogen in large scale generation is with hydrogen/ gas blends.

 

Speaker/s: Luigi Bonadio, Vikram Singh,

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March 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Transmission & Distribution Hub

AMI/Smart Metering Block

10.30 – 11.00 am | Data Driven Customer Service
Speaker: To be announced
Customer engagement is of paramount importance to network companies and the use of Big Data has made this a highly refined science.

 

11.00 – 11.30 am | Customer-Centric Futures for Utilities
Speaker: Chris Dunstan
Data and analytics in a vacuum are of little value. Using the data to understand the end-user is gold.

 

11.30 am – 12.00 pm | Trends in Advanced Metering Technology
Speaker: To be announced
AMI is often over-looked as “yesterday’s news” but new technology is yielding benefits powerful new benefits.

 

Speaker/s: Chris Dunston,

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March 11, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | Retail & Digital Transformation Hub

Smart Cities/EV Block

10.30 – 11.00 am | Setting the Scene: The Transition to a Clean Energy Future
Speaker: Stephanie Bashir
Decarbonisation will be fully realised when it is central to all aspects of daily life. Getting there is the challenge.

 

11.00 – 11.30 am | The NSW Transition to a Circular Economy Transition
Speaker: Lisa McLean
The circular economy is one that brings immeasurable social benefits. How does the power and utilities industry understand and contribute?

 

11.30 am – 12.00 pm | The Dilemma of Open Networks, Standards and DER
Speaker: Ron Beatty
A fast-changing world has created a number of complex new issues for the industry to address and solve.

 

Speaker/s: Stephanie Bashir, Lisa McLean, Ron Beatty,

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March 11, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm | Networking Lounge

Networking Lunch

Join fellow industry professionals for a networking lunch. Catch up with old friends or connect with new industry colleagues.

The lunch is available to Summit Pass holders, upgraded Expo Pass holders, exhibitors and presenters.

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March 11, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Generation & Renewable Technology Hub

Renewable Generation Block

1.30 – 2.00 pm | Trends in Large Scale Solar
Speaker: John Grimes
Large scale solar is one of the fastest growing sources of power in the world. The why and how is detailed here.

 

2.00 – 2.30 pm | Innovation in New Energy Generation
Speaker: James Seymour
There are numerous innovations in the generation space and the Centre for New Energy Technologies offers an in-depth look at some of the most exciting developments.

 

2.30 – 3.00 pm | The State of Play in Wind Generation
Speaker: Sheri Hickok
With so much focus on micro-grids and solar, wind is often over-looked. In this session wind solutions and trends are front and centre.

 

Speaker/s: John Grimes, James Seymour, Sheri Hickok,

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March 11, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Transmission & Distribution Hub

Field Services Block

1.30 – 2.00 pm | Improving Safety in the Field
Speaker: IFS
In a changing industry it’s essential that approaches to safety evolve as well.

 

2.00 – 2.30 pm | Steps to Improved Efficiency
Speaker: Ten Group
To maintain reliable power while at the same time keeping it affordable constant efficiency in the field is a must.

 

2.30 – 3.00 pm | Trends in Maintenance and Inspection
Speaker: IBA Oceania
From analytics to drones the technology is changing rapidly and it is essential to understand how to adapt to these changes.

 

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March 11, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Retail & Digital Transformation Hub

The Consumer and the Digital Utility Block

1.30 – 2.00 pm | Transformation: Driving Efficiency and Improvement
Speaker: Zoltan Kelly
A case study from a leading water utility on deploying new thinking to traditional challenges.

 

2.00 – 2.30 pm | Best Practices in Customer Management
Speaker: Smart Energy Water
The real value of digitalisation is realised when managing customer engagement. Here is a look at some of the techniques that have borne great results.

 

2.30 – 3.00 pm | Understanding the Digital Twin
Speaker: To be announced
The digital twin can only be as good as the detailed data that it is built on, combined with the real-time data it gathers.

 

Speaker/s: Zoltan Kelly,

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