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Creating a new export market out of Australia’s renewable energy advantage

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Direct replacement of Australia’s coal and LNG exports with a renewable energy alternative can be hard to grasp. After all, you can’t put the sun or the wind on a ship, can you? One feasible export pathway does just that in the form of hydrogen, produced by electrolysis of seawater and delivered to markets already familiar with Australia as a reliable supplier of sea-borne energy. Power can come from specially built wind and solar farms near the sea, or maybe a smart option is to produce hydrogen from grid power during times of excess renewable energy generation – this has the extra benefits of preventing waste and helping the grid operator to balance supply and demand.

Another hydrogen pathway uses ammonia NH3 as the transport medium, a much easier substance to manage in liquid form. This would give the receiving market fantastic flexibility to produce electricity, liquid fuels, and fertiliser all at the same time. Creating such an industry would also have important implications for our own liquid fuel supply – presently a strategic vulnerability for which we have no apparent plan.

Is there also a no-moving-parts solution to connect electricity grids directly under the sea? This turns out to be a credible technical stretch using today’s technology. High-voltage direct-current transmission integrated with energy storage can mobilise northern Australia’s solar resource to make a secure, dispatchable power station in the Java grid, where it might complement the unmatched local geothermal resources. This export pathway opens up a deep strategic partnership with Indonesia to create a regional energy market, and launch it into an emissions-free future.





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Dr Geoff James

Geoff’s research and consulting interests included demand management, integrating renewable generation, distribution network evolution, transmission planning, energy market development, and energy storage technology and applications. In 2013 Geoff joined Reposit Power to help commercialise residential energy storage in the Australian market. Geoff received his PhD in Physics in 1991 contributing to technology for radioastronomy at the University of Tasmania. He then joined CSIRO and until 2002 worked on research and commercial projects in radio antenna engineering. Following a period working on distributed systems with embedded intelligence, Geoff began to apply these ideas to distributed energy

Geoff provides strategic leadership and research know-how in energy management technologies, enabling and promoting the uptake of demand management and distributed generation at the Institute for Sustainable Futures. He specialises in developing energy storage applications and demonstrations to encourage the use of new energy storage technologies in Australia’s electricity system, enhancing the market value of renewable energy, and enabling the grid to manage a diverse mix of energy sources. With Reposit Power he contributed to battery control technology and liaised with electricity distribution networks and the market operator to implement business models that make energy storage viable in the present market and regulatory environment.

Geoff is a Member of the IEEE, the AIE and the EESA, and is a frequent speaker and convener at clean energy industry events.





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  • 5:30pm: Doors open

  • 6:00pm: Talk followed by Q&A

  • 7:00pm: Continue the conversation over drinks and light snacks

  • 8:00pm: Event concludes





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