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Our energy landscape is changing by the day. We are seeing technologies with the potential to radically transform how we develop, store and consume energy emerging almost daily. We're excited to capture some of the thoughts and experiences of the people behind these ideas and to share these conversations with you.

The Energy Innovators Podcast is a series of interviews with the people behind some of new ideas and innovations that have the potential to transform our energy landscape in coming years. Guests are drawn from large and small companies, universities, research and many other fields. They are young and not so young, new entrants to the sector and old hands, working with software and hardware and at various stages of commercialising their ideas.

The Energy Innovators Podcast is brought to you by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), a private not-for-profit organisation working with the Australian energy resources sector to help to commercialise research, grow exports, identify and build future work skills and improve the regulatory environment, all of which will contribute to a stronger and more resilient energy resources sector.

The Energy Innovators Podcast The Energy Innovators Podcast

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Our energy landscape is changing by the day. We are seeing technologies with the potential to radically transform how we develop, store and consume energy emerging almost daily. We're excited to capture some of the thoughts and experiences of the people behind these ideas and to share these conversations with you.

The Energy Innovators Podcast is a series of interviews with the people behind some of new ideas and innovations that have the potential to transform our energy landscape in coming years. Guests are drawn from large and small companies, universities, research and many other fields. They are young and not so young, new entrants to the sector and old hands, working with software and hardware and at various stages of commercialising their ideas.

The Energy Innovators Podcast is brought to you by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), a private not-for-profit organisation working with the Australian energy resources sector to help to commercialise research, grow exports, identify and build future work skills and improve the regulatory environment, all of which will contribute to a stronger and more resilient energy resources sector.

    Creating connections for collaboration and business growth

    Creating connections for collaboration and business growth

    Driving business by getting in front of new connections is vitally important for today’s small- to medium-sized businesses. In this episode, we speak to some of Australia’s innovators about the difficulties they have faced when trying to forge these connections, and the opportunities that can present themselves through a mutual desire for collaboration.







    From the official launch of NERA’s GeneratER open innovation challenge program in June 2021, we hear Tim McCarthy from Chevron Australia’s announcement of the first three GeneratER challenges provided by Chevron, and Dave Sharp from EcoQuip’s business growth story and the lessons he learned along the way.







    From the exhibition floor at the APPEA 2021 conference, we hear from two hydrogen innovators who joined us at the NERA Hydrogen Technology Zone — Matthew Hingerty from Star Scientific, and Mark Rheinlander from Carbon280 — and share their insights into the challenges of bringing new technology into an emerging industry, and the value of having the opportunity to showcase their talent and capability to potential clients at conferences such as APPEA. 







    Finally, we hear from then GM Decommissioning Andrew Taylor, who shares how the National Decommissioning Research Initiative (NDRI) and the Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA), both underpinned by collaboration, deliver independent information to support key decommissioning decisions for the future. We also hear a snippet from the grandly titled ‘Godfather of Decommissioning’, Dr Milton Love, who provided the keynote presentation at the NDRI Science Symposium held in June 2021.

    • 22 min
    Capturing the excitement of AOG Energy 2021

    Capturing the excitement of AOG Energy 2021

    This episode of the Energy Innovators Podcast was recorded live from the NERA Energy Hub at AOG Energy 2021 in Perth. Face-to-face interactions are crucial in any sector, so it was great to have the opportunity to attend the expo amidst the ongoing global pandemic. 







    In this episode we hear from Andrew Taylor, NERA’s General Manager for Decommissioning, on the launch of the Centre of Decommissioning Australia (CODA) and the aims and objectives for the Centre. We also speak with NERA CEO Miranda Taylor about the recent launch of the Australian hydrogen technology cluster network and how the clusters are bringing together the Australian hydrogen technology sector to share knowledge, skills and insights. 







    Following on from our previous podcast on future skills, we also hear from Brian Haggerty, 2021 Engineers Australia WA Division President, and a number of young engineers on the value of attending conferences such as AOG Energy, and the importance of exposing future workforce members to a diversity of opportunities.







    For more information you can visit the NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) website, which also holds all previous episodes of the Energy Innovators Podcast.

    • 18 min
    Meeting the energy sector’s future skills needs

    Meeting the energy sector’s future skills needs

    In this episode, we look at how the energy resources sector of the future compares to today and indeed the past in terms of the required skills and training and entry routes into the workplace. 







    We speak with EDG’s Dave and Harry Nesbit on how they are working to train the next generation of designers and engineers, plus the challenges they are facing to ensure a continuing domestic pipeline of skilled design personnel.







    We also speak with Lina Velosa from the Australian robotics company Nexxis about how their training arm Lab61 introduces school-age students to robotics and offers training to everyone from school pupils to existing members of the workforce.







    For more information, you can visit the NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) website, which also holds all previous episodes of the Energy Innovators Podcast.

    • 20 min
    Pam Melroy — AROSE (Australian Remote operations and robotics for Space and Earth)

    Pam Melroy — AROSE (Australian Remote operations and robotics for Space and Earth)

    In this episode we talk with Pam Melroy, former NASA shuttle commander, now Director with Nova Systems and AROSE, about the opportunities to leverage Australia’s capabilities in remote operations and the growing Australian space industry.







    We also discuss the formation of AROSE, which has been established as a not-for-profit organisation to support the overall growth of the industry across Australia and help to coordinate its activities.







    You can find Pam on LinkedIn here.







    Visit the AROSE website here.







    You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.







    The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.

    • 21 min
    Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO — Australia’s hydrogen future

    Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO — Australia’s hydrogen future

    Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO breaks down the obstacles and identifies the opportunities for Australia to build a hydrogen economy and transition to a low emissions energy future.







    In this episode, NERA CEO Miranda Taylor talks with Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO about how the world’s transition to a low emissions energy future is already leading to an increase in global demand for hydrogen, and this is likely to increase substantially over coming decades, and how Australia is remarkably well positioned to benefit from this growth through hydrogen technologies, industries and markets.







    As Chair of the national Hydrogen Working Group, Dr Finkel AO breaks down the obstacles that will need to be overcome for hydrogen to become competitive at scale, and identifies realistic timeframes for Australia to build a hydrogen economy based on three key opportunities: hydrogen for export; hydrogen for the domestic economy, including transport, heating and industrial processes; and hydrogen for energy storage, flexibility and resilience. 







    With Australia well positioned to support the development of a clean, innovative and competitive hydrogen industry, our nation is a prime contender to be a leading global supplier of not just hydrogen but the knowledge and technologies that support it,  which could result in, for example, an export industry worth $1.7 billion by 2030 and provide 2,800 jobs, with many of these jobs being in regional areas, and with spin off opportunities across the energy, resources, manufacturing, services, transport and education sectors.  (Source ACIL Allen Report for ARENA, Opportunities for Australia from Hydrogen Exports).







    You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.







    The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.

    Matthew Warren — Blackout: how is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity?

    Matthew Warren — Blackout: how is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity?

    In this episode NERA CEO Miranda Taylor talks with Matthew Warren, the author of the recently released book Blackout, which is about how energy-rich Australia is running out of electricity.







    In their discussion they cover the history of Australia’s energy and electricity systems, the ways in which the electricity network has grown and how some of the recent changes to the network are leading to instability and the blackouts that form the title of the book.







    You can find Matthew on LinkedIn here.







    Matthew’s book Blackout: how is energy-rich Australia running out of electricity? is published by Affirm Press and can be purchased at most book retailers.







    You can find out more about NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) here.







    The Energy Innovators Podcast website is located here.

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I am enjoying listening to this series of podcasts to gain a better insight into the energy resources sector and gain an understanding on how NERA is working with these individuals to grow collaboration and innovation and assist the energy resources sector to manage cost structures and productivity, direct research to industry needs, deliver the future work skills required and promote fit for purpose regulation.

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