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 Power Systems Engineering RedFlow Limited Global Change Institute
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Phil Hutchins
RedFlow CEO
Phone: +61 7 3376 0008 
 Concentrating Photovoltaic Array SolFocus and Ingenero Roger Whitby
Ingenero General Manager
Phone: 040 751 911
 Shading Analysis/Smart Modules Trina Solar, National Semiconductors

Global Change Institute
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Solar experts

Solar experts

Professor Tapan Saha

+61 7 3365 3962

Professor Saha is Professor of Electrical Engineering and leader of the Power & Energy Systems research group in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at The University of Queensland. Professor Saha’s research interests include condition monitoring of electrical equipment, power system stability and control and integration of renewable energy to the national grid.

He is a member of the UQ Renewable Energy Technology Advisory Committee and has been involved with the Australia’s largest flat-panel solar photovoltaic system, the 1.22MW array at UQ’s St Lucia campus. Professor Saha has been actively involved with the Australian panels of CIGRE (the International Council on Large Electric Systems), and is a senior member of the IEEE. He is a CPEng and Fellow of Engineers Australia, is the Chair of IEEE Power & Energy Society Chapter of Queensland Section and Vice Chair of Queensland Electrical Branch of Engineers Australia.

Professor John Foster

+61 7 3371 2096

Professor Foster has been a Professor of Economics at The University of Queensland since 1991, was Head of the School of Economics from 1999 to 2008 and is now Leader of the Energy Economics and Management Group (EEMG). His research interests are in innovation strategies and policies to promote renewable energy; modelling the impacts of carbon mitigation policies on the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity and on the wider economy; developing statistical / econometric modelling methodologies; integrating the energy sector into an evolutionary macroeconomic model of economic growth and complex economic systems theory.

Dr Liam Wagner

ph +61 7 3365 6601

mobile 0403 333 509

Dr Wagner is a research fellow in the UQ School of Economics, undertaking research on energy markets and the transition to a low-carbon economy.He has worked as an energy industry trader and analyst, providing advice on risk. He worked in electricity trading for a large Australia electricity generator that produced power through an open cycle gas turbine power station. While working in the energy industry, Dr Wagner performed analysis on the impending carbon economy and its effects on electricity generators. He has extensive experience in the economics of renewable energy and climate change adaptation and carbon management. Dr Wagner has developed several modelling platforms to examine the effects of carbon pricing, emissions trading systems and renewable energy targets on electricity markets.

Dr Nadarajah Mithulananthan

+61 7 336 54194

Dr Mithulananthan is a senior lecturer in UQ’s School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. His research interests focus on analytical studies on electric power grids, power system interconnections, integration of renewable energy into electric power grids and future power grids. Before  March 2009, he was attached to the energy field of study at the Asian Institute of Technology as an Associate Professor. At AIT he has supervised many masters and doctoral students and was involved in numerous projects, with a total budget of $US2million, as a principal / co-principal investigator.  Based on his research, he has published more than 60 articles.

Previously he has worked as Planning Engineer at Generation Planning Division at Ceylon Electricity Board and Project Leader at the Centre of Excellence in Electric Power Technology at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Vince Garrone

Email: Vince Garrone

Vince Garrone is the Technical Operations Manager (UQ Solar) responsible for the operational activities of the 3.275MW Gatton PV plant currently under construction. He is a Registered Professional Electrical Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) with more than 30 years’ experience in distribution utilities and in the private sector; the latter encompassing railway control systems and mineral processing plants. His particular areas of expertise include voltage management and the impact of renewable based distributed generation such as photovoltaics on electricity distribution networks. Vince is also experienced in photovoltaic system design, distribution network performance assessment and reporting, project management and the design and commissioning of technology projects.

Vince has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Diploma of Education and Certificates in Photovoltaics and Inverter Energy Systems. He is a member of the Electric Energy Society of Australia and was a former committee member of the Queensland Branch of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia and the Electrical Networks Association Power Quality and Electric and Magnetic Fields Committees. He has several patents including one for utilising a mix of power line carrier and wireless technology to implement demand management. One of his particular interests has been the design and manufacture of test equipment for power utilities; a self-managed cottage industry that produced over 5,000 devices for domestic and US customers during a 30 year period.

The UQ Global Change Institute

The Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland, Australia, is a new source of game-changing research, ideas and advice for addressing the challenges of global change. The Global Change Institute advances discovery, creates solutions and advocates changes to policies that respond to challenges presented by climate change, technological innovation and population change.