Renewable Energy Primer

Renewable Energy Primer

Instructor Mark Deakin, PhD (Petrophysics)

Public courses 2 full days. Tailored In-House 2 to 3 days

Who Should Attend?

All forward looking Energy Companies. Power Generation, Power Distribution, Utility and Oil & Gas energy company managers tasked with evolving their business towards sustainable energy operations • Renewable Energy staff who must keep abreast of the rapidly changing energy landscape to adapt and expand their business • Private Equity, Bankers & Energy Investors who need Key Facts, major trends and a fuller, sober understanding of today’s diverse energy market • Scientists and technical staff in Sustainable Energy • Producers, distributors, retailers • Government staff • Incipient Renewable Energy University Departments • Architects • Individuals or companies installing solar or Off The Grid systems • Large energy consumers – could your company benefit?  Mr and Ms Interested General Public

Bring your laptop with MS Excel.

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Careful with that axe Eugene

Renewable Energy is abundant and all around us.  It is energy storage and distribution which limit its use. This forward looking introduction to Renewable Energy, reviews, compares and contrasts all major renewable energy types in a Renewable Energy grid. Hydro, Wind, Solar, Biomass, Wave, Geothermal – each type’s contribution, reliability, setting, technology, engineering setup, essential equations, emerging technologies, limits, environmental impact, undesirables and economics (install & running costs) are compared with typical Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project and the energy density of one liter of diesel. The course investigates current and emerging technologies in the critical areas of Energy Storage (energy density, pumped hydro, air, batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, flywheels etc) and Energy Distribution (central, local, mobile EV’s, off-the-grid). Energy trend drivers, global imperatives and conservative future scenarios are presented.

The course presents an exciting, forward looking and fact-packed review of the rapidly evolving and increasingly diverse energy landscape on our planet today, from a seasoned energy consultant, educator and investor. Key facts are presented in the context of what they mean for the future, highlighting the technological, financial and social choke points that stymie renewable energy projects.  The course reviews renewable energy projects in conventional financial terms, showing ways to pre-empt or circumvent failure as well as highlighting crucial technologies set to break the current choke points.

Renewable Energy Project Brainstorm.  The objective of the course is to equip attendees with the knowledge to critique renewable energy projects, identify flaws, propose solutions and rate a projects success in conventional ROI (return on investment) terms.  The course involves an engaging ongoing daily debate in which the class is divided in two to propose and develop their own RE project.  This influx of fresh knowledge keeps the course at the leading edge, but practical and critiqued!  Brainstorming merges the keenness and expertise of attendees with the diverse factual database of the course and subjects the resulting proposals to competitive critical debate. Finally, each participant is asked to share just one sentence which they feel is important for us all to know about Renewable Energy – their personal inspiration.

You Will Learn

  • That Renewable Energy is abundant.  Energy Density, Storage and Distribution are limiting
  • The basic technology behind each major Renewable Energy type
  • The natural setting to which each major Renewable Energy type is suited
  • Does this emerging technology address a choke point or is it just interesting science?
  • The emerging technologies that will propel Renewable Energy over the next five to ten years
  • Energy Storage: Pumped hydro, Gravity, Air, Batteries, Capacitors, Hydrogen fuel cells, Chemical, Isomers, Isotopes, Mechanical and numerous other emerging storage types
  • The best and worst Renewable Energy projects – what made them good, what made them bad
  • The role of government and private investment in Renewable Energy
  • Why Renewable Energy will replace fossil fuels
  • The Global Imperatives that drive Renewable Energy
  • Your key points listed, discussed and rated
  • The influence of Science, Media and Celebrities on Renewable Energy investment

Course Content

Detailed Contents 

The course content may be emphasized or reduced according to class requirements.

The technology, emerging technology, problems and economics vs. fossil fuels for: 

  • Hydro
  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Wave
  • Tide
  • Geothermal
  • Biomass
  • Renewable vs. Alternative Energy
  • Electrical Energy Storage media vs. 1 litre of Diesel – Is it Energy Dense, mobile and safe?
  • Electrical Energy Distribution trends and choke points

Renewable Energy two day Brainstorming class project

Your Favourite Renewable Energy Project – Does it stand up?

Instructor CV

Dr Mark Deakin is a consultant, author and lecturer in Petrophysical Data Integration. He holds a Ph.D. in ‘Integrated Petrophysics’ from London’s Imperial College, is an ex Amoco petrophysicist, and has 25 years experience, including 12 as a lecturer and director of PETROPHYSICS Pty Ltd. He has performed over 50 detailed reservoir studies, primarily in Southeast Asia’s difficult carbonate and stacked ‘low-contrast-pay’ reservoirs, keeping abreast of new technologies by technical reading, operations work, attending short courses and lecturing.  Deakin’s proven approach is to identify and rank reserves uncertainties then guide companies toward defensible reserves via a process of targeted data acquisition, data-hierarchy and systematic integration. After his PhD Deakin authored the first public Integrated Petrophysics course which has evolved into the industry benchmark course for mainstream petrophysics.  Deakin also developed “Carbonates & Fracture Petrophysics – A Roadmap”  and the powerful PetroDB-WEB core-log-test linked database evaluation for complex reservoirs. Deakin is a member of SPWLA with offices in Perth, Australia.

PS: If you love THE FUTURE OF ENERGY you will love this course!