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Smart Grids Pitch Competition

Smart Grids Pitch Competition

Do you have an idea on innovative smart grid technology that has commercial potential?

Would you like your chance to pitch it to industry networks?

Join us at the Smart Grids Pitch Competition!

Applications: Send your two-page written pitch to by Monday, 22 July 2019.

How to Enter

Your ‘pitch’ should describe in no more than two pages (including pictures and figures):

  • The real-life problem/opportunities that the innovation will address
  • The impact of the work if successful
  • The potential for the innovation to impact/benefit broader industry
  • Its unique point of difference - i.e. what are the attributes that differentiate your technology from others?)

It should demonstrate innovative smart grid technologies including, but not limited to:

  • Solar output following (such as to smooth variability of photovoltaic production)
  • Network load balancing (providing demand response and load shaping as may be needed by the local grids in the town where charging is done)
  • Providing ancillary services (such as Fast Frequency Ancillary Service)
  • Optimisation and forecasting techniques for storage and solar input
  • Reliable wired and wireless communication technologies
  • Flexible power converters

The top six teams will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges including:

  • Mr Glenn Platt, Research Director, Grids and Energy Efficiency Systems, CSIRO
  • Mr Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund and CEO, New Energy Nexus
  • Mr John O’Brien, Partner, Energy Transition & Renewables, Deloitte 
  • Mr Lex Hoefsloot, CEO & Co-Founder Lightyear
  • Further esteemed panellist to be advised
  • Teams will also pitch their ideas in front of an Invited audience consisting of BWSC teams, business incubators, investors, energy experts, entrepreneurs, dignitaries, sponsors and media.

Each pitch will be a 5-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions from the judges.

Props, slides or other visual material to enhance your pitch are encouraged.

A maximum team of four presenters is allowed.


Saturday, 19 October

3:00-5:00 pm: Pitch Competition

5:00 pm onwards: Networking drinks


Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Cruiser Pavilion

Victoria Square Precinct, Adelaide, Australia

Key Dates

Monday, 22 July 2019: Two-page written pitch due.
Monday, 19 August 2019: Successful applicants notified, and provided with further guidance for the pitch competition.
Saturday 19 October 2019: Live pitch competition.
Sunday 20, October 2019: Winning teams announced at the awards ceremony.