Decentralised Energy Technology, Policy and Opportunities for Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region conference: program and registration form

WADE and the CSIRO Centre for Distributed Energy and Power are jointly hosting a conference on "Decentralized Energy Technology, Policy and Opportunities for Australia and the Asia Pacific Region" on November 20-21 in Sydney.  This event will include a VIP tour of the CSIRO Energy Research Center in Newcastle.  If you or your organization would be interested in speaking/sponsoring this event please contact us by email at

To find out more about the Decentralised Energy Technology, Policy and Opportunities for Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region conference, please download the program and registration form. (6 pages)
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Meeting the challenges

With mounting global pressure to secure low emission and reliable energy supply, clean and efficient decentralised energy technologies are set to play a significant role in the energy future of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The conference will address some key questions facing the energy sector:

  • How can distributed energy be used as an early action to mitigate the effects of climate change?
  • What are the latest technologies and systems that can be used by consumers and suppliers to address demand management, power quality and rising energy prices?
  • What opportunities are there in Asia-Pacific for distributed energy to supply the growing demand?

Who will benefit

This forum is uniquely aimed at industry and government specialists within the energy sector and we have secured world leading expert speakers presenting on relevant topics.

The program

First day  

The conference convenes over one and a half days. The first day is dedicated to advances in decentralised energy technology, with a special focus on solutions to sustainability.

Brendan Morling from the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism will deliver the keynote on policy developments for distributed energy resources in the national electricity market. Stephen Oxley from the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Energy and Climate will talk about the role and activity of their renewable energy and distributed generation task force.

Staff of the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle welcomed the Federal Cabinet on 29 September 2008 to the site.

Further areas of discussion will be the distributed energy value proposition presented by Professor Stuart White from the University of Technology Sydney, the intelligent grid will be covered by Bill Lilley, CSIRO Research Projects Officer, and Sridhar Samudrala, the Regional Director from the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy will talk about the decentralised energy potential in India.

Ken Ash from Ergon Energy will give some insights into solar cities, and Daniel Yap will talk about their work at the SINERGY Centre in Singapore. Jacob Klimstra from Wärtsilä Power Plants will give an insight how distributed generators may facilitate the renewal of electricity production and Nalin Wickramasinghe from Cogent Energy explains how they pioneer distributed cogeneration for commercial buildings in Sydney. Szencorp and Capstone will conclude the firs day with notes on renewable energy solutions and microturbines.

Second day  
The second day is exclusively dedicated to issues of energy policy, programs and markets.

The final report of Professor Ross Garnaut's climate change review will be released on 30 September. Tony Wood, who is working on the Garnaut Committee, will talk about the implications of the Garnaut Review for the energy industry.

Robert Pritchard from Resources Law International will provide the delegates with a policy appraisal of decentralised energy in Australia and Caroline van Tilborg from the International Resources Group will talk about financing distributed energy strtegies.

Visit to the CSIRO Energy Centre

The conference concludes with an optional half day excursion to the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle, a state-of-the-art facility featuring award winning, innovative energy efficient building design, showcasing many examples of distributed generation and energy management built in. It is also the national headquarters of CSIRO Division of Energy Technology and the Energy Transformed National Research Flagship and home to the National Solar Energy Centre.

From left: Deputy Chief of Energy Technology John Carras, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Guillard, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Flagship Director John Wright.

The Federal Cabinet visited the Energy Centre on 29 September 2008 to gain insight into the scientific research conducted on the site by the CSIRO.

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