Perth hosting Southern Hemisphere’s first microgrid event

Byron Bay, ABB

The International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC) Australia has formed a key partnership with the International Microgrid Association (IMA) to deliver the first microgrid summit in the Southern Hemisphere, hosted in Perth.

This international summit comes at a pivotal moment for the energy industry in Australia and around the globe, with network decentralisation and subsequent grid transformation becoming an increasing priority. This is largely being driven by consumer demands and government policy for renewable, reliable and resilient energy sources.

This inevitable evolution of the energy market signals a need for utilities to adapt their business models to maintain pace with changing market behaviours. This includes strategic planning around asset optimisation, interoperability and network integration, as well as new explorations in battery storage and hydrogen.

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Indeed, the Australian market is pioneering in microgrid development, with the state of Western Australia taking the lead with advancements and innovation in grid resilience as well as renewable energy.

IMA Chair Terry Mohn highlights this by stating, “We are thrilled to be championing the decentralised energy future and a new era of industry growth and see it as part of WA future-proofing beyond the mining, oil and gas industries”.

The digital capability to support grid optimisation and network interoperability is critical to the success of these new networks. The role of technology partners is therefore essential, whether it be Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS), connectors, inverters or greener energy solutions such as solar PV. 

IQPC Australia regional managing director Noel McDermott believes the gravitas of these technology partnerships will play a key role in driving innovation, stating, “With the pace of advancement in digitalisation, the need to bring together industry stakeholders and foster collaboration for microgrid development is indisputable”.

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“IQPC Australia is delighted to be partnering with the IMA to deliver an event that is so pivotal to the Australian economy and global reduction of carbon dependence.”

The International Microgrid Event will bring together public and private sector thought leaders from around the globe such as the Western Australian Government, ATCO, Horizon Power, San Diego Gas & Electric USA, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Australian Hydrogen Council, Asian Development Bank, Australian Department of Defence, Lord Howe Island Board, Macquarie Capital, Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and many more to discuss the future of the energy market and the exceptional progress occurring in the microgrid industry.

This event will be an opportunity to learn from leaders who are shaping the new energy future.