Meet the team of staff and contractors to the University of Adelaide that have made this project happen.
University of Adelaide Project Team
- Assoc. Prof Nesimi Ertugrul
The Project Leader, Associate Professor Nesimi Erturgul, brought his knowledge of renewable energy systems, energy storage, power quality and condition monitoring to the project.
- Graeme Bell
With 20 years’ experience working in industry, including the design and deployment of 5 battery systems in two states, Graeme Bells’s electrical expertise was integral to the project’s success.
- Alex Lloyd
Alex’s experience managing both the development and commercialisation of new technologies around the world, made him the perfect project manager.
- Centre for Energy Technology
The Centre for Energy Technology’s (CET) research strengths are as solar-combustion hybrids, wind energy and alternative fuels. CET delivers innovative low-cost technologies for a clean energy future through strategic partnerships with industry and government. Their initiative in developing the project proposal, and their existing facilities at the university’s Thebarton campus have been instrumental in the project’s success.
Without the support of several South Australian companies, the AESKB project wouldn’t have been possible.
- SA Power Networks
SA Power Networks operates a distribution network that stretches across South Australia, comprising thousands of kilometres of powerline and hundreds of substations.
They concentrate their efforts on achieving regulated requirements for high levels of service, reliability, safety and efficiency.
The key services they provide the South Australian community include delivering electricity from the high voltage network through poles and wires to your property or business; installing, maintaining and reading meters; Providing an emergency response in the event of blackouts; and repairing street lighting.
Without the financial and engineering support of their Network Innovation Centre, the project and in particular the network connected trials would not be possible.
- Renewables SA
RenewablesSA is an initiative of the South Australian Government to support the further growth of South Australia’s renewable energy industry. RenewablesSA works to remove barriers to investment through policy and regulatory changes, provision of commercially relevant information to potential investors and working with companies to develop projects in South Australia and take advantage of Federal Government funding.
- Energy Networks Australia
Energy Networks Australia is the peak national body representing gas distribution and electricity transmission and distribution businesses throughout Australia. Energy Networks' focus is on issues affecting gas distribution and electricity transmission and distribution networks. These issues include the national and state government policy and regulatory environments under which energy networks must operate, and key technical issues such as network safety and security of supply, reliability and power quality, the management of peak energy demand and energy efficiency.
- ZEN Energy
Zen Energy was established in 2004 to develop innovative and sustainable energy technologies. Today, ZEN Energy Systems is Australia’s favourite home energy systems brand. After a merger in 2015, the ZEN Energy emerged as a Community Energy Provider. Their new business model involves new technologies delivering energy to communities via community owned assets.
- Power and Drive Renewable Solutions
Power & Drive Renewable Solutions is an Australian owned and operated business that is “committed to a clean energy future”. Their team comprises electrical engineers, control systems engineers, CAD Drafters, CEC solar designers and installers, electricians, and apprentices.