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Emerging opportunities for SMEs in new energy technologies


LKM Theatre, AIIM Building, Innovation Campus



Please join at at the University of Wollongong to learn about emerging opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)  in new energy technologies.

Unconventional fuels, energy storage technologies and more efficient energy distribution and conversion systems, have been under consideration for many years. Recent developments have now provided a relatively mature set of technologies that have shifted the focus from technical development to commercial activation. Many demonstration and pilot projects are now in progress across multiple applications both in Australia and globally. Australia has the potential to become a leading supplier in areas such as hydrogen technology, storage batteries, smart grids and energy efficiency, creating new opportunities for SMEs in the next few years.

Presented by CSIRO and the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Programme, this event will provide participants with:

  • an overview of new energy technologies, emerging opportunities and challenges.
  • information on specific applications in unconventional fuels, energy storage and energy efficiency.
  • examples of R&D collaboration, how it works in practice and the benefits for SMEs.
  • information on grants and assistance to support collaboration research organisations.
  • an opportunity to have an initial discussion on specific technical challenges with CSIRO experts and facilitators.

Who should attend

SMEs operating in the energy or manufacturing sectors looking for new opportunities.

Agenda (speaker detail below)

1:30  – 2:00 pm   Arrival and networking
2.00 – 3.00 pm   Session 1: Emerging Energy Technologies Overview
3:00 – 3:20 pm   Break
3:20 – 4:15 pm    Session 2:

  • Emerging Energy Technologies Research at UOW and CSIRO
  • Hydrogen opportunities in the Illawarra
  • Leverage funding opportunities

4:15 – 5:00 pm  Networking and refreshments


Speakers will include:

  • Daniel Roberts will give an overview of the Hydrogen economy and where it is heading in relation to SMEs.
  • David Viano will talk about CSIRO technology – membrane to separate hydrogen from ammonia to enable effective transport of the gas.
  • Lisa Miller (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage) renewable energy in manufacturing)
  • Dr Jon Knott (University of Wollongong) – research at UOW in renewable energy/energy storage
  • Robert Little (Department of Planning, Industry and Environment)  – hydrogen opportunities in the Illawarra
  • Bruce Thomson (Innovation Connections) –  Leveraged funding opportunities

* program details and presenters may vary

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