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Focusing light on alternative energy sources

News release
14 July 2014

Winter’s shorter, colder days boost energy consumption and the electricity bill can cause a nasty shock to the finances when it arrives! The rising cost of electricity together with concerns about carbon emissions mean that many people are considering alternative energy sources. The Kangaroo Island NRM Board’s third ‘food for thought’ guest presenter speaking on the island on 24 and 25 July, will help to explain current and future options.

Professor Graham ‘Gus’ Nathan is an expert in energy technologies. He is the founding Director of The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology and recipient of an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award. He works with energy technologies spanning the combustion of fossil and bio-fuels, concentrated solar thermal, geothermal energy, wind power, energy storage and hybrid technologies.

He was principal leader of the Chief Design Team for the award winning fuel and combustion system for the Sydney Olympic Relay Torch and was co-inventor of the patented combustor that was subsequently also used in the torch and Stadium flame for the Athens Games. A current focus is the development of novel hybrid power systems that combine solar energy with combustion or gasification, with one patent pending in this field.

He has published widely, with more than 120 publications in leading journals, 200 in peer-review conferences and 10 patents. More details of his career can be found at www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/graham.nathan.

Gus will discuss potential and future energy sources, and general issues relating to solar and wind power.

If you’re interested in learning more about existing and future energy options for Kangaroo Island make sure you book in to hear Gus speak. Please reserve a seat by contacting Natural Resources Centre preferably by Monday 21 July.