In August 2017 the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems (CREPS) and Future Energy hosted a joint workshop titled Future Energy: Challenges and Opportunities.
The goal of the workshop was to strengthen the existing collaboration between CREPS and Future Energy, which is an interdisciplinary strategic theme area for research run collaboratively across the College of Arts, Law and Education and the schools of Engineering, Business and Economics, and Geography.
The one-day event also worked to establish new links between the university and industry in the area of energy.
Industry speakers included:
- Lance Balcome, chief executive officer of TasNetworks, who discussed the company’s 2025 strategy,
- Dr Marian Piekutowski, chief engineer, System Integration at Hydro Tasmania, who discussed matching industry needs and UTAS research capability,
- John Titchen, managing director of Goldwind Australia, who discussed the Finkel report and its potential implications for Tasmania, and
- David Pollington of UPC Renewables, who discussed the company’s planned wind and solar projects as well as opportunities and challenges for development in Tasmania.
The opening address at the workshop was presented by the University of Tasmania’s Professor Michael Negnevitsky, Chair in Power Engineering and Computational Intelligence and Director of the Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems (CREPS), who noted that “managing our energy future requires a new generation of engineers” and that industry and university collaboration would help advance this cause.
Also from the University of Tasmania, Associate Professor Heather Lovell spoke of the role of consumers as drivers of change in energy policy, while Professor of Economics and Finance Mardi Dungey discussed the need to improve demand forecasting.
Participants also broke into groups for roundtable discussions on the following topics:
- Energy security in Tasmania (gas, basslink, climate change, energy options);
- Power system security (network observability, state estimation, risk assessment);
- Energy markets, economy;
- Demand side/consumer led solutions (demand response, energy storage).
Keep up to date on future workshops and other events via the Future Energy webpage.