21–22 November 2019 Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
The special theme of this year’s symposium is “Energy Transitions at the Edge” and will feature a special session on Energy & Climate in collaboration with the Otago Climate Change Network. The symposium will be held on 21 and 22 of November at the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum.
Thursday 21 November
Introduction: Richard Blaikie, Professor, Research and Enterprise Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Otago
|9:15am||Keynote: Dr Laura Watts, ethnographer of futures and author of Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga|
Session: Changing Energy Cultures
Kakau Foliaki, Janet Stephenson, Ben Anderson, Patrick Vakaoti
Chair: Sean Connelly
Understanding the energy cultures of Tongan households: implications for effective energy efficiency policy
|10:30am||Mariona Alcaraz-Corbella||How much does a nearly Zero-Energy Building (nZEB) housing stock cost? A case study in multi-property apartment buildings in Barcelona|
Session: Decarbonizing Energy Systems
Jen Purdie, Grant Telfar
Chair: Sandra Mandic
Balancing the energy trilemma: modelling the NZ electricity system out to 2050
|11:15am||Michael Jack / Janet Stephenson||Decarbonising NZ’s energy system: more supply infrastructure or more demand flexibility and efficiency?|
|11:30am||Tsani Rakhmah, Nathan Berg, and Sean Connelly||Quantifying firm-level barriers to more effective private sector involvement in the transition to low carbon energy systems|
|11:45am||Dougal McQueen||A tool for identification and evaluation of pump hydro energy storage opportunities|
|13:00pm||Keynote: Dr Christina Hood, internationally recognised policy expert in climate change, energy, and carbon pricing|
Session: Climate Session I
Douglas Hill and Sean Connelly
Chair: Sara Walton
Climate Leaders Coalition: Corporate Social Responsibility for Transformative Change?
|14:15pm||Eugene Kavale||Politically founded, scientifically grounded: Can New Zealand’s action on climate change be improved?|
|14:30pm||Pam McKinlay||There’s no such thing as a free lunch|
Session: Poster presentations
** See below for further details
|15:00pm||Afternoon tea / poster viewings|
Climate Session II
Anna Tarr, Inga Smith, Craig Rodger
Chair: Inga Smith
Carbon dioxide emissions from international air transport of people and freight
|16:15pm||Helen Roberts, Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Sebastian Gehricke and Renzhu Zhang||Trump vs. Paris: The impact of climate policy and climate risk on US listed Oil and Gas firm valuation|
|16:30pm||Bridie Lonie||Connecting the dots, again: Citizen Art|
|16:45pm||Bob Lloyd||The Greta Effect|
|** Poster Presentations|
|Scott Willis, Renee Gordon, Tess Rushton, Cisse Van Meervenne, Martin Kean||Climate Safe Housing: building better for Climate Justice|
|Helen Prime, Sam Lowrey, Richard Blaikie, Zhifa Sun||Characterising Micro and Nanopatterned Surfaces for Anti-icing Applications|
|Duncan Thomas, Cem Akcaoglu, Zhifa Sun, Stephen Moratti||Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis of domestic heat storage systems|
|Zoe Louyot, Cem Akcaoglu, Zhifa Sun, Stephen Moratti||Characterization and Manufacturing Composite Pellets for Thermochemical Heat Storage Systems|
|Jean Vassalli, Oseweuba Valentine Okoro, Zhifa Sun||Economic assessment of the desulphurisation of biogas using sewage|
|Eugene Kavale||Politically founded, scientifically grounded: Can New Zealand’s action on climate change be improved?|
|Inga J. Smith, Andrew G. Pauling, Cecilia M. Bitz, Katherine Lilly, Patricia J. Langhorne, Christina L. Hulbe||Modelling the impacts of increased Southern Ocean freshwater fluxes in CCSM4|
Friday 22 November
|9:05am||Keynote: Dr Ben Anderson, Principal Research Fellow in the Energy and Climate Change Division and current holder of the prestigious EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow|
|10:05am||Session: Digitalization of Energy and the Energy of Digitalization||Chair: David Eyers|
|10:05am||Jens Gröger||Energy Consumption of Software|
|10:20am||Rafferty Parker and Michael Jack||An exploration of statistical models for forecasting hot water electricity demand|
|11:05am||Session: More Energy Technology or Less?||Chair: Michael Jack|
|11:05am||Bill Currie / Sarah Wakes||Small scale distributed wind: The Thinair turbine as a case study of the technical and commercial challenges of introducing an innovative renewable generation option.|
|11:20am||Cem Akcaoglu, Louis Cordier, Raphael Carnet, Zhifa Sun, Stephen Moratti||Experimental Investigation of Laboratory-Scale Thermochemical Heat Storage Systems|
|11:35am||Jack Forsman||The role of bicarbonate in limiting damage to Photosystem II|
|11:50am||Sandra Mandic, Andrew Jackson, John Lieswyn, Jennifer S Mindell, Enrique García Bengoechea, John C Spence, Ben Wooliscroft, Celia Wade-Brown, Kirsten Coppell, Erica Hinckson.||Multi-Sector and Multidisciplinary Endeavour to Develop Key Policy Recommendations for Increasing Active Transport in New Zealand|
|13:00pm||Panel Discussion: Anna Berka (Academic Consult), Elrond Burrell (Passive House Institute New Zealand), Eric Pyle (Solar City), Nico Vessiot (Powerco), Martin White (emhTrade) |
Chair: Janet Stephenson
|15:00pm||Best Student Presentation awards (Sponsor: Aurora Energy) |
The theme of the symposium “Energy Transitions at the Edge” is intended to capture the diversity of innovations that are required “at the edge” to shift the way we think about energy systems and to blur the lines between conventional categories of supply and demand in the context of climate change.
This year the symposium is organised in collaboration with the Otago Climate Change Network (OCCNet).
Otago Climate Change Network (OCCNet) website
We have three confirmed keynote speakers (more TBC) to address the theme of the symposium.
- Dr Christina Hood (Consultant) is an internationally recognised policy expert in climate change, energy, and carbon pricing. She has over 16 years of experience providing analysis and advice to developed and developing countries, including a former role as head of the International Energy Agency Climate Change Unit.
- Dr Laura Watts (University of Edinburgh) is an ‘ethnographer of futures’ and her research explores how landscapes shape the way the future is made and how places at the edge create alternative futures. She is the author of Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga.
- Dr Ben Anderson (University of Southampton) is the Principal Research Fellow in the Energy and Climate Change Division and current holder of the prestigious EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow. His research is at the ‘edge’ of big data, energy production-consumption-distribution and socio-technical innovation to support energy system transitions.
There will be a panel discussion consisting of researchers, industry, community and government experts that will challenge us to extend our thinking about the boundaries of energy transitions.
The symposium will consist of keynote addresses, panel discussions, research presentations and a poster session. Researchers, research students, members of industry and the wider community from all disciplines are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract. The breadth of disciplines and range of presenter backgrounds makes the annual OERC symposia both relevant and stimulating.
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