Discussion Group – June

The Hunter Part 2: Manufacturing for the zero-emissions economy

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Tue, 15 Jun 2021

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST

Continuing our deep dive into our 'Diversifying the Hunter' project, Sam will be joined by two innovative leaders in the Hunter's new generation of manufacturers.

Last month the International Energy Agency sent shockwaves across the globe with the release of its roadmap to net zero emissions by 2050 that showed there can be no new oil, gas or coal development. The IEA is the world’s leading energy authority and known for its conservative modelling.

With so many industrial regions of Australia on the frontline of both tectonic changes to energy technology and an historic, global economic crisis, it’s little wonder that public attention to the long-term prosperity of our regional communities has been renewed.

The good news is that with big change, come big opportunities. A Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct has the potential to create tens of thousands of jobs for industrial regions over the coming decade. By clustering manufacturers powered on 100% renewable energy, we can support the removal of emissions from their supply chain at a globally competitive price – which is exactly what global investors and corporations are hungry for. A Renewable Energy Industrial Precinct would build on Australia’s existing world-class energy expertise and diversify and adapt to changes in the global energy market.

And best of all, it will support the work of hardworking entrepreneurs invigorating the economies of regional centres around the country.

We warmly invite you to meet two such innovators, Dr Joss Kesby of Diffuse Energy and Justin Bain of 3ME Technology, at this month’s discussion group.

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Tue, 15 Jun 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST

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Sam Mella, Beyond Zero Emissions

Sam Mella

Senior Project Manager

Sam Mella is the Senior Project Manager in the Hunter Valley and was lead author of the Hunter Case Study in the Million Jobs Plan. She has done pioneering work on renewable energy export since 2011, including project leader of the acclaimed prefeasibility study (2017) that investigated High Voltage Direct Current as a potential renewable energy export and diversification pathway for the Pilbara Region of WA. Sam is also a founder and director of Pilbara Solar Pty Ltd.

Dr Joss Kesby, Beyond Zero Emissions

Dr Joss Kesby

Co-founder & CEO of Diffuse Energy

Dr Joss Kesby is the co-founder and CEO of Diffuse Energy, a Newcastle-based company that provides small-scale wind turbines, currently with a focus on the Australian telecommunications market. Diffuse Energy’s systems are designed to be deployed on rural and remote telecommunications towers, complementing existing solar and batteries and removing diesel generation to improve the operating costs and energy resilience of the site. Additional markets for Diffuse Energy’s technology include powering off-grid equipment for mining, defence and transport infrastructure. Joss has a background in Project Engineering and Project Management, with a double degree in Civil Engineering and Surveying from the University of Newcastle. Diffuse Energy's core technology is based on Joss's PhD research and has been developed and commercialised over the past 7 years. Diffuse Energy has received support from the CSIRO, ARENA, the University of Newcastle, the Integrated Innovation Network and both the NSW and Federal Governments during their commercialisation journey.

Justin Bain, Beyond Zero Emissions

Justin Bain

Chief Executive Officer, 3ME Technology

After a career as a Commissioned Military Officer leading specialised teams, Justin transitioned to lead 3ME Technology in powering change with clean tech for tough industries. 3ME Technology is currently focused on spearheading state-of-the-art battery systems into mining, military and marine applications to enhance safety, performance and sustainability. Justin has extensive experience in building high-performance teams to solve complex problems and he is excited and grateful to be contributing to the energy revolution. Bain is collaborating with Australian government initiatives, mining companies, the military and vehicle OEMs to accelerate the transition to more sustainable operations. Justin is passionate about providing smart, safe and superior technology that supports improved working conditions and more sustainable and efficient practices.

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Dr Joss Kesby's presentation slides - Diffuse Energy, the go-to wind energy provider of the telco industry

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