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Join us to hear more about the clean energy transition

19 April 2017

ISF researchers will be discussing some of the biggest questions facing the clean energy transition in a new event series launched by EnergyLab.

EnergyLab was established in partnership with ISF at the start of the year to drive clean energy innovation in Australia and is hosted by UTS in its Building 25 on Buckland Street, Chippendale. 

Each event will tackle a different question, such as “Can clean energy technologies provide the grid with all the services it needs?” and “What is required for Australia to catch up with – and overtake – the rest of the world in EV adoption?”.

The focus of each event will be a discussion with a panel of experts from industry, academic, startups and government. ISF researchers will be participating on several of the panels, sharing their perspective based on ISF’s research into energy, cities, transport and other areas.

The discussions will be held on Thursday evenings over the next few months and attendees will be encouraged to continue the discussion afterwards over a drink. For more information visit energylab.org.au/events.

Events already planned include:

More than watts: Can renewables provide all the services the grid needs? (4 May)

Join us for an in-depth discussion on the future of Australia's electricity grid. We have assembled a panel of experts to answer the question "can clean energy technologies provide the grid with all the services it needs?"

Many argue that large thermal generators are needed to restart the grid after a blackout, control frequency and provide other services critical to a reliable electricity network. Others claim that renewables and other advanced technology are perfectly adequate substitutes. This event will aim to get to the bottom of the matter, exploring how practical a grid powered by 100% renewable electricity really is.

Getting the big end of town into cleantech (25 May)

What will it take to make cleantech and clean energy startups an attractive investment class for institutional investors? EnergyLab have assembled a panel of experts to answer this question, and explore what steps need to be taken to release much-needed capital into the cleantech sector.

Clean energy companies are typically much more capital intensive than your average startup, posing a major challenge to their development. At the same time institutional investors are increasingly looking for places to put their capital that will generate good returns while being good for the planet. Can both these problems be solved at once? Join us for what is sure to be a compelling discussion to find out.

Getting Community Solar Right (8 June)

Are you interested in seeing community solar take off? Become part of the solution and join us for a practical discussion on how to set up a financially viable and scaleable community solar organisation.

Community solar is taking off in Australia, proving to be a popular way for more people to benefit from solar power. However many questions remain over the viability of such initiatives. What is the best legal structure? How should the benefits be shared between the participants? What sites are best suited to community solar? EnergyLab have assembled a panel of experts to answer these questions and more.

Overtaking with Electric Vehicles (6 July)

Join us for an in-depth discussion on how to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in Australia. We have assembled a panel of experts to answer the question "What is required for Australia to catch up with – and overtake – the rest of the world in EV adoption?"

With our love of cars, a gold-plated grid, and a desperate need for more storage, you would think that Australia would be leading the world in EVs. However, the stats show the opposite is true. At this event, we'll explore why this is and what needs to be done to change it.

Smart grids: What are they, why do we need them, and how do we get one? (20 July)

What exactly is a smart grid? How critical are they to the clean energy transition? How do we pay for the upgrade, without increasing power prices? EnergyLab have assembled a panel of experts to answer these questions and more.

Join us for what is sure to be the most interesting discussion on electricity networks you have ever attended (we assume the bar is pretty low). This discussion will cover automation, machine learning, the internet of things, and more to understand the role smart grids play in Australia's energy future.