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The Monash Energy Institute webinar series promotes our Monash Energy Researchers and key national and international experts. We engage a broader community on the progress made to solve industry energy challenges, showcase innovations, solutions and build new collaborations for a greener future. Each webinar focuses on research to get better business models, better technologies, better solutions allowing the acceleration of our energy transition to a low carbon economy.
This seventh webinar in the Net Zero series focused on Net Zero Precincts, interdisciplinary approach to decarbonising cities. In this webinar, panel members Alison Whitten (Sustainable and Resilient Precincts Lead, City of Melbourne), Dr Darren Sharp Research Coordinator of the ARC Linkage project Net Zero Precincts) and Samantha Peart (Director for Sustainability at Development Victoria) shared their learnings about the establishment of Net Zero Precincts.
Electricity market design interacts with transmission network investment decisions, for example through multiple pricing zones or curtailment rules. In this webinar, Professor Zöttl will explore this and quantify the effects of curtailment and transmission investment in a model calibrated to the German market. Valuable insights can be gained for Australia, as the country faces a significant redesign of its market and grapples with a fast energy transition that may require further transmission investment.
This webinar in the Net Zero series focused on the pathway and process to establish a Microgrid. With funding through DELWP, Monash has undertaken work to understand the value proposition presented by microgrids to Victoria and to provide regulatory, policy, and market reform recommendations. The Net Zero Initiative launched the Microgrid Development toolbox and Monash University's future plans to help others on their microgrid journey. In this webinar, panel members Scott Ferraro (Program Director, Net Zero Initiative, Monash University), Craig Chambers (Managing Director, Engevity), and Céline Klemm (Research Fellow BehaviourWorks Australia), shared learnings from the Microgrid Electricity Market Operator project and the roadmap for establishing a microgrid.
Mr Vincent Makota (Zema Energy Scholarship recipient), Dr Sarah Goodwin (Lecturer, Faculty of Information Technology), Prof Paul Webley (Director, Woodside Monash Energy Partnership), Stephan Modest (Woodside Monash Energy Partnership Scholarship recipient) talked about our transforming energy sector and how pursuing industry PhDs; like the Zema Energy Studies Scholarship, the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership Scholarship, and the RACE for 2030 CRC PhD program can fast-track your career in energy. Dr Tanya Tan (Graduate Research Manager) spoke about the scholarship application process. Dr Roger Dargaville, Deputy Director of the Monash Energy Institute, hosted the event.
Market power in generation or storage affects the storage investment level that is eventually supplied by the market. Vertical integration delivers the worst outcome. Professor Natalia Fabra speaks to c2548579ompetition policy in the storage market and holds particular relevance to Australia, where storage investment is ramping up.
Managing the curtailment of wind-powered generation in Ireland involves a trade-off between investment in storage or transmission. Emeritus Professor David Newbery will explore these options and the relative costs of different strategies to deal with a high penetration of variable renewable electricity. This talk will provide valuable insights, as renewable energies play an increasingly important role in the Australian electricity market.
Integrating renewable energy sources into a national grid poses some challenges, especially when the grid is dominated by baseload production. Electricity design expert Professor Thomas-Olivier Léautier discusses these challenges, focusing on grids dominated by baseload nuclear production.
This third webinar in the Australian Electricity Market Initiative series explored the findings from a new report from Next 10 and the Energy Institute at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business In this webinar, Prof Severin Borenstein (Faculty Director, Energy Institute at Haas) presented new work with A/Prof James Sallee (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley) and A/Prof Meredith Fowlie (Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley).
The Increase-Decrease game is a type of electricity market manipulation which can take place in day-ahead markets with balancing markets and zonal pricing. In this webinar, Associate Professor Pär Holmberg will explain this phenomenon and discuss implications for policy and market design. His talk is particularly timely as Australia contemplates a significant redesign of its wholesale market and the introduction of locational marginal pricing to replace zonal pricing.
In this webinar, panel members Reeta Lad (Manager Transport, Monash University), Rachel Lynskey (Project Officer, Climateworks Australia) and Dr Roger Dargaville (Deputy Director, Monash Energy Institute), explored future transport needs and opportunities, pathways to achieve net zero emissions transport and learnings from the implementation of some of these opportunities. Roger provided insights from state-of-the-art research into EV impact on grids. Rachel shared the work ClimateWorks has done in mapping out the pathway to Net Zero transport emissions for Monash Clayton, and Reeta shared insights from the work her team does implementing some of these initiatives. Priya Galketiya (Program Engineer, Net Zero Initiative, Monash University), hosted this event.
There is great anticipation that storage is the key to the successful transition to renewable energy. What are the economics of grid-scale energy storage? How do we design markets that integrate storage as an essential element? Please join Dr Omer Karaduman as he discusses the challenges and solutions to storage integration.
A webinar by Professor Frank A. Wolak on the impact of distributed solar and wind investment on distribution network capacity. This informative talk is directed at policymakers, regulators, market participants and academics.
This second webinar in the Australian Electricity Market Initiative series explored electric vehicle usage.
A/Prof Fiona Burlig A/Prof Fiona Burlig Assistant Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research), presented new work completed with Prof James B. Bushnell, A/Prof David Rapson and A/Prof Catherine Wolfram.
Nathan Epp discussed the opportunities presented by the Australian electricity market and how electricity retailers are working with large customers to leverage these advantages. Andrew Pintar provided insight into how Monash takes a portfolio view of DER. Associate Professor Guillaume Roger addressed the rise of storage as an essential element of the energy transition and how data is being used.
Peter Metcalfe (General Manager Climate Engagement at Woodside Energy), Dr Emma Aisbett (Associate Director for ANU Grand Challenge – Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia Pacific), and Rob Kelly (Program Manager at ClimateWorks Australia) discussed the role of policy, energy security and the interplay of economics and governance on transitioning energy systems.
This first webinar in the Australian Electricity Market Initiative series will explore implications of the disconnect between time-varying wholesale electricity prices and households fixed-price electricity tariffs. It uncovers hidden cross-subsidies between households and suggests a remedy to this issue, which is also economically efficient.
Dr Jitendra Joshi (Principal Scientist for New Energy, Woodside Energy), A/ Prof Victoria Haritos (Deputy Head of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University) and Prof Jennifer Wilcox (Presidential Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania) discussed opportunities for carbon reuse through the capture, conversion and utilisation of CO2.
A/ Prof Ali Mehrizi-Sani discussed the foundational ideas behind Set point automatic adjustment with correction enabled (SPAACE), its implementation challenges, and applications in several scenarios, including in an experimental test bed. This new strategy allows for simpler and faster implementation of SPAACE in practical systems.
Dr Declan Kuch (Western Sydney University & University of New South Wales), Dr Sophie Adams (University of New South Wales), A/Prof Yolande Strengers (Monash University) and Mark Boulet (BehaviourWorks Australia) explored how automation and changes in distributed energy resources are enabling greater participation from energy users to engage with emerging energy futures, and how this may vary across different contexts and settings.
Dr Ashley Roberts (Energy Transformation Engineer, Woodside Energy), Dr Graham Palmer (Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University) and Dr Stuart Walsh (Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University) discussed critical considerations for the implementation of large-scale green hydrogen production.
Miranda Taylor (Chief Executive Officer at National Energy Resources Australia), Andrea Galt (New Energy Partnership Program Director at Woodside Energy) and Professor Elizabeth Croft (Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University) discussed the need to transition the energy sector at scale.
German Burbano (Project Manager of Indra Australia), Dr Reza Razzaghi (Lecturer, Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering), Dr Sarah Goodwin (Lecturer, Monash Immersive Analytics Lab) and Ameya Dikshit (Research Software Specialist, Monash e-Research) discussed what the Monash Microgrid is, its management systems, the role of data and of the transactive energy market.
Professor Douglas Macfarlane discussed the recent developments opening up the prospect of ammonia becoming a key zero-carbon fuel. Able to be substituted for fossil fuels in most engines and processes, ammonia can be produced from renewables. While being cognisant of the manageable risks, Australia has enormous potential to generate renewable ammonia as an export commodity.
Lakshan Bernard (Inaugural Zema Energy Studies Scholar), Prof Paul Webley (Director, Woodside Monash Energy Partnership) and Dr Sarah Goodwin (Lecturer, Faculty of Information Technology) and Dr Tanya Tan (Graduate Research Manager) discussed our transforming energy sector and how pursuing industry PhDs, can fast-track your career in energy.
Dr Alireza Soroudi, Assistant Professor in Electric Power Systems at University College Dublin, discussed the practical successful example of the European RESERVE project which aimed to pave the way towards 100% renewable energy, successfully integrating a diverse array of inverter-based DER trial site deployments into a single scalable control and monitoring platform.
Dr Rob Brimblecombe (Manager, Engineering and Sustainability) shared the Monash Net Zero journey. Amandine Denis-Ryan (Head of National Program, ClimateWorks Australia) covered off the updates about the Decarbonisation Futures report. Professor Rob Raven (Monash Sustainable Development Institute) focused on the role of urban experimentation and university living labs in the governance of net-zero transitions.
Dr Lawrence Jones (Vice President of the International Programs at the Edison Electric Institute, Washington DC), explored questions related to the impact of Covid19 on energy systems and energy access, the economics of the energy transition and how to ensure a ‘just’ transition. He also discussed how to manage global risks within the energy transition.
Dr Ron Ben-David, Dr Diane Kraal, and Dr Larissa Nicholls discussed key issues concerning energy affordability, responsibility and fairness. This included the concept of energy justice, how households' energy use and well-being could be impacted following the critical COVID-19 pandemic and the exploration of pathways to an equitable energy future.
Dr Sara Walker talked about the Urban Sciences Building project, a Newcastle University’s School of Engineering research project. The team is investigating heat pump, air handling units, lighting and lift loads and P.V. generation to understand the potential magnitude, speed and duration of demand response and other grid services the building can offer.
This seminar was an opportunity for energy and social science graduate students and academics to hear from the senior editor of two leading journals in the field. Jenn Richler, Senior editor covering Behavioural and Social Sciences for Nature Climate Change and Nature Energy, covered the two journals portfolios, publishing opportunities in these and other Nature journals, and the editorial process. Publishing in Nature Energy and Nature Climate Change.
Dr Lawrence Jones, award winning industry leader and practitioner covered questions related to universal clean electricity access by 2030 and our role as engineers and researchers communicating vital technological solutions with key stakeholders in government and industry. The United Nations has a goal of achieving universal access to clean energy by 2030. With less than a decade remaining, is this goal still achievable?