Mining experts on energy storage applications

The 2019 Australian Energy Storage Conference will leverage off the success of the 2018 event and bring more international speakers and perspectives to the local market.

With declining costs and continually increasing technological developments, the opportunities for energy storage in mining, and other off-grid sectors, have never been bigger.  

Mining projects and remote communities are seeking solutions for power generation that will reduce their reliance on diesel and gas, and the energy industry is delivering, with advancements in solar/battery/diesel hybrid systems, spinning reserve, and even hydrogen.

As with all industries across Australia, mining is also feeling the pressure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their power consumption, and storage and renewable energy is on hand to help transform current operations while delivering lower-cost electricity. The reduction in diesel and gas reliance also has major cost-saving benefits for mine sites making it a huge factor in the decision to implement energy storage technologies.

The unique power requirements of mine sites have become the perfect business case for energy storage companies to really showcase their technologies and provide hybrid power solutions.

Some of the biggest innovators in mining and energy storage will be sharing their industry knowledge and updates on key projects at the 2019 Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (AES 2019).

Running from June 13–14 in Sydney, attendees will hear from experts on technologies such as microgrids, hybrid systems, batteries, solar PV generation, and more, as well as how Australia’s mining sector can really start to take advantage of their implementation.

Mining innovators to gather

Juergen Zimmermann, business development and technology manager at ABB’s Global Centre of Competence for Microgrids, has been involved in the development and construction of microgrids for almost 30 years. At AES 2019 he will explore microgrids for mines: why storage for spinning reserve works.

Claude Morris, Microgrid technology leader at GHD, will be looking into how to optimise systems and monetise value through the lens of international case studies on microgrids and utility-scale energy storage.

Owen Lock, country manager AU/NZ – storage solutions, Kokam, will be talking about issues surrounding stability and reliability with a case study on Alinta Energy Mt Newman BESS, while Kerim Mekki, technical director at Aurecon, has a WA case study on the optimal battery sizing for a 50MW solar plant connection that covers how batteries can maximise solar PV generation in islanded mining systems.

Other speakers include Ganesh Ganeshkumar, territory manager, AUS/NZ, Ecoult, who will explore microgrid applications with advanced lead-acid technology; and United States-based Craig Evans, president, chief executive officer and founder of ESS, who will share his insights into optimising microgrids with long-duration energy storage assets.

The 2019 Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition will also feature a program of international and local energy storage experts, a free-to-attend exhibition, several tours, and many networking opportunities including drinks and a dinner cruise.

The Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition will run from June 13–14 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. For more information or to register, visit

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