Downstream 2018

Energy industry leaders share their thinking on energy sector disruption.

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NZ Downstream is New Zealand’s premier event for those involved directly or indirectly in the downstream energy industry.

The three-day event offers insights into current energy sector challenges and opportunities such as network performance, distributed energy technology, the changing retail landscape, regulated markets and customer trends.

Over 450 delegates convened for NZ Downstream 2018, held from March 12th to 14th in Auckland.

A key theme to emerge from this year’s event was that the energy industry needs to make much bolder investments in digital technologies which are set to significantly disrupt the sector.

In this series of videos innovation and industry leaders give their take on the challenges facing the industry and the need for much greater collaboration and innovation. 

We asked them:

  • What is the greatest challenge for the sector from the digital disruption of energy?
  • What opportunities do digital technologies (Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Blockchain, Cloud Analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT)) present for energy businesses?
  • What is your advice for digital energy innovators?

Vic Crone (Chief Executive, Callaghan Innovation)

Dean Gowans (Co-founder Embrium)

Thahirah Jalal (Asset Intelligence Manager, Unison) 

Jason Baker (Co-founder, Ampli)

Mark Hildesley (Director, Materials Optimization)

Peter Armstrong (General Manager, Mitton Electronet) 

Steve Martin (VP and Chief Digital Officer, GE Power)

James Muir (Business Innovation Advisor Energy & Environment, Callaghan Innovation)

PDF icon James Muir's Downstream 2018 presentation

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Updated: 25 March 2022