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Date: 13 July 2021

Time: 12 – 1pm

Forum: Distributed Energy Resources Laboratory launch event

Speaker(s):  Andrew Barr, ACT Chief Minister; Prof Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, ANU; Oliver Woldring, ITP Renewables; Heather Logie, BSGIP, Bjorn Sturmberg BSGIP & panel members.

Location: Cinema Theatre, Kambri and online

Contact: Sarah Wilson, mob 0478563281


Andrew Barr, Chief Minister for the ACT, will officially open a new facility at ANU, heralding in a new age in the energy transition.

Australia is undertaking an energy transition of a scale and complexity never before witnessed in our history. Record numbers of rooftop solar PV, residential battery storage and other new energy technologies (collectively referred to as Distributed Energy Resources) are supplying energy to the electricity grid, bringing new challenges and opportunities.

The Distributed Energy Resources Laboratory (DER Lab) is a state-of-the-art facility that mirrors the electricity grid. The lab will provide a failsafe environment in which to rapidly, efficiently, and securely develop and test technologies and systems before deploying them into the live grid.

What: Distributed Energy Resources Laboratory launch

When: 12 – 1 pm, Tuesday 13 July 2021 (refreshments, sponsored by ITP Renewables, available from 11.30am)

Where: Online and in-person, Cinema Theatre, Kambri, Australian National University

Register: via Eventbrite

The DER Lab launch will take place in- person at Kambri, ANU and online, via live streaming. Both attendance options require registration. Please ensure you are registering for the correct attendance option (in-person or online) when booking your ticket.

Program of events

  • Official opening of the DER Lab by Andrew Barr, Chief Minister, Australian Capital Territory
  • Remarks by Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, ANU
  • The industry perspective by ITP Renewables
  • The DER Lab capabilities and possibilities by the ANU Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program 
  • Panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Optional: 15 minute tours of the DER Lab will run after the event at 1.15pm and 1.30pm. Register for further details.

The DER Lab will include an electrically equivalent distribution network, transformers, batteries, solar generation as well as high speed, monitoring, control and optimisation capabilities. The DER Lab represents an important national facility for collaborative development and testing of new capabilities to support the operation of 21st century electricity systems.

The lab will open to industry and researchers in July 2021.

The DER Lab has been made possible by the investment of $1.5 million from the ACT Government’s Priority Investment Program. Partners include ITP Renewables, evoenergy and UNSW Canberra.

This event will be recorded. The recording will be made publicly available after the event on By registering for this event you are also subscribing to the Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program mailing list. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe button at the bottom of correspondence.

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