Harnessing renewable energy

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Around the world, we are seeing increasing pressure to reduce usage of fossil fuel-based sources of energy, due to their impact on global warming and their finite nature. This pressure is giving rise to ever-increasing support for renewable forms of energy, including hydroelectricity, wind power, geothermal generation, and solar photovoltaics.  Hydroelectricity and geothermal are controllable forms of generation, although wind and solar generation are especially intermittent. The most likely long-term solution to deal with this intermittency is increased levels of storage.

This presentation investigates the role of residential dwellings in our energy future. The technical integration of solar photovoltaic generation and battery energy storage is discussed. The role of electric vehicles and DC in-home distribution is also discussed, as is their integration with the aforementioned home energy system.

About Kumaran Nathan:

Kumaran is an electrical engineer from Newcastle, Australia. He is currently undertaking a PhD in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Kumaran graduated from his Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) at the University of Newcastle, Australia, in 2012 with First Class Honours, the University Medal and Dean’s Medal. He was sponsored by Ausgrid (formerly EnergyAustralia) throughout his degree and undertook a number of work placements. After graduating he undertook research work at the University of Newcastle before moving to the UK. He is investigating the in-home integration of solar photovoltaics, battery storage, electric vehicles, and DC reticulation.

Kumaran is also a keen ice hockey player and is the first Australian to play in the British Universities Ice Hockey Association (BUIHA). He represents the University of Cambridge in Division 1 of the league. He is currently learning French.

Kumaran Nathan, 2014 Origin Foundation John Monash Scholar
DPhil Candidate, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

About The Change Agenda:

The inaugural John Monash Scholars’ Symposium, The Change Agenda: Leadership and Direction for Australia’s Future, was held in Oxford on 1 April 2016. The UK and Europe based John Monash Scholars used short bite size presentations to inform a conversation on global trends, and provoke discussion about appropriate responses to them. Each area of discussion, Drivers of Change, Our Human Response, Harnessing Technology, and Leading the Region,  included 5-6 presentations, was chaired by an eminent Australian and took questions from the floor.