Strong relationships and collaborative networks underpin Intyalheme’s work. Intyalheme hosted an ARENA A‑Lab in November 2018, the first time such an event had been held in regional Australia.
Intyalheme General Manager Sara Johnston with Renewables Minister, the Honourable Dale Wakefield
Energy experts from all over Australia attended the Alice Springs A‑Lab. The significant effort made by the 50 participants is validation of the compelling opportunity Alice Springs provides as an environment for demonstrating emerging technology, with relevance to the National Electricity Market.
A‑Lab events, run by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) exist to fill a gap in the innovation landscape. They bring together people with the expertise and passion to drive change.
During the two-day workshop in Alice Springs, 10 discrete projects were pitched, aspects of which are now featured in the collection of activities known as the Alice Springs Future Grid. The expert panel of judges included Minister for Renewables, the Honourable Dale Wakefield, who branded the Alice Springs A‑Lab as “nation leading”. Participants were reported to have called the event “sensational” and “really well-run”, with many commenting on the range of skills evident.
The event coincided with the official launch of the Alice Springs Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) with participants taking a tour of the facility, based at the Ron Goodin Power Station.
A‑Lab was also attended by Territory Generation chief executive Tim Duignan, who explained Alice Springs was dealing with energy issues around five years earlier than other parts of Australia, and it was essential that parties worked together on the transition to renewable energy.