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‘Concurrent session scribble…….’ Breakout Session 1 Day 1 CANWIN – Sustainability Hub, Miles Lochhead The Hub provides guidance and education in areas such as energy, water and land use efficiency, renewable energy Community wants to be environmentally responsible Consumption habits need to change The hub is not one solution, but one of many Focal point for southern highlands region – a place to learn, share and take action Co-operative alternative energy centre On-site accessible centre for community and business to have access to sustainability information Highly interactive Hepburn Wind, Martin May Model can be applied throughout Australia Tailored to suit community needs 2 turbines power the whole town First wind farm in Australia built to service needs of the community Co-operative structure Board made up of volunteers all with strong local links 1900 members 50% local Social enterprise with profit based objective Built by the community for the community Consultation included – visiting other wind farms, held 200 street stalls, direct contact with community via door knocking, active communication policy Economic benefits included- job creation, increased skills, external consultants, raised $14.25 million to build, dividends go back into local community Carbon Emissions reduction, Tracey Freeman, Beca Exciting Innovations for fuel technologies include: Torrefaction of wood Biochar Lignocellulosic Bioethanol Initiative (LBI) Biofuels Wave Energy, Tom Denniss, Oceanlinx Technology concept invented in 1990 Technology advantages – proven technology, full market coverage, no moving parts in water Current product focus – greenWAVE Q&A Q: Job creation potential? Wave energy 6 direct and 6 indirect jobs per mega watt, 12000 jobs in total Hepburn 3 full time staff, external consultancies David Brown Gear 110 current staff Q: Why are turbines not built in Australia? It can be done, just hasn’t been done. Problem is that IP sits with people in Europe – should we partner with Europe?
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