2018 Speakers

Richard Rocheleau

HNEI Director, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

Richard Rocheleau (PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of DE), has over 35 years of experience in renewable energy, with an emphasis in the areas of photovoltaics, hydrogen fuel cells, and energy systems. Dr. Rocheleau joined the faculty of the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii in 1988 and was appointed Director in 2000. Under his direction, the Institute is leading the development of public‐private partnerships focused on the development, testing and integration of alternative energy technologies into the electrical grid. HNEI has major funding from the US Department of Energy and the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Rocheleau was also successful in positioning the Institute to receive a portion of the ‘barrel tax’, established by the Hawaii State Legislature supporting studies for integration of renewable energy technologies into the grid intended to assist the state to meet its aggressive renewable energy portfolio goals.

Hawaii’s 100% Renewable Energy Goals:  Status and Issues

Although the Hawaiian Islands are blessed with an abundance of renewable energy sources including excellent solar and wind resources, and have the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy standards, the state still rely heavily on fossil fuels for electricity generation. With isolated (unconnected) island grids and sparse systems on some islands, integration of the intermittent renewable generation systems has been challenging. The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) at the University of Hawaii has initiated an integrated effort involving modeling, testing, and demonstration to identify and validate pathways to higher renewable integration.  In this talk, I will discuss the analysis being used to identify strategic paths forward and will describe several projects currently underway including the Maui Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the Smart Grid Inverter Project and several grid-scale battery energy storage projects. 

Mr Fumitoshi Emura

Mr Fumitoshi Emura
Hitachi, Ltd. (joined in 1989)
Social Innovation Business Division, IoT Business Division
Division Manager

Mr Fumitoshi Emura has been mainly in charge of overseas project promotion, new business developments as well as business alliances. He was dedicated to smartgrid demonstration project on Maui Island in Hawaii as the the president of Hitachi Advanced Clean Energy Corporation in Hawaii from 2014 to 2017.

Dr Yuichi Kado

Dr Yuichi Kado received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electronics from Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan, in 1983 and 1998. In 1983, he joined the Electrical Communication Laboratories of the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (now NTT), Kanagawa, Japan, where he was engaged in research on SOI structure formation by hetero-epitaxial growth. From 1989 to 1998, he worked on the development of fully depleted CMOS/SIMOX LSIs and ultra-low-power CMOS circuits. Starting in 1999, he was engaged in R&D on compact network appliances using ultralowpower CMOS circuit technologies for ubiquitous communications. He led research and development projects on ultra-low-power network appliances, sub-terahertz-wave wireless communication, and intra-body communication as a director of the Smart Devices Laboratory at NTT Microsystem Integration Laboratories (2003–2010).

In July 2010, he joined the Department of Electronics, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto, Japan. His current research interests include multi-port power routers to build energy interchanging systems. He has been the recipient of awards including the 2009 Nikkei BP Technology Award, the 2009 Radio wave Achievement Award presented by the ARIB, and the 2009 Telecom System Technology Award presented by the Telecommunications Advancement Foundation. He is a board member of NPERC-J (http://www.nperc-j.or.jp) and a member of IEEE.

Andrew Daka

Executive Director, Pacific Power Association

Andrew Daka is currently Executive Director of the Pacific Power Association (PPA) an inter-governmental agency and member of the Council of Regional Organizations in the Pacific (CROP) to promote the direct cooperation of the Pacific island power utilities in engineering expertise, technical training, exchange of information, sharing of senior management and and other activities of benefit to the members.

The PPA’s objective is to improve the quality of power in the region through a cooperative effort among the utilities, private sector and regional aid donors. The PPA provides direct links between the private sector and member utilities to improve private sector services and thus make their presence in the region more productive.

Renewable Ready Pacific

The PPA is an inter-governmental agency and member of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) to promote the direct cooperation of the Pacific island power utilities in technical training, exchange of information, sharing of senior management and engineering expertise and other activities of benefit to the members.

The PPA’s objective is to improve the quality of power in the region through a cooperative effort among the utilities, private sector and regional aid donors. The PPA’s members pool their resources and expertise for their common benefit, gain international representation and improve access to international power sector assistance programmes.


Simon Gamble

Chief Operating Officer, Enernet Global

Simon is chief operating office and Asia pacific managing director for Enernet Global. Simon was formely with Hydro Tasmania including roles as Manager, Hybrid Off-Grid Solutions and Project Director for the King island Renewable Energy Integration Project (KIREIP). Simon was awarded a 2010 Fulbright Academic Exchange Scholarship, having previously been acknowledged under the Australia Korea Foundation: Next Generation Leaders Program.

Hybrid microgrid deployment in the commercial and industrial sector

Enernet Global implements microgrids in the traditional off-grid sectors, such as remote communities and the mining sector.  In recent months the deployment of microgrid technology to grid connected clients in the commercial and industrial sectors is becoming more prevalent, as behind the meter solutions are offering cost effective solutions to traditional retailed energy services. 

Commercial microgrids also offer enhanced energy services with increased levels of energy security and reliability and the prospect for seamless islanding where grids offer less than acceptable reliability. 

Enernet will outline how the economics of solar PV and energy storage, and the integration of these systems into on-site load and demand management is driving a whole new class of renewable microgrids.

Ray Massie

Manager Off-Grid Hybrid Solutions, Hydro Tasmania

Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub

Hydro Tasmania are Australia’s largest renewable generator, and have a comprehensive track record in assisting remote island communities switch to reliable clean energy systems.

The Flinders Island development involves integration of wind and solar generation with the existing diesel power station and the installation of enabling technology, such as a control system, flywheel, dynamic resistor and battery energy storage. Hydro Tasmania has worked with Tasmanian manufacturers to develop a series of modular units to house and ship the enabling technologies essential to the energy solution.

Equipment was fabricated and tested off-site, ensuring a speedy rollout at the final location, reducing the risk, cost and duration of construction. The modular units provide a lower cost and scalable solution that will allow easy and rapid transport and installation for renewable energy projects and can also serve temporary generation, such as in disaster relief or in the mining industry.

Since commissioning in late 2016 the Flinders Island hybrid energy hub has run 100% renewable for half of the time.

James Hamilton

University of Tasmania

James Hamilton is a researcher at the University of Tasmania, leading implementation of the King Island low load diesel research and Rottnest Isand variable speed diesel programs. He is currently a director with Renewable Ready and has formerly held roles as director of Joule Logic, a specialist renewable energy IPP and consultancy who develop, deliver and own embedded wind power systems across Australia (including Flinders Island), and as Senior Commercial Engineer with Windlab Systems. James has worked within the renewable sector for over a decade, across roles in Australia, Indian, China and South Africa.

Australian Low Load & Variable Speed Technology Case Studies

Australian utilities are at the fore of innovative diesel based enablers, able to substantially reduce the cost and complexity of high penetration renewable integration. The technology progression can be traced back to 2003, with low load diesel units commissioned within the Denham wind diesel system. More recently the application has been validated across a range of utility application including Rottnest Island and King Isand. King Island has set a number of records including a sustained and stable diesel off capability, in addition to hosting Australia’s largest battery energy storage system. This presentation also covers the development of variable speed diesel platforms, a natural extension to low load application, providing for efficiency improvements of 40% at low load. The technology provides a pathway to renewable integration without a requirement for battery storage, significantly reducing the cost and compexity of system hybridisation.

Simon Franklin

Managing Director at IT Power

Simon has over 10 years’ experience in the Australian energy sector. He has worked on large and commercial scale grid-connected photovoltaic PV systems, hybrid off-grid power stations, financial modelling, energy efficiency audits and PV system performance modelling.Simon is an experienced project manager and has a strong background in renewable energy, with a Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Honours) and Bachelor of Information Technology from the Australian National University.Before joining ITP Renewables, Simon was an Electrical Engineer with Connell Wagner (Aurecon) where he undertook project management, electrical design and risk management work on rail infrastructure and defence projects. Simon has also worked with the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, investigating the feasibility of carbon capture and storage technologies.

Simon is a former Director of the Australian Solar Council (ASC), previously the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES).

Paul Pauze

CEO & President at Innovus Power Inc

Paul Pauze is the Vice President of Business Development and Sales for Innovus Power Inc., a North American company who has developed the first microgrid control system with commercial, primary power variable speed generator (VSG).

Prior to joining Innovus in 2016, Paul was the founder and President of SunRise Power Corp. a leading Ontario solar manufacturer and engineering firm from 2009-2015 specializing in commercial rooftop solar PV systems. SunRise was Ontario’s first-string inverter manufacturer and delivered the provinces first commercial rooftop racking systems.

Before joining the renewable industry, Paul spent many years in manufacturing with General Electric in Peterborough Ontario, in a number of rolls from Engineering Manager, Lean Leader to Plant Manager.

Paul has been a professional engineer for 20+ years, and a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers holding a Bachelor of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering from Queens University where Paul started his career in renewables as Electrical Manager of the Solar Vehicle program leading the team to a top 5 at SunRayce 95.

Variable Speed Diesel and Natural Gas Generation for 100% Renewables Integration

Today’s sophisticated microgrids are challenged by operating with 125-year-old synchronous generation technology. Complex systems, controls, and storage are required to maintain grid stability when integrating high penetration renewables. Using power electronics to enable Variable Speed Generation (VSG) optimizes efficiency by allowing the generator’s engine to operate at optimal speeds for any load and maintains microgrid stability at any renewable penetration by producing power through a back to back converter platform.

This presentation discusses technology advances that eliminate the need for storage to provide grid stability for high penetration renewables, therefore significantly lowering the levelized cost of energy.

We will discuss the results of the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy report, “Feasibility of Variable Speed Generators for Canadian Arctic Communities”. The report demonstrates how the use of converter-based generation significantly lowers emissions, fuel consumption and provides the lowest LCOE for remote northern community renewable integration.

We will also review the results from a recent installation of a 590kW VSG installation in the community of Aklavik Northwest Territories Canada.

  • Understand the benefits of decoupling Engine speed from frequency
  • How converter-based generation enables high penetration renewables
  • Understand the potential for high transient response and sub 10 seconds for natural gas generators
  • Understand how variable speed generation reduces engine damage and maintenance costs –

John Whybrow

Hitachi Europe

John Whybrow is the Smart Islands Programme Lead for Hitachi Europe Ltd. based in Maidenhead, UK and delivering on Hitachis global strategy for Social Innovation Business.  Since January 2016 John has helped Hitachi and the Smart Islands Partnership develop a programme of activity to sustainably and affordably tackle some of the Isles of Scillys main infrastructure and resource issues, whilst providing a model for how other communities can benefit from the transition to a low carbon economy.

Fred Redell

Maui Energy Commissioner

Jennifer Potter

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

Simon Benmarraze

International Renewable Energy Agency

Small, Strong and Resilient Islands: Insights from the IRENA SIDS Lighthouse Initiative

Accelerating the Global Energy Transition: Proceedings from the IRENA Innovation Week 2018