THE potential of Australia to help usher in the global renewables and batteries revolution is in the spotlight at the inaugural Australian Energy & Battery Minerals Investor Conference in Brisbane today just as AOG2018 kicks off in Perth.
The two-day event brings together leading speakers and companies in what is a fast-growing sector: organisers highlight that Australia has the potential to unlock A$2 trillion in value from lithium alone.
More than 500 attendees and 32 ASX-listed companies have registered to hear from keynote speakers including Queensland Resources Council CEO Ian Macfarlane and Adani Renewables CEO Jennifer Purdie.
As well as technology providers and miners of battery minerals and more traditional metals, representatives from the energy industry will include Brisbane and Perth juniors Armour Energy, Buru Energy, Norwest Energy and Triangle Energy and solar developers such as Adani, Genex and Greatcell.
Purdie said the conference would highlight progress in Australia’s billion-dollar renewable sector.
“Adani Renewables has 300 megawatts (MW) of solar projects currently under development, comprising Rugby Run near Moranbah, Queensland, and Whyalla in South Australia,” she said.
“These projects are helping us reach our goal of becoming a leading supplier of renewable energy, generating 1,500 MW of renewable power for Australia by 2022.”
Event organiser Phil Dickinson said Australia’s energy revolution was only just underway, with the potential to unlock trillions of dollars in wealth and create a sustainable low-carbon future.
“With demand for energy resources, both renewable and non-renewable, now at a premium worldwide, we look forward to exploring how we can help shape our national response to the opportunities in this sector,” Dickinson said.
The conference will also look at opportunities for Australia’s estimated $86 billion mining equipment, technology and services sector, including emerging opportunities in an industry-led research program in energy materials.