Fu­ture En­ergy con­fer­ence a must at­tend

The Australian Energy Review - - NEWS -

MAS­SIVE op­por­tu­ni­ties for min­ers and in­vestors are emerg­ing from the global growth of re­new­ables and bat­tery stor­age, which are mak­ing cobalt, lithium and graphite some of the fastest climb­ing com­modi­ties in the world.

Recog­nis­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of these global de­vel­op­ments, the In­ter­na­tional Min­ing and Re­sources Con­fer­ence (IMARC) will in­clude a day-long stream for the sec­ond year run­ning fo­cussed on fu­ture en­ergy and finance de­vel­op­ments im­pact­ing the min­ing sec­tor.

Run­ning for three days from 31 Oc­to­ber to 2 Novem­ber in Mel­bourne, the con­fer­ence will bring to­gether some of the in­dus­try’s lead­ing minds across the min­ing and en­ergy in­dus­tries.

The Fu­ture En­ergy por­tion will be held on the third day, with a world-class line up of speak­ers in­clud­ing En­vi­ron­men­tal Progress founder and pres­i­dent Michael Shel­len­berger, who will de­liver a key­note speech on nu­clear en­ergy and the en­vi­ron­ment; Clean TEQ chief ex­ec­u­tive Sam Rig­gall; Min­er­als Coun­cil of Aus­tralia deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive David By­ers; Aus­tralian So­lar Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive John Grimes; Hori­zon Power Frank Tu­dor; and Aus­tralian Vana­dium man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Vin­cent Al­gar.

The con­fer­ence will also in­clude pre­sen­ta­tions on lithium, graphite, and vana­dium and their im­por­tance to the growth of re­new­ables tech­nol­ogy; a key­note case study on how a lead­ing car man­u­fac­turer re­sponded to the rise of the elec­tric ve­hi­cle mar­ket; so­lar and stor­age; op­por­tu­ni­ties for the min­ing sec­tor through off grid and mi­cro grid in­fra­struc­ture; and a panel dis­cus­sion on fi­nanc­ing re­new­able en­ergy projects for mines.

The clean en­ergy po­ten­tial of ura­nium will also fea­ture high on the agenda with a pre­sen­ta­tion from Us-based En­vi­ron­men­tal Progress’ Michael Shel­len­berger.

Mr Shel­len­berger, an ac­tive sup­porter of nu­clear en­ergy power, said his pre­sen­ta­tion will cen­tre on the ‘en­ergy lad­der’, and why pro­tect­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­men­tal re­quired mov­ing to­wards ‘cleaner’ and more en­ergy-dense fu­els from “wood to coal, to oil to nat­u­ral gas, to ura­nium”.

“If we want to pro­tect forests we have to stop us­ing them as fuel,” Mr Shel­len­berger said.

“If we want to leave fos­sil fu­els in the ground we need ura­nium.”

Mr Shel­len­berger said the only way Aus­tralia could achieve its cli­mate tar­gets was through the in­tro­duc­tion of nu­clear power; the only way to re­place fos­sil fu­els.

“So­lar and wind lock-in nat­u­ral gas, and there is no phys­i­cal way to store suf­fi­cient amounts of elec­tric­ity in bat­ter­ies,” he said.

“The best avail­able sci­ence finds nu­clear to be the safest and most re­li­able way to make elec­tric­ity.”

Mr Shel­len­berger said he was look­ing for­ward to trav­el­ling to Aus­tralia to meet with min­ing and en­ergy ex­ec­u­tives at the con­fer­ence to get their per­spec­tive on “the cri­sis fac­ing nu­clear power” and what they are do­ing to over­come it.

Now in its fourth year, the IMARC con­fer­ence has now grown to be one of the largest re­sources con­fer­ence in Aus­tralia, with last year’s event host­ing more than 2500 del­e­gates from 58 coun­tries along with more than 20 in­ter­na­tional min­ing min­is­ters.

The 2016 event saw 56 per cent of at­ten­dees gen­er­at­ing new busi­ness as a re­sult of at­tend­ing IMARC, with 14.5 per cent of those re­port­ing to have gen­er­ated more than $500,000.

This year or­gan­is­ers ex­pect more than 3000 to at­tend from at least 60 coun­tries, with more than 45 hours’ worth of net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties across the three days, giv­ing del­e­gates the op­por­tu­nity to rub shoul­ders with the ma­jor play­ers in the in­dus­try.

En­vi­ron­men­tal Progress pres­i­dent michael Shel­len­berger.

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