BZE Discussion Group

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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 – take any tram on Swanston Street and get off at Stop 1, Melbourne University.
This page records past discussion group presentations with videos. See our events page for up coming discussion group topics.

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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|

100% Renewable Energy and how YOU can make it happen!

2016 is the year to make our politicians turn words into Climate Action!

After a record attendance year in 2015, we kick off the 2016 BZE Discussion Group series at the University of Melbourne, learning about how we can get involved in the various climate action campaigns around Australia. Post Paris climate talks, we have lots to do! Zero Emissions in 10 years, 100% Renewables, Zero Carbon plans, Replace Hazelwood, Renewable Energy Super Power and much more, all in a federal election year. We have three amazing speakers:

Ellen Sandell is the Greens state MP for Melbourne

Adrian Whitehead is National Campaign Manager for Save the Planet

Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO Beyond Zero Emissions

6:30 – 8pm Monday 1 February 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.

23 Jan 2016|

Yasmina Dkhissi presents Low-cost PV: Perovskite thin films?

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Low-cost PV: Perovskite thin films?

Perovskite solar cells are widely touted to be the next generation in solar technology.

Yasmina Dkhissi will talk about perovskite solar cells and why this solar PV technology is attracting a great deal of interest in the solar community. Yasmina recently completed her PhD with the University of Melbourne on the development of low-cost PV. She also holds a Master of Engineering from Lyon Engineering School of Chemistry, Physics and Electronics and a Master of Research from the University Claude Bernard of Lyon, France. During her PhD, she worked on the development of flexible thin film PV. In particular, she focused on device fabrication techniques and on practical industrial concerns such as the reproducibility, the manufacturing processability, and the stability of perovskite solar cells. She has recently started a Research Position with Monash University where she will investigate tandem perovskite/silicon solar cells.

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

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Further reading:

Yasmina Dkhissi podcast with Beyond Zero Radio

 

24 Nov 2015|

Andrew Lamb- MagEfekt battery technology

MagEfekt is an Australian engineering consultancy who have developed revolutionary manufacturing techniques to offer the most robust range of purpose-built lithium-ion batteries in the market.  MagEfekt specialise in designing, building and manufacturing battery packs to meet specific customer requirements, right here in Melbourne. MagEfekt aims to produce energy dense batteries for both mobile and stationary applications.

Engineer Andrew Lamb will present a comparison on various battery chemistries and explain why lithium-ion technologies, such as MagEfekt’s Tardis battery, are superior. Andrew will also cover general energy storage concepts and the importance of system sizing for your particular application.

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

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Further Reading:
Presentation Slides (PDF- 1Mb)
presentation-slides

6:30 – 8pm Monday 9 November 2015*

 McCoy Building 200

Fritz Loewe Theatre  (entry via ramp to first floor)

University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

*Please note: This is the second Monday in November after Melbourne Cup long weekend

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.

12 Oct 2015|

Sunvertec Australian AC optimisers

In a world first, Perth engineering company Sunvertec has developed an AC optimser that is installed on each solar PV panel (like a microinverter). Sunvertec AC optimisers have broken the 99% efficiency barrier and now set its goal towards breaking the cost barrier of US$0.10/W before 2020. These records can be achieved because, unlike microinverters, each AC optimiser unit generates just a portion of the total AC waveform.

EXCLUSIVE! New video released TODAY on the inner workings of the Sunvertec system. See below.

After five years of R&D, founder Kevin Davies leads a family company of software developers and engineers who first revealed their technology at the Australian Solar Council’s Solar 2015 conference in May. With many patents secured, Sunvertec is now planning commercial manufacturing in Perth. Kevin Davies is visiting Melbourne to speak at the All Energy Conference in the same week and BZE is very excited to welcome Kevin (electronics engineer) and son Alexander (software engineer) to present this Australian innovation in this discussion forum. Everyone welcome!

 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 5 October 2015

McCoy Building 200
Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via ramp to first floor)
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.

 

15 Sep 2015|

Tim Forcey: Switching off gas

The University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) has examined the future of domestic gas across the interconnected eastern-Australian gas market.
Some of the numerous key findings of this important study include :

  • Gas demand peaked in 2012 and is forecast to decline in all sectors: electricity generation, the industrial/manufacturing sector, and in buildings.
  • Gas demand could fall to half of the 2012 peak by 2025.
  • Some householders can significantly reduce their energy bills by using efficient electrical appliances such as heat pumps (e.g. reverse cycle air conditioners) and induction cook tops instead of gas.

The MEI report says that large Victorian homes could save as much as $658 a year if they switched off gas heating and increasingly used air conditioners with “heat pump” technology in them. Tim Forcey, the report’s author and energy adviser at the Melbourne Energy Institute will join us to present his key findings on why we should be fuel switching from gas to electricity.

The full report Switching off gas – An examination of declining gas demand in Eastern Australia can be downloaded from the MEI website here.

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

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Further reading:

6:30 – 8pm Monday 7 September 2015

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.

26 Aug 2015|

Dr David Whaley: Zero energy housing

    

Dr David M Whaley is an engineer and Research Associate at the University of South Australia who specialises in sustainable housing, energy monitoring, renewable energy systems design and integration. David will present the latest research findings of detailed energy demand data from a near zero energy housing development in Adelaide, called Adelaide Living Laboratory (ALL). This is an action based research project that will inform communities and the building, construction and development industries. It will provide an evidence base that can then be rolled out nationally to enable significant reduction of carbon emissions of the building and construction development sector and urban communities.
David’s research publications include topics such as:

“Electricity demand profile in Low Energy Houses”

“The implications of mandating photovoltaics on all new homes”

“Do zero energy homes stay zero energy?”

“In-situ evaluation of water consumption and energy use in Australian domestic water heaters”

“Integrated Solar Thermal System for Water and Space Heating, Dehumidification and Cooling”

David will join us from UniSA via zero emissions video link.

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

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Further Reading:
Josh’s House-Star Performers Series
https://vimeo.com/113079373
https://vimeo.com/113817236

6:30pm Monday 3 August 2015

Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre* 

Multi Purpose Room1

*Please note venue change for Aug.

Public transport: Stop 1 Swanston Street, You can get there via a tram from the city, such as any of the Melbourne University routes

Entry: Gold coin donation

Everyone is welcome to come along to the pub (on Elgin St) to continue the discussion after 8pm.

12 Jul 2015|

Solar Thermal Storage

Robert Mierisch was Co-founder, CTO Emeritus and Key advisor for Terrajoule Corporation, California, whose energy storage solution will overcome the barrier of intermittency for solar energy in electricity generation in our 100% renewable energy future. He is now CTO of 3S Power Pty Ltd.

In 2009, Terrajoule’s CTO Robert Mierisch invented the practical breakthrough that yields thermal energy storage at less than 20% of the cost of any form of battery storage, per kWh electrical of storage capacity.Terrajoule storage does not degrade over time, has no limitation on charge-discharge cycles, lasts at least 25 years, and utilizes no toxic or rare materials.

Further, Terrajoule’s strategy is based on the conviction that distributed power generation will play a much larger role in electricity generation than it has before. Therefore Terrajoule power plants are modular from 100 kW to 10 MW and more. quickly and massively scalable to GW of distributed power generation with modest amounts of investment capital.  Therefore the system components are all established technologies built within existing automotive and industrial supply chains worldwide.  Ramping up production requires no new factories, no new materials, and no new manufacturing equipment or processes.Major problems are sometimes resolved with unexpected solutions. That is the case with Terrajoule.  Who expected that reciprocating steam piston engines would play a major role in 21st century energy growth?

Robert Mierisch was previously Research Director, Thermal Systems at Ausra Incorporated, California with Dr David Mills. He has also had a long career in academia. Robert has now returned to Australia to commercialise his solar thermal storage technology.
We’re very excited to be one of the first audiences to hear the latest news.

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

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Listen here to a previous BZE Radio Podcast Interview with Robert Mierisch

6:30pm Monday 6 July 2015
Physics South Building 192
*
Hercus  Theatre L105
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

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15 Jun 2015|

Gerard Drew: The Fossil Economy

The Fossil Economy – a new report by Beyond Zero Emissions – investigates the revenue expectation of Australia’s emissions-intensive exports, comparing Australian Government projections with projections from the International Energy Agency. These projections include the business-as-usual New Policies Scenario, and the climate change mitigation 450 ppm Scenario. This indicates a potential shortfall in export revenue growing to AU$100 billion annually by 2030.

Beyond Zero Emissions Research Director Gerard Drew will be presenting the key findings from The Fossil Economy report. Gerard Drew is an aerospace engineer who has worked in automotive design and manufacture, vehicle testing and development, prior to joining BZE. Gerard is the lead author of the Fossil Economy and other BZE reports including the Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail plan released in 2014. This studies the feasibility of a high speed train linking the major cities and regional towns of the Australian east coast and was a collaboration with the Melbourne Energy Institute and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

 

6:30pm Monday 1 June 2015
Physics South Building 192
*
Hercus Theatre L105
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

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01 Jun 2015|

Electric vehicles and energy storage: what do they mean for the grid?

Electric vehicles and energy storage: what do they mean for the grid?

 
Dr Julian de Hoog
is a Research Staff Member at IBM Research – Australia, working on a variety of projects in the energy space, across renewables, storage, and electrified transport.
Julian was formerly a Research Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne and now continues to be involved with the University as an Honorary Research Fellow in graduate student supervision and joint research.

His research expertise covers electric vehicles, smart charging, management of distribution networks, and smart grid applications.


Monday 4 May 2015
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, Melbourne Energy Institute, 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.

04 May 2015|