The Technology Show

The Technology Show is a half hour podcast aimed at highlighting the latest in clean tech breakthroughs, climate science, and renewable energy solutions. It is recorded weekly at 3CR radio in Melbourne on Friday Morning at 8:30 am and syndicated around Australia on the community radio network.
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Tristan Edis

Tristan Edis was Editor of Climate Spectator until the online publication was closed recently. 

Adrian Whitehead calls for climate action!

Beyond Zero editorialises ahead of the multiple climate rallies and Paris climate negotiations as a preamble to talking with Adrian Whitehead a climate campaigner currently advising Australian agricultural systems to intergrate bio char, which is a well known soil enhancer and carbon sink.

Implementing BZE Plans at Emergency Speed

Lord Deben calls on Australia to join the global partnership on climate solutions

Cohesive Politics Are Possible

Cohesive politicians reducing environmental harm; cohesive politicians choreographing a united front; cohesive politicians able to withstand cooperate lobby groups; to an Australian audience all this may sound too good to be true but we invite you to listen to our interview with Lord Deben from The United Kingdom.  Lord Deben retains a central role in both British and international climate politics.  

Lord Deben previously prioritised environmental security within the agriculture portfolio of a conservative government as a Tory politician under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Prime Minister John Major and moreover Lord Deben still works far and wide to advocate and implement environmental harm reduction policies.  Our Beyond Zero radio show was fortunate to interview Lord Deben about British, European and Australian climate politics.  Lord Deben gave generously with his time, expertise and authority.  

During the interview Lord Deben discredited Australia’s official platform of amplifying a so called moral case for coal and also highlighted the diplomatic legacy Australia forgoes while we shun climate leadership.  Lord Deben discredited this so called moral case for coal by citing a higher probability of Prime Minister Modi accepting renewable electricity while forgoing dependence upon imported coal.  Lord Deben also discredited this so called moral case for coal by citing a lower probability of big business providing moral guidance.  Lord Deben clearly warned against the evermore expansion of Australian coal mining and export capacity as a most foolish commercial investment.

Lord Deben warns Australia must realise that the age of coal is over!

Lord Deben is a hardworking and effective climate politician.  Our Beyond Zero radio show is grateful he shared persuasive insights for our audience.  Once again we invite you to listen to a recognised authority on both environmental harm reduction and cohesive politics.  

Leesa Blazley - Solmax

Leesa Blazley leads business development for Solmax and has also worked on renewable energy projects in both the public and private sectors. Solmax roofing is a product based on the established Aramax roofing system. Solmax is a large-span, steel roofing product for residential and commercial buildings with integrated solar cells. Leasa joins Dr Scott Watkins (formerly Stream Leader, Organic Photovoltaics, Materials Science and Engineering at CSIRO and now Technolgy Developer in a number of start-ups including this one!) to discuss the Solmax roofing products and how they are being used in Solar Energy Hubs for community-scale energy generation and storage in a low-cost, rapidly assembled building.

Prof Martin Green UNSW

Prof Martin Green UNSW and Dr Scott Watkins talk record efficiency solar

Professor Martin Green, with Dr Mark Keevers, were finalists in the 2015 Eureka Awards for their world record breaking 40% efficiency solar photovoltaic cell. The efficiency was achieved splitting a single light beam to generate power from two different types of solar cell. Martin joins Dr Scott Watkins (formerly Stream Leader, Organic Photovoltaics, Materials Science and Engineering at CSIRO) to discuss the latest in silicon PV technology as well as some insights into the future and how the world's PV uptake has exceeded the IEA's forecasts. Don't miss this podcast!

Martin Green is currently a Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Director of the Australian National Energy Agency (ARENA) supported Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics. He was formerly a Director of CSG Solar, a company formed specifically to commercialise the University’s thin-film, polycrystalline-silicon-on-glass solar cell. His group's contributions to photovoltaics are well known including the development of the world’s highest efficiency silicon solar cells.

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“.

Sunvertec

In a world first, Perth engineering company Sunvertec  has developed an AC optimser that is installed on each solar PV panel (like a microinverter). Sunvertec AC optimisers have broken the 99% efficiency barrier and now set its goal towards breaking the cost barrier of US$0.10/W before 2020. These records can be achieved because, unlike microinverters, each AC optimiser unit generates just a portion of the total AC waveform.