UK expert to address nuclear fusion

One of the world’s foremost experts on nuclear fusion will headline Australia’s largest clean and renewable energy event.

Oxford University director of energy research Professor Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith will be keynote speaker at the opening ministerial plenary session of All-Energy Australia in October.

Professor Llewellyn Smith will address the hot topic of producing energy from nuclear fusion.

The Professor was formerly chairman of the Council of ITER, the international nuclear fusion research and engineering project, funded by the European Union, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea and the US.

Based in southern France, construction of the experimental power plant – that is likely to pave the way for a commercial demonstration reactor – began in 2007 and is expected to be operational by 2019.

Professor Llewellyn Smith was also director general of CERN – the European organisation for nuclear research.

Now in its fourth year, All-Energy Australia will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on October 10th and 11th.

The free-to-delegate trade exhibition and multi-stream conference is on target to attract upwards of 4000 delegates from 25 countries.

It will feature more than 100 leading Australian and international speakers together with 200 exhibitors from around the world.

Keynote speakers will provide knowledge-sharing opportunities incorporating future developments in clean and renewable energy systems, clean coal and carbon capture and storage.

Other areas covered will include utility-scale solar PV and thermal installations, geothermal energy, wind energy, fuel cells, biofuels, grid and transmission systems, and low carbon transport.

All-Energy Australia 2012 will also focus on finance and investment relating to clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency, as well as current financial drivers such as carbon pricing, feed-in tariffs and subsidies.