Can electrical vehicles save the existing electricity grid from obsolescence / death spiral?
As electric vehicle sales continue to increase, how will our south-west grid cope with the increased demand? At our March SEN Presents, experts in the field will discuss how high electric vehicle uptake could actually be a real asset for our grid.
Professor Bill Grace is Adjunct Professor from the Australian Urban Design Research Centre, UWA. He will present the findings of his report "Solar strategy needed to avoid electricity death spiral".
Dr Christopher Jones is Vice President of the Australian Electric Vehicle Association. Chris will share what is happening with electrical vehicles in WA and present the latest information from high uptake countries like Norway and Pacific North America. He will also discuss how electric vehicles affect the local grid.
And a presentation about the exciting RAC electric recharge stations coming to the South West.
Here are the presentations graciously lent to our readers ...
Your best New Year REsolution yet…..
....is being a clean energy champion in 2015!
The world is changing, and 2015 could be our year! The largest of the polluting countries (China, USA) are finally starting to take climate change seriously; a positive new direction, given later this year the globe’s leaders will gather in Paris to hopefully agree to a serious emissions reduction drive.
In Australia, a big change to the RET is in the wind (boom boom) and it is now or never for the fight for renewables. Fracking, coal and uranium are all starting to unravel overseas and it is time to finish those industries for good and get sustainable energy now!
Our first SEN Presents for 2015 takes a look into what other “clean energy champions” are doing and how our partnerships will wage war on dirty industries in this critical year.
No Fracking WAy
CCWA Coal Campaign
CCWA Uranium-Free Campaign
Australian Youth Climate Coalition
Is biomass for jet fuel the future of air travel? Find out how the industry is going and what could stand in the way of success.
Kevin Goss (Kevin Goss Consulting) and John McGrath (representing Future Farm Industries CRC) will talk about the directions of aviation biofuel. They will look at the specifics of the wood production and conversion supply chain.
Costa Tsesmelis has been working on a WA Biomass-to-Liquids project. He will talk about this project and maximising Bio-Jet Aviation Kerosene from Mallee Woodchips. This project is a Fischer Tropsch process rather than the Pyrolysis route being developed by the Airbus consortium.
The Western Australian community’s uptake of rooftop solar PV has been a great success story in many ways, going from a fringe technology to over 350MW of capacity in just a few short years. But are more perils than certainty ahead for the industry and its hundreds of thousands of additional potential customers? Or has this and related technology now developed so much momentum that it will “power on” despite softening support by some political parties?
SEN is delighted to present two accomplished and substantial experts in the power industry:
Ken Brown FIE Aust , CPEng has over 40 years’ experience in the power industry, including over 20 years as the General Manager System Management at Western Power, where he had responsibility for managing and operating the South West Interconnected System. Only recently retired from Western Power, Ken will give an overview of the issues with respect to the increasing uptake of renewables and how they may affect the operation of power systems. In 2010, Engineers Australia awarded him the National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year.
Mike Laughton-Smith PSM has almost 30 years in the electricity utility industry, much of it in the service of mining and remote communities in WA. He worked in regional power delivery for the public service firstly with Western Power, and later with Horizon Power. At Horizon his work included delivery of world-first solar hybrid power stations at Marble Bar and Nullagine. He will talk about the challenges and opportunities for WA electricity network development to support the inevitable shift to renewable energy. He is currently the CEO of Balance Energy Solutions and the Chair of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia. In 2011 he was awarded the Australian Public Service Medal in recognition of his work supplying reliable electricity to remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley and Pilbara.
We will also have an "action" related to solar power on the night, so come along and be a part of a movement of people who are demanding sustainable energy now!
Hear from experts in the field of renewable energy and climate change policy as they analyse the challenges and opportunities arising from the results of the recent Senate by-election. How can we best influence federal policy and what is your role?
De-bunking climate myths: Jemma Green from Curtin University. Jemma is a Research Fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute. She is responsible for industry research relating to infrastructure, energy, carbon, sustainability and climate related business risks. Jemma will de-bunk some common climate myths!
De-bunking health myths: Dr George Crisp is a General Practitioner who has a deep interest in the environment and its relationship to human health. As Chair of Doctors for the Environment Australia’s WA chapter, he is also the founder of the GreenPractice campaign to inspire Doctors and their patients to live and work sustainably in an effort to save the planet. Dr Crisp will outline the close links between energy generation and human health, and along the way de-bunk some common health-related myths surrounding renewable energy.
De-bunking renewable energy myths: Professor Ray Wills has substantial expertise in ecology, sustainability, climate change science and the effects of expected future climates on Australia. He is recognised as an authoritative and respected commentator on sustainability, and especially in relation to energy. Ray will de-bunk some common renewable energy myths. Please spread this invitation out widely to all your friends and colleagues.
The North Midlands Solar Thermal Power Project in Morawa WA is described here.
The following workshop was conducted by SEN at Conservation Week in 2012.
Renewable Energy Educational Workshop:
Presented by Tim Barling, Executive Chair, Sustainable Energy Now
Australia has the best mix of renewable energy resources in the
world which can more than meet our current and future demand
for electricity. Tim will explore why we should move to renewable
energy, the benefits and barriers, resources and technologies
available and policies and planning required for change.
You can view the excellent presentation "Biomass Pyrolysis for energy, fuels and char in the WA Wheat Belt" by Ben Rose here.