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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.

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

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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

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

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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.


06 Jun 2016|

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|

Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop – Forestry & Agriculture emissions

Video of Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop discussing Australian emissions from forestry and agriculture: April 2014

Gerard is Executive Director of the World Preservation Foundation, an organisation which aims to assimilate, document and present scientific data relating to climate change; including deforestation, disease, drought and global hunger.

Gerard has had a distinguished career working as a Principal Scientist with the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Resources Management Remote Sensing Centre until 2010.

Gerard is a lead researcher for BZE’s Zero Carbon Australia Land Use Plan which is to be released during the year. He will present tonight on forestry & agriculture emissions.

He was responsible for assessing and monitoring vegetation cover, structure and trend across the state. This involved leading a team of remote sensing scientists to develop satellite monitoring methods to cover an area of 1.7 million square km. each year.

Following 37 years with federal and state government, Gerard is now engaged in communicating environmental issues and pursuing his life interest in sustainable home design. Gerard joins us via Skype.


Presentation Audio

Monday 7 April 2014: 6:30 – 8 pm
Fritz Loewe Theatre
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

08 Mar 2014|

Monthly Discussion Group: Dr Keith Lovegrove unveiling the new Big Dish

Dr. Keith Lovegrove unveiled the ANU’s new solar thermal dish in September at the SolarPACES international solar thermal conference in Berlin to much acclaim.
This will be the first time it will be presented in Melbourne.

It is the world’s biggest solar dish that comes with a mass production system that can build one dish a day. The dish has the highest optical efficiency of any commercial solar technology in the world and a field of 500 produces 100MW electrical power. ANU’s dishes can be used on undulating ground, which is difficult for current solar thermal systems that use mirror fields or troughs.

Discussion Group: Monday 7th December 2009
Kindness House, Level 2, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Dr. Keith Lovegrove will also talk about replacing all of Australia’s energy needs with this solar technology used in conjunction with thermal salt storage.

Dr. Keith Lovegrove is a senior lecturer in Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the Australian National University (ANU). He heads the ANU Solar Thermal Group which works on a range of projects involving high and low temperature thermal conversion of solar energy. This includes looking at dish and trough concentrators and thermochemical energy storage. He is widely published in scientific journals and has advised the Australian Government on CSP . Dr Lovegrove and his team are at the forefront of International research into concentrated solar power.

08 Oct 2009|

Hugh Outhred’s vision for the extensive deployment of wind energy in Australia

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This month’s quest speaker is Associate Professor Hugh Outhred.

Associate Professor Hugh Outhred of the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at UNSW has been involved in electricity restructuring, energy planning and renewable energy in Australia since the 1970’s.

He will speak about the possibilities for the extensive deployment of wind energy in Australia, as well as address issues such as wind variability and forecasting techniques, the potential difficulties in managing voltage and frequency disturbances and the cost of network connections.



05 Oct 2008|