Challenges and opportunities for large-scale green hydrogen production in Australia

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29 Oct 2020 5:00 pm
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The second of a four-part Webinar series on the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership.

Focused on the New Energy Technologies Research Theme of the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership, this webinar was joined by panel members Dr Ashley Roberts (Monash University Alumni, Energy Transformation Engineer, Woodside Energy), Dr Graham Palmer (Research Fellow of the Faculty of Engineering and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University) and Dr Stuart Walsh (Senior Lecturer of the Faculty of Engineering and Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University). As a future zero emissions technology, the panel discussed critical considerations for the implementation of large-scale green hydrogen production, including and not limited to resource mapping, energy flow considerations, and life cycle analysis. Professor Jacek Jasieniak (New Energy Theme Leader for the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership, Monash University), hosted the event.

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Meet the host

Professor Jacek Jasieniak
New Energy Theme Leader, Woodside Monash Energy Partnership, Monash University

Professor Jacek Jasieniak completed a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) from Flinders University (2003, University Medal) and PhD from the University of Melbourne (2008, Chancellor’s Prize). He then undertook a postdoctoral work at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara (2011-12). In 2012 he returned to CSIRO, progressing to a Senior Research Scientist and then Group Leader. In 2015 he moved to Monash University to join the Faculty of Engineering and was also appointed Director of the cross-disciplinary Monash Energy Institute. In 2020 he transitioned to become Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Engineering. His research interests include the development of nanomaterials and their use in various next-generation energy technologies.

Meet the speakers

Dr Ashley Roberts
Energy Transformation Engineer at Woodside Energy

As an Energy Transformation Engineer at Woodside Energy, Dr. Ashley Roberts evaluates technological and commercial aspects of the hydrogen value chain – including the upstream energy source, production, mid-stream processing, storage and distribution, and end use technologies.  Ashley holds a PhD from Monash University in Materials Science and Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Appalachian State University.  Within the fields of Physics and Engineering, her research expertise has centred around characterisation of carbon-based materials using high energy photon, neutron, ion, and electron beams.  Since 2012, Ashley has worked as a business analyst, energy strategist and commercialisation officer for companies, government entities, and start-ups.  She is well versed in working within interdisciplinary, multinational scientific collaborations and research centres in Australia, Europe, and the USA.

Dr Graham Palmer
Research Fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University

Dr. Graham Palmer completed a BEng in Industrial Engineering and Computing from Monash University Caulfield in 1992, a MEng in Sustainable Energy from RMIT in 2008 and a PhD in Energy Return on Investment from the University of Melbourne in 2018. He has an industry background as an engineer and researcher in manufacturing, HVAC, energy systems, and electronics. He has published in the area of biophysical economics, renewable energy, life-cycle analysis, energy storage, and energy-economic modelling. His current research focuses on life-cycle impacts of hydrogen production.

Dr Stuart Walsh
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University

Dr Stuart Walsh holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Melbourne. Following his PhD, he worked in postdoctoral and research positions in the United States at the University of Minnesota, Cornell University, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He returned to Australia in 2015, and started a research consultancy/software development company: Stone-Code Pty. Ltd, before taking a position at the School of Petroleum Engineering at the University of New South Wales. In 2018, Dr. Walsh returned to Melbourne, joining the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash as a member of the Resources Engineering division.

Dr Walsh's recent research work has focused on the development of tightly-coupled geomechanical, hydrodynamic and geochemical multiscale models and their application to geoscientific and engineering problems. This work has included studies of integrated field development for offshore oil and gas, geothermal energy production, carbon-sequestration, and hydraulic fracturing operations, as well as the development of novel simulation and drilling technologies.

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