Here’s our public meeting schedule for 2020. We will update information here as presenters are confirmed, or it is also a good idea to sign up to our newsletters so that you receive information in your inbox.
You can add our meeting schedule to your calendar by clicking on the dates below. Otherwise our meetings happen on the 2nd Wednesday of every other month, usually from 6pm – 8pm, unless there is a special presentation – but we will let you know!
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 : 6pm – 8pm at the Dr. Gertrude Atmore Supper Room on the corner of Aotaki and Main Streets, Ōtaki 5512
- Special Guest Speaker: Simon Arnold, Chief Executive, National Energy Research Institute (NERI)
- Special Topic: Future Transport Fuels
Transport affects all of us. Over 50% of New Zealand’s fossil fuel use is in transport, and while we are lucky to have considerable room to expand our clean electricity generation to service Electric Vehicles (EVs), batteries have their limitations when it comes to long haul land, sea, and air.
Aotearoa’s physical isolation makes us particularly exposed in sea and air. Simon will outline the main future fuel options: reducing emissions from fossil fuels, clean hydrogen, better batteries and charging, and biofuels – gas and liquid. But none of these options are clear cut in New Zealand, and all will probably cost more.
Simon will share what we need to be doing now to help move forward in the various modes – highlighting often overlooked and very promising opportunities from the demand side.
- Special Topic: Regen, an Integrated Waste to Energy Project for the Ōtaki Transfer Station
In April there will be a presentation of research that is being undertaken by Nufuels Ltd., an Ōtaki based clean energy business, looking at the potential for an integrated waste to energy system for waste at the Ōtaki Transfer Station. It includes extraction of energy from plastics and tyres and conversion to useful fuels (such as electricity generation), gas production from food waste and some residual organic wastes, battery storage (alongside solar energy production at the solar farm), an energy management system, and possible delivery of thermal energy to surrounding businesses. It involves looking at energy balances and the overall economics of such an approach.
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 : 6pm – 8pm – AGM and regular Bi-Monthly Meeting