Energy Conversations: Pumped hydro storage and 100% renewable electricity

The Australian Institute of Energy is pleased to join with the ANU Energy Change Institute to welcome Professor Andrew Blakers to present on 14 November 2017.


5pm Registration

5.15 brief welcome intro by Ken Baldwin, Director, Energy Change Institute

5.20pm Pumped Hydro Storage presentation

6pm Q&A (15 minutes) followed by drinks/refreshments until 7:00pm.

Australia can readily achieve 100 per cent renewable electricity. Through the use of solar photovoltaics and wind energy the country could achieve rapid decarbonisation. Professor Blakers will share details of a recent audit completed by his team that showed 22,000 potential sites across Australia for pumped hydro energy storage, of which only 0.1 per cent will be needed for a zero emissions grid. Pumped hydro storage, such as the proposed Snowy 2.0 scheme, accounts for 97 per cent of energy storage worldwide – has a lifetime of 50 years and is the lowest cost large-scale energy storage technology. Find out more at

About Andrew Blakers

Andrew Blakers is Professor of Engineering at the Australian National University (ANU) and an Executive Member of the Energy Change Institute, ANU. He was a Humboldt Fellow and has held Australian Research Council QEII and Senior Research Fellowships. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering, the Institute of Energy and the Institute of Physics. He is a Public Policy Fellow at ANU. He has published approximately 300 papers and patents. His research interests are in the areas of photovoltaic and solar energy systems including thin film silicon solar cell technology concentrator solar cells, tandem solar cells and PV components and systems. He has extensive experience with basic and applied research, and led the teams that developed PERC and Sliver cell technologies. He also has interest in sustainable energy policy, and is engaged in detailed analysis of energy systems with high (50-100%) penetration by wind and photovoltaics with support from pumped hydro energy storage.

This event is kindly sponsored by Renew Estate (

Renew Estate is an Australian company whose partners have a proven track record of successfully delivering large scale solar projects both locally and globally. Renew Estate generates bankable, medium to large-scale renewable energy development opportunities to meet the growing demands of industry, while maintaining a position of strong community values.