Experts to discuss renewable energy future

January 25, 2017

Renewable energy - wind farmCould Australia be powered entirely by renewable energy? This is the question a panel of speakers from industry and academia will discuss at a public meeting in Fremantle on Sunday, 5 February.

The event, which takes place at Victoria Hall, High Street, Fremantle, from 5pm, has been organised as part of the World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC), which runs from 5-9 February at Murdoch University.

Conference organiser David Goodfield, from Murdoch’s School of Engineering and Information Technology, said the public event aimed to connect experts attending the conference with members of the community.

“If you have a burning question about renewables, whether it be the solar panels on your roof, or the efficiencies of vast wind farms, this is your opportunity to have it answered,” said Dr Goodfield.

“Each speaker will be given five minutes to talk about how they see the world of renewable energy changing, before being given time to answer questions from the floor.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity to find out the latest innovations in renewable energy, as well as our experts’ thoughts on how to achieve a more sustainable future.”

The public meeting will be chaired by local entrepreneur Hamish Jolly from Biogass Renewables in Jandakot and a welcome will be provided by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, who still lectures in sustainability at Murdoch University.

Professor Ray Willis, director of Future Smart Strategies Ltd; Professor Ali Sayigh, Director General of the World Renewable Energy Network; Dr David Renne, President of the International Solar Energy Society; and Professor Peter Newman from Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, are all on the expert panel.

The WREC will see academics and key industry figures from around the world gather at Murdoch to hear presentations on a number of topics including zero carbon urban design, electric vehicles and energy from biomass.

Conference chair Dr Martin Anda, who leads environmental engineering at Murdoch, said it was an exciting time to be sharing ideas and research findings.

“Local and global policy directions in many countries are more promising than ever before for researchers and businesses working in the renewable energy field,” he said. “There is an appetite for innovation and Murdoch’s researchers are well placed to benefit.

“We have more than 30 academics and PhD researchers presenting at the conference, underlying our strength in this field, as well as more than 100 other speakers from around the world.

“Improving energy efficiency in social housing and the future potential of residential rooftop photovoltaic systems are among the many subjects Murdoch researchers will be presenting on.”

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