Forum Review: Emergency & Remote Power Supplies Forum PERTH

IDC Technologies recently hosted the Emergency & Remote Power Supplies Forum at the Mercure Hotel, Perth. The event attracted delegates from companies such as AECOM, Western Power, Horizon Power, GHD, Emerson Network Power and Energy Made Clean.

Keynote speaker Jamie Ally (Energy Made Clean) opened the event with a pertinent presentation addressing Opportunities and challenges for renewables in off-grid power systems. This was followed by some notable presentations from Chem Nayar (Regen Power) – Innovative solar diesel hybrid energy system and Craig Chambers (AECOM) – Remote mining hybrids: When and why to consider it? International keynote speaker Ian Bitterlin closed day one of the forum with an informative workshop on Power system harmonics in LV systems (relating to remote power supplies).

Day two of the forum opened with our second keynote presentation by Ian Bitterlin, which addressed – Integrating renewable energy into emergency and standby power applications. The rest of the day comprised of presentations from MPower, Telepower Australia, ComAp ty Ltd, Hydro Tasmania, Aurizon, GHD, and Magellan Power. Special mention goes to Simon Gamble (Hydro Tasmania) who presented a fantastic case study – How renewables can reduce operating costs and increase reliability off-grid: the King Island case study, which was very well received; and discussed how the project achieved world-leading renewable energy utilisation in an off-grid system through the integration of wind and solar, reducing diesel use and operating costs with no impact on reliability or security of power supply.

We were privileged to have a great selection of speakers and delegates attend this event which provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss important issues affecting the industry in Australia. The mix of professional expertise and industry knowledge created an interactive and engaging forum which we plan to run again in the near future. If you would like to be involved in this future event please contact IDC to express your interest.

For more details on the Emergency & Remote Power Supplies Forum, or to purchase a copy of the Conference Manual, please email

Look out for our next event – the High Voltage Forum, which will be held in Melbourne on 1st & 2nd October 2014. To express your interest in attending this event, email

We look forward to seeing you at the next IDC event!

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