The decarbonised, decentralised and democratised grid - Associate Professor Lachlan Blackhall

The next instalment of the College seminar series will be presented by Associate Professor Lachlan Blackhall, Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head of the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at ANU.

The talk will address how global energy systems are currently undergoing substantial change. This is being driven by several factors:

  • An uptake in renewable generation including utility scale wind and solar generation which is driving a need for uptake in energy and battery storage.
  • The uptake of distributed energy resources including solar PV, and residential and community scale battery storage.
  • The increasing interconnection of the electricity and transport sectors being driven by the uptake of electric vehicles.

Ultimately, these changes require us to design new operating and participation paradigms that are fit for 21st century energy systems. Within the BSGIP we are undertaking research, development and demonstration to better model and control the changing physics of the grid. We are also addressing the social and economic imperatives that will result in positive outcomes for system participants, particularly for residential customers.

In this talk, we will discuss some of these research and development activities that are underway and outline the future work that is needed to ensure we achieve our goal of a decarbonised, decentralised and democratised grid.

College Deputy Dean, Professor Nick Birbilis, will host this session. 


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This seminar will be recorded. Please note that by registering your attendance, you agree to participate in this recording.

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Associate Professor Lachlan Blackhall is Entrepreneurial Fellow and Head, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program at The Australian National University. Previously, Lachlan led the development of capabilities to monitor, optimise and control residential solar generation and battery storage, as well as the development of virtual power plant technology to aggregate energy storage to deliver services to energy networks, markets and utilities.

Lachlan holds a BE, BSc and a PhD in engineering and applied mathematics, is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). 


Date & time

12–1pm 26 Aug 2020


Zoom webinar

Internal speakers

Professor Lachlan Blackhall

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