IPS Connect 2019 – Program


Professional Development Course

Convened by the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems, Hydro Tasmania, TasNetworks, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, Enternet Global

IPS Connect will include a two day professional development course, immersing delegates in an accelerated project modelling environment. Delegates will be teamed to navigate a real life IPS project tools, facilitated by industry mentors, concept guidance and live toolkits.

Monday 11 November 2019

Simulation Toolkit


  • Registration
  • Topic 1: Model Set-up
  • Topic 2: Generation Technologies
  • Topic 3: Storage Technologies


  • Topic 4: Control Basics
    • Incentives & Control
  • Topic 5: Network Management
  • Group Exercise: System Design


  • Hosted Delegate Dinner

Tuesday 12 November 2019 

Case Studies


  • Group Exercise Continued
  • Group Presentations
    • King Island, Tasmania
    • Derwent Bridge, Tasmania
    • Kotzebue, Alaska


  • Facilitator Case Study Review
    • Ray Massie – Hydro Tasmania
    • Laura Jones – TasNetworks
    • George Roe – ACEP


  • Happy Hour Networking

Technical Workshop

DAY 1 – Wednesday 13 November 2019

Lessons Learnt

0800 Registration
0820 Open from Conference Chair
Professor Michael Negnevitsky
0830 Official Welcome
Steve Davy, CEO Hydro Tasmania

Session 1: Australian Projects

0840 Isolated Power System Modernisation
Ray Massie, Hydro Tasmania
0910 Renewable Hydrogen Demonstrator
Attilio Pigneri, H2U
0940 Coober Pedy Hybrid RE Project – PRESENTATION SLIDES
Mark McNee & Trevor Gleeson, EDL
1010 Q&A Session
Moderator: Dr James Hamilton
1040 Morning Tea and Networking

Session 2: Tasmanian Projects

1100 Bruny Island Consort – PRESENTATION SLIDES
Laura Jones, TASNetworks
1130 Flinders Island Renewable Energy – PRESENTATION SLIDES
Paul Fulton, FIRE
1200 Wild Cattle Hill & Agnew Mine
John Titchen, Goldwind Australia
1230 Q&A Session
Moderator: Dr Sarah Lyden
1300 Lunch and Networking

Session 3: International Projects

1400 Alaska Hybrid Diesel Application
Gwen Holdmann, Alaska Centre for Energy and Power
1430 Hawaii Energy Resilience
Richard Rocheleau, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
1500 Off grid systems conversion and associated research at Hydro-Québec – PRESENTATION SLIDES
Luc Marcouiller, Ingénieur en recherche chez (Hydro Québec)
1530 Can Solar Save the Grid – PRESENTATION SLIDES
Benjamin Kroposki, NREL
Q&A Session
Moderator: Dr Evan Franklin
1630 Day One Recap and Close

MONA Gala Dinner

1715 Meet at Brook St Pier for the 5.30pm ferry service to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
1800 MONA Gallery Tour
1930 Gala Dinner, MONA
2200 Coach departs back to Hobart.

DAY 2 – Thursday 14 November 2019

Tasmanian Technology Showcase & Tour

0830 Departure from Elizabeth Street Pier
0930 – 1030 Thunderbolt Mini Hydro Scheme
The 890 kw mini hydro scheme has an annual generation of 4.6GWh, using a head of just over 93.3m. Named after a nearby mountain, the Thunderbolt incorporates a suite of innovations to maximise its efficiency, viability, maintainability and ease of operation in a damless situation. The scheme was commissioned in April 2019.
11:00 – 12:00

Repulse Power Station Tour
Repulse Power Station is the eight station in the Nive/Derwent scheme. The station was commissioned in 1967 and houses a single Boving kaplan turbine coupled to Siemens generator.

The facilities at Repulse include a concrete arch dam, intake structure, a short penstock, power station building, and associated facilities.

1:30 – 3:30 Bonorong Sanctuary
Meet a true local, the Tasmanian Decil as we lunch at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary on our return to Hobart.
4.00 – 5.00 Hobart Brewing Co.
We return to Hobart for a networking and happy hour at our favourite waterside brewery.

DAY 3 – Friday 15 November 2019

Emergent Energy Futures

Session 4: Australian Projects

0830 Lockhart River Solar Trial – PRESENTATION SLIDES
Dane Thomas, Energy Queensland
0900 Kalbarri Microgrid – PRESENTATION SLIDES
Shervin Fani, Western Power
0930 Willinga Park Micro-Grid
Chris Pye, ComAp
1000 Q&A Session
Moderator: Dusan Nikolic
1030 Morning Tea and Networking

Session 5: Australian Projects

1100 Onslow Power Project
Laurie Curro, Horizon Power
1130 King Island Low Load Diesel
James Hamilton, UTAS
1200 Solar Setup
Dow Airen, Power and Water Corp
1230 Q&A Session
Moderator: Ray Massie
1300 Lunch and Networking

Session 6: International Projects

1400 Emerging Micro-Grid Technologies
Choo Fook Hoong, REIDS, NTU
1430 Renewable Ready Pacific Projects
Andrew Daka, Pacific Power Association
1500 Ouatom Solar + Storage Project – PRESENTATION SLIDES
Nicolas CAZÉ, Enercal Energies Nouvelles
1530 Tonga RE Development Project – PRESENTATION SLIDES
David Skinner, Entura
1600 Q&A Session
Moderator: Salman Stevenson
1630 Workshop Close
Moderator: Michael Negnevitsky

CREPS Laboratory Tour (optional)

1645 Transit to University of Tasmania, Engineering Faculty, Sandy Bay
1700 Refreshments
1730 Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems (CREPS) Laboratory tour
1830 Tour Concludes
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