Visitors from Japan toured Cairns in early September to discuss new hi-tech edge-of-grid technologies that could have application on Ergon Energy’s network.

Network planning and development staff showed a group from Sumitomo Electric Industries (pictured) a Single Wire Earth Return (SWER) line up on the Atherton Tableland and discussed voltage regulators, Grid Utility Support Systems (GUSS), microgrids and future networks.

Image of an Ergon representative discusses our network with overseas visitors in Far North Queensland.

Meanwhile, a delegation from the PNG Power Ltd met with representatives from Ergon network and Energy Queensland to discuss opportunities for partnership in supporting a national program of electrification of our nearest neighbour.

And recently a group from Thailand’s Bangkok Metropolitan Electricity Authority met experts from our business to discuss our practices in managing power networks in urban environments.

Later this month, Ergon will host two representatives from the American Superconductors (AMCS) to share the recent developments in the fields of High Temperature Superconductors and STATCOM technologies.

Network Planning Engineer Manager Southern Grujica Ivanovich said, “Not only does Ergon have a great reputation in Australia, but it’s also recognised internationally.

“It is great to share ideas, expertise and knowledge with our international counterparts and in the same time consider adequate business and commercial models of future partnerships to support Energy Queensland and our economy,” he said.