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“What the FRACK is going on?” Unconventional oil and gas activities in Australia

From the NT to WA, in SA, VIC, NSW, and of course in QLD, unconventional oil and gas explorers and producers are pressuring Australian communities and governments to allow access to enormous new fossil fuel provinces. But aren’t we urgently meant to be moving away from fossil fuels? Tim Forcey describes “What the FRACK is going on”

Tim Forcey is a chemical engineer and energy researcher with over 35 years experience in the oil, gas and electricity industries in Australia and abroad. Tim has presented on certain impacts of unconventional oil and gas extraction, and on renewable-heat alternatives to gas, at community events and to local councils, parliamentarians and inquiries in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Canberra, and Darwin.


WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 7 May 2018

Cuming Theatre, Chemistry Building 153 

Masson Rd, Parkville VIC 3052

University of Melbourne

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

Entry: Gold coin donation

All welcome.
Thank you to the University of Melbourne: Australian-German Climate and Energy College, Zero Carbon Australia supporters for sponsoring this event venue.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub 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. 

Read: About the BZE Discussion Group

Further reading:

The Australia Institute: NT shale gas risks Australia’s Paris commitment

ABC News: How a fossil fuel geoscientist joined the fight against climate change

The Australia Institute: Majority of Territorians support keeping fracking moratorium

Tim Forcey will be joined by:

Mark Ogge, Principal Adviser at The Australia Institute

Dimitri Lafleur, PhD student at University of Melbourne’s Australian-German Climate and Energy College,

17 Apr 2018|

Advocating for Renewable Energy

Simon-Corbell

Simon-Corbell

Monday 9 April 2018

Simon Corbell was appointed as the first Victorian Renewable Energy Advocate in December 2016 to promote the state’s renewable energy sector, provide independent advice to the Victorian Government and assist the state in meeting its renewable energy targets. Simon took up his role in January 2017 after serving nearly 20 years as a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, including eight years as Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

In these roles he led the policy and program development which put the ACT on track for 100% renewable energy by 2020, through policies to support large scale solar, wind and battery storage projects.

BZE YouTube

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Presentation slides here: (15Mb PDF)

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 9 April 2018*

Prest Theatre, FBE Theatre 1, Room G06, Building 105 (Business and economics)

111 Barry Street, Carlton  3053

University of Melbourne

*Please note this is the second Monday of April due to Easter Monday being on the first Monday.

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

Entry: Gold coin donation

All welcome.
Thank you to the University of Melbourne: Australian-German Climate and Energy College, Zero Carbon Australia supporters for sponsoring this event venue.
Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub 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. 

Read: About the BZE Discussion Group

Further reading:

10 Apr 2018|

Climate Action

Climate action: where is our effort, time and money most effective? Ellen Sandell, Greens State MP for Melbourne, holds the portfolios of Climate Change, Energy, Resources, Water and Environment, and is passionate about creating Australia’s clean economy, with targets of at least 90% renewables by 2030.

Rachel Deans of Market Forces is a campaigner, with expertise on working with and empowering shareholders. If you own shares in banks, insurance companies or mining companies, Rachel will show you how to ensure that your money is used to protect, not damage our environment.

With Victorian state elections later this year, join us to discuss climate action from political, shareholder and community views. The tide is turning and there is no better time to join up!

BZE YouTube

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Presentation slides here: (1.5Mb PDF)

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 5 March 2018
Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, Corner of Swanston and Elgin Sts

University of Melbourne

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

Entry: Gold coin donation

All welcome.
Thank you to the Australian-German Climate and Energy College at the University of Melbourne and also 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 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. 

Read: About the BZE Discussion Group

Further reading:

Market Forces: fossil fuel divestment campaigns

Ellen Sandell: clean economy

23 Feb 2018|

Dispatchable Renewable Electricity Generation

Dr Keith Lovegrove presents Dispatchable Renewable Electricity Generation

Monday 5 February 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT

KeithLovegrove

Keith Lovegrove

To open another big year for the BZE discussion group, held at the University of Melbourne, we welcome our speaker Dr Keith Lovegrove, Managing Director of ITP Thermal Pty Ltd. Keith will speak about recent research into options for dispatchable renewable electricity generation. This includes the solar thermal power with storage technology announced for Port Augusta SA in late 2017. Keith is a leading expert in concentrating solar power (CSP) and has more than 20 years’ experience in leading solar thermal research, including 15 years teaching at the ANU as leader of the Solar Thermal Group.
Keith was also a pro-Bono technical advisor for BZE’s Stationary Energy Plan (2010), demonstrating that Australia could be powered by 100% renewable energy, and he has been a long-time supporter of BZE.

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Presentation slides here: (5Mb PDF)

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 5 February 2018
Fritz Loewe Theatre, McCoy Building, Corner of Swanston and Elgin Sts
University of Melbourne
Getting there: Take any tram on Swanston Street and get off at Stop 1, Melbourne University.
Entry: Gold coin donation
All welcome.
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 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. 

Read: About the BZE Discussion Group

Further reading:

Repower Port Augusta

04 Feb 2018|

Electric vehicles & solid-oxide fuel cells

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 13 November 2017*

McCoy Building

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


Nissan
 is the world’s leading supplier of electric vehicles (EVs), with more than 270,000 sold globally since 2010. Nissan’s Product Communications Manager for the Asia-Oceania Region, Peter Fadeyev, will provide insights into the company’s EV products and plans, which include its clever solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology and its hybrid-based e-Power engines. Join us for a discussion on EV and energy-related topics, all towards the goal of zero emission vehicles and electrifying our transportation network.

BZE YouTube

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Presentation slides here: (5Mb PDF)

Further reading:

Nissan unveils world’s first Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell vehicle

NISSAN ANNOUNCES “NISSAN INTELLIGENT MOBILITY” VISION – BUILDING ON COMPANY LEADERSHIP IN ELECTRIFICATION AND VEHICLE INTELLIGENCE – IN GENEVA

Read: About the BZE Discussion Group

*Please note this is the second Monday of November due to Melbourne Cup week. And we return to our regular venue! 

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 13 November 2017*

McCoy Building

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

Getting there: Take any tram on Swanston Street and get off at Stop 1, Melbourne University.
Entry to building is on south side of Elgin St up the ramp and through the automatic doors.

Entry: Gold coin donation

All welcome.
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. 

03 Nov 2017|

Safe Climate Transition Act

Video of Discussion Group: 30 Oct 2017: Safe Climate Transition Act

Philip Sutton presents the “consultation draft” of a “Safe Climate Transition (No More Bad Investment) Act”.

Philip from RSTI, a research and strategy organisation, and Sarah Brugler from Environmental Justice Australia have drafted a model Act in a new paradigm of legislative action, that has an overarching purpose to initiate the rapid transition to a safe climate economy by preventing the creation of new economic activity that is likely to have adverse impacts on achieving it. For example, this Act prohibits:

  • construction of any new fossil fuel mines or expansion of the fossil-fuelled electricity generation sector,
  • an increase in manufacturing of vehicles fully powered by fossil fuels, and
  • the supply of most fossil-fuelled appliances.

This sort of legislation would drive the implementation of the BZE Zero Carbon Australia plans which describe how to transition every sector of the Australian economy to zero emissions within 10 years.

You can (1) watch the video of the talk or (2) hear the audio and (3) see the slides which went with the presentation.


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Presentation slides

Slides (77Kb PDF) 


Audio of presentation


The discussion group was held in a different location from usual:
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A*,
Spencer Road, University of Melbourne

Thank you to the University of Melbourne Australian-German Climate and Energy College, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, and Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for supporting us in bringing you this event.

30 Oct 2017|

A Short-Lived Gas Shortfall

Monday, 16 October 2017, 6.30PM @ Melbourne University
(Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A (Room G06) – see map)

Has Australia outgrown gas in the electricity sector?

Short-lived gas shortfall found that there is a shortage of ‘cheap’ gas, but not a gas supply ‘shortfall’. This important research also found that high gas prices combined with falling renewable and storage costs mean that there are cheaper options than developing new gas resources.

Hear from authors Dylan McConnell and Tim Forecy as they discuss their findings.

For details, see http://bze.org.au/event/upcoming-discussion-group-october/

BZE YouTube

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Presentation slides here: (18Mb PDF)

13 Oct 2017|

Relectrify: Connecting New Energy Technologies

Discussion – 2 October: Connecting new energy technologies to get more value from home energy systems

Monday 2 October 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 2 October 2017
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A*
Spencer Road, University of Melbourne

Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A (Room G06)

As new and more sophisticated technologies become available and affordable to home owners, there is huge potential to increase the returned value of home energy generation and battery storage systems. Awarded with a New Energy Jobs Fund grant, this project is a two-year industrial collaboration involving three industry partners that aims to implement, test, and evaluate a range of communication protocols and standards that allow key new energy technologies and services to interact and communicate. We’ll be joined by speakers from the three project partners which are:

Selectronic, a second-generation family company that is one of the largest off-grid inverter manufacturers in the world. Selectronic has been designing and manufacturing battery based inverters in Melbourne since 1981 for both the Australian and overseas markets,

IBM Research – Australia, a Melbourne-based research lab that is developing forecasting and analytics for Internet-of-Things applications, such as home energy storage,

Relectrify, a startup that repurposes pre-used rechargeable batteries into household and business energy storage solutions that are highly cost-effective and sustainable.

Rod Scott has been an executive director of Selectronic since 2005 and previously was involved with various start-up companies in the IT industry. Rod has recently been successful and heavily involved in supplying bi-directional inverters to the German market.

Julian de Hoog is a Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Australia, as well as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is currently applying advanced data-driven forecasting and optimisation methods to the optimal operation of energy storage systems.

Valentin Muenzel is the CEO and Co-Founder of Relectrify, a Melbourne-based company that is commercialising advanced battery technology. Valentin has previously worked on energy storage and related topics with the University of Melbourne, IBM Research, CSIRO, PennState University under ARPA-E support, and BMW Germany.

BZE YouTube

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Presentation slides here: (19Mb PDF)

* Please note that we are at a temporary new location for this month (Oct).
WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 2 October 2017
Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A*
Spencer Road, University of Melbourne

Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A (Room G06)

BZE is running fortnightly discussion groups in October (2, 16 & 30 Oct) due to the huge spectrum of climate change solutions topics, and the support of speakers and supporters alike. We encourage new people to get active in this exciting area and join us!

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

Entry: Gold coin donation

All welcome.
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 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. 

Read: About the BZE Discussion Group

Further reading:

Relectrify: Partnership with Selectronic Australia is awarded $250k Vic Govt grant

01 Oct 2017|

TAKE2 – Victoria’s climate change pledge for net zero emissions by 2050

03 Sep 2017|