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ATA Sydney Central branch - Household Energy Storage - Making sense of it all
April 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm

When: Monday 9 April 2018, 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.
Where: EnergyLab, 4-12 Buckland St, Chippendale NSW 2008 (click here and here for maps).
Cost: Due to the change of venue and associated costs, a $5 donation would be appreciated.


Evan and his father Ed Darmanin have worked to make Ed’s house a working example and testing ground for renewable energy. Features include;

  • 14kW of high efficiency solar panels
  • 22kWh of usable lead-acid storage
  • Three phase monitoring (SMA and SolarAnalytics)
  • BMW i3 BEV with 22kWh battery
  • ChargePoint 7.2kW home EV charger (EVSE)

In researching and developing this project, Ed and Evan realised that despite their technical expertise, there was substantial complexity and misinformation in the marketplace that could lead consumers astray. This helped inspire the formation of ChargeWorks, through which Ed and Evan have been helping to educate the public ever since.
Over the past 24 months Ed and Evan have been monitoring their household energy usage and optimising battery and the electric vehicle charging to suit a time-of-use tariff. This process revealed the importance of behaviour change as a way to maximise self-sufficiency as well as highlighting potential issues to our current electricity grid.
This presentation will describe how their system works, their personal experience of specification and installation along with the challenges and benefits of this sort of system. There will be an analysis of household energy consumption, grid impacts and the financial performance of the system. Evan will further discuss future trends in the industry as well as the opportunities and challenges for implementing residential battery storage and electric vehicles today.

Primers and useful future references:

Speaker: Evan Darmanin is an energy consultant specialising in solar PV, battery storage and electric vehicles. Working at ChargeWorks he has developed battery storage guides and tools in association with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). He regularly delivers training courses and seminars on battery storage and is able to evaluate their utility both as an engineer and economist. Evan is dedicated to understanding the latest developments in clean energy technologies and communicating the possibilities to diverse audiences. He has gained a Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Hons) (Elective in Solar Thermal Energy Design) and a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW.

Members and non-members are asked to book a place for this talk by selecting REGISTER on this link.

Directions and further details:
Please arrive at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

EnergyLab is about a 15-minute walk from either Redfern Station or Central Station. Entry to the premises is through a metal gate with access to a 2-storey sandstone building along a driveway towards the rear of the property.

Buckland St., Chippendale is well-serviced with buses including the 412, 413, 422, 423, 426, 428, 431, 433, 436, 438, 439, 440, 461, 470, 480, 483, L23, L28, M10, M30. Bicycles can be safely locked inside the building. Parking is limited in the area although Broadway Shopping Centre offers a nearby option.

Tea, coffee and tasty snacks are available before and after the talk, with donations gratefully accepted. As we have paid an NGO rate for the EnergyLab space, a $5 donation would be appreciated.

The ATA is an independent organisation that does not endorse products and seeks to provide members with information so that they can make well-informed sustainable decisions.

Other Events:

Australian Electric Vehicle Association: 'Electric Vehicle Charging Highway'.
Wednesday 4 April 2018, 7.30-9.30pm, Baulkham Hills Sporting Club, 11 Renown Road, Baulkham Hills
This is a community forum for NRMA to present details of their project and seek feedback from the public. Register here.

Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition, 23-24 May 2018, Adelaide

ATA Sydney West branch Annual Meeting, Saturday 7 April 2018,  10.30am - 11.30am
Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre, University of Western Sydney, corner of Campus Drive and Science Road Richmond.


ATA Sydney Central Branch - David Winterton (Co-Convenor)
Email direct:
Phone: 0403 911 083
Visit the ATA website or our ATA Sydney Branch Events Page

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