Tuesday 20 June – day one

Registration and welcome coffee

Opening remarks from the Chair

David Pointing
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Power Institute

Assessing the risks and rewards of the electrification of everything (EoE)
Electrification of everything and associated challenges
  • How far can the electrification of everything go?
  • How will the transition to EOE impact your day-to-day operations and decision-making
    • CO2 emissions
    • Carbon footprints
  • Strategies for reducing emissions and preserving the environment
  • Staying ahead of the curve with cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions

Iain MacGill
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
University of NSW (UNSW)

Monitoring the condition of power electronics – Is random failure a myth that can be busted with condition monitoring?
  • What failures have been experienced so far
  • Does it make sense to monitor power electronics, and if so, what monitoring options are available

Georgios Konstantinou
Senior Lecturer in Energy Systems
UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute (DGFI)

Empowering women in engineering and trades: strategies and support for success
  • Exploring the current landscape of women in engineering and trades, including the challenges they face and the opportunities that exist to increase representation
  • Attracting and retaining women in electrical engineering (targeted recruitment, mentorship and sponsorship programs, and flexible work arrangements)
  • Defining the organisational support to enabling women to thrive
  • Building a more diverse and equitable future for engineering and trades

Bianca Shepherd
Engineering Support Workshop Manager
Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

Morning tea in the expo hall

Exploring the ‘Repair, Replace or Run to Death’ conundrum
Understanding the implications of repair or replace decisions
  • Life extension of assets in plant and equipment destined for closure – how do we make the right calls from a holistic stakeholder perspective
  • Understanding the implications of Repair or Replace decisions and when does it make sense to replace or repair?
  • Are DC machines still relevant in the variable speed AC world and should they be replaced prior to asset end of life
  • How do we make sure that the integrity of repair does not compromise reliability

Malcolm Ballinger
Principal Electrical Engineer - Energy Hubs

Extending the life of HV machinery by replacing and refurbishing equipment

Tony O’Brien
Managing Director
Australian Winders

PANEL DISCUSSION: Life extension of assets in plant and equipment destined for closure – how do we make the right calls?
  • How should costs and reliability be balanced when maintaining equipment that is in its end-of-life phase?
  • Understanding the implications from a circular economy perspective
  • Assessing the condition, operating risks and remaining service life of aging HV equipment.
  • How to optimise life extension maintenance strategies without jeopardising safety, reliability and costs.
  • The qualifications required to make these calls.


Troy Kooloos
Transformation Consultant in Energy



Ali Abbas
Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Sydney

Tri Tran
Principal Electrical Engineer

Ron Scollay
Principal Engineer

Ahmed Halima
Hydrogen & Fuels Lead ANZ – Principal Engineer
Mott MacDonald

Lighting as a conduit for technological disruption

Andrew Orkin
Business Development Manager
Coolon LED

Lunch in the expo hall

Electrical engineering in practice - synchronous condensers, repair management and variable speed drives
Deploying large synchronous condensers and assets such as batteries to support higher concentrations of low inertia renewables in HV transmission networks - the SA experience
  • Required concentrations for a reliable HV network
  • Ensuring reliability and methods of monitoring new assets with the associated balance of plant
  • Exploring how these machines operate within the capability characteristic

Rainer Korte
Chief Operating Officer

Importance of the specifications and QA around procurement and repair management
  • Getting it right first time to reduce cost and down time
  • Common mistakes and “shortcuts” that should be avoided
  • Lessons for future developments

Ron Scollay
Principal Engineer

Variable speed drives – the challenges of widescale deployment
  • Disturbances and implications of mismatching impedances between cables motor and drives in low voltage applications
  • Effect on motor insulation and windings – harmonics, voltage spikes, operating temperature increase
  • Special design requirements for motors to operate on VSD’s
  • Standards and guidelines – are manufacturers compliant?

Craig Harrison
Managing Director
I S Systems

Afternoon tea in the expo hall

Getting to grips with the next generation of ultra high voltage electrical machinery for industrial plants
  • Machine research activities at major universities
  • High speed supersynchronous machines
  • Rotor drives – slip energy recovery and supersynchronous rotor frequency injection
  • Permanent magnet motors and generators
  • Solid state transformers

Rukmi Dutta
Postgraduate Research Coordinator, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
University of NSW (UNSW)

Managing the increased deployment of high voltage cables and transformers
Investigating and diagnosing causes of failure and how to monitor cables
  • Ensuring cables and switchboards are not neglected as a hidden or overlooked asset
  • What condition monitoring techniques are available to asset owners to monitor cables and how are these optimally deployed?
  • Understanding cable life and assessing joint and termination integrity
  • Lessons from real life cases of cable failures

Luca Garagnani
Principal Technical Authority - Cables & Switchgears

PANEL DISCUSSION: What is best practice in monitoring transformers, cables and transmission/distribution networks?
  • Are modern transformers any safer and more reliable than those deployed 50 years ago?
  • How effective are vibration analysis, current and voltage monitoring, and partial discharge testing in condition monitoring? What is best practice?
  • Why do we still have instances of transformer catastrophic failures and fires?
  • How can asset managers ensure cables are fit for purpose and installed correctly in the first place?


Rukmi Dutta
Postgraduate Research Coordinator, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
University of NSW (UNSW)


Carlos Gamez
Founder and Director
Nova Energy Consulting

Jason Krstanoski
General Manager – Network Operations

Luca Garagnani
Principal Technical Authority - Cables & Switchgears

Closing remarks from the Chair
End of day one and start of networking drinks
AEW Gala Dinner

Time: 7:00pm -9:30pm - (arrive for 6:30pm canapes and drinks)
Venue: The Pavilion, Arts Centre
Cost: $225, inclusive of canapes, 3 course dinner and drinks