Electric vehicles

Clay Collier

Clay Collier is serial entrepenur and Co-Founder of Kisensum, a Californian start-up software company dedicated to enabling the integration of energy storage to the grid. Their project at Los Angeles Air Force Base uses software that enables them to integrate energy storage, both mobile (EV's) and stationary to support the grid. Managing the largest vehicle to grid fleet in the world has given Kisensum a unique insight into controlling mobile storage and working with many vendors to complete a complex storage integration project.

Brendan Condon

Positive moves towards a sustainable society

Brendan Condon is Managing Director and co-founder of Australian Ecosystems, an integrated company specialising in ecological land restoration. He is also Director at The Cape sustainable housing project and Biofilta Stormwater Solutions

Brendan Condon believes we have been "sitting on our hands" regarding matters relating to climate change for too long and ignoring the urgent need for a serious vision for the future. Who could argue with that? Certainly the P.M. would agree that this is an "exciting time"  but they would have amazingly different paths. Brendan has chosen to develop the means of capturing and re-using the storm water that we see flowing down our gutters carrying all the rubbish into the Bay, instead to capture the pollution by means of a plant filtering system. One of the largest of these systems of returning and re-using this water is in the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne.

Another of his areas of challenge and developed expertise is the development of good design in sustainable housing (e.g. The Cape Paterson sustainable housing project). He points out that apart from environmental grounds there are marked improvements economically with the rise in the price of gas coupled with the drop in the price of solar.

Other projects of interest include the development of vertical and horizontal gardens useful for city dwellers for urban food production, community gardens, autonomous electric vehicles (probable in the next decade), when one can read a book on the way to work!

All this should be of interest to anyone planning a home, living in the city or merely caring about the importance of food and water and waste management for the present and the future.  

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Dr Stephen Bygrave

Dr Stephen Bygrave

Dr Stephen Bygrave on "Empowering Local Communities" 

BZE radio's Laura, Kay and Michael talked to Dr Stephen Bygrave, CEO Beyond Zero Emissions, who described Australia as a "solar paradise" and rated as third globally on the availability of renewable resources but of course rated most extreme when it comes to emissions per capita. Yet as Stephen says the coal industry is "static" and the COALition is "stuck in the old ways". 

This writer is often inclined to feel depressed at the criminal lack of progress and disinterest displayed in the development of renewables so Stephen feels like a breath of fresh air - somewhat equivalent to that of Tasmanian air being sold to China in tins! Travelling widely it seems, Stephen's plans include developing blueprints for  change  across different states and sectors. Addressing the welcome drop in the cost of batteries he says not to forget the importance of agricultural emissions frequently not so recognised, but no less important than renewables (which he described as "more sexy"). The agricultural sector of course includes land use, land clearing, production and wastage of food, water, transport etc. all of which mainly driven by local communities as it seems are most such progressive movements.

On closing Michael mentioned the Newcastle demonstration. which was held the previous weekend where they were watching some of the coal ships depart and estimating each ship to be the equivalent to 100, 000 cars on the road!  So much for Adani v the Great Barrier Reef!

(Summary written by BZE volunteer Bev McIntyre)

Mark Watts C40

Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in London, joins us on his recent visit to Australia. His C40 network supports cities to share knowledge and drive measurable and sustainable action on climate change.

Karl Fitzgerald - the easy economics of high speed rail

Beyond Zero talks to Karl Fitzgerald, an economist, "tax geek" and Project Director at Prosper Australia and Earthsharing. He talks about land value capture and how it can fund the building the high speed rail network from Melbourne to Brisbane, researched in BZE's Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail report.

A/Prof Aguey-Zinsou develops Hy-Cycle hydrogen powered bicycle

Associate Professor Kondo-François Aguey-Zinsou is team leader at MERLin: Materials Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale within the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The research group is focusing on the use of hydrogen as a clean energy vector. Hy-Cycle, Australia’s first hydrogen-powered bicycle, was a finalist in the 2015 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology. Hy-Cycle features a 738Wh hydrogen canister, a 518Wh lithium-ion battery, a 100W fuel cell, a 200W electric motor and 120km range on a single canister. They have now turned to crowd-funding to take the product to market and further their hydrogen research.

Francois and his team have developed advanced materials that can store that hydrogen in a safe, compact, and efficient manner, and deliver it when and where it is needed. More versatile and compact than a battery, hydrogen storage materials can store sufficient energy to replace the petrol in your car, to power your home or business, or to compensate for the variability in electricity generated from utility-scale solar and wind.

The MERLin research group is also part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, the Australian Energy Research Institute and the EU COST project “Nanostructured Materials for Solid State Hydrogen Storage“.

Alexander Diatlov - Ecoisme household energy monitoring with one sensor

TechCrunch has called Ecoisme, An Energy Consumption Device That Is Too Good To Be TrueEcoisme is an Indiegogo project that uses a single device to track the energy usage of each individual appliance or gadget throughout your home, by using spectrum analysis. Ecoisme Co-founder & Chief Marketing Officer, Alexander Diatlov joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to talk about this innovative energy saving device. 

In 2014, Alexander, Co-founder Ivan Pasichnyk and their team (from the Ukraine) built the first prototype of Ecoisme at a hackathon where they won a fierce 48-hr competition against many other software developers, inventors and start-ups. The Ecoisme product can single out your home appliances, check their energy efficiency and suggest the best ways for you to save energy (about 30% energy saving).  If you forget to switch off your iron or electric oven, Ecoisme will take care of it, and send you a friendly reminder. 

Ecoisme will be revealing more at CES, the next-generation innovations consumer technologies exhibition, in Las Vegas in January 2016.

Michelle Nazzari - Fonzarelli Electric Scooters

http://www.fonzarelli.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/white-bike-img.jpg  Michelle Nazzari

The Fonzarelli 125 is Australia’s first electric scooter - 100% Australian owned and designed. Fonzarelli Managing Director and lead design engineer Michelle Nazzari, joins Beyond Zero's Michael and Niels to discuss her zero emissions city scooter. 


Sam Wilkinson IHS

Sam Wilkinson is Research Manager - Solar & Energy Storage at IHS (based in the UK), leading its research on the PV inverter, BOS and energy storage markets. He joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to talk about the new business models making storage viable, such as Reposit Power in Canberra. 

‘Software could be major factor’ in storage decision-making, says IHS

REV up Electric bikes


Following the ATA's EV expo, we continue the theme with electric bicycles. Rebecca Lee from Melbourne company REV-Bikes provides electric bikes and conversion kits designed to get people riding bikes where they otherwise wouldn’t. REV-Bikes and 'REVbecca' encourages the use of recycled bikes for conversions,

David Metzke from Dyson Electric Bikes explains that an electric bike or e-bike utilises a battery powered electric motor to assist the rider when required, like when accelerating, climbing hills or pedalling into head winds. This is a pedal assist type, compared to a throttle type e-bike. As with a regular bicycle, they are completely legal to ride without a drivers' licence (or any other licence for that matter), even on bike paths. And, don't forget the added benefit of free parking!

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