Scenarios to unlock a brighter future: 200% renewable energy for Australia

Scenarios to unlock a brighter future: 200% renewable energy for Australia

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

The energy transition as an economic opportunity

As one of the world's largest exporters of coal and gas, Australia has been reluctant to embrace the energy transition and establish a decarbonisation pathway that is consistent with the Paris Agreement. However, the transition offers a significant opportunity for Australia to become a renewable energy superpower. Australia's renewable energy potential is amongst the best in the world and could be utilised to meet not only domestic demand, but also to create a new export industries.  Exports could take the form of direct electricity exports via HVDC lines, hydrogen (in the form of ammonia, liquid organic hydrogen carriers etc) or energy-intensive goods produced with low-cost energy. Over the past two years, the Energy Transition Hub ( pursued a research collaboration between Germany and Australia to investigate a number of scenarios scenarios with various energy system and electricity models. This talk will give an overview of the results from the Hub's scenario work, lead by researchers Dr. Falko Ueckerdt, Dylan McConnell, Changlong Wang, and many others

Event Location: 
Australian-German College of Climate and Energy
Level 1, 187 Grattan Street
3010 Parkville , VIC

Changlong is a graduate researcher at the Energy Transition Hub. Chang's fields of research are in the modelling of integration of renewable energy technologies into large power systems, generation and transmission system planning and optimisation, large-scale storage system and demand management modelling, and large-scale renewable energy export through High Voltage DC (HVDC) links, Hydrogen, and energy-intensive products.


Australian-German College of Climate and Energy
Dylan is a Chemical Engineer, with experience as an energy analyst. He has a detailed understanding of the cost structure of energy technologies and the electricity market. He was an author of the Melbourne Energy Institute's Renewable Energy Technology Cost Review, commissioned by the Garnaut Review, an investigation of renewable technology costs and projections. He has also developed detailed energy market models for analyzing the National Electricity Market electricity dispatch and price-setting system, in the context of understanding the effect of distributed solar photovoltaic systems and other technologies affecting wholesale electricity demand.

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