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Sydney, 19 November 2013

New water industry exhibition and conference to co-locate with All-Energy Australia, Australian Sustainability and Waste Expo in October 2014

Reed Exhibitions Australia and Brooks Events today announced a partnership with Inter-Water Events, organiser of Inter-Water Australia, a new national water exhibition and conference aimed at the users of water in industry, commerce and the urban environment, as well as the water supply industry.

This announcement follows the successful co-location in Melbourne in October 2013 of Reed’s All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference and Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition and Brooks’ Waste Expo, which attracted a combined audience of over 6000 industry professionals over an intensive two days.

Taking place on 15 & 16 October 2014 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, All-Energy Australia, Australian Sustainability, Waste Expo and Inter-Water Australia will occupy a combined ‘footprint’ of 16,500 sq m of hall space to form Australia’s most significant showcase for the clean energy, sustainability, waste and recycling and water industries.

All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference is Australia’s premier event for the clean and renewable energy sector.  Approaching its 6th annual edition in 2014, All-Energy Australia features a free-to-delegate, business-to-business, multi-stream conference and networking forum hosted alongside an impressive exhibition showcasing renewable energy, clean energy, power storage and energy efficiency. 

Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition is a niche event in a developing arena, combining a high-level B2B conference with a tightly-focused exhibition to increase sustainability’s role in Australian business practice. It attracts business professionals seeking to integrate sustainable practices into their business model to reduce environmental impact and improve social awareness whilst also increasing economic performance.

Waste Expo presents a unique platform bringing together Australia's key solution providers in the waste and recycling sectors, who present the very latest technology, products and turnkey solutions. The need to manage waste and implement sustainable practice has become an integral part of business.  Waste Expo presents an opportunity to engage with professionals from sectors such as government, corporate, hospitality, transport and healthcare, for whom waste management, recycling and sustainable solutions are increasingly vital. 

Inter-Water Australia is a premium national exhibition and conference designed to change the mindset about water by sharing sustainable water technologies, providing a forum showcasing all aspects of water technology, infrastructure and innovation, and delivering thought-leadership on key issues such as the impact of climate change and growing water scarcity on the use and supply of the world’s water. Focus areas of this innovative new event will be water in cities, water in industry (including mining, paper & packaging, brewing, manufacturing, and health care) and water in agriculture (including aquaculture, viticulture livestock rearing and food processing).

According to the three organisers, the addition of Inter-Water Australia is the final ‘piece in the jigsaw’ of a combined event that delivers a compelling and powerful value proposition to national and international suppliers, buyers and end-users from all sectors of the clean energy, sustainability, waste and recycling and water sectors.

Anthony Reed, Exhibition Director at Reed Exhibitions Australia, says that “the efficient use of water and energy, the integration of sustainable business practices and effective waste management are all critical challenges and opportunities for Australian industry.  Reed Exhibitions is therefore delighted to be able to meet the extended needs of All-Energy Australia and Australian Sustainability exhibitors and visitors by delivering them additional , ‘on the spot’ opportunities to do business with professionals from the waste and water industries through these strategic co-locations’.

Louise Brooks, Events Director at Waste Expo, adds that “post-show feedback from exhibitors and visitors at this year’s inaugural edition of Waste Expo overwhelmingly endorsed the benefits of co-location with All-Energy Australia and Australian Sustainability.  There’s no doubt that the exciting addition of Inter-Water Australia will further enhance the overall value proposition to key visitor groups such as facilities, operations, environmental, plant and project managers, particularly those travelling from interstate or overseas.”

According to Andy Ballagh, Director of Inter-Water Events, “our extensive research had established the need for a high-quality water industry exhibition and conference in Australia and identified synergies with the clean energy, sustainability and waste sectors.  It was therefore a logical step to partner with Reed Exhibitions and Brooks Events to co-locate Inter-Water with All-Energy Australia, Australian Sustainability and Waste Expo.  The majority of major businesses serving the water sector are based in Melbourne and the Victorian Government has a focus on establishing the State as a world leader in integrated water cycle management.  These facts alone mean that Inter-Water Australia will be ideally located at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre alongside three other major events in related environmental sectors.”   

With Reed Exhibitions and Brooks Events reporting very high satisfaction and ROI from exhibitors at this year’s editions of All-Energy Australia, Australian Sustainability and Waste Expo, both organisers are expecting significant growth of their events in 2014, especially with the extra business opportunities provided via the Inter-Water Australia co-location.

“I would encourage companies considering participation at All-Energy Australia, Australian Sustainability, Waste Expo or Inter-Water Australia in 2014 to contact the relevant organiser now to discuss stand options.  With space bookings for 2014 already flowing in and with finite hall space available at MCEC, both Reed Exhibitions and our fellow organisers are expecting a sell-out across the four events.  We urge suppliers not to miss what will be an unprecedented opportunity to grow your market share across four industry sectors over two intensive days of face-to-face customer engagement.” Reed concluded.

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For media, exhibitor, visitor and delegate information, contact:


All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference:

Reed Exhibitions Australia
Anthony Reed ph 02 9422 2850

Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition:

Reed Exhibitions Australia
Anthony Reed ph 02 9422 2850

Waste Expo:

Brooks Events
Louise Brooks ph 02 9258 5791

Inter-Water Australia:

Inter-Water Events
Andy Ballagh ph +44 (0) 1423 524545 


Monday 30 September 2013


A former President of Shell Oil and now one of the world’s leading environmentalists will call on Australia to stop playing politics with energy when he delivers his keynote address to launch this country’s largest clean and renewable energy event at 8.30am next Wednesday.

US-based John Hofmeister will be followed by a panel of industry luminaries who will evaluate the energy mix of the future at All-Energy Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Among them are the CEOs of Sustainability Victoria, Infigen Energy, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Brown Coal Innovation Australia and Hydro Tasmania, along with the Deputy CEO of the Clean Energy Council.

All-Energy Australia 2013 is a unique, free exhibition and multi-stream conference that is expected to attract more than 5,000 delegates from 20 plus countries, upwards of 100 leading international and local speakers and 200 exhibitors. Keynote speakers include Jonathan Jutsen, Founder of Energetics and Chairman of the Australian Alliance to Save Energy, Wesley Johnston, Vice President of the Canadian Solar Industries Association and Edlyn Gurney, Adviser to the Global CCS Institute.

Now in its fifth year, All-Energy Australia 2013 is supported by the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 9th and 10th.

It showcases no-carbon and low-carbon technologies, including solar, wind, marine, bio-fuels and geothermal power, carbon sequestration, sustainable transport and energy efficiency.

Key industry involvement will come from the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia, the Energy Efficiency Council, the Energy Institute, the Melbourne Energy Institute, the Australian Solar Council, Engineers Australia, Smart Grid Australia, the Australian Electric Vehicle Association and the Society for Underwater Technology.

October 9th will focus on power storage, solar, embracing clean energy for industry and the community, wind energy, bioenergy, project development, contractual and legal issues, geothermal and transport.

A Grand Networking Event will take place between 5pm and 7pm on the first evening.

Sessions on day two will address carbon capture and storage, energy efficiency, the future grid, power storage, off-grid power, finance and investment, international knowledge sharing, marine energy and building a clean energy market. The conference will close with a grand plenary debate and round table titled “Market Reform and Where To From Here?” between 3.45pm and 4.45pm on October 10th. Speakers will include Darryl Biggar, a consulting economist with the ACCC, Tony Wood, Energy Program Director with the Grattan Institute, Professor Ray Wills, Director of Duda&Wills and Graham Davies, Managing Director of Resonant Solutions.

The conference will also feature a series of workshops on a diverse range of topics, namely the pathway to certification, the role and investment approach of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Solar PV and Energy Remodelling.

Full event details, including all keynote speakers, can be found at www.all-energy.com.au  Entry is free. Those wishing to attend can register online or at the door.

It is fitting that All-Energy Australia is being staged in Melbourne, which – for the third successive year – has received the accolade of the world’s most liveable city (from The Economist Intelligence Unit survey).

Melbourne has also been recognised for its green building initiatives, claiming the C40 and Siemens Climate Leadership Award in the category of Energy Efficient Built Environment.



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Wednesday 18 September 2013



Australia’s largest clean and renewable energy show next month will see the unveiling of a revolutionary solar electric vehicle ... and it is a transporter with a decided difference.

It is fun and quirky, and has been developed by Australians for global consumption.

The Star 8 solar electric Tuk Tuk – known as SolarTuk – has already sparked significant interest from tourist operators and camp ground managers in Australia, and throughout Asia and Africa.

Among countries with which the company is in discussion are China, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Bangladesh, South Africa and Nigeria.

The vehicle is the brainchild of Star 8 Managing Director Jacob Maimon, who came up with the concept – which he has seen through to fruition – after an experience in a South Vietnamese village.

“I had taken a ride in a conventional Tuk Tuk and when I got out I saw the driver putting only a small amount of petrol into the tank.

“I asked him why he didn’t fill it up and he said the cost of fuel was prohibitive and he could barely cover his daily expenses with the amount of work he picked up.

“It was then that I envisaged a solar-driven Tuk Tuk with an electric engine (as back-up), which cost next to nothing to run.”

“I designed the SolarTuk myself and then consulted engineers to have it made,” Mr Maimon says.

Star 8 is now building a factory in Cambodia, where the solar electric Tuk Tuks will be manufactured in four different designs with three engine capacities (650cc, 800cc and 1000cc).

They will be available with a single, lightweight, mono-crystalline flexible panel roof with a half kilowatt capacity, an 800 watt double roof (where a second roof slides out from above the fixed roof), a one kilowatt double roof and a one kilowatt double roof with legs.

The mono-crystalline cells will be manufactured in the USA by the company widely acknowledged as having the most energy efficiency production facilities in the world.

They will be made in 10 colours, each containing two batteries, and will cost between $2,000 and $3,000. One battery will be charging while the other is in use.

With a top speed of 50 kilometres per hour, the new age Tuk Tuks will be able to cover up to 120 kilometres before requiring a recharge, which can be achieved via the sun or a conventional power point.

Mr Maimon says the upside of these vehicles goes far beyond their “green credentials”.

“Importantly, the energy generated by these solar electric Tuk Tuks will enable many Asian families without access to adequate heating, lighting and cooking to properly cater for their families for the first time.

“Just think about it – people will be able to prepare full meals and keep warm by virtue of their solar-charged Tuk Tuks.

“We have carefully chosen Australia’s biggest and mostly highly regarded clean and renewable energy show to launch our global assault with these revolutionary vehicles.

“Already we have been inundated with enquiries because the SolarTuk is not only environmentally friendly but remarkably cost effective,” Mr Maimon says.

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Thursday 12 September 2013




In an Australian-first, regional Australia is pushing the boundaries of what is possible for a clean energy future with the establishment of a cohesive body that looks after the interests of 16 local government areas and the nation’s capital.

SERREE – the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence – is a sustainable energy initiative delivering improved outcomes for renewable energy stakeholders across southeast NSW and the ACT.

The ACT has an ambitious renewable energy target of 90 percent by 2020, while southeast NSW is endowed with an abundance of natural resources by way of wind, solar, hydro, bioenergy and wave power.

SEREE Project Officer Craig Hanicek – who will be a keynote speaker at All-Energy Australia in Melbourne on October 9th and 10th – says it is clear that rather than government and private enterprise competing with one another on green initiatives, banding together will bring far better results.

“The synergies are there, so really collaboration is a no brainer,” Mr Hanicek says.

“It then just becomes a question of how best to do it.”

The SERREE network comprises representatives from federal, state/territory and local governments, business and industry, education, skills training and research institutions, as well as the community sector that includes landholders and not-for-profit organisations.

The body is now on an 18-month quest to optimise development of the region’s renewable energy sector and is looking at breaking new ground in the area of sustainability.

More will be revealed in the middle of next year with the release of project findings.
Mr Hanicek says across the region people are eager for opportunities to reinvigorate their towns and he is convinced many hundreds – potentially thousands – of new jobs will be created in the clean energy space over the ensuing decade.

“Without any shadow of doubt renewable energy initiatives will both strengthen and diversify local economies.

“Next month work starts on the region’s first – and Australia’s largest – utility-scale solar project, the 20 megawatt Royalla Solar Farm, just south of Tuggeranong in the ACT. That immediately means the creation of around 100 construction jobs.

“And that is only the start, with another three solar farms and six wind projects in the pipeline,” Mr Hanicek says.
In addition, Snowy Hydro continues to be a strong regional employer, with almost 500 people engaged in operating and maintaining the extensive clean energy generators.

Mr Hanicek, who is passionate about improving the sustainability of the built environment, says he is looking forward to putting the case for cohesive clean energy initiatives to All-Energy Australia.

“The event provides an important opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals, workshop new ideas and hear first-hand about inspired projects and innovative technologies.

“I am always open to initiatives that will work well and continue to develop the south east NSW-ACT region as Australia’s centre of excellence in renewable energy,” Mr Hanicek says.

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Friday 6 September 2013


The world’s first tidal power station that can produce uninterrupted energy is on track to begin construction in Australia’s Kimberley region early next year.

The Derby Tidal Power Project will be the first tidal station in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s first “double basin” scheme.

It is expected to supply 40 megawatts of clean and green power to the mining industry at a price below that of diesel.

Brian Rourke, Managing Director of Tidal Energy Australia Pty Ltd, says it is an enormous breakthrough that could revolutionise the Kimberley and cause an influx of new industry to the region.

Mr Rourke – who will be a keynote speaker at All-Energy Australia 2013 in Melbourne next month – says they have been working on the project for 15 years.

He says the plans are in place.

“We have sign off from the state government and are waiting on the Commonwealth ‘go ahead’. The mining company that will underwrite the development is now simply seeking environmental approval.

“We know there are a lot of people in the Derby area who would like power at a reasonable rate and there are many projects that can’t be green lighted because the price of power would be prohibitive. We are about to change all that,” Mr Rourke says.

The Derby Tidal Power Station will produce energy at the rate of 30 to 35 cents per kilowatt hour.

Mr Rourke says the reason no “double basin” tidal stations have been built before is that you need to find two estuaries close enough together to generate power, with the water flowing from one basin to another.

That is the case with the east and west branches of Doctor’s Creek, on the outskirts of Derby.

Mr Rourke says the power station will take about two years to build, depending upon the length of the wet season.

He sees this project as just the start of a potential spate of tidal developments.

“We have identified sites in the Kimberley region that would have 200 times the output of this power station.”

He says the boost to the area will be enormous.

Mr Rourke says he is looking forward to addressing delegates at All-Energy Australia and telling them that “tidal power is the cleanest form of energy and, importantly, it is totally predictable and continuous.

“We can predict how much energy will be produced at any time of the day over the next 40 years (the only thing preventing Mr Rourke from predicting tide patterns beyond that is that the charts don’t extend further out).

“I can only imagine the reaction of people who appreciate the real value of clean energy – as will be the case in Melbourne on October 9th and 10th – and knocking them over with the possibilities that tidal power brings to this part of Australia.”

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Friday 19 July 2013


Many of the world’s leading lights in the solar industry have recognised the commercial advantages of attending Australia’s biggest clean and renewable energy show and are coming in record numbers.

All-Energy Australia, now in its fifth year, has always had a healthy solar representation but those figures are continuing to escalate.

In 2012, of 4,700 people from 23 countries attending the free-to-delegate two-day multi-stream conference and exhibition, 2,200 were solar industry professionals.

Organisers expect that total to be trumped at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 9th and 10th this year.

All-Energy Australia 2013 is again supported by the Australian Solar Council, which will present a series of solar workshops as an integrated component of the overall program.

The rapidly expanding exhibitor and sponsor list – which it is anticipated will exceed 250 – includes names such as TDG Solar, Powerark Solar, Eltek Australia, Yingli Solar, SolarMax and Solar Energy Australia.

Others already committed are Solar Inception, Solar 360, Sun-Earth Australia, Radiant Photovoltaic Technology, Latronics Sunpower, Ingenero, CMA Solar Australia, Canadian Solar and Alpha Energy, to name but a few.
All-Energy Australia Exhibition Director Anthony Reed says the conference and exhibition offers significant commercial and networking opportunities for suppliers, buyers, specifiers and installers from the solar PV and solar thermal sectors.

“While the event delivers comprehensive coverage to all sectors of the clean and renewable energy industry, it has proven to be arguably Australia’s largest business to business gathering of solar industry professionals,” Mr Reed says.

Doug Meldrum, National Commercial Manager with Solar 360 is fulsome in his praise of All-Energy.

“As product wholesalers it’s the best show in Australia for attracting the trade and talking to our customer base,” Mr Meldrum says.

His words are echoed by Ronnie Fok, Sun-Earth Australia’s Sales Manager.
“We’ve been very happy. The leads and interest has been strong and it has been most worthwhile exhibiting.”

The response to the All-Energy Australia conference program, which will again have a significant solar focus, has been no less effusive.

Overall, more than 100 leading Australian and international speakers will attend.

Among themes to be covered are the next steps in project development and commercialisation of large scale solar, detailing project developments, hybrid innovation and technological opportunities for solar PV, and reaching the full potential of concentrated solar power in Australia.

Speakers already confirmed include Mark Rayner, Manager of Project Development, Strategy and Business Development at Verve Energy and Mike Hodgkinson, General Manager of Solar Systems.

The full conference program will be announced in coming weeks.

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Tuesday 9 July 2013




One of the world’s most respected environmentalists has called on Australia to stop “playing politics with energy” before it is too late.

John Hofmeister, the US-based former President of Shell Oil Company – who spent considerable time in Australia in the ‘90s and noughties – says an obsession with short-term political expediency will invariably lead to severe energy shortages and environmental destruction.

Speaking ahead of his opening keynote address to All-Energy Australia 2013 in Melbourne on October 9th and 10th, Mr Hofmeister called for the establishment of an independent Australian Energy Reserve Authority (ERA) that would set future policy direction.

Mr Hofmeister says the Authority – to be run along the lines of the Reserve Bank – “should have between six and 10 governors drawn from multiple fields of expertise, including industry and the environment, consumer and financial interests.

“Appointees would be subject to federal parliamentary approval and they would have 10 year terms, but importantly they would act with total autonomy.”

As he sees it, ERA will have four primary objectives, namely to:

1. Assure the uninterrupted supply of affordable energy from all sources;
2. Establish needed infrastructure to move energy from where it is produced to where it is consumed;
3. Ensure environmental protection to improve land, water and air quality; and
4. Deliver efficiencies through technology.

He says Australia has achieved nothing bickering about the merits or demerits of a carbon tax or emissions trading scheme.
“Instead this country has a real opportunity to lead the world in solving what has been an unsolvable problem – namely the governance of energy.

“You shouldn’t sit by and play petty politics waiting to see the planet burn before you are compelled to act,” Mr Hofmeister says.

Referring specifically to the toing and froing between Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, Mr Hofmeister says “if politicians are allowed to zigzag the nation through public policy spurts and busts you will end up exactly where you are now in 20 or 30 years, having accomplished absolutely nothing.”

He says he is calling on Australians to demand change by letting their politicians know that what is happening now is nowhere near good enough.

Mr Hofmeister says he will use his address to All-Energy Australia to “raise the alarm”.

“I am intending to do so at the most prestigious event of its sort in the country and I will propose a viable solution.

“Like so many democracies Australia appears to have an inability to solve difficult problems in a timely fashion,” Mr Hofmeister says.

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Wednesday 3 July 2013


Thousands of remote Australian communities and South Pacific islands stand to benefit from a landmark clean energy pilot program being undertaken in New Zealand.

Callaghan Innovation, formerly known as Industrial Research Limited, is a New Zealand government research institute that for the past decade has been involved in finding practical uses for hydrogen.

Speaking ahead of his address to All-Energy Australia 2013 in Melbourne on October 9th and 10th, Callaghan’s Team Manager for Energy Technologies Alister Gardiner says he was originally interested in developing fuel cells for transport applications but soon realised the highest energy costs were in isolated areas.

“This is where they currently use diesel and LPG for everything and both of those emit highly undesirable pollutants including greenhouse gases,” Mr Gardiner says.

Last November Gardiner and his team deployed a small hydrogen production system on a wildlife reserve in Wellington Harbour and the results have been remarkable.

Designed specifically to  capitalise upon surplus renewable electricity produced from wind and solar PV, the pilot program has shown just how effective and efficient hydrogen is.

“Although we have only used the system in Wellington Harbour intermittently, it has produced more than enough hydrogen to power the heating of water and cooking requirements in a typical energy efficient home.

“Operating the equipment less than half the time, it has produced 800 kilowatt hours of hydrogen.

“The technology is scalable and could quite easily be used as the sole source of water heating and cooking for small communities such as those in outback Australia and on islands in New Zealand and throughout the South Pacific,” Mr Gardiner says.

He says modelling shows the costs of producing hydrogen are comparable to the use of diesel and LPG, making it immediately viable after manufacturing scale up.
Mr Gardiner says that before obtaining the most recent results, his team had already proven how useful hydrogen production could be by positioning a small demonstration plant in Totara Valley in remote Wairarapa on New Zealand’s North Island.

“It is really great news that could, in time, do away with the need for dirty fuels to power remote communities.

“There is no doubt in my mind that it is cost effective. If we had any qualms that it would cost more we wouldn’t be talking about it. Put simply, it doesn’t.

“The last six months have proven beyond doubt that it is a practical alternative to combustion fuels.

“What we are discussing here is a paradigm shift in thinking about remote energy use.

“Combined heat and power (CHP) generally uses fossil fuels to produce heat and electricity and in this case we are using surplus electricity to produce clean fuel for heating water and cooking,” Mr Gardiner says.

He says hydrogen is set to play a far greater role in both Australia and New Zealand.

Salivating at the prospect, Mr Gardiner talked about using hydrogen as “a clean means of cooking snags or king prawns on a barbecue. They taste just as good but they don’t have any down side when it comes to polluting the environment. How good is that?”

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Wednesday 12 June 2013


Major infrastructure projects will make a significant contribution to expanding Australia’s commitment to clean and green energy at a community level under the vision of not for profit organisation Embark.

The brainchild of Simon Holmes à Court and Mary Dougherty, Embark is part of the successful Lend Lease consortium that bid to redevelop the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) in Darling Harbour.

Holmes à Court is the former chair (and a current director) of Hepburn Wind – Australia’s first community wind farm.

The two-and-a-half billion dollar Darling Harbour makeover includes a plan for a 400 kilowatt community-based solar farm on the roofs of the exhibition centre and the entertainment complex – the intention being to meet the base power requirements of these two buildings.

Embark Executive Director Andy Cavanagh-Downs (one of the keynote speakers at All-Energy Australia 2013 in Melbourne on October 9th and 10th) says what his organisation is proposing won’t just benefit SICEEP, but other significant developments – large and small. He says the principle remains consistent.

“A community group puts forward a proposal to an energy consumer to build a solar farm at a predetermined site. Once that is accepted, the community group sets up a company with a Board that manages the project. The company raises capital to totally fund the project from the local community. That capital is then used to procure and install the solar equipment at the site. The output of the solar installation is sold to the energy consumer over a 25 year period. Local investors get a return on capital of five percent per annum.”

Mr Cavanagh-Downs says the benefits to the local community, the business world and the environment are numerous.

“It gives local residents the opportunity to participate in a worthwhile project – a group of people take a stand and there is the reward of achieving a goal. People come together for a cause and engender a sense of community. The host of the project gets to purchase more renewable energy and engage directly with the local community. They are seen as responsible corporate citizens that use existing procurement procedures to affect social and environmental change,” Mr Cavanagh-Downs says.

But that is not all. He says this is an investment that keeps on giving.

The community Board gets to choose “a good cause for the year” and investors have the opportunity to either receive their dividend and capital return for that year, accept one and donate the other to the good cause, or donate both their dividend and their capital return.

Mr Cavanagh-Downs says the cause could be clean energy-related or linked to community needs, such as wheelchairs for the elderly, local sporting equipment or playground improvements etcetera.

The biggest challenge is finding suitable project hosts that will commit for a quarter of a century. The operator of Sydney’s exhibition centre and entertainment complex is on track to become the first.

Mr Cavanagh-Downs anticipates that “more and more businesses will opt in as the push for greater energy alternatives and local energy generation develops over the next decade and beyond.”

Embark is also working on community wind projects, including one involving New England Wind around Armadale in northern NSW.

All-Energy Australia – held annually at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre – is this nation’s largest and most successful clean and renewable energy exhibition and multi-stream conference.

With more than 100 leading local and international speakers and in excess of 270 exhibitors, it attracts up to 5,000 delegates from around the world.

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Tuesday 4 June 2013


Australia’s Gulf region is on the verge of a boom that can be facilitated by greater investment in renewable energy, according to the CEO of Cairns-based development agency Gulf Savannah Development.

Rob Macalister – one of the keynote speakers at All-Energy Australia 2013 in Melbourne on October 9th and 10th – is optimistic about the future in the area, which covers nearly 200,000 kilometres, from Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands through to the Northern Territory border.

Gulf Savannah Development represents the interests of five local governments and key industry stakeholders, including mining and transport companies.

The organisation’s objective is to increase the uptake of renewable energy, reduce the community and industry’s dependence upon fossil fuels and facilitate more investment.  Many remote Gulf communities are not connected to the national grid and much as 50 percent of the region’s population has to find its own energy sources.

He says the Gulf region has a number of world class renewable energy sources, with five new projects currently at various stages of development – three solar, one wind and one biomass.

The first stage of the Doomadgee Solar Farm has just been completed. More than 1,000 solar panels with a capacity of 264 kilowatts have been installed, resulting in a saving of 115,000 litres of diesel fuel each year. There are plans for future expansion of the farm.

A second, well-developed project is the five megawatt Normanton Solar Farm, in which investors are looking to supplement local supply off the grid. “Rather than importing energy 1,000 kilometres via a transmission line, it is cheaper to produce locally,” Mr Macalister says. Investors are looking to finalise a power purchase agreement.

So, too, are those associated with the 80 megawatt Forsyth Wind Farm, which will feed into the national grid. Mr Macalister says there are no reservations about introducing wind farms into the region. There is no opposition from Councils or locals. Communities have been supportive and a number of other wind projects are being looked at.

An integrated food and energy project along the Gilbert River also has a biomass plant as part of its plans, but it is still at an early stage. The intention is for some of the crops it would produce, like sugar cane tops, to be burnt to produce energy.

There is also a proposal for a solar farm for Gregory township, which is likely to be of a similar size to Doomadgee Solar Farm. Mr Macalister says there is no power supply there now, but this would be a good way for the community to embrace clean power and grow as a result.

Mr Macalister says there has been a strong level of community interest in renewable energy over the past five years.

“There is no doubt the investment climate has improved since the federal government introduced clean energy incentives, but both the federal and state government need to maintain policy settings conducive to investors.

“Because we are a growing economy, power demand has jumped and with the development of new projects in the mining and agriculture sectors we forecast a further, significant increase in coming years.

“For instance, one of the new mines that will get going in the next five years will have demand for a 20 megawatt power plant.” Mr Macalister says.

He says there are many prospective mines appearing and because none of them are on the grid, they are all looking at how they get readily available and affordable energy.

“When you look at the costs of trucking in diesel, you have to think about an alternative, cost-effective solution and this is where we believe renewable energy provides a real opportunity.”

Mr Macalister says the transport kilometres covered annually are far more than those associated with city dwellers in terms of trucking in diesel, moving produce and something as simple as going back and forth to boarding school, where many younger residents receive their education.

He says it is important for all stakeholders to plan ahead for the next couple of decades and a key part of that has to do with finding cheap, viable forms of power.

“If the renewable energy target of 20 percent by 2020 gets wound back it will make it harder to attract capital for new projects, so it is important we – as a country – stick to that and then the future is bright.”

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Tuesday 14 May 2013


A rich and diverse menu embracing solar, wind, marine energy, geothermal and bioenergy awaits delegates to Australia’s largest and most successful clean and renewable energy conference, highlights of which have just been released.

Other topics to be dealt with at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 9th and 10th include energy efficiency, power storage, transport, carbon capture and storage, and finance and investment.

The opening session at All-Energy Australia 2013 will address the energy mix of the future, while the multi-stream conference will close with a roundtable on market reform.

Delegates will also hear from specialists addressing international knowledge sharing in order to boost clean energy development.

Highly regarded keynote speakers will be drawn from around the world, with their names to be revealed closer to the event.

The conference and extensive exhibition attracts many nationalities. Last year 4,700 attended from 23 countries, up from 1,750 in its first year (2009).

All-Energy Australia Exhibition Director Anthony Reed says he anticipates that the number of attendees will continue to grow as clean and renewable energy is increasingly recognised as the best way forward.

“More than 100 speakers and in excess of 200 local and overseas exhibitors are expected to participate, with much interest from Asia, North America and Europe,” Mr Reed says.

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Wednesday 13 February 2013

TRADE SHOW TRIPLE TREAT: All-Energy Australia and Australian Sustainability to join forces with Waste Expo in October 2013

Reed Exhibitions Australia and Brooks Events today announced that the All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference and Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition will co-locate with Waste Expo in 2013 to form Australia’s most significant showcase for the clean energy, sustainability, waste and recycling industries. Combining to present one of the region’s largest exhibitions and conferences of its kind, the three events will take place on 9 & 10 October 2013 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, occupying a combined ‘footprint’ of 15,000 sq m of hall space.

The All-Energy Australia Exhibition & Conference is an annual, free-to-delegate, business-to-business conference and networking forum hosted alongside an impressive exhibition showcasing renewable energy, clean energy, sustainable transport and energy efficiency.  Attracting more than 4,500 visitors to an exhibition of over 270 clean energy companies and a multi-stream conference across two days in 2012, the 5th edition of All-Energy Australia promises to be even larger with greater diversity when it opens its doors in 2013.

The Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition is a niche event in a developing arena, combining a high-level conference with a tightly-focused exhibition. As such, it attracts an exceptionally engaged audience of sustainability professionals to a forum where they are able to debate major issues facing the sector, in particular the challenge of having sustainability play an increasing role in Australian business practice.  ASCE highlights the growing opportunities and complexities within the Australian context throughout the conference and the exhibition, and continues to expand into 2013 with a greater audience and extended reach.

Waste Expo presents a unique platform bringing together Australia's key solution providers in the waste and recycling sectors, who will present the very latest technology, products and turnkey solutions. The need to manage waste and implement sustainable practice has become an integral part of business.  Waste Expo presents an opportunity to engage with professionals from sectors such as government, corporate, hospitality, transport and healthcare, for whom waste management, recycling and sustainable solutions are increasingly vital. 

Reed Exhibitions describes the combined showcase as ‘greater than the sum of its parts’ in terms of delivering value to national and international exhibitors and visitors from all sectors of the clean energy, sustainability, waste and recycling sectors.

John Gorton, Group Exhibition Director at Reed Exhibitions Australia, says that “the genesis of the co-location was the synergies between sections of the target audiences of All-Energy Australia, Australian Sustainability and Waste Expo, all of which were scheduled to occur in Melbourne in October 2013. It was a logical step, says Gorton, to join forces to create one combined showcase that delivers, more than ever, on Reed Exhibitions’ promise of strengthening Australian industry through technology, innovation and access to customers.”

Louise Brooks, Events Director at Waste Expo, adds that “There is significant cross-over between visitor target groups for each event. This makes the combination of the three co-located exhibitions a compelling proposition for industry professionals such as facilities, operations, environmental, plant and project managers, particularly those travelling from interstate or overseas, who will be able to maximise the value of their exhibition attendance. 

The result is that both organisers expect that the combination of All-Energy Australia, Australian Sustainability and Waste Expo 2013 will help increase visitor quantity, as well as persuading a greater percentage of time-poor senior managers to attend.

“A stronger visitor base generally translates to an increase in ROI for exhibitors, through expanded sales leads. Furthermore, those exhibitors who would have traditionally participated in Waste Expo as well as either All-Energy Australia or Australian Sustainability will get the added benefit of rationalising their marketing efforts,” Brooks said.

Reed Exhibitions and Brooks Events report that space sales for the co-located exhibitions are already well under way.  Early indications from both organisers are that demand for the available space is expected to be stronger than supply - which means exhibitors should move early to secure their preferred stand option.

“I would encourage companies considering participation at All-Energy Australia, Australian Sustainability and Waste Expo in 2013 to secure their space as soon as possible. We can promise you that it will be a vibrant and exciting event,” Gorton concluded.

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Monday, 15th October, 2012


Interest in clean and renewable energy has never been greater, with record numbers attending Australia’s largest event in the sector.

All-Energy Australia 2012 – the exhibition and conference held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 10th and 11th – attracted 4,700 delegates from 23 countries. There were representatives from Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA.

Hosted by the Victorian government and supported by the Clean Energy Council, the Energy Efficiency Council, the Australian Solar Council, the Sustainable Energy Association and Ocean Energy Industry Australia, attendance was nearly 30 percent up on last year’s event.

All-Energy Australia featured more than 100 leading local and international speakers and in excess of 270 exhibitors.

All-Energy Exhibition Manager David McCarthy says the event that started in 2009 is now a major annual drawcard. “As the importance of clean and renewable energy takes centre stage, All-Energy’s reach and diversity continues to grow.

“There is no doubt that those with an interest in the area are making a bee-line for Melbourne in October and the positive feedback has been most humbling.

“We will continue to go all out to attract the richest pool of talent and business acumen from around the globe.”

The many highlights of the free-to-delegate, business-to-business conference with five concurrent streams included the opening plenary session that attracted 500 delegates.

Keynote speakers were Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, Director of Energy Research at Oxford University in the UK, addressing the future of nuclear power and Bill Sims, President and CEO of Joule Unlimited in the USA, speaking about why solar fuels are the answer to sustainable global supply needs.

They were joined by Lane Crockett, General Manager of Pacific Hydro Australia, who focused on large scale renewables. Sessions on the first day covered Australian solar innovations, solar PV and solar thermal, clean and renewable energy in industry, local government, state government and international economic development, wind energy, biomass, geothermal and marine energy.

A grand networking event attended by more than 1,000 people was held in the late afternoon and early evening of October 10th.

The second day of the conference dealt with finance and investment, including federal government initiatives and mitigating risks, energy efficiency, transmission and the smart grid, carbon pricing and emissions trading, marine energy, transport and power storage.

The event closed with a plenary debate and round table titled “Reform of the Australian electricity market – why is it necessary and what would it mean in practice?” Speakers included Tim Buckley, Managing Director of Arkx Investment Management, Lane Crockett, General Manager for Pacific Hydro Australia and Dr Gill Owen, a senior research associate from University College in London. Also on the panel were Danny Price, Founder and Managing Director of Frontier Economics, Clare Savage, Executive Manager at TRUenergy and Paul Smith, Acting CEO of the Australian Energy Market Commission.

Day two was also highlighted by a series of SMA-sponsored solar workshops presented by the Australian Solar Council.

Planning has already begun for the 2013 event, which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 9th and 10th.

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