Proa was founded in 2016 to bring our state-of-the-art solar forecasts and energy modelling techniques to industry.
Before Proa began, the co-founders of Proa Victor Depoorter and Matthew Jeppesen had already spent years developing knowledge of the energy industry and solar in particular. Victor had worked for a number of years on his PhD studies at Melbourne University, where he developed new techniques of solar forecasting, including night infrared satellite forecasting techniques and the ability to determine a solar system’s set up solely from its historical generation data. Matthew had been a research fellow, also at Melbourne University, where he worked on an ARENA funded project “Least cost abatement in the Australia’s National Electricity Market” , which included a 2012 secondment to the AEMO modelling team on a renewable energy modelling project for the Department of Industry.
In 2014, both Victor and Matthew went on another secondment to AEMO to work in the forecasting team there, where they learned a great deal challenges and potential solutions to integrate solar into the grid.
Today, Proa is a fast growing company, continuing to develop new techniques in solar forecasting, battery modelling, and techno-economic optimisation. The energy industry continues to evolve rapidly, with large number of solar and wind projects connecting to the grid every year. Proa achieved a major milestone in 2019 with the first solar farm self-forecast approved by AEMO for dispatch. At Proa, we find it exciting to work on new technologies and algorithms in the service of an important goal: to integrate more and more clean energy sources whilst maintaining reliability and affordability. The energy transition creates interesting and important challenges, and we are lucky to work with other innovative companies to help solve them.
Victor completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne developing new techniques for solar modelling and forecasting, including work on rooftop PV modelling with AEMO. He completed his Engineering degree at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain, which included a secondment to the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. Victor also worked for the European Union funded research project RenewIT on the energy efficiency of data centres.
Matthew has worked in the Australian energy industry since 2009, previously holding positions at the the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the University of Melbourne, and Ergon Energy. Matthew has a PhD in physics from the Australian National University, and he applies his analytic skills to Proa’s solar forecasting and energy systems modelling. Matthew is also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne, where he assists the Melbourne Energy Institute on its industrial engagement and innovation programs.
Brad graduated from Monash University with a bachelor’s degree in science specialising in applied mathematics and physics. He went on to complete his honours degree in physics, studying quantum hydrodynamics and a new computational method for modelling quantum fluids. Brad use these modelling skills at Proa in solar forecasting.
Jack has as Master’s degree in theoretical Astrophysics from the University of Melbourne where he conducted computation studies on neutron star interiors. He is interested in a range of topics in energy, mathematics, physics and programming.
Alistair has over 30 years experience in the design, construction and installation of automation systems and instrumentation, having worked with numerous organisations including the Department of Defence, several automotive OEMs and other large manufacturers, and the University of Melbourne. He has also worked on a number of marquee animatronic sculpture installations, including at the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Royal Children’s in Melbourne and the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney. Alistair works with Proa on the design and implementation of our field and other scientific equipment.
Jan helps Proa with the construction and installation of our field and scientific equipment. Jan has held a number of senior roles in quality management and consulting both in Australia and overseas.
We work closely with our clients and industry bodies.