Towards a Renewable Electricity Supply: Opportunities, Threats and Requirements

By 2050, the UK, Germany and several other countries will only allow new electric passenger cars to be registered. Toyota will phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2050. If all cars are electric vehicles, the electric-power demand will double.
Towards a Renewable Electricity Supply: Opportunities, Threats and Requirements

Towards a Renewable Electricity Supply: Opportunities, Threats and Requirements

The cost of renewable energy is falling and for large scale installations, the cost of wind farms and solar is now cheaper than the cost of installation of coal or gas generation. The cost of solar energy is falling more rapidly than wind so that large scale solar will be cheapest of all in the very near future. The difficulty with renewable energy is the short term variability. In SA there is often a 1 GW variation in wind power between a windy day and a still day, so unless renewable energy can be stored or shifted around the country, the capacity of fossil fuel power generating capacity plant still needs to be close to the total maximum demand of SA.

Consumer based battery storage in the near future will have realistic payback periods, which will accelerate their uptake. Such a large introduction of customer owned generating plant will dramatically change the average power demand but may not change the peak power demands significantly.

By 2050, the UK, Germany and several other countries will only allow new electric passenger cars to be registered. Toyota will phase out petrol and diesel cars by 2050. If all cars are electric vehicles, the electric-power demand will double. These trends will cause a significant change in South Australia’s power generating mix, demands and economics. The presentation will discuss this and the steps that need to be taken to keep our lights on reliably.

Date
18 / 04 / 2017 - 05:30 pm to 07:30 pm
(
ACST
)
Registration Closes
18 / 04 / 2017 05:30 pm
Venue
Engineers Australia South Australia
Level 11, 108 King William Street
Adelaide
,
South Australia
,
5000
Cost
Registration
  • EA, IET, IEEE, TelSoc Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Other Society Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Keith Kikkert
Host(s)
EA, IET, IEEE & TelSoc
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
    memberservices@engineersaustralia.org.au
Maximum CPD Hours
1