Innovative Energy Technology: Including AI, Automation, Big Data and Blockchain

DATE: Thursday, 15 October 2020

TIME: 2:00pm – 3:15pm


This session will look at the digital transformation within energy management and how advancements in Smart Meters, AR/VR, Cloud Data Analytics, IoT, Blockchain and more can evolve to optimise our energy usage.

Chair: Bianca Sylvester, Associate Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

Blockchain in Energy after the hype - the practical value of tokenizing energy data
Kaspar Kaarlep, Co-Founder & CTO, WePower

Reliable and Low-latency Information Exchange for IoT Enabled Smart Energy Systems
Shama Islam, Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

How did COVID-19 hasten the progress of smart buildings and cities? The focus not on tech, but on outcomes? How? What about Cyber Security?
Bob Sharon, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Blue IoT

Justine Jarvinen, CEO, UNSW Energy Institute 


Bianca Sylvester
Associate Director, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)


Kaspar Kaarlep
Co-Founder & CTO, WePower

Kaspar is a leader in the European Utility and DSO sector. As a speaker, technology strategist and complex problem solver he has been very active not only in his native Estonia, where he was serving as CTO of Elektrilevi - Estonia's largest DSO, but across Europe. Kaspar is the Co-Founder and CTO of WePower – an innovative energy transaction marketplace.

Shama Islam
Senior Lecturer, Deakin University

Dr Shama Naz Islam is a senior lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Deakin University. She is a leading researcher in the area of smart grid communication, IoT for smart energy applications, energy management, renewable powered base stations, and smart grid security. In 2015, she completed her PhD from the Australian National University. She is one of the investigators of the project “Development of a Proposed Performance Standard for a Battery Storage System connected to a Domestic/Small Commercial Solar PV System”, that secured 1.4 million AUD funding from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in 2018. She has successfully attracted internal grants worth of $200,000 over the last 4 years along with other investigators from Deakin University. She has received Future Women Leader’s Award from Monash University in 2017. She has been awarded Victoria Fellowship 2019 for her contributions in scientific innovations in Victoria.

Bob Sharon
Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Blue IoT

During these most challenging of times, it's most imperative that we look for opportunities to innovate in the operations of smart buildings, assets and cities. By leveraging the IoT, OT, smart wireless sensors, Cloud, LPWANs, AI, Analytics, Machine Learning, Cyber Security and trusted supply chains, our world could be a much better place to live and work. As the founder, Bob is particularly proud of Blue IoT's Proptech/Greentech global leadership in the development of the first IoT cloud based BMS/EMS platform called Encompass Blue which is saving up to 50% of total building energy and carbon footprint. This Aussie innovation is now going to the world and will make a real difference to the global triple bottom line. Bob has been privileged to have conducted the first NABERS Data Centre Energy rating back in 2013. Then in early 2016, From a cyber security perspective, he was honoured to have been part of the company that supplied and implemented the first commercial firewall back in 1994, Checkpoint FireWall 1 version 1.0.

Justine Jarvinen
CEO, UNSW Energy Institute 


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