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Smart Grids Pitch Competition

Smart Grids Pitch Competition


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Do you have an idea on smart grid tech with commercial potential?

Would you like your chance to pitch to industry networks?

Smart grids are a key to unlocking solar energy’s potential around the world. Mission Innovation wants your ideas on intelligent ways of delivering electricity.



  • Your chance to pitch your innovative idea to a panel of experts in front of a live audience
  • Further your connections and enhance your career
  • Take your ideas closer to commercialisation
  • Get introduced to other innovators



Your ‘pitch’ concept is due Monday 22 July & should describe in up to two pages:

  • A real-life problem/opportunity that your innovation will address
  • The impact of the work, if successful
  • The potential industry and community benefits
  • Its unique point of difference - i.e. what are the attributes that differentiate your technology from others?

It could 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
  • Peer-to-peer energy trading
  • Integration of electric vehicles into the grid



  • The Mission Innovation review panel will select the top six pitch concepts to go through to the final pitching round
  • Finalists will be notified by 19 August and provided with further guidance for pitching



  • 5-minute presentation
  • 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



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

  • Dr Glenn Platt, Research Director, Grids & Energy Efficiency Systems, CSIRO AUS
  • Mr Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund & CEO, New Energy Nexus USA
  • Mr John O’Brien, Partner, Energy Transition & Renewables, Deloitte AUS
  • Mr Lex Hoefsloot, CEO & Co-Founder Lightyear NL
  • Further esteemed panellist to be advised



Invited guests will include BWSC teams, investors, energy experts, entrepreneurs, dignitaries, sponsors & media.



Saturday, 19 October 2019

3:00pm - 5:00pm:     Pitch Competition

5:00pm onwards:     Networking drinks



Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Cruiser Pavilion

Official Bridgestone World Solar Challenge Finish Line

Victoria Square, Adelaide, Australia



  • 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



Send your two-page written pitch concept to;  by Monday, 22 July 2019.


For further information & enquiries please call;

Danielle Carman or Young Lee

Australian Government, Department of the Environment and Energy

+61 2 6159 7158