• Location: Melbourne , Victoria
  • Type: Permanent
  • Job #168

About Us:
Fluence, formed in 2018 by Siemens AG and AES Corporation, is a leading global provider of energy storage solutions headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Specializing in innovative technology for renewable energy integration and grid transformation, Fluence serves utilities, independent power producers, and commercial and industrial clients worldwide. Committed to sustainability and innovation, Fluence empowers customers to achieve their renewable energy goals while shaping a cleaner energy future.

Role Overview:
As the Grid Connections Manager at Fluence, you will lead the efforts to ensure the seamless integration of Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) solutions into electrical grids, adhering to regulatory standards and optimizing system performance. Your responsibilities will include overseeing grid modeling studies, providing technical support, managing stakeholder relationships, and ensuring compliance with grid connection requirements. This role requires expertise in power systems engineering, regulatory compliance, grid modeling software, and stakeholder management.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support assessment of BESS solutions to comply with NER generator performance standards for grid connections.
  • Manage grid modelling studies performed internally and by third parties for BESS system grid connections, including model troubleshooting and technical support.
  • Undertake preliminary modelling and assessments (such as MATs)
  • Management and provision of R1 and R2 documents and technical information (such as performance curves, datasheets, RUGs etc.) and provision of project-specific documents when required.
  • Collaboration with design teams for preparation of key design items affecting grid connections, including voltage control strategy, plant performance curves etc,
  • Review and inform BESS and BoP designs for grid connected BESS assets to ensure GPS and Registration compliance.
  • Providing input and assistance to the Global Product Management Group.
  • Design and negotiation of R2 Testing regimes for each project.
  • Collaboration with commissioning teams for timely performance of R2 Testing.
  • Manage stakeholders (internal, customer, consultant, regulatory etc.) to ensure grid connections are achieved end-to-end in a timely manner, including attending meetings and providing progress reports.
  • Assist technical teams in maintaining and updating proprietary PPC and OEM dynamic models.
  • Secondary Responsibilities
  • Conduct feasibility and locational studies utilising dynamic and grid models to identify and evaluate opportunities.
  • Assist technical teams with qualification and validation of new inverter makes/models when required, including assessment of dynamic models to ensure performance with respect to GPS requirements.
  • Support modelling requirements and activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Collaborate with technical teams to develop new PPC solutions.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Engineering degree in Electrical or Power Systems
  • Post Graduate Studies in Power Systems
  •  Ability to manage consultants and designers in sales, design, and construction/commissioning phases across multiple projects – tier one companies valued.
  • Experience in review of grid connection compliance design.
  • NEM grid connection experience, especially BESS GPS and Registration experience.
  • Generator and power systems modelling – experience with modelling BESS assets.
  • Experience with PSS/E, PSCAD, PowerFactory software
  • Experience with developing, maintaining, troubleshooting PPC and OEM dynamic models.
  • Substation electrical design well regarded
  • Experience in negotiation with major stakeholders, such as clients, consultants, contractors and authorities
  • Experience in high pressure environment
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