Beyond encouraging renewable technology uptake whenever assisting clients develop abatement action plans, a substantial number of our roughly 100 projects have provided expert advice and research on current and potential renewable energy options to infrastructure operators, Australian and international governments and institutions, and companies seeking greenhouse solutions. Our advice on Australian programs and policies has helped project development and underpinned grant applications for its installation.
- A technology overview undertaken on typical and innovative options for a major infrastructure client in Sydney and Melbourne, including:
- solar electric (mono/ polycrystalline/ thin cell photovoltaic (PV) panels, concentrator dishes and concentrator trough),
- solar thermal (concentrator trough, air/space heating),
- wind (micro/ domestic scale wind turbines – horizontal and vertical axis),
- road energy (thermal or electrical energy from roads)
- biofuels (biodiesel, ethanol)
- fuel cells (Phosphoric Acid, Molten Carbonate and Solid Oxide),
- cogeneration and landfill gas
- A full technology review including costs and payback period was then undertaken of PV panels (mono/ polycrystalline and thin cell), PV concentrator dish and medium scale wind turbines.
- Advised a Chinese provincial government with abundant wind, geothermal, biomass and solar resources on potential technologies.
- Several Australian companies advised on possible technologies, including biomass, solar, wind and hydro-electric, and ways to incorporate these within the broader framework of the community or region they operate in.
- Researched Australia’s PV and wind industries’ capacity, structure, training and employment for a lead research institution.
- Assessed and analysed a Government database on renewable energy facilities, identifying gaps and errors, and outlining options for improving the database’s functionality.
- All impact assessments have included renewable energy as a possible mitigation action with several undertaking to utilise electricity generated by renewable energy sources.
- Involved in developing several proposals to install biomass technologies providing energy or process feedstock in developing countries, for the retail sector and for industrial sites.
- An Australian Greenhouse Office project involved program and project management services on several technology Best Practice Guides, Workbooks and websites. Technologies included Building Integrated PV, Energy from Waste, biomass conversion and hydro-electricity.
Our director’s experience includes renewable energy and cogeneration adviser with the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Challenge program, developing strategies to increase participation of major renewable energy companies and to improve Government and Industry’s recognition of their role.
Our director has authored/ co-authored five chapters, peer reviewed papers and publications on renewable energy technology, its use and the attitudes and experiences of users of various technologies. He conducted Australia’s first research focused solely on users seeking self-sufficiency in domestic energy supplies through the use of renewable energy, exploring their systems, attitudes and experiences. Several case studies were completed into equipment manufacture, the use of green grids, community scale use and its use in eco-tourism operations.