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Demian Natakhan - Victorian Renewable Energy Roadmap

Demian Natakhan is founder and co-director of Enhar, a renewable energy consultancy in Melbourne. He joins us today to talk about his response to the Victorian Government consultation on Victoria’s Renewable Energy Roadmap, following a workshop Enhar held to discuss the Goals for the Victorian Renewable Energy.

Public consultation on the Roadmap will feed into the development of the Victorian Renewable Energy Action Plan, which will set long-term actions to drive renewable energy investment in Victoria. Victoria's energy mix is currently 14% renewable energy, made up of mostly wind and hydro and smaller contributions from rooftop solar. New rooftop solar in Victoria is booming, being added at a rate of ~200MW/year. The CEC highlighted the major Victorian wind farm pipeline in their 2014 clean energy report, focussing on wind farms where the developer has done all the preparatory work to be ready for financial close, now just needing sufficient LGC pricing and certainty.  There is around 930MW of wind farms in Victoria with this advanced status, which could be readily unlocked through additional state-driven incentives. This would deliver a further 5% of total Victorian generation. There are a further ~1,570MW of wind farms already with planning approval in Victoria, bringing the total of mature wind prospects to around 2,500MW.

Additionally, Demian Natakhan recently presented on Local government solar leadership at All Energy 2015, discussing emission reduction and renewable energy progress and targets at federal, state and local government levels.

Alicia Webb CEC previews All Energy

Alicia Webb, Senior Policy Manager and wind energy specialist at the Clean Energy Council (CEC) previews the upcoming All Energy Exhibition & Conferece in Melbourne. Alicia Webb is a wind engineer with several years experience working in the Australian wind industry. She started her career working for Vestas on the construction of a 30MW Victorian wind farm, and most recently spent three years as a consultant at Parsons Brinckerhoff. During that time Alicia specialised in early feasibility studies, wind monitoring and the design and installation of monitoring masts.  

Alicia now works on wind energy policy for the CEC. In 2015, the All Energy conference has partnered with the CEC to bring you a larger exhibitor event with more conference streams such as energy storage, energy efficiency, policy, bioenergy, solar, wind, community energy and much, much more. Alicia will be presenting numerous times at the conference including:

Wind Energy: Technology developments and its impact on wind projects

All Energy is free entry to the public at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, running from 7-8 October 2015. 

Ian Blair Hamilton: 70% less water with Aussie e-shower

e-Shower is a Kickstarter crowd funding product that uses 70% Less Water and feels twice as good! It is an Australian invention by Richard West. The e-Shower shower head has revolutionised water saving by using a unique Venturi system which uses an aeration technique that delivers an air bubble covered in water. In a normal shower most of the water that hits your body bounces off. In a misting shower much of the water doesn't even touch you! With an e-Shower when the air bubble hits your skin it 'pops' or crumples onto the skin. The water sticks to you. That's the difference! Check out Kickstarter page to see how you can support this Australian invention. 

Ian Blair Hamilton is the founder of Alkaway, Australia's original water ionizer company. He is the inventor of the world's first all natural activated hydrogen water filter system. He also manages marketing of the amazing e-Shower, along with inventor Richard West.

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.

A/Prof Frank Bruno wins Eureka Prize

Associate Professor Frank Bruno is the Leader of the Thermal Energy Storage Group within the Barbara Hardy Institute at The University of Adelaide. Frank and his team are 2015 ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology for melting salt to store solar power. They have developed this low-cost energy storage system using the phase-change system.

Frank's current focus is on phase change material (PCM) for thermal storage in applications of refrigeration and concentrating solar power. Funding has been secured from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to establish a state-of-the-art high temperature thermal storage testing facility and from the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative (ASTRI) to develop reliable low-cost phase change material thermal storage for solar power plants. 

David Webster: first 1MW PV with Cloud Predictive Technology

Managing Director David Webster established Webster Power Company in 2012 to undertake investment and development in the Renewable and Energy Efficiency Sector.  David is leading an ARENA funded Australian-first solar energy project that uses Cloud Predictive Technology (CPT) to anticipate solar energy output has been launched in Karratha, WA, with $2.3 million in support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). first 1MW PV with Cloud Predictive Technology  

A/Prof Alistair Sproul UNSW

Associate Professor Alistair Sproul is a Photovoltaics Lecturer and the Postgraduate Coordinator in the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of NSW (UNSW). He is the Program Leader (Integrated Building Systems) with the “Low Carbon Living” Cooperative Research Centre (LCLCRC) which works with industry partners and other research institutions such as the CSIRO to research and develop new and improved energy efficiency and renewable energy systems for a low carbon built environment.

Tim Forcey MEI - Economic fuel switching

Tim Forcey is Energy Advisor at the University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI). 

The University of Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI) has examined the future of domestic gas across the interconnected eastern-Australian gas market. 
Some of the numerous key findings of this important study include:

  • Gas demand peaked in 2012 and is forecast to decline in all sectors: electricity generation, the industrial/manufacturing sector, and in buildings.

  • Gas demand could fall to half of the 2012 peak by 2025.

  • Some householders can significantly reduce their energy bills by using efficient electrical appliances such as heat pumps (e.g. reverse cycle air conditioners) and induction cook tops instead of gas.

The MEI report says that large Victorian homes could save as much as $658 a year if they switched off gas heating and increasingly used air conditioners with "heat pump" technology in them. Tim Forcey, the report's author and energy adviser at the Melbourne Energy Institute will join us to present his key findings on why we should be fuel switching from gas to electricity. 

Download the MEI report here:

Switching off gas - An examination of declining gas demand in Eastern Australia.pdf

Tim's previous podcasts and presentations for BZE include:  

Tim Forcey Discussion Group Presentation: Switching off gas

Tim Forcey- NSW gas demand could halve in 10 years

Tim Forcey, Energy Advisor, The Melbourne Energy Institute

Do You Know What Your Home is Doing Right Now?

Tim Forcey has over 30 years of experience in industrial energy with ExxonMobil, BHP Billiton, and Jemena, including specific experience with assets such as the Bass Strait Joint Venture and the Queensland Gas Pipeline. During his time at the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Tim led the publication of the 2011 Gas Statement of Opportunities, the 2012 South Australian Electricity Report, and the AEMO 100% Renewable Energy Study - Modelling Inputs and Assumptions.

With The University of Melbourne's Energy Institute (MEI), Tim has published reports and articles covering gas and electricity demand, gas-to-electricity fuel-switching, and pumped hydro energy storage technology and commercial applications. Tim has also worked part-time as a home energy consultant with the Moreland Energy Foundation – Positive Charge and has volunteered with the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) and Beyond Zero Emissions. 

Tim ran some experiments at his own house and found that is cost $4.8/ day to heat his well-insulated house using gas (it would be ~$10/day for an average Melbourne house). He found that it cost $1.5/day by heating his house using heat pumps or reverse cycle airconditioners. 

Tim speaks to expert interviewer Richard Keech who is an engineer, consultant and author with particular interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Yasmina Dkhissi - PhD candidate University of Melbourne

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Yasmina Dkhissi holds a Master of Engineering from Lyon Engineering School of Chemistry, Physics and Electronics and a Master of Research from the University Claude Bernard of Lyon, in France. She is currently doing her PhD at the University of Melbourne and works in close collaboration with Monash University and the CSIRO. Her research focuses on the development of flexible thin film PV on polymer substrates. In particular, she is looking at device fabrication techniques and at practical industrial concerns such as the reproducibility, the manufacturing processability, and the stability of perovskite solar cells.

Yasmina talks to expert interviewer Richard Keech, an engineer, consultant and author with particular interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Yann Burden CEO Billcap

Beyond Zero's Anthony Daniele talks to Billcap CEO Yann Burden about their "white label" software platform for energy retails that helps customers understand and engage with their energy use. It also increases customer acquisition and retention for energy retailers.

In 2014, Billcap and University of Melbourne researchers were awarded funding of $177,000 over four years, under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme, for a joint research project for large-scale field experiments to evaluate how consumers respond to smart meter technologies. 

Yann has extensive international experience in the energy industry (UK & France) and as a technology consultant for Accenture and PwC. He has a BSc from University of Melbourne.