The Future of Energy with Dr Alan Finkel

The Future of Energy

In Conversation with Dr Alan Finkel, AO, Chief Scientist of Australia

Dr Alan Finkel

Civilisation needs energy, whether it be the oil in the menorah in the ancient temple or the fuel that powers our modern cars and trucks.  Unfortunately, the by-product is carbon dioxide, driving global warming.  What if there were a clean alternative to oil, natural gas and coal?  

The first and most abundant element in the universe – hydrogen – can fulfil that role. Drawing on his current work leading the development of a National Hydrogen Strategy, Dr Finkel will explain the challenges and opportunities for Australia in the emerging hydrogen energy sector for both export and domestic markets.

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist in January 2016. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.

 As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel is leading the development of the national hydrogen strategy at the request of the Council of Australian Governments. He also led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”) and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia. 

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