Focusing on societyâ€™s future energy generation, storage and conversion needs, the International Conference on Photovoltaic Science and Engineering (PVSEC) in 2021 and the International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB) the following year will attract 2600 delegates between them.
â€śGlobal meetings like these play a vital role in bringing together global expertise to discuss the latest breakthroughs from around the world including those from Australia, forge new international collaborations, and problem-solve for the future,â€ť said NSW Minister for Resources and Energy Don Harwin.
This news follows the announcement of the NSW Governmentâ€™s $55 million Emerging Energy Program launched in August, aimed at commercialising large-scale projects that use dispatchable technology including solar, batteries and pumped hydro.
â€śNSW is leading Australia in future-proofing our energy system to ensure we have the transmission and capacity to support emerging opportunities in our transition to a more diverse energy future,â€ť Harwin added.
BESydney worked University of NSW (UNSW) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to secure PVSEC 2021 and IMLB 2022 for Sydney.
PVSEC 2021 is expected to attract 800 R&D professionals and experts from industry, academia and public institutions over five days with the aim of creating new energy systems for society. Participants will present and discuss problems concerning solar power generation.
Associate Professor Bram Hoex, Deputy Head of School (Research) and Director, International Strategy at UNSW and PVSEC Bid Leader said he is excited to bring the Asian PVSEC back to Sydney again after a 30-year hiatus.
â€śAustralia, and in particular UNSW, has been world-leading in solar energy research as well as education for over four decades,â€ť he said. â€śWe are thrilled that we can showcase our research as well as our unique research facilities, which includes Australiaâ€™s only research pilot line for industrial silicon solar cells, the Solar Industrial Research Facility, to the international solar energy community.â€ť
The following year, IMLB is the premier international conference on the state of lithium battery science and technology, as well as current and future applications in transportation including electric and hybrid vehicles, commercial, aerospace, biomedical, and other promising sectors.
This will be the first time the conference has been held in Australia and is expected to attract 1800 delegates over five days. Hosting IMLB 2022 aligns with the NSW Government Advanced Manufacturing priority, providing an opportunity to profile the burgeoning Australian lithium industry and strong research groups at the UNSW, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and CSIRO.
â€śThis prestigious event provides Australia with a platform to show off our battery communityâ€™s home-grown capabilities and demonstrate our importance in the global lithium value chain,â€ť said Dr Adam Best, IMLB 2022 Conference Chair and Principal Research Scientist and battery specialist at CSIRO.
â€śAustralia is home to the worldâ€™s largest lithium battery and as a resource-based nation, produces 30 per cent of the worldâ€™s lithium. The local community are trailblazers when it comes to their development of electrolytes based on ionic liquids â€“ a technology used for making the lithium batteries that power laptops, mobile phones and make electric vehicles safer and more efficient.â€ť
The two meetings are will be hosted at the International Convention Centre Sydney.