BZE Discussion Group

Open to the public, the Melbourne-based BZE Discussion Group is an opportunity to hear  and question experts in the field of climate change solutions.

Topics vary from renewable energy technical innovations to high-level analysis of industry trends and regulations to climate-solutions technologies we can all use at home or in our businesses.

The event is always on the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the University of Melbourne.
This page records past discussion group presentations with videos. See our events page for up coming discussion group topics.

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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.

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.

Video of the event

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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)

Alternatively, view this video on the BZE YouTube channel

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|

Battery Technology Charges Ahead

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6:30 – 8pm Monday 1 August 2016
The Australia Institute
(TAI) strategist and report author, Dan Cass, will speak about his recent report titled, Securing renewables – How batteries solve the problem of clean electricity.
Lithium battery prices have fallen by 93% between 1995 and 2014, which threatens coal and gas generators with competition and Australian networks are already testing large-scale battery storage. 1.5 million Australian households have invested in rooftop solar on their homes and this research shows that over 80% of those households are considering buying batteries to boost their array.
Dan Cass is strategist at The Australia Institute and an honorary associate at Sydney Business School. He has advised energy companies, politicians and NGOs.

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

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Presentation Slides Available here (1Mb PDF)

Further reading:

The Guardian: ‘Mr Coal’s’ super ministry and the challenges of merging energy with the environment

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04 Aug 2016|

6:30pm Monday 6 June – Tim Forcey: How to cheaply and comfortably heat your home with renewable energy

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6:30 – 8pm Monday 6 June 2016
Tim Forcey presents how your home, business or institution can Save money and be part of the fuel-switching revolution!
As has been widely reported in The AGE and elsewhere, Tim’s University of Melbourne research found that switching from gas could create huge money saving opportunities for home owners, renters, and even small businesses. A large Victoria household could be saving up to $658 a year, simply by turning on existing reverse-cycle air conditioners for winter heating.
The research is particularly relevant as the Victorian government decides whether or not to open up the state to broad-scale unconventional gas mining.
The humble air conditioner may well be the disruptive technology, sitting under our nose, that could heat our homes for less while protecting our local environment and communities from the dangers of unconventional gas mining.

Below is a video recording of this event or you can click here   to view on the BZE YouTube channel

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Slide Presentation here (PDF 15Mb)
Smaller low quality version here (1.5Mb)

Tim Forcey has over 30 years of experience in industrial energy with ExxonMobil, BHP Billiton, and Jemena, including specific experience with assets such as the Bass Strait Joint Venture and the Queensland Gas Pipeline. During his time at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) , Tim led the publication of the 2011 Gas Statement of Opportunities, the 2012 South Australian Electricity Report, and the AEMO 100% Renewable Energy Study – Modelling Inputs and Assumptions.
With The University of Melbourne’s Energy Institute (MEI), Tim has published reports and articles covering gas and electricity demand, gas-to-electricity fuel-switching, and pumped hydro energy storage technology and commercial applications. Tim has also worked part-time as a home energy consultant with the Moreland Energy Foundation – Positive Charge  and has volunteered with the Alternative Technology Association (ATA)and Beyond Zero Emissions.

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06 Jun 2016|

6:30pm Monday 2 May – Karl Fitzgerald presents Economics for Campaigners

Economist, radio personality and Project Director of Prosper Australia , Karl Fitzgerald presents:

Economics101 for Campaigners

Discover the best ways to protest against monopoly power and win an economic argument with a politician. Learn about land value capture  – the traditional method of financing infrastructure that can fund BZE’s High Speed Rail transport plan. Karl has many insights on best practices from around the world. How could this be applied to the Melbourne Metro Rail tunnel? Then he will move onto how a more holistic economic analysis can help wind farm developments. What are the economic drivers dividing communities? How can we all win?

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Read Karl’s landmark Total Resource Rents of Australia to define the sort of future tax system needed.

Karl Fitzgerald hosts the Renegade Economists program on Melbourne’s 3CR community radio, as well as a number of other projects. Not-for-profit, Prosper is a part of a worldwide network working for economic justice, who focus on the effect of land speculation upon the business cycle. Earthsharing Australia provides education services in economics, demonstrating the urgent need for the capture of the naturally rising value of the earth for public benefit. Earthsharing is the sister organisation to Prosper Australia.

6:30 – 8pm Monday 2 May 2016

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.
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.

05 May 2016|

6:30pm Monday 4 April – Andrew Reddaway: Recent battery research at the ATA

Many householders looking to install solar panels are also now considering battery storage. With Feed-in Tariff schemes ending in some Australian states soon, existing solar owners are also upgrading with batteries to store the solar energy they generate during the day. The combination of high electricity prices and abundant sunshine makes Australia a world leader for the battery market.  But are the economics and benefits of investing in batteries ready now?

Andrew Reddaway, Energy Analyst at the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), presents his recent battery research including;

–          Economics of batteries for households.

–          How green are batteries & solar?

–          Battery-enabled Sunulator.

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6:30 – 8pm Monday 4th April 2016

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.
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.

Andrew has created Sunulator  – a free tool which estimates the economic feasibility of a solar system. Sunulator is a simulation tool that can help you plan a grid-connected solar project. Sunulator was recently upgraded to include battery storage.Andrew Reddaway joined the ATA in mid-2013. From his work with the Australian Energy Market Operator, Andrew has experience in the analysis of electricity and gas networks including the impact of solar photovoltaic generation. He has a strong background in software and modelling to deliver benefits to clients in the fields of energy and business operations. With a deep interest in sustainability, Andrew holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts.

Andrew has presented at the BZE discussion groups a number of times. 

Further reading;
Presentation Slides here (2.4MB PDF)

ReNew: Going hybrid: Adding batteries to grid-connected solar

Sustainable housing talkback forum

Sanctuary: Expert sustainability speakers discuss solar and design this weekend

BZE: Andrew Reddaway ATA – Sunulator’s economic feasibility of a solar system

BZE: AEMO forecasts future of rooftop solar on the electricity market

22 Mar 2016|

Charles Rendigs: Insulation and Cool Roof Paint for Commercial Energy Efficiency

Charles Rendigs, Manager at Thermoshield, will present energy efficiency case studies through commercial building projects. Efficient building envelope solutions were shown to be the lowest hanging fruit for energy savings in BZE’s Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan research report and these practical solutions are now being implemented around Australia in the spin-off Energy Freedom project.

Thermoshield’s innovative insulating cool roof paint products have been tested by CSIRO and University of Melbourne and are proven to reduce internal temperatures up to 45% and to reduce cooling costs up to 40%. Charles will present heat and thermodynamics theory such as reflectance, emissivity, radiant heat and show how this cool roof paint works just as well in winter, as in summer. Charles has many years experience, particularly in commercial buildings energy efficiency projects.

 Below is a video recording of this event or you can click here  to view on the BZE YouTube channel

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6:30 – 8pm Monday 7 March 2016

 

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.
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.

06 Feb 2016|