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 Industry Friends of Low Carbon Living Forum Speakers (Andrew Kempster, Leigh Dalwood, Alison Cusack, Jenny Paradiso, The Hon. Dean Brown AO, Prof. Simon Beecham, Andrew Bishop and Dr Chris Colby

Industry Friends of Low Carbon Living Forum Speakers (Andrew Kempster, Leigh Dalwood, Alison Cusack, Jenny Paradiso, The Hon. Dean Brown AO, Prof. Simon Beecham, Andrew Bishop and Dr Chris Colby

 

The UniSA Research Node for Low Carbon Living ran the second ‘Industry Friends of Low Carbon Living’ Forum on Tuesday 2 August strengthening its partnership and engagement with industry and government.

Former South Australian Premier and Chair of the UniSA Research Node for Low Carbon Living, the Hon. Dean Brown AO, was delighted that over 60 industry, government and research leaders had such an opportunity to engage, share experiences and build contacts, stating “South Australian businesses are responding well to the need to reduce the carbon impact of the built environment.  Tonight showcased the local products, services and research activities which will help deliver the Carbon Neutral aspiration for Adelaide, and build a more sustainable economy.”

The Research Node for Low Carbon Living is South Australia’s premier hub for multi-disciplinary industry-driven research.  Professor Simon Beecham, PVC for ITEE, spoke at the Forum highlighting a number of research projects supported by Node scholarships, noting the important role played by industry mentors for each of the HDR students.

The Forum centred on a series of short presentations by six industry leaders, several being UniSA alumni, discussing their organisation’s services, products and activities that are making a material difference in reducing the State’s carbon emission impact.

Ms Jenny Paradiso, Managing Director, Suntrix Solar emphasised the importance of good design for solar photovoltaic systems noting that optimal performance is the result of the skilful location of panels to reduce the impact of other rooftop equipment and facilitate ongoing system maintenance.

Mr Andrew Kempster, Global Sales Manager, Redflow Energy Storage Systems, discussed the highly topical battery storage revolution, showcasing Redflow’s new ZCell battery which has been developed for the home and office energy storage market.  ZCell batteries harvest excess energy from solar panels and deliver that energy to meet night-time needs or to lower peak energy costs.

Mr Leigh Dalwood, Associate Director Transport Planning, AECOM, discussed the importance of transitioning to lower carbon transport modes.  Leigh is also the Industry mentor to Research Node scholarship student Philip Chrysostomou who is investigating low carbon mobility strategies for the Carbon Neutral Adelaide initiative.

Dr Chris Colby, Managing Director, Colby Industries, talked about opportunities to reduce the carbon impact of organic waste streams, describing how Peats Soil and Garden Supplies have developed systems to turn waste into high value added products for the horticulture industry.

Ms Alison Cusack, CitySwitch Program, Adelaide City Council, explained how the program assisted organisations to systematically measure and address operational energy use for their office tenancies, saving money as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

And Mr Andrew Bishop, Manager Sustainability Project Delivery, Renewal SA, talked about the ongoing partnership with UniSA for living laboratories at Lochiel Park, Bowden and Tonsley Park.  Andrew described how this long-term partnership has resulted in better information to support policy making, improved outcomes for the residents, and a research program that showcases the extensive expertise available at UniSA.

Node Manager, Dr Stephen Berry was extremely pleased with the success of the 2nd Industry Friends Forum stating “It is vital that our research be focussed on the needs of local industry in solving society’s big challenges such as anthropogenic climate change.  Our partnership with industry is growing, and our engagement with the business community at these events helps build the link between world class researchers and the needs of the local economy.”

Interested persons are invited to attend the next Forum on Monday 17 October 2016.  Further information about the Research Node for Low Carbon Living and the Industry Friends Forums is available at: http://unisa.edu.au/research-node-for-low-carbon-living

 

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