Solar Thermal


1 hour and 20 minutes


The role of solar thermal in dispatchable electricity generation and case studies on how it is providing economic value globally.

Update from All-Energy Australia

Dr Amir sends his apologies for not being able to present in this session due to personal reasons. He has shared his presentation, which can be found below.

Solar Thermal Technology in Australia
Heating & Cooling Energy Cost Comparison



Cameron Potter, Ph.D

Stream Lead – Sector Coupling, Australian Energy Market Operator

A passion for data driven decision making and being at the edge of new technology has driven Dr Potter’s career. Cameron has championed risk-driven analysis of renewable energy, power system integration studies, and research and product development related to wind and solar energy modelling for commercial and/or government purposes. In 2020 Cameron joined the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) as the Stream Lead – Sector Coupling and is actively working to understand the potential changes in Australia’s energy sectors as our electricity sector goes through a transformation.


Keith Lovegrove

Managing Director, ITP Thermal

Dr Keith Lovegrove is the managing director of ITP Thermal Pty Ltd. He has over 30 year of experience in Renewable Energy combined with 15 years of teaching experience in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Energy Systems Engineering. He was previously the leader of the Solar Thermal Group at the Australian National University. Keith is currently a member of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology advisory board, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s Advisory Panel, the Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association board and the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute steering committee.

Presentation: Concentrating Solar Thermal – Solar with added value

Alberto Alba Rodriguez

Business Development Director APAC Region, Abengoa Energy

Alberto works as Head of Business Development for Asia Pacific in Abengoa. He has more than 8 years of experience in the Solar Renewable Business in Abengoa, working in South Korea and Dubai branches, with direct involvement in the biggest Solar Thermal plant in the world, Dubai DEWA phase 4.

Presentation: Solar Thermal technology - The renewable solution to improve grid strength

Ildo Agnetti

Business Development Manager, John Cockerill

Ildo Agnetti is an electromechanical engineer with a specialisation in Energy. Over the last ten years he has been involved in the development of numerous solar power plants across Chile, South Africa and China. Ildo currently manages the business development of solar thermal, energy storage and hydrogen generation within Australia for John Cockerill Energy. He also acts as a director of the Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association (AUSTELA). John Cockerill Energy aims to facilitate growth and access to green energy in Australia. To achieve this, Ildo intends to promote the use of solar thermal technology within the mining industry, remote communities and on the national electricity market.

Presentation: Concentrated Solar Thermal - A Game Changer for Australia Future Energy Needs

Dr Amir Kivi

Managing Director, Geoflow Australia

Amir Kivi has a PhD from the University of Melbourne in thermal energy systems, and is Australia’s foremost practicing geothermal engineer. He has a decade of experience in energy auditing and designing conventional and renewable thermal energy systems of all sizes. Amir is heavily involved in conducting a broad range of feasibility assessments for direct solar heating and cooling systems, and he also sits on advisory panel to the Clean Energy Regulator.

Presentation: Is electrification for heating purposes one of the biggest mistakes as part of our energy transition? Can heating be better satisfied with solar thermal energy and hot water storage?


The Two-Sided Market: The Technology Required

Energy Storage: Residential & Commercial

The Road Ahead for Residential and Commercial Solar

Decarbonisation of Industry