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ANU Energy Change Institute presents

The importance of innovation to global clean energy deployment – past and future

Public lecture


20th October 2016


Auditorium, China in the World Building 188, Fellows Lane, ANU


Dr Julio Friedmann, senior fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



The revolution in clean energy systems reflects steady yet dramatic progress in clean energy innovation. This includes performance improvements, cost reductions, and better system integration. It also reflects innovations in policy and business models.

The pace of innovation must further accelerate to achieve our development and climate goals. This public lecture will present recommendations on what will have most impact in bringing these innovations forward across the breadth of clean energy deployment.


Introduction: James Shea, Energy and Environment Unit Chief, US Embassy.

Presentation: The Importance of Innovation to Global Clean Energy Development, Past and Future – Dr Julio Friedmann, Senior Fellow, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California.

Panel discussion and Q&A, chaired by Professor Ken Baldwin, Director, ANU Energy Change Institute.

– Lesley Dowling, Special Advisor, Energy Innovation Branch, Department of the Environment and Energy

– Jon Sibley, Director, Energy and Waste Policy, Department of Environment and Planning, ACT Government

Drinks and light refreshments will be served after the event, sponsored by the US Embassy.

About the speaker

Dr Julio Friedmann is a senior fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he serves as the Lab’s chief expert in energy technologies and systems. He recently served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Fossil Energy at the US Department of Energy.

In his prior appointment as Chief Energy Technologist for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Dr Friedmann’s research portfolio included smart grid and energy systems analysis, conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, CO2 capture, utilization, and sequestration, nuclear fuel cycle, geothermal power, and renewable power prediction and integration. Dr Friedmann is in Australia as the 2016 Distinguished Lecturer, Peter Cook Centre for CCS Research, University of Melbourne.

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