Australia's Energy Future - what's possible?

Australia's Energy Future - what's possible?

Thursday, 17 November 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

How did the renewable energy forecasts match with real development? How did solar photovoltaic and wind power perform? What methodology for projections was most successful? The presentation will give some insights in practical examples. 

Australia’s energy future - what’s possible?  By 2030 we could have an electricity system that is 100% renewable, doubled our energy productivity and joined the global effort to prevent climate change. By 2050 our entire energy system, including industry and transport, could be powered by 100% renewable energy. This may sound implausible, but this could become a reality if we make the right decisions about investment now. We have developed technical and economic scenarios for Australia’s future energy system. We used an energy model created by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), which has been the model more than 100 national and global energy scenarios, including for the German government and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The seminar will provide an overview about the model, assumptions and key results.

Event Location: 
Seminar Room, LAB 14
700 Swanston Street
3010 Parkville , VIC
Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney

Dr Sven Teske is a Research Principle at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney. He has 20 years experience in technical analysis of renewable energy systems and market integration. He was the Renewable Energy Director at Greenpeace International for 10 years where he was the project leader for five editions of the World Energy Scenario “Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable World Energy Outlook”, a joint research project of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), NGOs and the Global Wind Energy Council. He has also published over 50 special reports about renewable energy, such as the Global Wind Energy Outlook and Solar Generation. Sven was a lead author for the IPCC Special Report Renewables (Chapter 10: Scenario analysis), which was published in 2011.  He was a member of the expert review committee for the IEA World Energy Outlook in 2010 and 2011, and is a member of the advisory panel of the Japanese Renewable Energy Foundation.

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