Here is a listing of Podcasts since October 2011 sorted by views (desc)

Colin Davis, CEO of kWhOURS

Colin Davis is CEO of Boston (US) based company kWhOURS, developer of Tablet-based data collection and management software for building energy efficiency professionals.

The team of energy professionals and software developers at kWhOURS has the goal of simplifying the data collection process; organize hundreds of pages of notes, lead the inexperienced user through a predefined set of questions, automatically associate photos and audio notes with the parts of the building they refer to, and quite simply, improve the field engineer’s quality of life. The software can cut up to 35% of the time and cost associated with conducting a building assessment. kWhOURS offers solutions for utilities, energy service companies (ESCOs), consultants and facility managers.

Professor David Karoly is keynote speaker at the Climate Change Science Symposium

Professor David Karoly is an internationally recognised expert in climate change and climate variability, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. He was heavily involved in preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2007, in several different roles.

Prof Karoly joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to talk about the latest climate science, taking on the climate deniers and confusionists; and communicating the urgency of the issues. Prof Karoly is keynote speaker at the Climate Change Science Symposium taking place at the University of Melbourne between Thursday 20 and Saturday 22 September.

Prof Andrew Blakers

From Stars to the Sun

Professor Andrew Blakers is a professor engineering at the Australian National University. He works in the area of photovoltaics. His original goal was to be an astronomer studying Maths and Physics but while bushwalking  he was struck by so many places under threat - and that was as far back as the 70s!

He believes Australia receives thousands of times more solar energy than all the fossil fuels combined so why not be involved in solar and wind? He is a member of ARENA but fears the organisation, with the present political situation may lose the capacity to award grants. 

An interesting account of Andrew's life and work can be accessed on the ABC's Conversation Hour (13/6) and more details on the usual BZE podcast which mentions sliver, PERC technologies and silicon with its non-toxic properties. 

He has no doubt that Australia could become 100% renewable before long - and that is not just "pie in the sky"!

(Summary written by Bev McIntyre)

Further reading:

The Conversation: Wind and solar PV have won the race – it’s too late for other clean energy technologies

More articels at The Conversation

Toby Greenane, Co-Director of Solimpeks Australia

Toby Greenane is Co-Director of the Australian subsidiary of Solimpeks, a world leading developer of PV-T collectors, founded in Turkey. Solimpeks has over 35 years experience in developing and manufacturing solar collectors, accessories and tanks for solar hot water systems. In recent times, they have branched out into solar PV R&D and in 2008, their first PV-T Hybrid Collector was produced.

Showcase installations for the Solimpeks PV-T Hybrid Collectors include systems for the Turkish Army, as well as throughout Germany, the UK and South America. In Australia, the Solimpeks Volther PowerVolt and PowerTherm modules received CEC (Clean Energy Council) approval in early May 2012 and have been installed at a number of test sites. Toby is looking to expand the business into the promising Australian commercial sector.

Frank (Tex) Wilkins, Executive Director of the US Concentrating Solar Power Alliance

Tex Wilkins is Executive Director of the US Concentrating Solar Power Alliance (CSPA) formed in March 2012 by leading concentrating solar power (CSP) developers Abengoa, BrightSource Energy and Torresol Energy.

The CSPA is dedicated to educating U.S. regulators, utilities and grid operators about the unique benefits of concentrating solar power (CSP) and of thermal energy storage as a foundational resource for a reliable, low-carbon electricity mix and a driver of economic growth. The Alliance’s mission is to promote the increased acceptance, adoption and implementation of concentrating solar power plants in the United States. The Alliance will also promote policies to encourage and advance CSP technology deployment.

Professor Richard Kaner - micro-supercapacitors energy storage

Professor Richard B. Kaner is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He leads the Kaner group which researches all aspects of conducting polymers, ranging from the fundamental science of these materials to their development for a wide variety of applications.

Prof Kaner and his team have developed a groundbreaking technique that uses a DVD burner to fabricate micro-scale graphene-based supercapacitors —  devices that can charge and discharge a hundred to a thousand times faster than standard batteries. These micro-supercapacitors, made from a one-atom–thick layer of graphitic carbon, can be easily manufactured and readily integrated into small devices such as next-generation pacemakers.

The new cost-effective fabrication method for the mass production of these super capacitors, has the potential to transform electronics and other fields.

Prof Kaner describes super capacitors in this video.

Dr Mark Snow, Senior Researcher at the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of NSW

Dr Mark Snow is Senior Researcher at the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of NSW (UNSW). Dr Snow is the Australian representative for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) Task 41 program on Solar Energy and Architecture. He co-authored an international publication on designing with solar power and has provided BIPV and building energy systems expertise to the IEA PV Power Systems (PVPS) Task 7 and 10 Urbanscale PV programs. Recently, he assisted with the upgrade of the Australian Solar Radiation Data Handbook (ASRDH) for use in energy rating simulations and solar technology prediction modelling.

Top women talk about climate


BZE Radio bring you Ged Kearney President of the ACTU, Jenny McAllister National
President of the ALP and Lesley Hughes Climate Commissioner and head of Biological
Sciences at Macquarie University.

Jenny McAllister National President of the ALP will talk about Labor’s achievements so far, such as
the carbon tax and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. She asks whether we are prepared to fight to defend these and see them evolve over time or let them be dismantled? Jenny’s special interest is the Pacific region and our responsibility as neighbours.

Ged Kearney, formerly of the Australian Nurses Federation and now President of the ACTU will talk to us about how unions are preparing for a carbon constrained future.

Professor Lesley Hughes represents Australia at the United Nations on biodiversity. We will talk
to her about the findings of the Climate Commission. After a year of meeting community forums,
business and industry leaders and local and state governments how ready are we for action? Are
Australians hungry for information about what is happening on climate change here and overseas?
Do we have an appetite to reduce emissions? Are our trading partners moving to capitalise on clean energy opportunities?

Dr Jan Kosny, Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Cambridge, Massachusetts, talks about PCMs

Dr Jan Kosny of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, has been researching Phase Change Materials (PCMs) for 30 years. Only recently have PCM-enhanced building materials been considered as an option for new buildings as well as for retro-fits. PCMs maximise insulation effectiveness and maintain low heating and cooling loads.  Dr Kosny's laboratory and field tests done on thermal performance showed reductions in heat flow of about 30% due to the presence of approximately 20 wt % PCM in the insulation.

Paul Fox REEL Solar Inc.

Paul Fox

Paul Fox was VP Corporate Development at REEL Solar Inc. (RSI). Paul is a Partner at the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a Silicon Valley venture capital fund and catalyst for the clean energy economy.

Clean Energy and Technology Investor 

Sydney Area, Australia | Venture Capital & Private Equity

Current: Partner at CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund

Past: VP Corporate Development at RSI (REEL Solar Inc.), Managing Director at Corran Tuathail Inc., CEO at SC Power Systems, VP Operations Development


Neil Astley - Ann Henderson-Sellers - David Rovics - Dr Karl Braganza: Wild Weather

There’s nothing like experience, and poet Neil Astley takes us into the heart of Cyclone Tracey, how it thrashed his house in Darwin and even ten years later made him a “quieter” man.

Professor Ann Henderson-Sellers talks to us about tropical cyclones . She is a leading climate scientist who started out at the London Bureau of Metorology and founded the Climatic Impacts
Centre at Macquarie University.

David Rovics, sings to us about how Hurricane Katrina is a metaphor for the world thrown upside down by climate change.His song is called “New Orleans”

The recent State of the Climate put out by Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO isn’t on everyone’s mind, so we ask BoM’s Dr Karl Braganza why the TV weather man isn’t followed every night by
the Climate Person?

Why do people confuse weather with climate? What is La Nina and would geo engineering be a good idea? He takes us to our AIR ARCHIVE stashed away like wine in a vault and explains why it is a national treasure.

Tune in to 3CR on MONDAY 18th June or listen to us later via the Podcast on the Beyond Zero Emissions website

Success Stories & John Hepburn

To restore our faith in community climate action, Beyond Zero's Vivien and Nick celebrate success stories. Recent success against the fossil fuel giants include: 

Prof Ian Simmonds on melting permafrost and the latest climate science

Professor Ian Simmonds of the School of Earth Sciences at The University of Melbourne is an expert in climate science and  atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane budgets. His recent research has focused on the dramatic record melting permafrost in the Arctic and extreme weather events relating to climate change.   

Loss of sea ice contributes to ground level warming while global warming intensifies atmospheric circulation and contributes to increased temperatures higher in the Arctic atmosphere. 

In the past 30 years of satellite data, the amount of sea ice in the Arctic had dropped by 3 million km2. To put this in context, this is almost half the area of Australia which has an area of 7.5 million km2. The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) predictions on the loss of sea ice extent have been accurate and even on the conservative side.  

Giles Parkinson, founder of RenewEconomy

Giles Parkinson is founder of the independent website, RenewEconomy.
The goal of  RenewEconomy is to discuss the ideas, analyse the trends, the new technologies and the policies that will drive the transformation to solve issues such as climate change, energy security and resource scarcity. RenewEconomy covers the latest issues relating to the multi-trillion dollar energy and transport sectors.

Giles is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the former editor of Climate Spectator. He joins Beyond Zero's Matthew and Anthony to talk about the carbon tax, AEMO electricity forecasts, the future of solar in Australia and much more.

Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Buildings Plan

The Zero Carbon Australia 2020 (ZCA2020) Buildings Plan aims to demonstrate that there are no technical barriers to zero emission buildings in Australia. A dedicated team of about 50 pro-bono researchers from architects, builders and economists, to engineers, programmers and much more, have spent the last 18 months designing a zero net energy consumption building stock for Australia, through energy efficiency retrofits and zero carbon standards for new buildings.

Ken Bossong SUN DAY Campaign in the US

Ken Bossong is the Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign founded in 1993 - a non-profit research and educational organisation to promote sustainable energy technologies as cost effective alternatives to nuclear power and fossil fuels in the US.

The SUN DAY Campaign works on a national level and is a coalition of over 60 local and state based organisations.  It is also runs the Sustainable Energy Coalition based in Washington DC which is has 24 members including major national environmental, renewable energy, energy efficiency trade organisations. 
SUN DAY Campaign was one of the founders The House and Senate Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) Caucuses which are bipartisan groups originally formed in the late 1990s to increase awareness of renewable energy and energy efficiency (REEE) technologies in the United States. These caucuses do not lobby for specific legislation. These Caucuses represent over 40% of the US congress.

Nic Maclellan, journalist and researcher in the Pacific islands

Nic Maclellan works as a journalist and researcher in the Pacific islands. He writes for Islands Business magazine (Fiji) and has contributed as a broadcaster and journalist to Radio Australia, ABC's The Drum, Tahiti-Pacifique, The Contemporary Pacific and other regional media.

He is the lead author of "The future is here – climate change in the Pacific (Oxfam 2009)".

Matthias Fawer, Sustainability Research Analyst at Bank Sarasin

Dr Matthias Fawer is Analyst, Sustainability Research at Bank Sarasin & Co. Ltd., a Swiss private bank whose corporate philosophy is sustainability. Bank Sarasin has grown internationally with offices in Europe, the Middle East, India, Singapore and Hong Kong. Dr Fawer and his colleague. Balazs Magyar, are authors of the sustainability study "Solar industry: Survival of the fittest in a fiercely competitive marketplace". 

The report concludes that surplus solar PV capacity and falling prices will trigger a shakeout in which only the fittest and best-positioned companies, such as First Solar, Solarworld and Suntech Power, will survive. However, the shakeout will ultimately have a positive impact on the industry as a whole by improving overall growth prospects. New sales markets and additional applications for solar energy will encourage newly installed PV capacity to rise by an annual average rate of 18% to 2015. The report also covers Concentrating Solar Power (CSP), solar thermal collectors and the future of storage.

Dr Fawer joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to talk about the global solar market.

Transition towns in a post carbon world

As the USA faces a “Frankenstorm” following a record breaking drought, we look at the ideas and people  preparing a transition from the age of Carbon to the age of Zero Emissions. BZE radio, unlike the mainstream media, not only connects the dots but offers climate solutions.

Richard Heinberg, author of "The End of Growth" and “Powerdown” speaks with Vivien Langford from Beyond Zero Radio at his hotel in Sydney. Richard was visiting Australia on a speaking tour and spoke at the Festival of Dangerous ideas. Thanks to Peter Dowson for filming this interview (click YouTube video above).

Transition Towns is a global movement building resilient, sustainable, vibrant and happy communities. It is a community based response to the future challenges of climate change and peak oil. For more information on Transition Towns, go to

Lancer Lieber and Peter Dowson of Transitions Bondi talk  to Vivien about getting our food from local sources including urban gardens. They are helping groups of Bondi people install solar panels at a manageable price. We talk about understanding how to get the most help from  local councillors who are committed to lowering our carbon footprint. They are inspired by the Transition Towns Movement which is preparing people to be resilient and live sustainably as climate change affects all our lives.

Dr. Vijit Sabnis, Co-Founder at Solar Junction

Dr. Vijit Sabnis is Vice President Technology and Co-Founder at Solar Junction, a commercial-ready manufacturer of the industry’s high-efficiency solar cells and receivers for concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems. Dr. Sabnis has over 15 years of hands-on experience with III-V optoelectronic device design, wafer processing, and characterization. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University for developing III-V photonic switches for optical routers and wavelength conversion applications. Vijit also held a senior research position at Translucent, Inc where he was principal investigator on the DARPA EPIC program investigating applications of rare-earth oxides for CMOS-integrable optical amplifiers and lasers. He holds over 15 publications and 4 patents.

Recently, Solar Junction broke the Concentrated Solar Cell World Record with 43.5% efficiency. Delivering efficiencies over 40%, results in system efficiencies of 28% or higher and means CPV systems are deployed due to their ability to produce energy at the lowest cost of energy in regions of high solar resource.

Warwick Johnston of Sunwiz reviews the year in the Australian solar PV industry

Beyond Zero's Matthew Wright speaks to Warwick Johnston, Managing Director of SunWiz Consulting. Sunwiz is an innovative solar energy consulting company with a mission to support the development of the Australian solar power industry. Warwick is also one of the key authors of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) solar PV status report for Australia.

Glen Morris VP Australian Solar Council

Glen Morris is Vice President of the Australian Solar Council, runs his own solar installations company called SolarQuip, is a member of the Australian Standards Training and Accreditation Committee for solar, he is the ASC representative on Standards Australia EL-042 Committee (renewable energy standards), teaches renewable energy courses at various technical institutes throughout Australia, is a system auditor for the CEC and more. He talks about the solar PV industry in Australia, particularly the increase of PV with storage and PV in commercial sectors.

Through his business, SolarQuip, Glen has been installing renewable energy systems both on and off-grid for over 20 years. He has also lived off grid for over 20 years – currently at one of Australia’s oldest intentional communities in the Yarra Ranges near Melbourne, called Moora Moora

Paul Connor - Mark Thomas -


Beyond Zero Radio’s Melissa Crotty talks to activists from around our world who are acting on climate and are creating a better world and safe climate for us to live in.

She talks to Paul Connor, from Quit Coal about the nonviolent direct action at Treasury Place in response to the Victorian government’s inaction on Climate Change. If you are concerned about the expansion of the fossil fuel industry in our own backyard, this is one interview you do not want to miss. You can sign on to their petition calling for the Victorian Government to place a moratorium on all new coal and coal seem gas exploration in Victoria at

She also talks about events around the world connecting the dots between climate change and extreme weather events on 350’s international Climate Impact Day 5/5/12 and how you can
get involved. Check their websites for further details at or

Finally, Mark Thomas, the legendary British comic, agitator, journalist, author, and former 'World Record Holder for the Most Number of Political Demonstrations in 24 Hours' talks about his Melbourne International Comedy Festival show and how activism is vital to achieve change. For more information on one of the hardest working comedic activists, head to his website at

From Laggard to Leader - Peter Christoff and Fergus Green & Reuben Finghan


BZE has done it again with a circuit breaking report. Fergus Green and Reuben Finghan, the authors
of “From Laggard to leader” talk to Vivien Langford.

Can you imagine a new norm, not to exploit our fossil fuels? Just as we banned mining in Antarctica, this new report dares to imagine a moratorium on coal exports from Australia. To comments such as “Australia is too small to make a difference”, these authors answer that delay makes us laggards.

They outline how policy initiatives at home and in co-operation with a small group of other nations,
will help us break away from the deadlocked UN process. The goal is to decarbonise in this “critical
decade” and avert catastrophic climate warming.

Dr Susie Burke, senior researcher at the Australian Psychological Society - Rod Quantock, comedian


Climate change- “This way madness lies” Rod Quantock and Dr Susie Burke

BZE Radio- brings you Comedian ROD QUANTOCK. His surreal vision will jolt you back from the brink of insanity. The titles of his previous shows at the Comedy Festival might give it away with '2050AD'...... The People We Should Eat First ......and Bugger The Polar Bears - This Is Serious . If climate change hasn’t scared you into action, maybe Rod’s original solutions will. His feeling is that “ Nobody has a right to do nothing anymore” but surely he’s not going to tell us to write to our MPs.

Meanwhile maintaining Biodiversity will help maintain your sanity, Psychologist Susie Burke joins us to talk about how climate change is messing with our minds. “Science measures the pulse of the planet. The prognosis - we are about to open the gates of hell and throw our children through them. It's the climate, you see.”

Dr Susie Burke is a senior researcher at the Australian Psychological Society. She has recently made a submission to the Federal Parliamentary inquiry into biodiversity about the psychological impacts of climate change. Is it about farmers committing suicide in times of drought or Indigenous people mourning the loss of biodiversity in the Coorong? Are city people immune or will climate change drive us mad? Senior Psychologist Susie talks to Vivien Langford about how to build resilience by protecting biodiversity.

Michael Mendelsohn, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)


Michael Mendelsohn is Senior Financial Analyst, in the Market and Policy Impact Analysis Group, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the US. Mike's expertise is in Renewable energy financing (particularly CSP and PV), Utility-scale solar development and Electric Vehicles deployment. 

Mike compares the US government's PV incentives to Germany's Feed-in Tariff (FiT). The Renewable Portfolio Standards in the US states offer tax credits and depreciation benefits for investors to offset capital costs. The German FiT has achieved higher solar penetration and a simpler structure to lower the costs and takes away risk associated with renewable energy development by offering a guaranteed rate and payback time. Mike also notes that the FiT is not the only mechanism for increasing renewable generation. For example, German bank KfW invests in renewable energy and sustainability projects coming from local innovation.

Mike is also researching pension funds investment in renewables, US loan guarantee program and the total installed costs of utility-scale solar generation aiming at $1/W. His expertise spans 20 years and encompasses various aspects of renewable energy technologies, markets, policies, and finance.

Dr Frank Jotzo, Director of the Centre for Climate Economics & Policy

Dr Frank Jotzo demystifies the carbon price coming into effect on 1 July 2012 and believes that its innovative design could serve as a model for other countries' emerging carbon pricing schemes.

Dr Frank Jotzo is Senior Lecturer at the Crawford School, Director of the Centre for Climate Economics & Policy, and a Deputy Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute. He works in economics and policy of climate change, energy economics and policy, focusing on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

He has been advisor to Australia's Garnaut Climate Change Review, advisor to Indonesia‘s Ministry of Finance, consultant to the World Bank, and is a Lead Author of the Fifth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He joins Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele to talk about the carbon "tax", how it will work, revenue use, compares it to other mechanisms such as an ETS and its contribution to climate change solutions.

Chris Jensen, Greensphere Consulting

Chris Jensen is principal consultant at Greensphere and joint winner of the Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) 10 Star Challenge, Multi-Residential projects category. 

Greensphere Consulting collaborated with EME Design to create a 16 home co-housing design incorporating consolidated gardens, featuring a food forest, orchards, and vegetable gardens, a community building with a commercial kitchen and play area, shared rainwater collection and water treatment plant. The design also included an innovative and original greenhouse/winter garden to harvest additional solar gain in winter months for passive heating. The building’s roof form and façade integrates well with the streetscape.  

Chris talks about the building envelope design, passive solar features, thermal mass, PCMs, insulation, triple glazing, greenhouses, solar hot water and PV, thermal comfort and many other design features for new green buildings, as well as gives advice on retro-fitting existing building stock to increase energy efficiency and green star ratings. 

Chris is an Ecological Sustainable Design/Development (ESD) professional and energy modelling software expert. He also lectures at the University of Melbourne on this subject.

BZE interview Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop on climate change, deforestation and land use

Beyond Zero's Scott Bilby and Andrew Longmire speak to Gerard Wedderburn-Bisshop, from Queensland's Department of the Environment, on the relationship between climate change, deforestation and land use. This interview was originally aired in November 2011.

For a recent update with Gerard on the ZCA Land Use Plan, listen to the podcast from 3CR program Freedom of Species. This interview originally aired on 7 October 2012. We would like to thank interviewer Kate Gracey from Freedom of Species and 3CR Community Radio for allowing us to reproduce their original content.

Dr. Ryan Wartena CEO of Growing Energy Labs Inc (GELI)


Dr. Ryan Wartena is Chief Executive Officer, President & Founder of Growing Energy Labs Inc (GELI), an energy company developing a software platform based on Internet communications coupled with distributed energy storage.

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