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Hydrogen and virtual power plants – the next wave of renewable energy technology - 13 August

The AICC NSW in association with Gilbert + Tobin is delighted to extend an invitation to you and your colleagues to attend a webinar on the crucial role that hydrogen and virtual power plants (distributed energy resources) will soon play in supporting a reliable energy system and lower emissions future, and the opportunities that this will present.
Debate continues to swirl around Australia’s future energy mix and how we can guarantee cheap, reliable, low emissions energy in future. Activities at our largest energy companies – including AGL and Origin, both represented on our panel – suggest that two technologies in particular are at the forefront of the next wave of changes that we will soon see:

•           virtual power plants – the orchestration of a complex web of data, sophisticated energy management software and distributed energy resources (such as rooftop solar and batteries) that will power our cities from within; and
•           hydrogen – a cleaner gas to power our homes, transport and industry, and become our next major export.

Join our expert panel as we discuss the crucial role that these technologies will play in leading the way forward.

Alan Coller, Director, Energy Services Division, SolarEdge Technologies
Alan leads SolarEdge's Energy Services Division in Australia, delivering market leading intelligent solutions from utility to commercial to aggregated residential solutions. For the last decade Alan has led strategy development, innovation and commercialisation in businesses facing structural disruption in their industries. He joined SolarEdge in 2017, a global leader in inverter technology to develop the Grid Services offer in Australia and New Zealand. Before SolarEdge, Alan was a Senior Strategy Manager for Origin Energy, a leading integrated gentailer in Australia, developing strategies for the deployment of Distributed Energy Resources and their integration into Origin’s evolving business model. Alan is passionate about effective disruption and accelerating the transition to a low-carbon electricity system, whilst maintaining resilience and economic value for customers. 
Dominique van den Berg, GM Decentralised Energy Resources, AGL
Dominique van den Berg is responsible for the strategy and business development of AGL’s distributed energy programme including “Behind the Metre Batteries”, Electric Vehicles, demand response initiatives. Prior to joining AGL, Dominique worked for multi-national oil and gas companies and worked in Singapore, Kazakhstan, UK and Australia in a range of different roles – from economics, to operations to large scale project delivery and general management roles. Dom is South African and together with her partner Michele, has 2 small (and very naughty) kids.  Dom’s experience of living in different countries, working in typically male dominated environments and now juggling life as a family with 2 moms has helped shaped her views on equality and diversity.
Felicity Underhill, General Manager, Future Fuels, Origin Energy
Felicity Underhill has a history of successfully designing and then implementing strategies including new business ventures, major organisational change, digital and innovation. While she was with Shell, she worked in over 35 companies in over 20 countries, so has had the opportunity to learn from some of the best and the rest.  Felicity joined Origin just before they took FID on the Australia Pacific LNG project.  Now, as General Manager, Future Fuels, Felicity is responsible for developing a low and zero carbon fuels business as well as working across the organisation to decarbonise gas operations and developments.  
Moderator Tim Kennedy, Partner, G+T
Tim is a partner in Gilbert +Tobin’s Energy + Resources Group, specialising in project development and M&A in the energy sector with a focus on power, renewables and oil & gas. He advises on many of the most innovative ‘first-in-market’ projects and transactions in the Australian market, at the forefront of the rapidly transitioning energy sector. Tim advises local and international companies and government clients, including in connection with wind farms, large-scale PV solar farms, oil & gas assets (including LNG projects), nuclear projects, hydro and pumped hydro assets, large scale lithium ion batteries, waste-to-energy projects, embedded networks & microgrids, and transmission & distribution networks. He has advised on transactions involving assets in more than 30 countries.


8/13/2020 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time