Energy Cost Reduction - Efficiency and On-Site Generation

Location Brisbane, Australia

Date 5th September 2019

Duration 1 day

Topic Sustainability

CPD Hours 6

Price IChemE member $990 (inc GST), Non-member $1120 (inc GST)


Learn how to reduce energy demand and cut energy costs

Dramatically-rising energy prices means that Australian businesses need to find efficiency gains or cheaper energy sources to remain competitive. This course will outline strategies for dealing with both sides of energy costs: reducing energy demand and lower cost energy options. Both power and thermal heat will be addressed against the backdrop of the current market landscape and technology options that are proven and economically viable.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will understand:

  • technology options for energy efficiency and on-site generation
  • energy markets overview: simple economic analysis tool
  • risk, emissions and future trends.

Who will benefit?

  • Engineers looking to understand the economic impacts of energy efficiency and on-site power and thermal heat systems
  • Individuals interested in operational efficiency and cost reduction and those responsible for energy systems, strategy or energy procurement

Course Outline

Technology options for energy efficiency and on-site generation

  • Two sides of the coin: energy demand and energy generation
  • How to get more value out of the same amount of energy
  • Grid versus grid parallel versus island mode
  • Reciprocating engines versus turbines
  • Waste to energy
  • Exercise one - simple concept level analysis tools for waste heat recovery, co-gen and tri-gen

Energy markets overview: analysis tools

  • Overview and trends
  • Electricity pricing and tariff structures
  • Project feasibility and evaluation
  • Project delivery models
  • Attracting investment and funding
  • Exercise two - levelized cost of energy generation

Risk, emissions and future trends

  • Risk assessment and management
  • Renewable energy credits
  • Current state of play in Australia: carbon reporting and pricing
  • Emissions Reduction Fund
  • Threats and opportunities
  • Strategies for future proofing
  • Exercise three - risk

Discounts are available

To companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places - 5% discount
  • 3 places - 10% discount
  • 4 or more places - 15% discount.

Multiple places must be booked at the same time to qualify, email for more information.

Contact Phone +61 (03) 9642 4494

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Gareth Forde, PhD BE(Hons) CEng CSci RPEQ (Chem & Enviro) FIChemE


Gareth Forde, PhD BE(Hons) CEng CSci RPEQ (Chem & Enviro) FIChemE

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Gareth advises businesses on energy cost reduction and the economic and operational advantages of on-site process heat, power generation and energy efficient technologies. Providing strategic energy, emissions and sustainability advice to the private and public sectors, Gareth provides clarity on complex industrial problems. Rising power and fuel costs means that “behind the meter” solutions must be found to firstly reduce energy demand, followed by extracting more value from the same amount of energy followed by how to generate energy on-site in a cost effective manner. This is relevant for businesses that are both connected to a grid and operating off-grid facilities. Gareth has developed methods for assessing the technical and economic viability of energy efficiency and generation projects from the vast array of available processes and technologies.

Gareth is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers as well as being a Registered Professional Engineer in the areas of chemical and environmental engineering. Gareth has been a Registered Greenhouse and Energy Auditor (currently administered by the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Regulator) since 2010, holds a BE(Chem) from the University of Queensland and a PhD(Engineering) from Cambridge University, UK.

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