Prof Andrew BLAKERS

Prof Andrew BLAKERS

Professor
Australian National University (ANU), Australia

Pumped Hydro Energy Storage and the Renewable Energy Revolution

In Australia and around the world a combination of photovoltaics, wind and pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) can largely eliminate fossil fuel generation within 15 years.

The renewable energy revolution

It is necessary to rapidly replace fossil fuels with renewable energy sources that do not emit greenhouse gases. This will be far easier, less costly and more rapid than many people realise because of dramatic price reductions and technology improvements in photovoltaics (PV) and wind energy. In Australia and around the world a combination of PV, wind and pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) can largely eliminate fossil fuel generation within 15 years.

A renewable energy revolution is in progress, driven by rapidly decreasing prices. Together, new PV and wind electricity generation capacity is being installed at a greater rate worldwide than the combined amount of new coal, gas, oil and nuclear. Within a few years PV and wind may each be larger than the rest of the electricity generation industry combined in terms of new generation capacity installed each year worldwide.

Biography

Andrew Blakers is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University. He has held a Humboldt Fellowship, and the Queen Elizabeth II and Senior Research Fellowships of the Australian Research Council. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics and the Australian Institute of Energy, and is a Life Member of the International Solar Energy Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation. He has published more than 400 papers and patents. He was lead inventor of PERC silicon solar cell technology and Sliver solar cell technology. He has extensive project management experience, and has procured more than $100 million in externally-sourced research-related funding.