It's All About Energy

13 July 2017


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This technical session will be held at the Queensland State Library (Auditorium 1)

1.  Does coal have a future? (1:00 - 1:45pm)


  • Ian Macfarlane (Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council) "Coal in Australia's renewable energy future"
  • Ian Lowe AO FTSE (Emeritus Professor, Griffith University) "Why coal must be phased out"
  • Chris Greig FTSE (Director of the UQ Energy Initiative, and Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, The University of Queensland) "The Inevitable Resilience of Coal Power"

Panel: Ian Macfarlane, Ian Lowe and Chris Greig

Moderator: Mike Hood FTSE (Chairman of ATSE Queensland Branch, and Emeritus Professor at The University of Queensland)

2.  Renewable energy - how far can we go? (2:00 - 2:45pm)


  • Roland Vitelli (Local Division Manager for Power Grids, ABB) "Technologies offered by ABB To facilitate renewables"
  • Phil Richardson (Acting Deputy Director-General, Energy, Department of Energy and Water Supply) "Powering Queensland Plan: Delivering secure, affordable and sustainable energy for Queensland"
  • Phil Livingstone (Managing Director, Redback Technologies) "Distributed energy"

Panel: Phil Livingstone, Phil Richardson and Roland Vitelli

Moderator: Karen Hussey (Deputy Director, Global Change Institute, The University of Queensland)

3.  Other energy alternatives (3:00 - 3:45pm)


  • Adi Paterson FTSE (CEO of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) "SMR's - A new nuclear option"
  • Simon Bartlett AM FTSE (Australian Chair in Electricity Transmission, The University of Queensland) "New hydroelectric, pumped storage and interconnection options for Queensland"
  • Andrew Garnett (Director of the Centre for Coal Seam Gas, The University of Queensland) "Natural gas - a key part of the mix"

Panel: Adi Paterson, Simon Bartlett and Andrew Garnett

Moderator: Chris Greig

Followed by an interactive question and answer session.

Single entry ticket cost is $15 (purchase at link below)


This technical session will be held at the Queensland State Library (Auditorium 1)


  • Alan Finkel AO AA FTSE (Australian Chief Scientist) "How to optimise Australia's energy market"; and
  • Audrey Zibelman (CEO, Australian Energy Market Operator - AEMO)

Moderator: Simon Bartlett

Single entry ticket cost is $15 (purchase at link below)


This event is aimed at the general public and will be held at the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre (adjacent to the State Library):

"Will we be able to afford to keep the lights on?
What’s Australia’s energy crisis all about?"

    Our experts named below will be exploring these questions, and more!

    1. Energy - Yesterday, today and tomorrow


    • ​​Joel Gilmore (Principal, Market Policy and Development, Australian Energy Market Operator - AEMO) "What's the real deal with battery storage"

    Summary: With Tesla promising to deliver South Australia the world’s biggest battery (in 100 days, or it’s free!), there has been a lot of discussion on the future of battery storage. In this session, Joel will present a crash course in energy storage: how batteries provide value to the grid, how South Australia’s new battery will be used, and what batteries can and can’t do for Australia’s electricity grids. He’ll also share some of the world leading work that AEMO is doing to integrate batteries into Australia’s rapidly changing grid – and try to answer any questions you might have!

    • Jenny Riesz (Principal, Market Policy Development, Australian Energy Market Operator - AEMO) "The practicalities of transforming Australia's electricity"

    Summary: Australia’s electricity system is rapidly transforming. Growing renewable generation, the rise of distributed energy systems, and transformative consumer technologies will all lead to a future grid that operates very differently to the present. But how exactly will it be different? How do our operational practices need to change and adapt?  What do we need to do now, to ensure this transformation happens smoothly? This presentation will illuminate the practical challenges that will arise as our grid transforms, and the work underway to address those challenges.

    2. Future Energy - Beyond tomorrow


    • Chris Greig (Director, UQ Energy Initiative, and Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, The University of Queensland), and
    • Simon Smart (Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland)

    Both Chris and Simon will present on ​​​"Energy 101"

    Summary: Energy - How have we used it in the past? How do we use it now? Who has access and who doesn’t? This presentation will cover the global picture of energy today – the fundamentals and the important numbers when it comes to energy in the world

    At the Museum you will enjoy visiting a number of interactive displays, demonstrating different aspects of power generation, power transmission and energy storage, located on different floors around the Museum. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to engage with contributing company representatives in face-to-face sessions. Participating companies have been confirmed as ABB, ANSTO, CS Energy, Energex/Ergon Energy, Global Roam, Powerlink, QUT, Redback Technologies, Siemens, STELR, Tritium and UQ.

    In addition, PhD students from UQ and QUT will display posters outlining their research into aspects of energy, power system security, the integration of renewables, and the electricity market. Please come along to ask these students questions about their research!

    Queensland Museum will be open late and your ticket includes entry to the museum. We invite you to listen to different talks about energy in Australia, wander through the interactive displays around the Museum, enjoy live music and view our exhibitions including free access to the Sciencentre, Other Worlds and Lost Creatures. (Please note that access to the Gladiator Exhibition is not included in the price of your ticket).

    This is an all-ages event. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

    Single entry ticket cost is $15 (purchase at link below)

    If you wish to attend all three events, we offer a discounted price of $35

    Please note that tickets are non-refundable

    Please print and bring your Tax Invoice, as it is also your Admission Ticket