Renewable Energy Exports: Exploring Australia's Opportunity to Export Energy

DATE: Thursday, 8 October

TIME: 11:00am – 12:15pm AEDT

SESSION DESCRIPTION

The opportunities, technological, economic and regulatory challenges for developing a new, future-proofed export economy based on renewable energy.

Chair: Nicky Ison, Energy Transition Manager, WWF

Speakers: 

Professor Ken Baldwin, Director, ANU Energy Change Institute

Rollout out the world's largest solar project

Chris McGrath, CEO, 5B 

SPEAKERS

Professor Ken Baldwin

Director, ANU Energy Change Institute

Professor Ken Baldwin is the inaugural Director of the Australian National University Energy Change Institute, and Director of the ANU ECI Grand Challenge: Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific. He has held the following appointments: Project Steering Committee for the Australian Energy Technology Assessment, Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (2011-2013); Socio-Economic Modelling Advisory Committee of the South Australian Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission (2015-2017); Chair, Energy Cluster of the Australia-Indonesia Centre (2015-2018); Chair, Energy Research Institutes Council for Australia (ERICA, 2018-2019); Steering Committee for CSIRO Hydrogen Research, Development and Demonstration Report (2019); ACOLA Steering Committee for the Australian Energy Transition Research Plan (2019-2020).

Professor Baldwin is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (UK), the Optical Society of America and the Australian Institute of Physics. Other potential speakers: Emma Aisbett (ANU), Andrew Dickson (CWP Renewables), David Griffin (SunCable), Luke Blackbourn (Yara Pilbara), Penelope Howarth (DFAT), etc.

Chris McGrath

CEO, 5B 

Chris is an inventor, engineer and renewable energy innovator on a mission to bring clean energy to the Australian off-grid energy market. Chris has been tinkering with renewable energy since 2009, when he and Eden Tehan designed and installed a micro-hydro power system in a remote Vanuatu village, bringing energy to the people of Imaki. As development manager at Infigen Energy, Chris led the development of a 400MW+ utility scale solar PV pipeline. He also founded Solar Fields and is part owner of the Mt Majura Solar Farm.

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