Monday, November 11, 2013

Energy Change Institute Open Day

Greetings from the ANU Energy Change Institute Open Day at the Australian National Institute in Canberra. The program includes tours of the Fusion Power research laboratory, "Big Dis" Solar Thermal plant and Solar Photovoltaics. In his introduction Professor Ken Baldwin pointed out that the institute covers a wide range of research. In my own work I look at how to use energy use of, and by computers and telecommunications. A poster on my teaching green computing is on display at the day.
Students of the ANU Master o Energy Change can  enroll in my course COMP7310: ICT Sustainability.

Professor Baldwin mentioned how ANU met with staff from the Department of Defence to provide advice on optimizing energy use for both Australian bases and those deployed operationally. As I have a background in defence and some of my students are military officers, I was invited along to talk about reducing the electricity use of computers. Computer equipment now is a significant proportion of the diesel fuel use by deployed military bases. Reducing kilowatt-hours save fuel, which reduces the truck convoys needed to supply a base.



Time Session Presenters
08.30 – 09.00 Poster setup and registration
09.00 – 09.20 Highlights of 2013 Professor Ken Baldwin, ECI Director
09.20 – 09.30 Address by the DVC (Academic) Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington (TBC)


Time Session Presenters
09.30 – 9.40 Master of Energy Change Professor Elmars Krausz
09.40 – 9.50 Honours:  Renewable Energy Project for Regional Development Agencies Dr Igor Skryabin
09.50 – 10.00 Undergraduate:  Energy Efficiency – ANU Engineering Project Dr Paul Compston

New Projects

Time Session Presenters
10.00 – 10.15 Energy Industry Innovation Precinct Professor Alan Broadfoot (University of Newcastle)
Professor Ken Baldwin
10.15 – 10.30 ACT Government Renewable Energy Project Mr Jon Sibley (ACT Government)
Dr Igor Skryabin
10.30 – 11.00 Morning tea and posters
11.00 – 11.15 Collaboration on Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy with UTS Dr Chris Dunstan (UTS)
Dr Michael Smith
11.15 – 11.30 ANU Energy Project
ANU Energy Management Plan - A 6 year project - EEO and the ANU CREW - Campaign to Reduce Energy & Water
Dr Shane West

New research areas in the ECI

Time Session Presenters
11.30 – 11.40 Solar Thermal
Solar thermal energy for heating and cooling, power, and fuels
Dr Wojciech Lipinski (with Professor Alan Weimer)
11.40 – 11.50 Biosolar
Novel methods for biodiesel production
Dr Colin Jackson (with Chris Easton)
11.50 – 12.00 The Energy-Water Nexus
Managing trade-offs and seizing opportunities in the climate, energy and water sectors
Dr Karen Hussey
Dr Jamie Pittock
12.00 – 12.10 Energy Storage and Recovery
Colossal permittivity materials, ‘supercapacitors’ and energy storage
Professor Ray Withers (with Assoc Prof Yun Liu)
12.10 – 12.20 Smart Grids
Optimization for planning and controlling power systems
Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck (with Professor Sylvie Thiebaux)
12.20 – 12.30 Energy Economics and Policy
HECS for Solar
Professor Bruce Chapman
Professor Ken Baldwin
12.30 – 12.40 Smart Grids
Energy Optimisation
Dr Weifa Liang
12.40 – 13.30 Lunch and posters

Tours of ECI facilities

Time Session Presenters
13.30 – 15.00 Tour 1: Nuclear Science / Fusion Power / Big Dish (Solar Thermal)
Tour 2: Solar Photovoltaics

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