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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.

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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

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*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

A Safe Climate Transition (“No More Bad Investment”) Act 2017 could be adopted by the state and territory governments to 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). Philip Sutton 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; prevents an increase in manufacturing of vehicles fully powered by fossil fuels; and prohibits the supply of most fossil-fuelled appliances. Philip Sutton will join us to present the consultation draft of their proposed Safe Climate Transition Act.

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!

* Please note that we are at a temporary new location for this month (Oct).
WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 30 October 2017

Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A*
Spencer Road, University of Melbourne

Elisabeth Murdoch Theatre A (Room G06)

 

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, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, and 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.

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25 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/

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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.

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* 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|

Brown to Green Transition with Matt Grantham

Matt Grantham, as part of his Masters of Applied Finance at Macquarie University, recently analyzed the corporate strategy for the recent demerger of EON in Europe (which is one of the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility service, based in Germany). The company was split into in low carbon distributed business (EON) while Uniper retained the high carbon intensity centralized assets. Matt will explore the corporate strategies associated with managing assets in diverging centralized and distributed markets and the lessons that can be learned from what happened in Europe. Matt recently published a series of articles in Renew Economy on this topic. Join us for a utilities’ guide for a brown to green transition.

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WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 7 August 2017
Theatre 1 in the Old Geology Building *
Melbourne University

 

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08 Aug 2017|

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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Presentation slides here: (17Mb PDF)

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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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Presentation slides here: (25Mb PDF)

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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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|