Exploring developments and new applications in energy generation technology to lower emissions in Australia

Exploring developments and new applications in energy generation technology to lower emissions in Australia

12 Oct 2017, 1:10 PM - 2:30 PM

Room 217, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
English (Australia)

Chairperson: Demian Natakhan, Sustainable Energy Consultant, Enhar


Commercialisation of Emerging Post-Quantum Energy Systems: Understanding the potential for global energy market disruptions

Simon Brink, Project Engineer, Manningham City Council

After more than 25 years of international research, a new family of energy systems are now rapidly transitioning from advanced prototype to early commercialisation. These new energy systems appear likely to be able to provide cost competitive, low carbon, baseload and/or high density transportation power in the near future, potentially disrupting both fossil fuel and renewable global energy markets. 

This presentation will provide an overview of some of the most promising of these systems, and will introduce the emerging physical principles that form the basis of these new technologies.

An analysis of potential timeframes for energy market penetration will be presented covering cost impacts, demand impacts and potential interactions with climate mitigation targets.


How CCS can address emissions for the Australian Industry and power sector

Alex Zapantis, General Manager – Commercial, Global CCS Institute

Australia’s economy is heavily dependent on abundant natural resources. A significant amount of national income derives from the export of coal, gas and mineral resources to its trading partners. Australia’s abundance of energy also underpins domestic economic activity and has provided a competitive advantage for Australian industry. Australia’s necessary transition to a lower emissions future must be given effect by a suite of complementary climate and energy policies. The longevity of Australia’s coal industry in the face of aggressive climate targets depends on carbon capture and storage (CCS). Coal consumption is already slowing or in decline in several major economies, and the governments of China and India have stated intentions to significantly reduce coal imports. Coal is widely viewed as a necessary source of energy however there is a policy, community and market shift occurring towards alternative fuel sources because of coal’s high emissions content. As climate targets become more aggressive in accordance with ‘net zero’ emission outcomes, such a shift will also occur for natural gas. CCS can be a bridge for fossil fuel usage into a carbon constrained future, including as a transitional technology that will provide more time for governments and industry to manage structural change and associated employment impacts. 

Australia’s iron ore exports are similarly reliant on the ability of iron and steel producers to manage carbon risk, and CCS is one of the few means to reduce CO2 emissions from their production processes. 

CCS can play a role in assisting Australian cement and fertiliser manufacturers comply with stringent emission reduction targets. Finding new uses for Australia’s very large coal reserves will be important as their value for use in power generation will eventually decline in the coming decades

Overall, the importance of CCS in addressing industrial emissions is not understood by the public and policy makers. However, the necessity of CCS in industrial applications is generally accepted by those with a well-developed understanding of the implications of the Paris Agreement on various sectors and emission sources. 

The role of CCS in power generation has a somewhat higher profile in the current policy debate in Australia. This year, the Prime Minister and Energy and Environment Minister have made references to CCS in the context of managing issues in power sector. 

Alex will go into further detail into both of these opportunities.


  • Demian Natakhan


    Sustainable Energy Consultant


  • Simon Brink


    Project Engineer

    Manningham City Council

    As a professional environmental engineer, Simon has a strong belief that developing a broad range of technological enablers may be our best realistic...

  • Alex Zapantis


    General Manager – Commercial

    Global CCS Institute

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