ABB Australia at the IEEE Conference in Wollongong

ABB Australia at the IEEE Conference in Wollongong

ABB Australia rounded off 2023 with one last event in December. The team proudly participated in the IEEE 2023 International Conference on Energy Technologies for Future Grids (IEEE ETFG 2023) at the University of Wollongong in Wollongong.

This four-day event marked a significant milestone in the realm of energy technologies, bringing together experts, researchers, and industry professionals to explore the challenges, solutions, and opportunities for industrial transformation in the ever-evolving energy landscape of Australia.

A diverse program throughout

The IEEE ETFG 2023 conference, organised by the Australian Research Council Training Centre in Energy Technologies for Future Grids, underscored a commitment to fostering collaboration and advancing knowledge, particularly in the seamless integration of renewable energy into the power grids of Australia. The conference's overarching theme "Challenges, Solutions, and Opportunities for Industrial Transformation," resonated well with the dynamic and transformative spirit of the ongoing industrial revolution.


The conference witnessed the convergence of major players from the power and energy technology industry such as Essential Energy, Ausgrid, CIGRE, and OSA Engineering. Among the notable attendees was a strong presence from ABB Australia, with ten colleagues actively participating in various aspects of the conference. The diverse conference program, spanning four days, included an inauguration, plenary sessions, featured keynotes, talent and networking events, exhibitions, workshops and a gala dinner. The official launch of the ARC Training Centre in Energy Technologies for Future Grids, a leading research and training centre advancing Australia's transition to a clean energy future, was a highlight of the event.

Great involvement from the ABB team

ABB's participation took centre stage throughout the conference, with key contributions from Anisur Rahman, TJ Ponce, Paul Thomas, and Saw Chin Toh. Anisur Rahman, Manager of Digital Solutions Centre, delivered a keynote speech on 'Innovation and Sustainability through Substation Virtualisation’. Shortly after, he engaged in a panel discussion on immediate industry challenges. TJ Ponce, who is a HR Business Partner at ABB Australia, moderated the Networking and Talent event, highlighting ABB as an exceptional workplace. Paul Thomas, Sales Manager Distribution Solutions, delivered an introductory speech at the gala dinner, providing insights into ABB's history and business areas. And last but not least, Saw-Chin Toh participated in the 'Women in Engineering' panel session, emphasising ABB's commitment to diversity and inclusion.


SSC600 and REX640 for the win

The conference attracted a substantial audience, with 350 attendees present and an additional 150 joining online. ABB showcased two innovative products at its booth – the SSC600, ABB's smart substation control and protection for electrical systems, and the REX640, a powerful all-in-one protection and control relay for advanced power generation and distribution applications.

Anisur happily reflects on the success of the IEEE conference

With all the international leaders from the industry being at this event, ABB had a fantastic opportunity to showcase our advancements within the energy system space. It was a pleasure engaging with such an eager student cohort – after all, they are the architects of tomorrow's engineering landscape.

Throughout the conference, ABB's booth attracted a significant number of visitors, demonstrating a keen interest in the showcased products and a general curiosity about ABB's broader product range and impact in the industry. Attendee feedback highlighted the relevance of ABB's contributions to the evolving energy landscape, affirming the company's commitment to innovation and sustainability.

ABB's participation at the IEEE ETFG 2023 conference exemplified the company's dedication to shaping the future of energy technologies. The event provided a platform for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and networking, reinforcing ABB's position as a leader in the power and energy technology industry. To follow through with its promises and core values, ABB continues to pave the way for a cleaner and more sustainable energy future.


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