CSIRO scientists to speak at the Smart Energy Expo in Newcastle this weekend

If you’re in Newcastle on Sunday and are interested in hearing first-hand about our solar research, please drop into the Smart Energy Expo at City Hall where you’ll be able to see a presentation by Dr Jim Smitham from the CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship. Dr Smitham leads CSIRO’s research into low-emission energy technology, and as part of this free public event he’ll be speaking about recent developments in solar energy technology at home and around the world. Be prepared to see some pretty impressive photos of huge solar thermal power plants under construction in the USA and Spain, as well as interesting facts and figures on how solar technologies could fit into Australia’s energy mix — geographically, environmentally and economically.

CSIRO will also be represented in the expo’s Speakers’ Program by Dr Thomas Brinsmead, who is a member of the Division of Energy Technology’s economics team. He’ll be giving an introduction to the economics of electricity production in Australia — a great talk to attend if you’re interested in getting a basic understanding of what Australia’s energy mix looks like, as well as how technologies such as solar power plants evolve to become economically competitive.

The annual Smart Energy Expo is run by Climate Action Newcastle and will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to the Speakers’ Program there will be many exhibits on energy-efficient products for your home. The event is free to the public. For more information including presentation times, visit the Climate Action Newcastle website at http://www.climateaction.org.au.

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