Renewable Energy Primer

Renewable Energy Primer

Instructor Mark Deakin, PhD (Petrophysics)

Who Should Attend?

Oil & Gas Energy managers tasked with moving their company towards sustainable energy operations • Renewable Energy staff who must keep abreast of the changing energy landscape and diversify, expand and evolve their business • Energy Investors, Bankers, Private Equity and Finance companies who need Key Facts, major trends and a fuller understanding of the developing energy landscape • Scientists and technical staff in renewable/alternative energy • All forward looking energy companies: primary producers, distributors and retailers • Large energy consumers • Architects • Local and federal government staff • Incipient renewable energy University Departments • 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 3 day, forward looking introduction to Renewable Energy, reviews, compares and contrasts all major renewable energy types. Each type’s contribution, setting, technology, emerging technologies, limitations, environmental impact, undesirables and economics (startup costs, running costs and payout times) are compared with a typical Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, one liter of diesel and an investors viability check box. The course also investigates current and emerging technologies in the critical areas of Energy storage (energy density, kwh/$, kwh/kg, batteries, fuel cells) hydro and Energy Distribution (central, local, 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 increasingly diverse energy landscape evolving 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 and financial choke points that typically stymie renewable energy projects.  The course reviews renewable energy project success vs. failure in conventional financial terms, showing ways to pre-empt or circumvent failure as well as highlighting crucial technologies set to break current choke points.

Renewable Energy Project Brainstorm.  The objective of the course is to equip attendees with the knowledge to quickly vet renewable energy projects, identify flaws, propose solutions and rate a projects success in conventional ROI (return on investment) terms.  To this end the course involves an intense and 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.  Brainstorming merges the keenness and expertise of attendees with the huge factual database of the course and subjects the resulting proposals to competitive critical debate. Finally, each participant is asked to share one sentence which they feel is important for all to know about Renewable Energy – their takeway.

You Will Learn

  • That Renewable Energy is abundant.  Storage and distribution is 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
  • 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 largely 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  (Public courses 3 days. Tailored In-House 3 days)

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

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Wave
  • Tide
  • Hydro
  • Geothermal
  • Nuclear
  • 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, 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!