Off Grid Access to Energy
The objective of Task 18 is to find the technical issues and barriers which affect the planning, financing, design, construction and operations and maintenance of off-grid and edge-of-grid systems, especially those which are common across nations, markets and system scale, and offer solutions, tools, guidelines and technical reports for free dissemination.
Australian Lead and Operating Agent
Chris is the Director of Operations and Engineering at Global Sustainable Energy Solutions (GSES) Pty Ltd, a global leader in Solar PV Training, Design, Capacity Building and Procurement services. GSES is based in Sydney, Australia and has delivered its service offering in over 41 countries. Many of these services relate specifically to off-grid and remote area power system design and installation and it is this experience that has led to Chris’ involvement with Task 18 as Operating Agent and Australian Expert.
Dow is an electrical engineer with broad experience in all aspects of PV-diesel and battery hybrid power system development. He has technical and project management expertise in renewable energy generation, energy storage product development, tender development and Northern Territory government procurement.
With current interests including micro-grids / stand alone least cost power system design, energy storage technology, power system modelling, renewable energy generation & smart grid technology, Dow is an Australian expert on IEA Task 18 Off Grid Access to Energy.
Dr Anna Bruce is a senior lecturer in the school of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW, and Research Coordinator (Engineering) at the Collaboration on Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM) at UNSW Sydney. She leads CEEM’s research theme in Distributed energy systems including ‘smart grids’ and ‘smart’ homes, distributed generation and demand-side participation. Her research focuses on modelling, analysis and integration of renewable energy and distributed energy resources into electricity industries; energy access in developing countries; and energy policy and regulation.
Anna is an Australian expert on the International Energy Agency’s PV Power Systems programme Task 18 (Off Grid Access to Energy), Task 14 (High Penetration PV), is funded to contribute to Australia’s participation in Mission Innovation Challenge 2 on Off-Grid Access to Electricity, and leads the Australian PV Institute’s Solar Mapping project.
Lachlan is a mechanical engineering and commerce graduate (Corporate Finance and Investment Finance) with experience across the energy, finance and mining sectors in Australia, the UK and the US. He has worked in various roles for Macquarie Capital, London, Fortescue Metals Group, Australia, and as a research analyst for a renewable energy consulting and investment company in New York.
Currently at Ekistica, Lachlan is involved in a range of small to large energy development projects in regional and remote areas; applying an evidence-based approach and critical analytical processes to the complex challenges of remote area infrastructure development. Utilising this expertise, Lachlan is an Australian expert in Task 18, Off Grid Access to Energy.