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Sustainable Energy Storage – A Centre for Sustainability/OERC co-hosted seminar

An online sustainability seminar presented by Ian Mason.

Energy storage is an essential component of renewable and sustainable energy systems. It assumes a key and dynamic role when the system is dominated by electricity, which I argue will be the dominant energy carrier of the future.

In this seminar I will present a method of optimising the amount of long-term storage per se in an electricity system and then examine technological options using an energetic approach. We will then look at pumped hydro energy storage (PHES), discuss the Lake Onslow proposal and briefly talk about some alternatives.

Finally, I will offer some thoughts about the geopolitical, social and environmental elements of energy storage.

About the speaker

Ian is a Renewable Energy Systems Engineer who has recently retired as Director of the Renewable Programme at the University of Canterbury. At UC he created the MEngSt (Renewable Energy) degree, developed courses on ‘Sustainable Energy Systems’, ‘Energy Systems Modelling and Analysis’, ‘Energy, Technology & Society’, and co-created ‘Sustainable Engineering for a Changing Climate’.

Ian's publications include A 100% renewable electricity system for NZ, and Transitioning NZ to 100% renewable energy, both of which have informed NZ government energy policy, and Offshore Wind for NZ. Presently he is working with the NZ Offshore Wind Working Group and on a ‘Just Transition’ project.


Zoom link for Ian Mason's sustainability seminar

Zoom password: 008743

Date Thursday, 22 September 2022
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,Postgraduate students,Staff
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentCentre for Sustainability
LocationOnline via Zoom
Contact NameMary-Jane Campbell
Contact Phone+64 3 479 5220

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