Green energy experts coming to Murdoch University

July 9, 2013

Murdoch University is set to hold the World Renewable Energy Congress – Australia 2013 from July 14 to 18 at the South Street Campus.

Featuring 21 keynote speakers working across a range of sustainable energy fields, the gathering will look at research and development into cost-effective technologies and new energy systems that can merge with existing economic and social frameworks.

Conference Chair Dr Martin Anda said he was pleased with the calibre of the line-up and said Australian Green Party Senator Scott Ludlam would be giving the inaugural speech and that the Hon Gary Gray, Minister for Resources and Energy, Minister for Tourism and Minister for Small Business had agreed to speak at the congress dinner.

“The congress has drawn leading specialists from around the world to share their expertise on a range of issues to do with sustainability and decarbonisation,” Dr Anda said.

“These five days will offer a very holistic look at the challenges and opportunities currently surrounding renewable energy. Given that researchers in the private and public sectors are all working toward similar goals, coming together to share thoughts and ideas has immense benefits for the global community.”

Forty-two countries are to be represented, including the USA, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Egypt, Cyprus, Ireland, Malaysia, Greece and Australia.

The congress will look at energy sources such as biofuels, geothermal, wind, wave, waste, solar and photovoltaic and will consider issues to do with policy and economics and new technologies.

Dr Anda said there would also be a focus on sustainability and the urban environment.

“Given that the highest carbon-producing countries are city-centred, we’re exploring topics such as low energy architecture and zero-carbon design,” he said.

Leading this discussion will be Murdoch University Adjunct Professor Garry Baverstock AO, who has spent nearly four decades designing, building, educating and researching in the field of environmental and public education.

Professor Baverstock has won numerous architectural, industrial and housing industry awards at state and national level for energy efficient commercial and institutional buildings as well the use of solar housing, which he has advocated for since the 1980s.

Professor Michael Borowitzka, Director of the Algae R&D Centre at Murdoch University, will also be presenting on his ongoing work into algae fuel.

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