Earlier this year IDC Events had the privilege of running the inaugural Solar-Diesel Hybrid & Battery Systems Conference in Perth, Australia on the 5th & 6th September 2017. 

This event was developed to build and accelerate the knowledge of industry employees and business owners on best practice when it comes to the design, installation and maintenance of renewable hybrid systems. The main goal of the conference was to help businesses take advantage of cleaner energy through improving the quality of their power generation systems. The event had a technical focus, covering key design, implementation, and operational considerations for solar/diesel hybrid and battery systems including installation and maintenance. Also covered was the hurdles encountered when introducing solar to an existing diesel power system, retrofitting, and the importance of maintaining consistent electricity. 

The conference had a total of ten presentations, including a full day workshop on Designing Stand-Alone Power Systems from keynote speaker, Glen Morris - Principal of SolarQuip & Vice President of the Energy Storage Council.

A list of conference topics and guest speakers can be seen below:

•    Building the Autonomous Grid
Glen Morris – Principal at SolarQuip & Vice-President of the Energy Storage Council 

•    Tipperary Station Case Study - Solar-Diesel Generator System in the Northern Territory
Thomas Wearne – Solar PV Design Engineer, Country Solar NT

•    Hybrid System Using Innovative Variable Speed Drive (VSD) Technology for Pumping Water 
Nick Hughes – Country Manager, Power Electronics Australia

•    Stand Alone Power Systems Incorporating Solar, Diesel and Vanadium Flow Batteries 
Vincent Agar – Managing Director, VSUN Energy

•    Innovative Solar/Wind-Diesel Hybrid Energy Systems
Professor Chem Nayar – Director (Technology & Innovation), Regen Power Pty Ltd.

•    Hybrid Systems: The Future of Energy Stability
John Davidson – Managing Director, Carnegie Clean Energy

•    Remote Battery Based Power Systems
Lindsay Hart – Manager Aust/NZ, Selectronic

•    The Mini-Grid Opportunity
Andrew Jones – Business Development Manager – Australia, Vector Energy

•    Exmouth Solar Borefield Case Study 
Greg Bell – Manager Energy Efficiency, Water Corporation

Glen’s half day workshop on Designing Stand-Alone Power Systems was considered the most valuable presentation by the delegates. We commend him for being able to present for 8 hours and answer individual questions along the way. An excellent presenter.

A big thank you to the sponsors of the event SolarQuip and media sponsor Transmission & Distribution

Networking opportunities were abundant with a drinks session scheduled so speakers and attendees could mingle and meet and the addition of a murder mystery party as an ice-breaker. 

Due to the success of this conference IDC Events have now scheduled a Solar-Diesel Hybrid & Battery Systems Conference in Brisbane on 22nd & 23rd May 2018. If you are interested in speaking at this event you can access the event CALL FOR PAPERS here. The Perth event focused mainly on small scale installations and feedback from the Perth delegates showed a desire for more information on large scale installations so the Brisbane event in 2018 will explore both small and large scale hybrid installations.

For further information on this conference or to purchase the technical papers and slides from the event, please contact 1300 138 522, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our website www.events.idc-online.com