Public Lecture Series: The Energy Revolution

A series of free public talks copyThe age of fossil fuels is coming to an end.  Global warming from their burning is undeniable.  But when will tomorrow begin? Will there be a long transition period, with a mish-mash of renewables while we learn to harness the sun’s energy efficiently, as plants have been doing for 3.5 billion years?  Is there even enough sunlight striking the Earth to supply the increasing energy demands of 6-9 billion humans? Nuclear energy may be the only realistic alternative for some countries but it’s not an option for a nuclear-averse country like New Zealand, with a small population and large land area split in two.  Can our renewable energy sources satisfy the extra load of a wholesale conversion to electric vehicles?  Or would it be simpler just to filter the CO2 out of vehicle and other emissions instead?  What are the options likely to mean for more remote centres like Nelson, Napier, Whanganui, Tauranga, and oil and gas-producing New Plymouth? The MacDiarmid Institute is supporting regional development with this series of free public talks. Join with us to discuss The Energy Revolution.   Tauranga Organised in association with Café Scientifique, Tauranga Monday, 20 July, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club Speakers: Keith Gordon, University of Otago & Luke Liu, Massey University, Palmerston North   Napier Organised in association with Hawke’s Bay Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand Tuesday, 28 July, 7pm Aquarium, Napier Speaker: Jeffery Tallon FRSNZ, Victoria University of Wellington   Nelson Organised in association with the Nelson Science Society Maitai Room 1, Rutherford Hotel, Nelson Thursday, 30 July, 6pm Speakers: Justin Hodgkiss, Victoria University of Wellington, Luke Liu, Massey University, Palmerston North    Whanganui War Memorial Centre, Whanganui Tuesday, 4 August, 6pm Speakers: Mark Waterland, Massey University, Palmerston North, Shane Telfer, Massey University, Palmerston North