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10 Star Housing

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 3 July 2017

Our guest speaker in July is the architect Tim Adams. Tim has over 40 years of building design experience and is at the forefront of zero energy and energy efficient house design. Tim will present “The House with No Bills”!

Tim was also the instigator of the highly successful BDAV 10 Star Challenge and his early adoption of energy rating tools such as NatHERS makes him a leader in thermal rating, operational energy and life cycle assessment.

Through his company F2 Design, Tim is collaborating on 10 Star housing projects at The Cape sustainable housing project, Sociable Weaver and much more, all with the goal of providing sustainable fully passive dwellings designed for Australians conditions and that do not need heating and cooling.

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27 Jun 2017|

Solar, Wind and Hydro for Latrobe Valley

Monday 5 June 2017 @ 6:30 pm8:00 pm AEST

There are many opportunities for renewable energy projects in the Latrobe Valley to replace baseload generation and employment following the closure of Hazelwood. Floating solar, wind and hydro projects have been proposed by experienced engineers in the area. Chris Barfoot is an innovator, industrial chemist, engineer and scientist with 33 years experience in the State Electricity Commission Victoria and the subsequent privatized Electricity Generation companies concluding on the 31st March 2017 with the closure of Hazelwood Power Station. Specializing in project management and business development he brings a unique and enthusiastic perspective to “transition’ and the renewable economy. He will be joined by Dr Baher Zaghlool, a senior civil engineer and former director of Downer Engineering and SMEC, who is now a strong advocate of community energy.

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21 May 2017|

Biochar

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 1 May 2017

Our guest speaker for the May 1st Melbourne BZE Discussion Group is Dr Adrian Morphett, Principal Environmental Engineer at Earth Systems, a global environmental and social consulting firm with its head office in Melbourne.

Adrian will present solutions for biochar production from waste wood sources and discuss some recent projects using the Earth Systems CharMaker – Mobile Pyrolysis Plant.

Biochar is a form of charcoal produced from the oxygen-free pyrolysis of wood and which, even when combined with water and soil, remains stable for thousands of years. It can therefore be an important carbon store, capturing carbon from the atmosphere and ‘locking it in’ as a solid mineral-like material.

Biochar has many applications apart from carbon sequestration, including soil improvement and water retention and is increasingly popular as a soil additive to increase plant growth and crop yields.

In the news: ABC Rural: Biochar offset method needed to fix supply bottleneck

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Further reading:
http://www.earthsystems.com.au/
http://www.greenmanchar.com.au/
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29 Apr 2017|

Energy Storage & 100% Renewable Energy

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 3 April 2017
Our guest speaker for the Monday April 3rd Melbourne Beyond Zero Emissions discussion group  is Dr Roger Dargaville, Deputy Director and Senior Energy Analyst at the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI).

Roger is an expert in renewable energy systems, global carbon cycles and climate change adaptation. He will be speaking about energy storage technologies such as seawater pumped hydro, liquid air energy storage and batteries.

Join us to learn how energy storage – whether it is distributed or centralised –  can contribute to the 100% renewable energy grid of the future!

Follow Roger on twitter @rogerd70
In the news: MEI & partners awarded ARENA grant for pumped-hydro research

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Presentation Slides here (11Mb PDF)

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 3 April 2017

WHERE: McCoy Building – Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
University of Melbourne, Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Public transport: Take any tram on Swanston Street and get off at Stop 1, Melbourne University.

Entry to building: South side of Elgin St up the ramp and through the automatic doors.

Entry: Gold coin donation

Youtube: Missed any meetings? All discussions are posted at the BZE youtube channel  – and you can see them all here.

Thank you
The University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) has been a Zero Carbon Australia project partner and supports BZE in bringing you this event.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub next door to continue the discussion after 8pm.

THANK YOU to all who have already DONATED to support the Zero Carbon Industry project!
28 Mar 2017|

Zero Carbon Communities

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 6 March 2017
All Welcome

Our guest speaker is Imogen Jubb, BZE National Manager for the Zero Carbon Communities project.

Zero Carbon Communities is helping to implement BZE research in local communities looking to work towards zero emissions .

Many Australian communities and Local Councils are developing Zero Emissions targets. With support from the Lord Mayors Charitable Fund we are supporting three Victorian communities, Baw Baw, Benalla and Nillumbik to develop 100% renewable energy transition strategies.

We are looking to build the volunteer base to provide support to other interested communities – if you are are keen to be involved please get in touch at zerocarboncommunities@bze.org.au

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WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 6 March 2017

McCoy Building

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Public transport: Stop 111 Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets on tram routes 1 & 8.
Entry to building is on south side of Elgin St up the ramp and through the automatic doors.
Entry: Gold coin donation
Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub next door to continue the discussion after 8pm!

For those who can’t attend you will find the video recording of this event on the BZE YouTube Channel and via a link on this page. 

04 Mar 2017|

The Cape – Victoria’s first climate adapted greenfield housing project

6:30 – 8pm Monday 6 February 2017

We kick off the BZE Discussion Group series for 2017 in Melbourne on Monday 6 February.

Our guest speaker is BRENDAN CONDON, Director of  The Cape – Victoria’s first climate-adapted greenfield housing project

How do we build carbon neutral housing estates and eliminate emissions from the housing sector? Are Australian houses up to the challenges of rising temperatures and longer and more intense hot spells on a heating planet?

Brendan Condon is Director of The Cape sustainable housing project, overlooking beautiful Bass Strait at Cape Paterson near Phillip Island and 90 minutes from Melbourne. This community will have 220 homes when complete, and already features some of the best examples of common sense integrated sustainability in Australia, including 8 star energy and water efficient housing, solar energy, energy efficient appliances and operating systems, electric vehicle infrastructure, urban food production, rainwater harvesting, habitat restoration and much more. Homes are designed to be carbon neutral, comfortable in all conditions with minimal heating and cooling, and to have annual energy bills as low as 20% of conventional homes.

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Presentation Slides available here: (29mB PDF)
http://liveatthecape.com.au/

6:30 – 8pm Monday 6 February 2017

McCoy Building
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Public transport: Stop 111 Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets on tram routes 1 & 8.
Entry to building is on south side of Elgin St up the ramp and through the automatic doors.
Entry: Gold coin donation
Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub next door to continue the discussion after 8pm!

18 Jan 2017|

Discussion Group: Failing Paris

A new report by the Melbourne Energy Institute authored by Dimitri Lafleur, Tim Forcey, Hugh Saddler and Mike Sandiford has found that unmeasured methane leakage and fugitive emissions from unconventional gasfields could cause Australia to fail its Paris climate commitments.

The report found, methane measurements at US unconventional gas fields have found leakage rates in the order of 10-25 times higher than the Australian government reports to the UNFCCC, and up to 170 times those claimed by the gas industry.

Following his presentation, Dimitri will join a panel discussion with Tim Forceyand Richard Keech to answer your questions.

About the panelists:

Dimitri Lafleur worked as a geoscientist for Shell for 11 years in the Netherlands and Australia. He has recently returned to academic life in pursuit of a PhD researching the climate impact of fugitive emissions of the fossil fuel industry, and unconventional gas in particular.

Tim Forcey is Energy Advisor at the University of Melbourne Energy Institute, with 35 years of industrial experience in the electricity, oil, gas, and petrochemicals sectors. More about Tim

Richard Keech is an energy consultant, lead author of the BZE ZCA Buildings Plan and Energy Freedom book; and is a regular contributor to the ATA’s publications on topics related to energy efficiency.

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 5 December 2016
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WHERE:
McCoy Building,  
Fritz Loewe Theatre
(entry via level 2), 
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Stop 111 Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets
Tram routes 1 & 8

Entry to building is on south side of Elgin St up the ramp and through the automatic doors.
Entry: Gold coin donation
Further Reading

Thank you
The University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) has been a Zero Carbon Australia project partner and supports BZE in bringing you this event.

05 Dec 2016|

Discussion Group: Industrial Processes

BZE is currently researching ways of reducing the carbon dioxide emissions from Industrial Processes.  Michael Lord presented his findings so far and gathered valuable feedback from this well-informed audience.

BZE Discussion Group:
7 November 2016.

Industrial Processes Plan

BZE is examining:

  • How our industrial energy requirements can be supplied primarily from a 100% renewable electricity,
  • Reducing emissions from steel production,
  • Reducing emissions from making cement, which involves applying heat to calcium carbonate to get calcium oxide and releases of carbon dioxide,
  • Alternative materials to replace steel and concrete and so reduce emissions, and
  • Automation.

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Venue

Fritz Loewe Theatre

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07 Nov 2016|

Luke Osborne: Reposit Power CEO

Reposit Power software ensures that households get the best value out of their solar panels and batteries.

The software:

  • allows households to actively trade with their electricity provider,
  • constantly works to lower your electricity bill,
  • predicts your future energy use by learning the energy use patterns of your home,
  • predicts your future generation of electricity by anticipating cloudy weather,
  • charges your battery from the grid when electricity is cheap, and
  • sells power to the grid when the price is right.

Luke Osborne presents: BZE Discussion Group: 3 October 2016

Luke Osborne is Reposit Power’s Chief Operating Officer. Luke has been an executive in the electricity industry for over a decade. He was formerly CEO of Australia’s most successful renewable energy company. He has worked in the Canadian, USA, NZ and South African electricity systems.

Video of the discussion Group

Slides used in the presentation (PDF 3Mb)

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Venue:  Fritz Loewe Theatre: University of Melbourne

Thanks to the University of Melbourne Energy Institute for supporting us in bringing you this event.

Links

Luke Osborne talks to BZE Radio
BZE Technology Radio Show: 16 May 2015: Podcast

Luke Osborne continued on BZE Radio
BZE Technology Radio Show: 24 July 2015: Podcast

 

A brain for your battery storage system: Q and A with Reposit Power
(Solar Choice: 17 May 2016)

05 Oct 2016|

Dr Scott Watkins – Lights, solar, action.

 

6:30 – 8pm Monday 5 September 2016
In this presentation, Dr Scott Watkins will discuss the use of smart, connected lighting and other (Internet of Things) IoT-based technologies to control and monitor home operations (including solar) and improve home energy efficiency. In particular, Scott will highlight his Enphase-monitored solar system, LIFX LED lights and Amazon Echo home voice controller. Scott will also discuss the recent progress of Pollinate Energy, an Australian social enterprise taking technologies such as solar-powered lights to people living in urban slums in India.
Dr Scott Watkins has a PhD in chemistry and is former leader of printed solar cell research at CSIRO. Scott is currently Director of Marketing and Overseas Business with KISCO, a Korean chemical company and the Non-Executive Chair of Pollinate Energy, an Australian social enterprise based in India. Scott is also an enthusiastic adopter of home IoT technologies.

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McCoy Building
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton
06 Sep 2016|