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EECON Site Tour 1: REFCL Bushfire Prevention & Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System

Tue, 14 Nov 2023 | 8.30 AM - 5 PM AEDT


Member $90.00

Non-Member $90.00

The cut off date for registration has passed

Preceding the EECON conference on the 14th of November, delegates have the option to attend one of two exciting guided site tours.  This is a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of some of our country’s most innovative projects and businesses and these tours are not to be missed.  Both are full-day tours and include travel by coach and lunch.  Numbers are strictly limited so if you are interested don’t delay registration.

REFCL Bushfire Prevention & Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System

About $1B has been invested by Victorian electricity distribution businesses to install Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) technology to prevent powerline faults starting bushfires.  This technology was developed in the wake of the devasting Black Saturday bushfires and has proven to prevent bushfires and save lives.  Delegates will travel to AusNet Service’s Lang Lang zone substation to see the equipment firsthand and hear from the engineers who have designed, installed and operate it.  This will be followed by lunch at San Remo before traveling to Phillip Island for a guided tour of the Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System (PICESS).  This $10M battery system consists of a 10MWh lithium-ion phosphate battery supplied by Hitachi Energy and can provide a peak output of 5MW to supply energy during peak periods, supports the storage of renewable energy and reduces reliance on seasonally added diesel generators required to support peak demand for the island.


Time Location Details
8:30 AM Leave Melbourne From Southbank - Crown Promenade.
9:30 AM Pakenham Train Station Alternative pickup point in the southeast.
10:00 AM Lang Lang

Lang Lang (LLG) zone substation site tour featuring

REFCL bushfire prevention devices.

11:30 AM Leave Lang Lang  
12:15 PM San Remo Lunch at Westernport Hotel.
1:30 PM Leave San Remo  
1:45 PM PICESS Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System Tour.
3:15 PM Leave PICESS  
4:00 PM Pakenham Train Station Alternative drop-off point in the southeast.
5:00 PM Arrive Melbourne

Southbank - Crown Promenade. Pre-conference

registration and drinks.

The following PPE will be required:

  • Hard hat.
  • High visibility vest.
  • Glasses or safety glasses (to provide eye protection).
  • Enclosed shoes.
  • Clothing that provides full covering from neck to wrist and to ankle.
  • Clothing made from natural fibre (such as cotton or wool). A long sleave cotton shirt and jeans would be okay.

If guests do not have a hard hat or safety vest, e.g. because they are travelling from interstate, we may be able to provide some.

If the minimum of 20 registrations per tour is not reached EESA reserves the right to cancel either tour and delegates will be provided with the option of either a full refund or attendance at the alternative tour.

Event organiser: Michael Wiener  m. 0405 781 950


REFCL equipment being commissioned at a typical zone substation:

Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System (PICESS):

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Date and time
November 14 2023
8.30 AM - 5 PM AEDT

Meet at Crown Promenade Lobby, Southbank, Melbourne

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