Australia-wide Webinars

All webinar times are given in Australian Eastern time - SA, NT, QLD and WA will need to adjust for time zone differences accordingly.

Energy and the Energy Transition 1 T2 2024

May 15, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

Energy and the Energy Transition webinar series

1. Introduction and Overview

Energy has a transformational impact on the quality of human life.  It impacts every facet of what we do and how we live making energy one of the most important issues of our time.  We require nothing short of a complete transformation of how we produce, transport and consume energy. However, energy, the environment and the economy are intimately linked and the four pillars of energy security (i.e., affordability, availability, reliability and sustainability) must be maintained.

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Ultimately, there is no one‐size‐fits‐all approach to the clean energy transition.  Plans need to reflect countries’ differing stages of economic development. Ultimately, the transition to net zero is for and about people.  Citizens must be active participants in the transition process, making them feel part of the transition and not simply subject to it.

This webinar series covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S9U03, AC9S9H03, AC9S9H04 (Year 9), AC9S10U04, AC9S10H02, AC9S10I08 (Year 10).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).

Energy and the Energy Transition 2 T2 2024

May 22, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

Energy and the Energy Transition webinar series

2. Fossil fuels – current key contributor but role must decrease

Fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) dominate the current generation and supply of energy globally accounting for 80% of all energy supply.  The key advantage of fossil fuel over many other sources of energy such as renewables is energy density (i.e., smaller footprint and greater energy per unit of volume).  However, according to the IEA the energy sector is the source of around three‐quarters of greenhouse gas emissions today and holds the key to averting the worst effects of climate change.

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The use of fossil fuels will not disappear overnight.  And oil in particular provides an array of complex organic molecules that are essential for the production of plastics which are used widely in the manufacture of electric vehicles reducing vehicle weight.  Fossil fuels that remain in 2050 will be used in goods where the carbon is embodied in the product such as plastics, in facilities fitted with Carbon Capture and Underground Storage (CCUS), and in sectors where low‐emissions technology options are scarce.  To achieve a zero-carbon footprint the utilisation of CCUS will be essential.

This webinar series covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S9U03, AC9S9H03, AC9S9H04 (Year 9), AC9S10U04, AC9S10H02, AC9S10I08 (Year 10).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).

Energy and the Energy Transition 3 T2 2024

May 29, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

Energy and the Energy Transition webinar series

3. Nuclear energy – base load with no emissions

Nuclear energy along with hydro are the two largest sources of low‐carbon electricity today and provide an essential foundation for the energy transition. Nuclear fission has been used around the world for over 50 years but accidents and economics have led to a significant slowdown in the building of new facilities.  However, modular smaller units could lead to an expansion in the near future.  And there has been exciting progress in the commercialisation of the safer, cleaner more efficient Thorium Fuel Cycle. Nuclear fusion is still in the emerging experimental phase and will not form part of the near to medium term energy solution.

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This webinar series covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S9U03, AC9S9H03, AC9S9H04 (Year 9), AC9S10U04, AC9S10H02, AC9S10I08 (Year 10).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).

Energy and the Energy Transition 5 T2 2024

June 12, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

Energy and the Energy Transition webinar series

5. Storage – key to enable renewables to underpin 4 pillars of energy security

Energy storage is the enabler allowing renewables to be used as a reliable energy source. Without energy storage, renewables will always require some form of backup power generation facility.  Battery storage technology is evolving rapidly however storing electrons is inherently more difficult than storing molecules. Hydrogen is particularly attractive for hard-to-decarbonise sectors where low-carbon alternatives are scarce. Its high energy density is suitable for industries such as steel and cement and for transport (trucking, shipping, aviation). It also has immense potential as a long-duration energy storage medium.

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This webinar series covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S9U03, AC9S9H03, AC9S9H04 (Year 9), AC9S10U04, AC9S10H02, AC9S10I08 (Year 10).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).

Energy and the Energy Transition 6 T2 2024

June 19, 2024 @ 4:30 PM

Energy and the Energy Transition webinar series

6. Large integrated energy projects – vision of the future

Utilising existing infrastructure and / or maximising the utility of new build infrastructure is key to lowering energy costs and accelerating the transition to renewables. In particular, the location of large scale renewable powergen facilities adjacent to existing electricity transmission networks provides an opportunity for the early retirement of high carbon emitting coal fired power. For large remote standalone projects, the focus is on scale (bigger the better) and production of green hydrogen and / or ammonia for export. Many challenges lay ahead but the concept of large-scale hubs providing low-cost energy for manufacturing, industry and / or the production of green hydrogen is enticing.

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This webinar series covers the new Version 9.0 Australian Curriculum (Earth and Space Sciences), namely, AC9S9U03, AC9S9H03, AC9S9H04 (Year 9), AC9S10U04, AC9S10H02, AC9S10I08 (Year 10).

This webinar will take no more than 45-60 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA).