Rottnest Island, 2017

I am pleased to announce IPS Connect 2017 will be held on Rottnest Island in Western Australia from the 13th to 17th of November.

Australian electrical power industry is currently undergoing significant changes, and in the next 10 years, it will undergo more changes than in the last 70 years.  Power industry has to become smarter, much more flexible and deliver new products and services to the customer.

The power grid is transitioning from a traditional system of poles and wires to a high-tech network – the “smart grid”. The smart grid and distributed generation technologies are demanding a new generation of engineers equipped with a much more diverse skillset than ever before. Only innovative smart solutions will assure the affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity supply for the future.

This workshop aims to expand the success of IPS Connect 2015 and IPS Connect 2016.

The meeting will commence with a two-day professional development course with an excellent team of international, national and local speakers who will address a wide spectrum of issues covering integration of renewable energy in isolated power systems, increasing PV penetration, microgrid technologies and customer expectations.

The workshop presenters and attendees will discuss their experiences and share latest developments in the field of remote area power supply.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors: Hydro TasmaniaGoanna Energy Consulting and the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems of the University of Tasmania. Such support goes a considerable way to ensuring the success of this workshop.

On behalf of the organising committee I have great pleasure in welcoming you to what we are sure will be a most stimulating and worthwhile event.

Professor Michael Negnevitsky
IPS CONNECT 2017 Chair

Kaitlyn Bunker


Gold Sponsor


Rottnest Island

IPS Connect will be held on Rottnest Island in Western Australia. We will provide information on accommodation and travel options when registration opens. In the meantime, for more information click here to view the Rottnest Island Essential Guide and visit the Rottnest Island website.

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • IPS Owners and Operators
  • Government Representatives
  • Policy Makers
  • Aid Agencies
  • Utilities
  • Climate Change Advocacy Groups

IPS Connect Secretariat

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding registration and planning your attendance for IPS Connect 2017.

+61 3 6231 2999


Rottnest Island
Western Australia

Rottnest Island is 33km from Perth and can be reached via a regular ferry service from Perth or Fremantle.

IPS Connect Committee


  • Professor Michael Negnevitsky
    University of Tasmania


  • Ray Massie
    Hydro Tasmania
  • James Hamilton
    University of Tasmania
  • Xiaolin Wang
    University of Tasmania
  • Marc White
    Goanna Energy


Speakers for the Professional Development Course and Technical Workshop will be announced shortly.

IPS Connect Program

The program page will be updated as planning proceeds.