UNSW will host a public symposium on renewable energy on Tuesday 15 April, to be addressed by leading scientists and industry experts on solar, wind and other technologies.

The symposium will be chaired by Amanda McKenzie, CEO of the Climate Council, and the aims are to address persistent myths about the cost and reliability of renewable energy, as well as present the latest research to the public.

UNSW’s newest solar car eVe, which was designed, constructed and raced by the student Sunswift team in the Cruise class of the 2013 World Solar Challenge, will be on display.

A new book by Associate Professor Mark Diesendorf - Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change - will also be launched at the symposium. Associate Professor Diesendorf is deputy director of the UNSW Institute of Environmental Studies, which has organised the event along with the UNSW Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets.

Other speakers include:

  • Professor Stuart Wenham, UNSW, on recent advances in solar photovoltaics
  • Associate Professor Iain McGill, UNSW, on grid integration and smart grids
  • Ketan Joshi, Infigen, on wind energy and health issues
  • Keith Lovegrove, IT Power, on solar thermal energy
  • Steve Schuck, Bioenergy Australia, on biomass for heat, power and transport fuel.

Event details:

What: Free public symposium on renewable energyWhen: Tuesday 15 April 2014, 9.00 to 13.00.Where: Leighton Hall, Scientia Building, UNSW

Registration: http://www.science.unsw.edu.au/renewable-futures

Media Contact: Deborah Smith, 9385 7307, 0478 492 060, deborah.smith@unsw.edu.au