Radio Podcasts and Video Links

Radio Podcasts and Video Links 2017-06-22T10:49:00+00:00

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When is ‘Sustainable Agriculture’ Climate-Safe & Beyond Blue Carbon Sequestration

This show was broadcast on Monday 10th April 2017

In this show we are talking carbon sequestration. First up BZE Radio’s Vivien Langford talks with North Queensland cattle farmer Elena Garcia, who is aiming to transform her property into a climate-safe rangelands grazing operation using ‘sustainable’ low input practices. Then BZE Radio’s Kurt Johnson talks to Quinn Ollivier, an expert on the seagrass beds of coastal Australia and why it is that these massive carbon sinks are so enduring – and threatened.

Thank you to our guests:

  • Elena Garcia and Alan Broughton, the authors of a highly controversial new book
    Sustainable Agriculture versus Corporate Greed.
  • Quinn Ollivier, ecologist and expert on sea grass and mangrove sequestration of carbon

Climate change prompts us to think about threats to crops, threats to food supply and the opportunities of sustainable and climate-safe land use. But are there any examples of sustainable and climate-safe rangelands grazing? Can rangelands grazing be good for lowering fire-related emissions and what about the climate impact of methane from enteric fermentation of the ruminants grazed there?

The BZE Landuse discussion paper analysis suggests that agricultural activities based on both nitrogenous fertilisers and rangelands grazing need to be – and can be – dramatically transformed – so how is this to be accomplished in practice?

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10 Apr 2017|Community Show|

Grattan Institute: Retail electricity market failing consumers

In this podcast, Beyond Zero radio talk to David Blowers, Energy Fellow at the Grattan Institute, about a recent report on electricity retailer competition failing to deliver lower prices for consumers. The report titled, Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers? says the government will need to step in and re-regulate prices if market competition does not change.

“Prices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide have almost doubled over the past decade.” [Photo supplied by Grattan Institute]

BZE Technology Radio Show: 7 April 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to David Blowers

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Interview broadcast on: 7 April 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

Grattan Institute: Price shock: Is the retail electricity market failing consumers?

07 Apr 2017|Technology Show|

GreenSync launch deX renewable energy digital marketplace

In this podcast, Beyond Zero’s Anthony Daniele and Matt Grantham talk to Bruce Thompson, GM Strategic Projects at Melbourne-based energy startup GreenSync, about the recent launch of “deX”.

“The ARENA funded Decentralised Energy Exchange — or “deX” for short — creates an open marketplace for the value of energy generated by solar panels and stored in battery packs to be traded between consumers, businesses, communities and network utilities.. [Photo supplied by GreenSync]

Bruce Thompson is a recognised leader in the sustainable energy sector bringing together unique skills and experience to build practical responses to climate change. In the past Bruce has initiated partnership projects such as the Moreland Solar City Project and EcoSmart Electricians, a national training program for electricians

BZE Technology Radio Show: 4 April 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Bruce Thompson.

BZE Interviewers: Anthony Daniele, Matt Grantham

Interview recorded on: 4 April 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

GreenSync launch deX: a new renewable energy digital marketplace that will transform Australia’s energy industry

Renew Economy

04 Apr 2017|Technology Show|

Climate Solutions Are In Our Lands – Colin and Nicholas Seis

This show was broadcast on Monday 3rd  April 2017

Colin Seis and his son Nicholas own and run the 2000-acre property “Winona” which is situated north of Gulgong on the central slopes of NSW.
Here Colin is speaking three years on from the time of his project with the BZE land-use project, where his innovative ‘pasture cropping’ and carbon farming techniques and results were featured as a world-leading case study, published in the Land Use: Agriculture and Forestry Discussion Paper, part of the Zero Carbon Australia project.
You can hear Colin speak to BZE’s Viv Langford in a 2014 interview that took place on-site at Gulgong  here
Click to LISTEN to the April 3 2017 Colin Seis interview.
MONDAY BZE Community Radio Mon 5-6pm

FRIDAY BZE Science and Solution Radio Fri 8.30-9am

TUNE in http://3cr.org.au/streaming LIVE 3CR Community Radio

 

 

03 Apr 2017|Community Show|

Greensmith software optimising energy storage for grid reliability – John Jung and David Miller

In this podcast, Beyond Zero’s Anthony Daniele and Matt Grantham talk to Greensmith Energy Management Systems‘ John Jung and David Miller, on their recent visit to Australia.

They are partnering with local South Australian renewable energy and battery company ZEN Energy to offer utility-scale battery solutions. Greensmith’s software offers multiple value streams to control battery energy including frequency response, peak shifting and arbitrage.

The advantage of battery energy storage, over other forms of dispatchable energy such as hydro or gas peaking plants, is that a battery bank has the power capacity which can respond in under 40 milli-seconds (ms) to enhance grid reliability.

“Energy storage is economically viable today… rule changes (will) enhance and incentivise asset investment into energy storage” says John Jung, Greensmith’s Founder and CEO. [Photo supplied by ZEN Energy]

BZE Technology Radio Show: 29 March 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to John Jung and David Miller.

BZE Interviewers: Anthony Daniele, Matt Grantham

Interview recorded on: 29 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

ZEN Energy’s Local-Global Partnership for Big Battery Project Delivery

Renew Economy: South Australia swamped by 90 battery storage proposals

Renew Economy: Garnaut’s ZEN Energy plans baseload renewable retail product

31 Mar 2017|Technology Show|

Next-generation Sodium-ion batteries use sea water: Dr Neeraj Sharma UNSW

In this podcast, Beyond Zero radio talk to Dr Neeraj Sharma from UNSW about his research into next-generation Sodium-ion batteries, featuring affordability and reliability towards the 100% renewable energy transition.

Dr Neeraj Sharma is Senior Lecturer & ARC DECRA Fellow, in the School of Chemistry at UNSW.

“Dr Sharma is working on replacing the lithium with sodium, in the form of readily available salty water. “Once you get the sodium batteries as efficient as lithium-ion batteries, they’ll be about one-fifth the cost,” [Photo supplied by UNSW]

BZE Technology Radio Show: 31 March 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Dr Neeraj Sharma

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Interview broadcast on: 31 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

UNSW 20 Rising Stars: ENERGY STORAGE Neeraj Sharma

31 Mar 2017|Technology Show, Uncategorized|

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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Presentation Slides here (11Mb PDF)

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|Discussion Group|

Climate Reality Leader & social change advocate Linh Do

In this podcast, BZE speaks to Linh Do, a social change advocate who has been working on environmental issues for the past six years. Linh is currently the community coordinator at Australian Conservation Foundation and in 2013 was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 24 March 2017: Podcast

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Interview broadcast on: 24 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

27 Mar 2017|Technology Show|

Record ocean temperature rise: Zeke Hausfather

In this podcast, BZE speaks to Zeke Hausfather, a climate scientist and energy systems analyst at Berkeley Earth, an independent temperature analysis project.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 17 March 2017: Podcast

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Interview recorded on: 17 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

Factcheck: Mail on Sunday’s ‘astonishing evidence’ about global temperature rise

27 Mar 2017|Technology Show|

Malaysia: Reducing Pollution and Adopting Green Technology (Part 2)

This show was broadcast on Monday 27th March 2017
Malaysia has some challenges ahead as it moves towards meeting its Paris Agreement commitments, as BZE Radio found out from recent chats about energy efficiency and forests with the Premier of Melaka The Hon Datuk Idris, and with forest campaigners Suresh Kumar and Siva Arumagam in Kuala Lumpur.

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27 Mar 2017|Buildings, Community Show, Forestry|

Malaysia: Reducing Pollution and Adopting Green Technology

This show was broadcast on Mon 20th March 2017

The Environment Minister for Penang, The Hon Phee Boon Poh 彭文宝 and Federal MP, Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj talked to BZE Radio about how Malaysia is working on its Paris Climate Commitments.

MONDAY BZE Radio Mon 5-6pm

TUNE in http://3cr.org.au/streaming LIVE 3CR Community Radio

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20 Mar 2017|Community Show|

Predicting rainfall and drought: Dr Fiona Johnson

In this podcast, BZE speaks to Dr Fiona Johnson, Senior Lecturer at UNSW’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, about how climate change impacts on water response systems. She is developing computer models and simulations for flood and drought variability, and helping engineers design the infrastructure to keep us safe.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 17 March 2017: Podcast

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Interview broadcast on: 17 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

17 Mar 2017|Technology Show|

Podcast: Is there a valid reason for even ‘clean coal’ to remain as part of the energy mix?

‘Clean coal’ debunked

BZE radio talks to Lynette Molyneaux:

Dr Lynette Molyneaux is currently researching the resilience of electricity systems at the University of Queensland (UQ). Her research interests include carbon abatement with particular emphasis on incentives for investment in abatement technologies. In this podcast, Lynette talks about why so-called ‘clean coal’ power isn’t the answer to Australia’s emissions targets or energy resilience.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 17 March 2017: Podcast:

Lynette talked about:

  • different types of ‘clean coal’ technologies, their efficiencies, costs and emissions
  • our ageing coal fired power installations
  • meeting our Paris commitments and the feasibility of carbon capture and storage
  • incompatibility of ‘clean coal’ with our Paris targets with CCS as yet unproven

Further reading:

Is ‘clean coal’ power the answer to Australia’s emissions targets?
(The Conversation: 25 Jan 2017: Lynette Molyneaux)

The Conversation: Articles by Lynette Molyneaux

17 Mar 2017|Technology Show|

UNSW record efficiency for non-toxic, buildings application, thin-film solar cells

BZE speaks to Dr Xiaojing Hao, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW. Dr Hao and her team have broken efficiency records for CZTS thin-film solar cells which are non-toxic and could be used on buildings roofs, facades and windows.

BZE Interviewers: Kay Wennagel, Michael Staindl, Natalie Bucknell

Interview broadcast on: 3 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

UNSW Newsroom: UNSW takes lead in race for non-toxic, thin-film solar cells

SMH: ‘It’s my dream’: achievement of scientist’s solar cell goal opens up potentially huge new markets

The Fifth Estate: Zero energy buildings a step closer following UNSW solar breakthrough

16 Mar 2017|Technology Show|

100% renewable energy for South Australia

In this podcast, Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf talks about renewable energy, energy storage, government policy and how we can easilty achieve 100% renewable energy for Australia.

“SA could transform its grid to one that is renewable, reliable and affordable – in the process showing other states how it can be done” says Dr Mark Diesendorf.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 14 March 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Dr Mark Diesendorf:

  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) teaches, researches and consults in the interdisciplinary fields of sustainable energy, energy policy and economics.
  • He is author of the book, Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change.

BZE Interviewers: Vivien Langford

Interview recorded: March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

The Conversation: How South Australia can function reliably while moving to 100% renewable power

AEMO’s FINAL REPORT INTO THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN STATE-WIDE POWER OUTAGE  Report pdf  Video of Release of the AEMO report – Dr Anthony Marxsen & Panel discussion

14 Mar 2017|BZE Radio, Community Show, Technology Show|

Sunshine Coast’s 15MW Solar Farm

This show was broadcast on Mon 13th March 2017
A 15 megawatt solar farm is being built on 24 hectares in Valdora, Queensland. It will be the fifth largest solar farm in Australia.
At its peak, the solar farm will generate 15,000 kilowatts of electricity from the sun into the Energex network. The electricity generated over one year is enough to power about 5000 homes.
36,000 trees will also be planted to create a 10m wide x 470 metre long green buffer area along the site’s frontage.
We talk to Sunshine Coast Council Mayor, Mark Jamieson, and Director of Economic Development & Major Projects, Greg Laverty.
MONDAY BZE Radio Mon 5-6pm
TUNE in http://3cr.org.au/streaming  LIVE
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13 Mar 2017|Community Show|

The 2017 Community Energy Congress

This show was broadcast on Mon 6th March 2017
The focus of today’s show is the Coalition for Community Energy Congress 2017 – which happened on Feb 27 & 28. Guest interviews include: Professor Søren Hermansen, director of Samsø’s Energy Academy and Nicky Ison, director and founder of Community Power Agency.
And various participants from the congress including the Future Super #ReInvest event.
MONDAY BZE Radio Mon 5-6pm
TUNE in http://3cr.org.au/streaming  LIVE
CATCH Podcasts @ http://bze.org.au/podcasts
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06 Mar 2017|Community Show|

Zero Carbon Communities

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 6 March 2017
All Welcome

Our guest speaker is Imogen Jubb, BZE National Manager for the Zero Carbon Communities project.

Zero Carbon Communities is helping to implement BZE research in local communities looking to work towards zero emissions .

Many Australian communities and Local Councils are developing Zero Emissions targets. With support from the Lord Mayors Charitable Fund we are supporting three Victorian communities, Baw Baw, Benalla and Nillumbik to develop 100% renewable energy transition strategies.

We are looking to build the volunteer base to provide support to other interested communities – if you are are keen to be involved please get in touch at zerocarboncommunities@bze.org.au

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

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Read: About the BZE Discussion Group

WHEN: 6:30 – 8pm Monday 6 March 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!

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. 

04 Mar 2017|Discussion Group|

EON: Demergers and other lessons on a Brown to Green Transition

Beyond Zero’s Anthony Daniele speaks to Matt Grantham about the corporate finance ideas that are bringing about the brown to green transition in the energy utility market. Matt has researched a case study of the demerger of German utility E.ON.

Matt Grantham analyses parenting advantage, capital allocation and the corporate finance ideas that are accelerating the green transition to renewable energy, battery storage, emergence of new technology, distributed energy markets and the energy utility disruption.

BZE Technology Radio Show: 2 March 2017: Podcast

Beyond Zero Emissions talks to Matt Grantham.

BZE Interviewer: Anthony Daniele

Interview recorded on: 2 March 2017

From Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia

Further reading:

Renew Economy

GTM: Utilities Are Investing Heavily in Startups in Order to Disrupt Themselves

03 Mar 2017|Technology Show|

Sydney Peace Prize Award Ceremony and Lecture

This show was broadcast on Mon 27th Feb 2017
The 2016 Sydney Peace Foundation Prize was presented to Naomi Klein at Sydney Town Hall on Friday 11 November. This inspiring lecture and award ceremony featured an opening song by Missy Higgins, an introduction by Senator Patrick Dodson and the awarding of the Prize by Professor Gillian Triggs.
“The Jury commended Klein for proposing solutions that not only reduce emissions and end fossil fuel extraction, but also aim for social justice, economic fairness.”
MONDAY BZE Radio Mon 5-6pm
TUNE in http://3cr.org.au/streaming  LIVE
CATCH Podcasts @ http://bze.org.au/podcasts
TWEET it in : @beyondzeronews and #bzelive
27 Feb 2017|Community Show|