Past Events

29-Jun-2017 Energy and Mines Australia Summit


Driven by high power costs, grid reliability concerns and carbon reduction targets, Australia’s mining industry is actively exploring alternative energy options.

New and operating remote mines are assessing the cost savings and carbon reduction benefits renewables offer when integrated with diesel and gas-powered generators. While grid-tied sites are reviewing behind-the-meter renewables options to counteract rising electricity costs and grid instability challenges.

Following nine Summits in the other  key global mining centres – Canada, Chile, South Africa and the UK – the Energy and Mines Australia Summit will provide a timely platform for mining leaders to meet with renewables, storage, finance, government and carbon mitigation experts to explore solutions for affordable, reliable, and low-carbon power for mines.

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27-Jun-2017 World SME Day: Celebrating Regional Manufacturing Transformations

Advantage SME and UOW's Southern Manufacturing Innovation Group will be marking World SME Day (Small & Medium-Sized Enterprise Day) on 27 June with a celebration of SME manufacturing transformations from the Illawarra, Hunter and Geelong. Come along to the event to celebrate World SME Day and learn from other regional manufacturers who have adapted for the future.

World SME Day is dedicated to all SMEs who are undeniably the growth engine for businesses all around the world. This event will bring greater awareness of the immense contributions of SMEs to the regional manufacturing sector.

The event will showcase three success stories, followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Katrina Skellern. Katrina Skellern has done extensive research into manufacturing transformations across Australian regional areas. Katrina will provide a practical road map for local firms wanting to transform for the future.

Regional transformation showcase:

  • Illawarra: Nowchem (Nowra Chemical Manufacturers)  - Managing Director John Lamont
  • Hunter: BanLaw (Unified Fuel Management) - Group Managing Director Bill Clifton
  • Geelong: Austeng (Engineering) - Managing Director Ross George
  • Presentations and light breakfast will be followed by networking.
Date 27 June 2017
Time 8:00am to 10:00am
Location The Central (Ocean Room), UOW Innovation Campus
Cost: Complimentary light breakfast provided

Registrations close 25 June 2017 (spaces limited).

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18-Jun-2017 Mission to Russia: Gold mining in focus

Austmine's mission will give delegates unparalleled access to two of Russia's most iconic gold operations in the highly prospective Irkutsk region. The first of these is a visit to Polyus Gold's Verninskoe mine, which adopts conventional open-put methods of production. Polyus Gold is the largest of Russia's gold producers and has numerous operations spanning the entire country.

Following this, the delegation will move to GV Gold's Vysochaishi site, which is their principal project containing two active processing plants. The delegation will also explore GV's new discovery and development project at the Verhne-Ugakhan ore field. Upon completion, these operations will produce 100koz per annum and will have the capacity to process 2.6 million tonnes of ore per day.

The delegation will also meet with the Irgiredmet Institute, a mining and metallurgical research institute based in Irkutsk. This is a centre specialising in innovative methodologies throughout the mining value chain, including ore assessment, design, construction and engineering.

A range of executive meetings with major miners in Moscow are also scheduled, including Poluyus Gold, GV Gold, Nordgold, Petropavlovsk, Metaloinvest and Nornickel.

For detailed information about this event and participation package, please refer to the event brochure (pdf).

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This delegation is run by Austmine, in partnership with Austrade. 

16-Jun-2017 Energy NSW Industry Forum

How can your business find opportunity in a complex and transitioning energy system?

The NSW Government has several programs and agencies dedicated to energy related policy and industry advancement. So what are they? What do they offer? And how can NSW businesses access them?

Join the Energy NSW Industry Forum to understand the energy related strategies and activities from National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), the NSW Government and leading industry stakeholders.

Be part of a facilitated discussion to help identify what an Energy, Technology and Services sector will look like for NSW. Where will future energy jobs growth come from?

How can the Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub best support businesses in the energy sector?   

This forum seeks to explore latest policy mechanisms in the changing energy sector; identify opportunities for stronger links between government, research and industry and share knowledge to assist energy businesses navigate the market, collaborate and innovate.

WHERE - Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) ~ 70 Vale Street, Shortland. 

WHEN - Friday 16 June 2017 ~ 8:45am to 1:30pm


ENQUIRIES - ~ (02) 4985 4499


14-Jun-2017 Renewable Cities Australia Forum

After a successful event in 2016, Renewable Cities Australia will once again co-locate with the successful Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition at the new International Convention Centre, Sydney, 14-15 June 2017.

Renewable Cities Australia will again host its annual Forum together with the first Renewable Cities Electric Vehicle workshop. This event will bring together decision makers and influencers from communities and companies, local and state governments, and will explore the realities of changing the energy infrastructure of Australia’s cities and towns to 100% renewable.

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Registrations now open 

14-Jun-2017 Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition 2017


14 – 15 June 2017 International Convention Centre, Sydney

Wednesday,  14 June           8am – 5pm
Thursday,      15 June           8am – 5pm

Renowned for showcasing the latest innovations, emerging technologies and products available to the energy storage industry, AES will once again be Australia’s dedicated energy storage event for 2017. It’s where the industry’s decision makers come to see, connect and gain a perspective on the industry that drives innovation.

With the theme ‘Investment for Australia’s Energy Future’ 

  • Hear from leading international and national speakers
  • Join debates and discussions with key industry thought leaders
  • Discover innovative energy management & aggregation platforms
  • Share ideas for developing new business models
  • Attend free battery workshops in the Exhibition Hall
  • Explore EV & Charging Zone along with NEW Zones the 2017 show will feature
  • Connect with local and global industry leaders and build your professional network
  • Visitors choose over others, bringing together Australasia and the Pacific

Attracting professionals from the industry at all levels, AES 2017 will bring together:

  • Utility and Network Providers
  • Education, R & D and Policy Makers
  • Renewable Energy System Provider/Manufacturers
  • Facility/Building Management (heating, cooling and housing)
  • Contractors, Designers, Installers, Specifiers
  • Mining
  • Remote Communities
  • Recycling
  • Electric Vehicle and Transport Markets

The free to attend exhibition will run in conjunction with the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Renewable Cities Australia Forum.
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08-Jun-2017 UTS EnergyLab Deep Dive Series

Getting Community Solar Right

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02-Jun-2017 Hunter Business Infrastructure luncheon

Topic: Energy security and the role of Snowy Hydro

Guest Speaker: Paul Broad, Managing Director and CEO at Snowy Hydro

In March 2017, Snowy Hydro Limited and the Prime Minister announced Snowy Hydro’s plan to explore expanding the  pumped hydro storage capability of the Snowy Scheme, thereby potentially  increasing generation of the Scheme by up to 50 percent and adding  up to 2000 megawatts of renewable energy to the NEM. Snowy Hydro, supported by ARENA, is currently conducting a feasibility study into this exciting project.

Join us at our next Hunter Business Infrastructure luncheon where Paul Broad will deliver a keynote address about the role of the Snowy Hydro scheme in the electricity market and the impact of the proposed storage capacity expansion.

Paul Broad was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Snowy Hydro Limited in July 2013. Paul has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure NSW, AAPT, PowerTel, EnergyAustralia, Sydney Water and Hunter Water. Paul is also the former Chairman of the Hunter Development Corporation and maintains a strong interest in the future growth and development of the Hunter Region.

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01-Jun-2017 Let’s Fly: Turbocharging your business with Drones and UOW

Ever wondered how your business could turn drones into a competitive Advantage? University of Wollongong’s Advantage SME is hosting an afternoon of Drones, Demos and Drinks to showcase the advantages of drones in both a commercial and research capacity.

Most drone usage currently relates to communications and media, however, new innovative applications are being developed, as drones have a significant advantage in terms of accuracy, convenience, and cost over more traditional solutions such as satellites and helicopters. Come along to the Let’s Fly hosted by Advantage SME to find out how your business can turn drones into new products, services and capabilities. Let’s fly will include three short presentations: 

 Practical Applications of Drones for Business – Rise Above

UOW Drone research case study- Prof. Sharon Robinson

 Advantage SME and other leveraged funding opportunities at UOW-  Zahra Shahbazian Advantage SME Manager

After the presentations you will get the opportunity to see drones first hand at the:

Date - Thursday 1st of June

Time - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Location iAccelerate Building, UOW Innovation Campus

Cost: Free (Complimentary drinks and canapés provided)

Register by 26th of May 2017 (spaces limited)

25-May-2017 UTS EnergyLab Deep Dive Series

Getting the big end of town into cleantech

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