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ATSE NSW Symposium 2015 intelligent grids – technology pathway to our energy future
Chris Baxter
Chris Baxter

Presently, the growing global population is driving an even greater increase in the demand for electricity and traditional energy companies are under pressure to cater for the demands of the modern world.

The advent of intelligent electrical grids and its future will be addressed at the ATSE NSW Symposium 2015 at the MLC Centre, Wednesday 20 May 2015, by a panel of distinguished specialists, including Dr John Baxter, consultant at Baxter IP.

Dr Baxter will be convening a session relating to the impact of integrating PV arrays, electric vehicles and stationary battery storage on the electrical grid.

Dr Baxter had a 33 year career at Bishop Technology Group involved in product and process R&D, IP management, marketing of automotive steering technology and international IP licensing. John was the inventor or co-inventor for many of Bishop’s patents families, and has authored and co-authored numerous published technical papers in the field of automotive steering and related vehicle dynamics. John left Bishop at the end of 2009 and is now a Consultant at Baxter IP Patent Attorneys, specialising in IP commercialisation and, in particular, the structuring of patents to maximize the commercial value of the IP. Dr Baxter is a Fellow of ATSE, Engineers Australia and SAE Australasia. His recent engineering interests have involved the evolution of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs), and the architectural requirements of the electrical grid to enable charging of these vehicles, and the electrical integration with rooftop PV and stationary batteries.

Low Voltage Exchange Network comprising multiple 415V Cells, each supplied by a streetside kiosk transformer

As a member of ATSE’s Energy Forum, Dr Baxter contributed to the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper in 2014 and has co-authored the article entitled Low Voltage Exchange Network published in the ATSE Focus Magazine not long ago.

The Symposium will be opened by the NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, The Hon. Anthony Roberts, and will cover key questions including:

  • How will electrical grids adapt and remain relevant in this new environment?
  • How rapidly will game-changing technologies be taken up?
  • What are the technical challenges and regulatory barriers?
  • How should grid services be priced?
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Chris Baxter
Managing Director, Patent & Trade Mark Attorney
Chris Baxter is a Sydney patent and trade mark attorney specialising in software patents, computer patents, medical device patents and engineering patents.

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