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13th OERC and OCCNET Energy & Climate Change Symposium 2019

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.

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Programme

Thursday 21 November

9:00am Welcome/Mihi
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
10:15am

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
10:45am Morning tea
11:00am

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
12:00pm Lunch
13:00pm Keynote: Dr Christina Hood, internationally recognised policy expert in climate change, energy, and carbon pricing
14:00pm

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
14:45pm

Session: Poster presentations

** See below for further details

15:00pm Afternoon tea / poster viewings
16:00pm

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
17:00pm Close

** 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

9:00am Welcome
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
10:35am Morning tea
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
12:05pm Lunch
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)
15:15pm Close

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.

For further updates on keynotes, registration and the symposium dinner, please check:

OERC website

If your business is interested in sponsoring this event, or you have any queries, please contact:

Sarah Wilson
Email oercadmin@otago.ac.nz