VIC Events

A Sustainability Approach to Metropolitan People Movement

Fri, 2018-05-25 16:49 -- 104096


The future of the car - Dr Ian Espada

The car handles the most personal trips in Australia. A scenario wherein current trends prevail into the next generation is described and discussed from the point of view of sustainability. Emerging trends on electrification, shared economy, connectivity, big data and autonomy are examined on how they impact the car of the future.

Energy for the Future

Sun, 2017-04-23 21:35 -- 104096

Ocean power opportunities for Australia - Dr Richard Manasseh

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Increasing developments in Australian ocean-wave and tidal power have occurred over the past five years. Wave power presents the largest opportunity, offering an immense supply of low-variability, continuous energy to Australia's predominantly coastal population. However, to date there have only been temporary trials, and this talk explains why.

Smart wastewater processes - leading the way in innovation

Thu, 2015-03-05 21:41 -- adminssee
Wastewater treatment consumes huge amounts of energy and contributes to some of the nation’s largest greenhouse gas footprints. As populations increase in Australia, daily flow wastewater volumes are increasing resulting in greater energy use in treatment processes. Increasing sludge end products is also becoming a trickier issue for water authorities to manage. How can engineers manage this sustainably and innovatively?  

Waste as a resource

Thu, 2015-03-05 21:36 -- adminssee

At one time, product design considering by engineers were limited to functionality and cost. Over time this expanded to cradle-to-grave considerations, also known as life-cycle assessments, that took into account the environmental impacts of the product from its raw material extraction all the way through to its final disposal. Later a greater understanding of toxic waste and non-renewable raw materials drove the cradle-to-cradle design which further took into consideration the impact of future generations.

Renewable Energy - Fostering Innovation

Thu, 2015-03-05 21:33 -- adminssee
The transition of energy systems from traditional fossil fuels to renewable sources poses technical, financial and policy challenges. It is a transition that must be accomplished if the globe is to curb greenhouse gas emissions in order to contain global average atmospheric temperature rise to a safe level, generally accepted as being less than two degrees above the pre industrial figure. Australia, as a mid size economy and a large emitter per capita and per unit GDP has a clear responsibility to substantially reduce its emissions.

Innovation in Building Construction - Energy efficiency and low emissions

Thu, 2015-03-05 21:31 -- adminssee
This seminar will focus on low emissions innovations in the building and construction industry from three perspectives. 
Alkali-activated cement (AAC) made from fly ash, metallurgical slags and natural pozzolans could reduce such CO2 emissions by at least 80% compared with Portland cement. However, the uptake of these materials is impeded by established practice and specifications based on Portland cement. There is also a scarcity of supply of source materials including fly ash, granulated blast furnace slag and alkaline activators.


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