Exploring new types of renewable energy technologies that could be untapped in Australia

  • Session Topic

Exploring new types of renewable energy technologies that could be untapped in Australia

3 Oct 2018, 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM

Room 216
English (Australia)

Chair: Helen Millicer, President, Alternate Technology Association (ATA)


Micro-hydros: The sleeping giant of renewable energy

Marco Stacke, Exclusive Licensee, KCT hydropower

In today’s energy generation world, renewable energy, such as solar and wind, is rapidly replacing old and “dirty” technologies, such as coal and diesel. 

That’s a great trend for the environment, however solar and wind power are not “dispatchable”, meaning there is no control of when the energy is generated. Other renewable energy sources, such as biomass and geothermal, face other challenges, such as constant availability of feedstock and remote location of geothermal resources. 

The remaining reneable technology – hydro – also faces challenges, like seasonality of rain, large areas drowned by reservoirs, or long distance from the source to the load. However, what if small rivers, creeks and waterways could be tapped to generate energy?

If micro-hydro could efficiently produce energy from every water flow even with minimal drop, it would be a great renewable energy technology. The questions are: 

  1. Is it economically feasible and efficient to install micro-hydros?
  2. How small can it be?
  3. What technologies are available?

The presentation will address the available technologies and compare them among themselves and to other renewable technologies.


Electrifying Industry – how manufacturers go fossil fuel-free using renewable energy

Michael Lord, Head of Research, Beyond Zero Emissions Australia

Australian Industry has a huge demand for heat which is required to manufacture most industrial materials such as metals, plastic, rubber, cement, glass, food, drink and ceramics. Burning coal and natural gas to generate this heat causes about 10% of national greenhouse emissions. There are no government policies or industry plans to make significant reductions in these emissions.

This presentation will show how Australia can use renewable electricity to generate heat for industry. The main points will be:

  • Explanation of innovative electrical heating technologies including industrial heat pumps, microwaves, infrared, induction and how they can service almost any industrial heat process.
  • How renewable electricity can be converted into fuels such as hydrogen, methane and ammonia.
  • How manufacturers can secure 100% renewable electricity through a PPA.
  • How manufacturers can use excess electricity generation as thermal storage.
  • Australia’s global advantage in powering energy-intensive industries with renewable energy.
  • How we can replace fossil fuels used in the manufacture of specific products including, food, beer, brick, paper and even steel.
  • The advantages of electrically-driven heating including efficiency, control and flexibility.
  • The overall potential for the electrification of industrial process heat.

The presentation is a summary of Beyond Zero Emissions’ latest report, Electrifying Industry which will be published in August 2018. Beyond Zero Emissions believes this is the world’s first report showing how industry can fully electrify and eliminate fossil fuels.


Nuclear Power to provide economic security and very prompt emissions reductions

Robert Parker, Past President and Committee Member, Australian Nuclear Association

The case for using nuclear energy to underpin our economic future and reduce our carbon emissions more effectively than any other generating source is very strong. 

France which is Europe’s largest energy exporter built a nuclear generating system of 58 reactor units over 22 years from 1977 to 1999. They produce electricity with only 50 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour or about 1/20th of our emissions. In the laboratory of real life the French example proves that nuclear power reduces emissions while across the border the German roll out of wind, solar and biomass has resulted in more brown coal power stations, faltering emissions reductions and cost blowouts in power supply.

Building on the French example, recent cost analysis points the way to using Australia's existing grid and replacing coal with nuclear generating plants together with solar energy and hydro storage. This mix can provide Australia with the lowest retail cost of electricity and the lowest cost of carbon abatement. 

To meet the challenge of climate change nuclear power plants can be constructed quickly as has recently been demonstrated by the construction of 5.6GW of nuclear power generation in the United Arab Emirates with the first reactor taking only 5.5 years to build and the remaining three to be completed by 2021.

South Korea and China are among those nations who are demonstrating on time delivery and cost reductions in nuclear power deployment and this presentation will look at their lessons for use in an Australian programme.


  • Helen Millicer



    Alternate Technology Association (ATA)

    Helen has just completed a timely Churchill Trust tour of EU, UK and SE Asia investigating circular economy strategies and programs. This adds to her...

  • Marco Stacke


    Exclusive Licensee

    KCT Hydropower

    Marco is a renewable energy expert with 20+ years of experience. Marco has been involved in construction of hydro and wind, and development of solar,...

  • Michael Lord


    Head of Research

    Beyond Zero Emissions

    Michael Lord is BZE's Head of Research. He is leading research into the Electrifying Industry plan for Australia, and was lead author of the...

  • Robert Parker


    Past President and Committee Member

    Australian Nuclear Association

    Nuclear Activity 1)As former President  and current committee member of the Australian Nuclear Association to carry out investigation of current...

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Wed 3 Oct Networking Event 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Thur 4 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm

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