Deep Dive Lateral Learning Program on Inclusive Energy Solutions

DAY 1: 29 August

Setting the Context

This session will provide a historical context, outlining how modern energy development revolutionised society and transformed life in the 20th century, positing that the lessons of this history are important to meeting the challenges of energy demand and development today. It will then analyse the implications of technology innovation for gender relations. The feature presentation will provide an overview of the national electricity market in Australia. The main technical and social features of the Asian Development Bank energy portfolio will be outlined.

8:30–9:00 Opening Session

Welcome remarks by Iven Mareels, Dean, Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE), The University of Melbourne (University of Melbourne)

Opening  remarks by Margaret Sheil, Provost, The University of Melbourne

Messages of greetings from the Asian Development Bank by:

  • Priyantha Wijayatunga, Principal Energy Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change (SDCC) Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Francesco Tornieri, Principal Social Development Specialist, South Asia Department (SARD), ADB

Moderator: Reihana Mohideen, Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, MSE, University of Melbourne

9:00–10:30 Interactive lecture

New technologies have a past: A historical view of energy development

Rob Evans, Head of Department, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), University of Melbourne

10:30–11:00 BREAK

11:00–12:30 Interactive lecture

The shaping of technology and our technological futures: A gender perspective

Reihana Mohideen

Presentation slides 1.25mb PDF

12:30–13:30 LUNCH

13:30–15:00 Feature Presentation

Overview by an independent systems operator

Australia’s National Electricity Market – planning to operations

Speaker: Craig Price, Group Manager Forecasting and Planning, Australian Energy Market Operator

Presentation slides 1.95mb PDF

15:00–15:30 BREAK

15:30–16:30 Overview of the ADB energy portfolio


16:30–18:30 University Tour

DAY 2: 30 August

The Energy Transition

This session will identify the main features of the energy transition pathways for the countries of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation region — demand, supply and choices made — and their global impacts. It will focus on the push towards low-carbon economies based on renewable energy sources, as well alternative small-scale systems, such as minigrids. Examples will be drawn from Timor Leste, Australia, the United Kingdom and Nepal. Experiences from India, Sri Lanka and China will also be discussed. The Nepal ‘case from the field’ will present the technical and social inclusion-gender equity challenges faced in the ongoing development and integration of small-scale, distributed off-grid systems, posing a ‘problem-solving’ exercise for the relevant experts. The session will also include an assessment of initiatives towards zero carbon in Australia, the Maldives and Bhutan.

9:00–10:30 Interactive lecture

The energy transition and implications for energy access

How much energy does a community need? The Timor Leste case.

Speaker: Roger Dargaville, Deputy Director, Melbourne Energy Institute, University of Melbourne, on behalf of the research team

Presentation slides 1.74mb PDF

10:30–11:00 BREAK

11:00–12:30 Interactive lecture

Decarbonising Australia: Socio-economic implications and challenges

Michael Brear, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne

Presentation slides 1.16mb PDF

Cohorts Response:

12:30–13:30 LUNCH

13:30–15:30 Alternative Small-scale Energy Systems — Minigrids

7a) Interactive lecture: Grid Independent Customers: Challenges and Opportunities of PV and Storage

Luis (Nando) Ochoa, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne

Presentation slides 2.85mb PDF

7b) Cases from the field — Nepal

Minigrids for remote disadvantaged communities: ‘System’ challenges in Nepal


15:30–16:00 BREAK

16:00–17:00 Panel presentation

Towards Zero Carbon


18:30–22:00 PROGRAM DINNER

DAY 3: 31 August

Running the Grid

This session will present an overview and identify some of the key challenges faced in running the grid, with a focus on distribution networks. Cases from the field will outline the specific challenges — technical, social and cost-based — faced in India, Bangladesh and in the ADB energy projects in Central and West Asia. The session will also consider potential smart grid solutions in relation to improving energy efficiency, renewable energy integration and the future evolution of the grid.

9:00–11:00 Challenges in running the grid

9a) Interactive lecture: Challenges in running the grid: An overview

Iven Mareels

Presentation slides 2.65mb PDF

9b) Cases from the field: India, Bangladesh, Central and West Asia

Addressing system challenges: Integration, synchronisation and cost


11:00–12.30 BREAK & EARLY LUNCH

12:30–18:00 Field Trip

Hepburn Community Wind Farm Co-operative

Australia’s first community wind farm has been built on farmland at Leonards Hill, near Daylesford, north-west of Melbourne. Despite many challenges, overwhelming support from the community has made it happen—inspiring similar projects to explore the co-operative model for community-owned renewable energy projects.

DAY 4: 1 September

The Market, Regulation, Equity and Access

How can market imperatives be balanced with equity and affordability considerations to enable modern energy access to poor and low-income communities in developing countries? How can regulation assist this goal? What are some of the innovative and effective planning methodologies and tools to cope with uncertainty and improve grid resilience and service delivery? How are local economies built up and women and men empowered in the process? This session will address these issues. The policies, strategies and experiences of the ADB energy portfolio will be outlined. Examples of community participation and participatory processes empowering remote mining communities in Australia and women’s empowerment through ‘gender and energy’ programs in Africa and Sri Lanka will be discussed. Advanced planning methodologies and tools to cope with uncertainty and improve service delivery and resilience, drawing from experiences in Europe, Senegal and Chile, will be presented. The planning challenges and experiences from India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia will be reflected upon.

8:30–10:00  The ADB outlook

Speaker: Priyantha Wijayatunga

Presentation slides 1.74mb PDF

10:00–10:30 BREAK

10:30–12:30 Keynote Address

Carbon, Renewables and Regional Opportunities

Presenter: Ross Garnaut

Presentation slides 1.09mb PDF

12:30–13:30 LUNCH

13:30–15:00 Growing local economies and community empowerment

11a) Interactive lecture: Community participation and participatory policy processes

Sara Bice, Director, Research Translation and Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Research Fellow, Melbourne School of Government, University of Melbourne

Presentation slides 3.25mb PDF

11b) Cases from the field: Africa and Sri Lanka

‘Energising’ women’s economic empowerment


15:00–15:30 BREAK

15:30–17:00 Interactive lecture

Planning under uncertainty: Addressing the energy trilemma

Pierluigi Mancarella, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne

Presentation slides 3.34mb PDF

Cohorts Response:

DAY 5: 2 September

Institutional Challenges

Institutional challenges to meet the demands of the energy transition are varied. A key issue, however, is capacity building. This includes anticipating and planning for the skills that will be needed in the coming decades, that is education and training, with a focus on adapting to technological change. This session will identify and discuss these issues, including the skills gap, both technical and social — the gender-based skills gap and the training of women in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It will also examine how governments and educational institutions are responding to address the skills gap. The topic “Improving project effectiveness”, poses the need to learn from experience, both good and bad. Cases from the field examine two ADB projects from India and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The feature presentation on ethics, introduces a discussion taking place in IEEE, and is an attempt to provide a framework to guide IEEE and engineering practice.

9:00–10:30 Keeping up with the energy transition: Addressing the skills gap


10:30–11:00 BREAK

11:00–13:00 Interactive lecture

Improving project effectiveness: Or why and how institutions need to learn from practice

14a) Interactive lecture: Impact assessment: Social, technological and health systems

Speaker: Peter Annear, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne

Presentation slides 1.01mb PDF

14b) Cases from the field: India and the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region


13:00–14:00 LUNCH

14:00–15:00 Feature Presentation

Human-centred engineering: What is it and the ethics behind It?

Speaker: Greg Adamson, President, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology

Presentation slides 359kb PDF

15:00–15:30 Closing Session

Closing remarks by Rob Evans, Head of Department, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), University of Melbourne


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