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SEN AGM and Presentation - Monday 12 September 2016
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5.30pm for 6.00pm start, until 6.30pm for AGM and 6.30pm to 7.15pm for Presentation:
Preparing for the (Clean) Tech Tsunami of the 21st Century
Presented by Professor Ray Wills, who has been at the forefront of promoting renewable energy in WA.
Our experience of markets in the last 30 years tell us what to expect when disruptive technologies hit, how quickly new successful technology rushes through the economy, washing the old way of doing things from memory. The adoption of smarter technologies ̶ including cleantech, automation, robotics and 3D printing ̶ in homes, businesses and industry in every city, and connected through social media and smart devices including wearables, is changing the world and the way we interact with family, friends and customers, and much faster than (almost) anyone imagined.
Previous markets warn us about how quickly new disruptive technologies might arrive. New supply chains arise far more quickly than in the past. And now clients are demanding cleaner, cheaper, faster, smarter – and also local. But, curiously, most market forecasts for new technology like renewables have assumed business as usual ̶ traditional usage patterns continuing without anticipating shifts as fast, or disruptive. So, how quickly will we respond, and change how we live and work in the cities we live in? What does this mean for how we plan and regenerate cities? What does this mean for future business growth and rapidly changing community expectations? What might renewed, smart cities look like by 2040?
Our August 1st SEN Presents revisited large scale solar.
Daniel Thompson, Director of Development, Australia, SolarReserve, gave us an excellent presentation on the latest in concentrating solar power (CSP), its present deployment and future prospects.
He discussed: About SolarReserve, a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects; CSP technology; The operating CSP facility at Crescent Dunes, Tonopah, Nevada, USA; The Aurora project – a SolarReserve proposal for CSP at Port Augusta, South Australia; International developments and the progression down the cost curve.
You can read the edited presentation here. It has great explanations, diagrams and photos.
To bring CSP closer to home, Matt Rule gave a short presentation on "Feasibility of a Grid Connected Solar Power Tower with Molten Salt Storage Plant in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia". This was the title of his recently completed Masters Thesis at Murdoch University. As CSP technology is now moving down the cost curve such a possibility edges towards reality.
Our June 20th SEN Presents explored a largely forgotten resource
Did you know the Kimberley Tides, together with HVDC Transmission Lines could supply all our electricity?
See a summary of this informative presentation here.
The full RE report by SEN is now published
This is the final or full report of the modelling study into renewable energy for the SWIS grid of WA. A very thorough yet readable report. One finding was that going renewable costs no more than coal-gas. Read more or download from this page. This is a significant achievement by the SEN team and a great plan for our future.
EECON 2016 at the Pan Pacific Perth, November 2016.
Early bird registrations close 3 October 2016. Please see fees and register here.
If you would like more information please see their website.
World Renewable Energy Conference coming to Murdoch Uni, Feb 2017!
Abstracts are due by July and early registrations by August
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