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Webinar: Integrated Solutions for Daylight and Electric Lighting

The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme presents a free webinar timed to suit Australian audiences.

September 25th @ 6:00 am UTC / GMT  (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm AEST)
Recording of September 24th webinar PLUS live Q&A with presenters

More information is available here and you can register below

Step 1: Link for the recorded webinar

Step 2: Link for the live Q&A

The webinar will welcome the following presentations:

Jan de Boer – Motivation and Introduction to Task 61 – Barbara Szybinska Matusiak – User requirements for lighting environments

Marc Fontoynont – Technical Solutions for simplified maintenance, improved reliability, user-friendliness in design and application of systems

David Geisler Moroder – Design support for practitioners – simulation workflows and daylight system characterization

Niko Gentile – Instruments and methods

The webinar will be moderated by Bärbel Epp of solrico – solar market research & international communication.

Workshop: PV Recycling

This workshop was held on 29 Nov 2018 in conjunction with the 2018 APSRC. The program can be found here and the presentations are below.

Global cooperation towards sustainable deployment of photovoltaic power systems”, by Garvin Heath & Andreas Wade, PVPS Task 12 Operating Agents 

PV System Stewardship: A National Approach”, by Michael Dudley
Strategic Lead (Product Stewardship), Sustainability Victoria

Photovoltaics & EU WEEE in a Nutshell”, by Andreas Wade

PV Recycling in Japan”, byKeiichi Komoto, Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc., Tokyo, Japan 

PV Recycling Technical Status“, by Parikhit Sinha, First Solar

Workshop on High Penetration Variable Renewables in Pacific Island Countries: Small grids and Off-grid

10am to 4:30pm, Fri 7th Dec, UNSW, Sydney

This workshop is being held in conjunction with the 2018 APSRC. The aims of the workshop are to:

  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of introducing more variable renewable energy into small grid and off grid contexts in the Pacific
  • Hear from a range of invited speakers regarding the status of VRE integration, key challenges and solutions to facilitate high penetration VRE in small grids and improved off grid energy service delivery
  • Identify potential future work to address key issues and themes arising in the discussion

The flyer is available here, and please register for catering purposes.

Three CEEM Workshops on Distributed Energy Tools and Analysis

10am to 4:30pm, Mon 3rd Dec, UNSW, Sydney

In conjunction with the 2018 APSRC, CEEM is holding three end of year Workshops on their research projects related to distributed energy. At the workshops, they will describe their open source modelling tools, present their findings, and seek feedback from stakeholders about challenges and opportunities and how their tools can be most useful.

Please register for the event. The flyer, including registration details, is available here.

WORKSHOP: Cost-Reflective Pricing – some different perspectives

This workshop was held as part of the AES Conference and Exhibition and was a great success – especially judging by the enthusiasm of the discussion! The presentations are below.

12:30 Lunch

1:15  Welcome. Renate Egan, Chair of the Australian PV Institute

1:30  Developments in Electricity Pricing and implications for PVBill Nixey, IES Advisory

2:00 (Re)designing cost-reflective tariffs. Rob Passey, APVI, UNSW, IT Power

2:30 Should network tariffs be cost reflective or value reflective? Mervyn Davies

3:00 Afternoon Tea

3:30  Cost reflective pricing – panacea, pandora’s box, predicament or phantasyIain MacGill, CEEM UNSW

4:00 Impacts of cost-reflective pricing on the economics of battery storageDavid Blowers, Grattan Institute

4:30 Cost reflective pricing: Residential Consumers’ Perspective, Kristal Burry, Public Interest Advocacy Centre

APVI Workshop on ‘Solar, Storage and New Business Models’, Sydney

This workshop was held as part of the AES Conference and Exhibition and was sold out with a few extras squeezed in at the last minute. The presentations are below.

Survey and Perspectives for PV in Australia’, Warwick Johnson (Sunwiz)

‘Solar Map, Forecasting and Storage’, Anna Bruce (UNSW)

Grid Connected Storage Solutions Available Now’, Scott Partlin (SMA Australia)

Cost-Reflective Pricing and its Impact on Storage‘, Rob Passey (UNSW, IT Power)

‘New Business Models for Utilities Arising from Opportunities in Solar and Storage’, Paul Fox (AGL New Energy

Storage solutions and the future of the electricity grid

This workshop was held as part of International Battery Association 2014:

Delegates who registered for this afternoon workshop also had access to both the morning and afternoon sessions of the IBA conference.

The workshop presentations are available to APVI members for $27.50, and  for non-members for $55.


  • 2:00pm Muriel Watt (APVI Chair) – Introduction to the APVI
  • 2:15pm Jonathan Pye (GSES) – What electricity customers are currently doing with storage; why and where might this be headed?
  • 2:45pm Michelle Taylor (Ergon Energy) – What aspects of storage are electricity utilities interested in for better grid management?
  • 3:15pm Discussion & Afternoon Tea
  • 3:45pm Adrian Ho (SMA-Australia) – Grid Connected Storage, Solutions already available right here, right now
  • 4:15pm Graeme Bell (Hybrid Energy Consulting) – Assessing and valuing the various approaches to incorporating storage in the grid.
  • 4:45pm Discussion & Drinks

GSES_R-standard    Major sponsor Global Sustainable Energy Solutions

Associate sponsor Ergon Energy; supporting partner SMA-Australia

Workshop: PV and the electricity grid – overcoming the growing pains

This workshop presented the results to date of the International Energy Agency PV Power Systems Program’s Task 14 on High Penetration of PV Systems in Electricity Grids. It considered the findings in the Australian context and formed part of Australia’s involvement in this Task. It was on 26 Nov, 2013, at the Law Theatre, University of NSW, Kensington.

The agenda can be found here, and the presentations are below.

–   “Welcome and background”, by Iain MacGill

–   “Update on ARENA’s activities”, by Lara Olsen, General Manager Strategy, ARENA

–   “The IEA PVPS High Penetration Task”, by Christoph Mayr, Roland Brundlinger, AIT

–   “Utility experiences with high penetration – Australian survey results”, by Ben Noone, CEEM, UNSW

–   “Magnetic Island – An Australian case study”, by Anna Bruce (SPREE, UNSW) and Dean Condon (Ergon Energy)

–   “Addressing issues created by high PV penetration at inverter level”, by Andros Cadavid, SMA Australia

–   “High penetration in the European context”, by Manoel Rekinger, EPIA, EU

–   “High PV in local distribution grids and update on PV in Germany”, by Dr Thomas Stetz, Fraunhofer IWES, Germany

–   “Overview of grid integration research in the USA”, by Barry Mather, NREL, USA

–   “Smart inverter technology for high PV penetration”, by Mr Roland Bruendlinger, AIT, Austria.

2013 Research Review

The APVI held its annual Research Review on 25th November 2013. The Research Review covered IEA PVPS and SHC activities as well as presentations on the latest APVI research projects. The agenda can be found here.


1.  2013 APVI Research Review Introduction

2.  IEA Solar Heating & Cooling Programme

3.  IEA PV Power Systems Programme

4.  Climate Based PV Performance & Reliability

5.  High Penetration PV in Electricity Grids

6.  Distributed Energy Market Options

7.  An Interactive Australian PV Map

8. Impacts of AC, PV and Other Technologies on Consumer Costs




Consumers, Utilities and a Distributed Energy Market

19th July 2013, ANU, Canberra – This APVA event, supported by ARENA and IT Power, provided the latest CSIRO research about consumer interest in PV, PV+batteries and energy efficiency. APVA also presented findings on utility revenue, government and utility responses to this and alternative proposals to enable sustainable uptake of PV and energy efficiency.

DE Market in USA & Mexico
Focus Group and Survey Responses
Regulatory Arrangements for a DE Market
Responses by Utilities & Regulators

Building Integrated PV Workshop: Piecing together the BIPV puzzle

This event – organised by the APVA and hosted by Bond University and Tractile –  provided the latest information about the BIPV market sector, and discuss how to raise its profile throughout Australia.

The workshop presentations are available to APVI members for free in the members only section, and available for non-members for $55.


10.55am Welcome to workshop and introduction to Bond University – Prof George Earl, Dean of the Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture, Bond University

11:15am APVA overview and update on the international and Australian PV markets – Dr Muriel Watt, Chair APVA, Executive Committee member IEA PVPS Program

11:45am The role of solar power and buildings to deliver low carbon living – Assoc Prof Alistair Sproul, Low Carbon Buildings CRC

12:15pm PV building integration – an architect’s perspective – Peter Gardiner, Managing Director, Peddle Thorp Architects

12:45pm Light lunch (provided) 1:30pm TRACTILE roof integrated innovation for Australian buildings – Jason Perkins, CEO TRACTILE

2:00pm Identifying and removing the complex integration barriers for BIPV – Matthew Sullivan, Technical Advice Specialist, Moreland Energy Foundation

2:30pm BIPV – International experiences and opportunities for Australia – Dr Mark Snow, Research Fellow, UNSW

3:00pm Discussion – What is holding back the BIPV market in Australia? – What could be done to accelerate development of this important market?

3:30pm Close of workshop

3:45pm Tour of Bond University facilities

AuSES conference 2011 – APVA Session

Presentations & Program

3:30 pm: Dr Muriel Watt, Chair, Australian PV Association  
3:50 pm:  Dr. Iain MacGill, CEEM, UNSW
4:10 pm: Graham Mills, CEEM, UNSW
Grid Parity modelling [.pdf 716kB]
4:30 pm: Dr. Rob Passey, CEEM, UNSW
4:50 pm: Dr. Mark Snow, Faculty of the Built Environment, UNSW


APVA 2012 Research Project Presentations

APVA 2012 Research Summaries

Dr. Muriel Watt, Chair, Australian PV Association  
Dr. Muriel Watt, Chair, Australian PV Association  
Dr. Anna Bruce, SPREE, UNSW
Assoc. Prof. Iain MacGill, CEEM, UNSW
Dr. Rob Passey, IT Power (Australia)
Customer and Utility Attitudes to PV
Dr. Mark Snow, SPREE, UNSW
Dr. Muriel Watt
Developing a Central Australian Solar Centre

PV Utility Workshop – 2nd Grid Integration of PV event

Presentations & Program

Denis Smedley, CEO, Australian PV Association  
Wilf Johnston, Manager Commercial Projects, SunPower Corporation Australia
Nicole Ghiotto, First Solar,
The PV Industry Perspective:
Rodger Whitby, Ingenero
Anna Bruce, UNSW
The Networks Perspective:
James Darbyshire & Dave Edwards, Horizon Power
Integration issues and solutions in Australian Networks – Carnarvon [not currently available]
Discussion – Minimising PV problems

Grid Integration of PV – Issues and Solutions

Outcomes of APVA PV Grid Integration Workshop [.pdf 595kB]

Presentations & Program
10:00 am: Dr Muriel Watt, Chair, Australian PV Association  
10:15 am: James Torpey, Director of Market Development, SunPower Corporation
11:00 am: The PV Industry Perspective:
Daniel Ruoss, Solar Systems [.pdf 1.5MB]Rodger Whitby, Ingenero [.pdf 1.6MB] Developing large-scale PV projects in Australia
11:30 am: Discussion – capturing PV benefits
1:00 pm: Dr. Iain MacGill, CEEM, UNSW
1:30 pm: The Networks Perspective: Simon Lewis

Joint IEA and APVA International Solar Technologies for Buildings Seminar

International Solar Technologies for Buildings Seminar 

An International Energy Agency (IEA) Seminar in collaboration with the Australian PV Association with support from the Federal Department of Innovation, Industry,Science & Research and Sustainability Victoria.

Venue:          Urban Workshop Conference Centre, Rear of 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Date:              Thursday 29th September 2011

Seminar Program

Presentations (.pdf): 

Sustainability Victoria and IEA overview – Ken Guthrie, Sustainability Victoria

PV energy as an integral part of the building sector – Dr. Muriel Watt, APVA Chair

IEA SHC Task 41 Solar energy and architecture overview – Maria Wall, Lund University

Integrated design & zero energy buildings – Dr.Mark Luther, Deakin University

Solar technologies & buildings value proposition – Dr Mark Snow, University of NSW

International experiences: PV & buildings – Dr Karin Kappel, Solar City Copenhagen

Solar thermal technologies & buildings – Dr Maria-Cristina Munari Probst, EPFL-LESO [TBA]

Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) Seminar

Presentations hosted by APVA and ASI

Introduction to APVA and brief PV update  – Muriel Watt, APVA Chair & IT Power
Australian Solar Institute (ASI) update – Mark Twidell, Olivia Coldrey, ASI
OPV device structure and physics – Chris Fell, CSIRO
OPV applications and commercialisation – Scott Watkins, CSIRO
DSC device structure and physics – Paul Meredith, Xercoat & Uni of Queensland

DSC applications and commercialisation – Hans Desilvestro, Dyesol

PV Manufacturing Seminar

Presentations hosted by APVA and SPREE, UNSW


Seminar Overview

Potential for High Volume PV Manufacture in Australia (Dr. Peter Fath, Centrotherm)

Australian & International PV Market Update (Dr. Muriel Watt, IT Power, PVPS ExCo Australia)

PV Technology Overview (Dr. Gavin Conibeer, ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence, UNSW)

Non-Silicon PV Materials (Prof. Rose Amal, ARC Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, UNSW)

Spark Solar’s Manufacturing Plans (Dr. Michelle McCann, Spark Solar Australia)

The Role of PV in Smart Grids

Presentations hosted by APVI and CEEM, UNSW


Workshop Opening

ENARD and the PVPS (Hubert Fechner, Arsenal Research, PVPS ExCo Austria)

Trends in photovoltaic applications (Muriel Watt, IT Power, PVPS ExCo Australia)


Session 1: Smart Grids – State of the Art

US Department of Energy Grid Integration Perspectives (Ben Kroposki, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA)

Early experiences with deployment of smart grid and telecommunications technologies (Terry Daly, Energy Australia)

Multifunctional PV Inverters (Christoph Mayr, Arsenal Research, Austria)


Session 2: Economics and Regulation

Use of economic incentives for reactive power delivery (Hugh Outhred, Uni of NSW, Australia)

Policy and regulatory requirements (Iain MacGill, Uni of NSW, Australia)

Volatile Energy Sources in the Grid (John Boland, Uni of South Australia)


Session 3: Best Practice Applications

High Level PV Penetration in Electricity Networks & Smoothing Effects (Kazuhiko Ogimoto,Tokyo University, Japan)

Matching the PV Resource to Demand (Geoff James, CSIRO, Australia)


Session 4: Large PV Penetration Levels

Demonstrative Research of Clustered PV Systems (Shogo Nishikawa, Nihon University, Japan)

Managing electricity industries with high levels of PV at local, regional or system-wide levels (Hugh Outhred, Uni of NSW, Australia)