Instyle Solar In The Know- Renewable Energy Conferences 2018 (1)

Clean energy conferences are a great way to network with people in the industry. Find out what’s trending and where the industry is heading, as well as the latest technology and policy developments.

These events tend to bring together leading experts, business people and policy advisors.

The clean energy industry is one of the fastest growing economic sectors globally. Professional conferences are a great platform for discussing challenges facing the industry and global warming and finding ways to solve these challenges.

As a result, expect to see more green energy conferences pop up every year.

Here we look at the Top 5 Renewable Energy Conferences in Australia in 2018.

Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition 2018

When: April 10-11, 2018

Where: Halls 5 & 6, Exhibition Centre, ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

The Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition is the largest of its kind in Australia, focusing on solar, energy storage and smart energy.

It showcases the latest in clean energy technology developments, demonstrates new business models and offers a platform for networking and information sharing. The conference itself attracts over 6,000 delegates and features 100 exhibitors and 90 presenters.

The event is hosted by the Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council.

The conference’s program is focused on three core topics: Smart Energy Solutions, Applied Energy Storage and Professional Development Installer.

On the opening day of the conference, make sure to attend Kobad Bhavnagri’s speech on State of the Solar and Storage Industry. Mr. Bhavnagri is one of Australia’s leading experts on the transformation of the energy sector and the Head of Australia and Head of Asia-Pacific Economics and Policy at Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Some interesting presentations and discussions to keep an eye on at this conference include Financing and Investing in Large-Scale Renewable Energy Projects presented by Investment Director of Risen Energy, Mr. John Zhong. His company is going to invest in an excess of 1 GW of renewable projects in Australia, with further investments in storage in the future.

A fascinating topic on everyone's mind nowadays in the clean energy space is that of energy storage. The conference has dedicated a fair amount of time to applied energy storage with numerous presenters.

A good example of a presentation not to be missed is Ultra-High Power Lithium Batteries and Their Application in the New World of Distributed Generation with a High Penetration of Renewables. Presented by Mr. Ike Hong, Vice-President of Kokam Power Solutions. Mr. Hong has led development of more than 182 MW of energy storage systems to date.

Whatever your interest in the renewable energy space, there is something to appeal to everyone. Be sure to mark your calendar as busy for April 10-11 as you don’t want to miss out on this!

And by the way, it’s free to attend!

ICREC 2018

When: June 15-17, 2018

Where: Sydney (Conference venue TBA)

ICREC stands for International Conference on Renewable Energy and Conservation and in its third year brings together leading researchers from around the world in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied renewable energy and conservation.

The conference provides a platform for the world’s clean energy experts to discuss a variety of different topics, including quite innovative topics such as Renewable Energy Systems and Sources (RESSs) for Electrical Vehicles and Components, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Studies for RESs and Applications, Smart Grids and RESSs, etc.

Other trending clean energy topics that will be discussed are energy efficiency and the application of renewables in smart cities.

The topics are vast though and the above list is just a teaser of what to expect.

If you are interested in submitting technical papers for discussion then hurry as the deadline has been extended to the 15 April 2018.

If you are one that enjoys diving deep into the technicalities of clean energy then this conference is probably for you. The conference is scheduled for the June 15-16 in Sydney.

Australian Clean Energy Summit 2018

When: July 31 - August 1, 2018

Where: ICC Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Australian Clean Energy Summit brings together key decision makers and stakeholders from different sectors that play a part in clean energy transformation: 500 delegates from over 200 organisations across four continents and features 80 plus speakers.

The summit includes a comprehensive program covering major challenges in the clean energy sector ranging from policy and finance to innovation and technology developments. The detailed program for the 2018 Australian Clean Energy Summit is currently being finalised and not available for review at the moment.

It’s a great event for all those in the clean energy industry to attend, not only to network but to understand the industry’s challenges, opportunities and where the industry is heading to.

The summit will also hold a VIP drinks networking event including a gala dinner for attendees.

One of the highlights of the event includes Clean Energy Council Awards.

Applications are now open (till May 31) for the following categories: Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award, Innovation Award, Business Community Engagement Award.

All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference 2018

When: October 3-4, 2018

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference is said to be the highest quality clean energy B2B conference and exhibition in Australia and is sure to be a top event in the clean energy calendar.

The exhibition is held in partnership with the Clean Energy Council.

All-Energy Australia focuses on three main clean energy areas: Smart Cities, Energy Storage and Utilities, which can be further broken down into low-carbon transport, energy storage, smart grid, energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and project developments.

If you are in the business of selling clean energy solutions such as renewable energy or energy efficiency from a B2B perspective, then this exhibition is for you.

Among this year’s exhibitors one can find booths of LG Chem, Tesla, GCL, Canadian Solar, Sungrow Power Supply, ABB Australia, SolarEdge, Huawei Tech, Jinko Solar, Fronius Australia etc.

The conference and exhibition will also feature a networking event for business opportunities and to meet like minded people in the industry.

The event is still accepting presentation applications for various clean energy topics. Should you be interested in presenting a topic specific to clean energy, visit this link for further details.

Registration for All-Energy Australia 2018 will be open in late June.

Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018

When: December 5-6, 2018

Where: Sydney

The Australia Solar + Energy Storage Congress & Expo 2018 is the event that focuses on solar energy and energy storage.

If you are in the solar PV or energy storage game or both, then this event is for you.

The event brings together a whole multitude of industry stakeholders such as policy makers, investors, financiers, utilities, developers, network providers, solar and energy storage products manufacturers, consulting companies, and associates, as well as other related sectors.

The main goal of the Expo is to discuss applications, opportunities and challenges facing the solar PV and energy storage industry in Australia.

The lineup for this year's speakers hasn’t been announced yet but keep an eye on it.

If you are interested in presenting on a specific topic, visit their website for application details.

Speakers in previous years have included such versatile personalities from Mark Bailey, Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, Queensland Government to Rick Winter, COO of UniEnergy Technologies, a US based company which is a vanadium redox flow battery manufacturer. This should give you some idea of the calibre of the speakers to expect at this event.


Clean energy conferences are growing by the year in Australia and globally.

They are a great platform for networking with like-minded people, together discussing the latest developments and debating the challenges affecting the industry and how to resolve these challenges.

Not to mention how we can better fast-track Australia’s transition to clean energy efficiently and cost-effectively while meeting our greenhouse gas emissions goals as set out in COP 21.

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