Hear the latest in technical excellence from experts in the wind industry. Check the program below to see the range of topics that will be covered.

Sessions

  • Join us to open the Wind Industry Forum 2017 with an opening address from Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate, Simon Corbell.

  • This session looks in detail at the capability of wind farms to provide control and ancillary services and how these capabilities have already been harnessed in overseas markets.

    Speakers

    • Jenny Riesz, AEMO - Frequency control and wind generation
    • Jonathan Dyson, Greenview Strategic Consulting - Enabling FCAS on wind farms: What the rest of the world is doing
    • Kate Summers, Pacific Hydro - Fast frequency services: back to the future

    Chair

    • Tom Butler, Director, Energy Transformation - Clean Energy Council
  • This session looks at the latest developments in wind measurement and modelling, including onshore wake validation and the use of CFD in stable atmospheric conditions.

    Speakers

    • Natalie Lukies, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff - Onshore wake validation
    • Trenton Gilbert, DNV GL - Reducing energy production uncertainty through CFD modelling of stable atmospheric conditions
    • Bud Abeyrama, Vestas - Wind turbine load modelling – siting turbines outside of their IEC class

    Chair

    • Bryan McCarthy, Senior Manager, Engineering - ACCIONA
  • This session will feature experienced experts on some of the recently revealed challenges with integrating wind into the NEM. It considers the need for significant reform, along with an update on the AEMC's System Security Market Frameworks Review which will look to ensure that system security is maintained in step with the changing technological landscape.

    Speakers

    • Tom Geiser, Infigen Energy - Issues with wind farm dispatch in the NEM
    • Harley Mackenzie, HARD Software - Calculation and bias in the AEMO determination of FCAS causer pays factors for intermittent generators
    • Suzanne Falvi, Australian Energy Market Commission - Rules for a changing Market - update on the AEMC System Security Market Frameworks Review

    Chair

    • Serel Otgen, Business Development Manager - Downer Utilities
  • Always an important topic for those operating wind farms, this session will consider how to make the most of a wind farm. Topics include improvements to precontruction energy yeild assessments, elevating the role of operational data across a whole business, and even the role of big data in developing and operating wind farms.

    Speakers

    • Tom Dempster, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff - Analysis of operational wind farms and improvements to pre-construction energy yield assessments
    • Daniel Bennett, Entura - Can Big data and AI develop and operate a wind farm? A status review for the wind industry
    • Maja Barnett, Pacific Hydro - Spotlight on operations: visual data for the whole business
    • Bridget Brown, Prevailing - Improved turbine performance estimates

    Chair

    • Raymond Gilfedder, CEO and Managing Director - Senvion Australia
  • This session will focus on transmission connections and ongoing and recent changes to the connections frameworks that will increase renewable energy opportunities, connection efficiency, competition and reduce connection costs.

    Speakers

    • Jacqueline Bridge, Ausnet Services - New age of transmission network planning
    • Winodh Jayewardene, AECOM - Unlocking network capacity to accommodate renewable generation through dynamic ratings
    • Donald Vaughan, Entura - Grid integration - weak grids and fault recovery

    Chair

    • Daniel Belton, Group Solutions Development Manager - Zinfra Group
  • This is a packed session hearing from experts on all sides of planning and approvals. Come along to hear an update on recent planning policy and legislative changes, as well as a discussion on decommissioning and aviation planning. We've also got advice from an expert planning consultant and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning's approvals team.

    Speakers

    • Phil Burn, Jacobs - Planning for planning - setting up for success
    • Michael Juttner, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning - Wind farm planning permits in Victoria
    • Elisa de Wit, Norton Rose Fulbright - Update on recent planning policy and legislative changes
    • Mel Dunn, SGS HART Aviation - Relationship between wind farm development and aviation safety
    • Jillian Button, Corrs - Retire, repower or refurbish? A planning perspective on end-of-life wind farms

    Chair

    • Meredith Anderson, Senior Project Developer - Pacific Hydro
  • Come along to hear about the latest developments in wind turbine technology and performance monitoring. This session will focus on technical innovations including blade design, bearings and reconciling the difference between output and performance monitoring.

    Speakers

    • Pan Weiping, Goldwind Science & Technology Corp. Ltd - Technical features, innovations and future direction of smart, scalable, structured wind turbines
    • Laura Browne, Senvion - Reducing noise - blade serrations
    • Ben Kang, Schaeffler - Rolling Bearings in Wind Turbines, Reliability for aging wind turbines
    • Matthew Clifton-Smith, Jacobs - Beyond Downtime: Reconciliation of Wind Farm Production Variance and Performance Monitoring

    Chair

    • Serge Forza, Vice President - Regional Operations and Support - Vestas
  • This session is about ensuring wind farms are built efficiently and to the highest possible standard. Discussions will include applicable Australian Standards to look for, a contractor's perspective on Balance of Plant construction issues, and ways to optimise your wind farm by involving contractors early.

    Speakers

    • Bruce Rummins, Zenviron - Supporting Wind Farm Development and Optimisation through Early BOP Contractor Involvement
    • Martin Hewitt, AECOM - Australian Standard Compliance During Design, Construction and Operation of wind turbine foundations
    • Peter Kessler, Fulton Hogan - White Rock Wind Farm – BOP Construction with a Collaborative Approach
    • Kirsten Lee, ACCIONA - Calming the farm: maintaining critical landowner and community relationships through construction

    Chair

    • John Gardner, VP Program Management - Goldwind Australia