Speaker:  Dr Alice Strazzabosco, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Abstract:  The need to decarbonise mining operations has urged mining houses to look at renewable energy technologies as an alternative to diesel and gas energy generators. However, despite the interest of the mining industry to transition to renewable energy technologies and the significant impact that this transition would have on the Australian decarbonising effort, the adoption of renewable energy technologies at mine sites comes with numerous challenges. Understanding where the industry is at in its decarbonising agenda is therefore the first step to propose targeted solutions to overcome these challenges and accelerate the transition toward sustainable mining. Therefore, this presentation aims to provide a through picture of the current status of renewable energy technology adoption in the Australian mining industry and to show how renewable energy generation has evolved over time in this sector.

Bio:  Dr Alice Strazzabosco is an engineer and early career researcher with ten years of experience in both academia and the private sector. She has recently finalised her PhD doctorate, which focuses on the integration of renewable energy technologies in the water industry. She is currently working as a researcher at QUT, where she is investigating energy pathways to decarbonising the Australian mining industry. Alice's professional interest focus on the dynamics influencing the uptake of maturing and emerging renewable energy technologies, and in the collaboration opportunities between high energy-intensive industries and the energy sector through alternative and complementary energy management strategies.

About JKMRC Friday Seminars 2021

Welcome to the 2021 Series of the JKMRC Friday Seminars.  The list of presentations will aim to cover a range of topics related to the minerals sector from decision making in exploration, new mineral processing technologies, social licence to operate and mine closure.

The JKMRC Friday Seminars will be presented both in person, at the Indooroopilly Mine Site Lecture Theatre, and also as webinar.  Registration for the webinar is required and can be made via the registration link in each seminar overview.

A large number of past webinars can be accessed on the SMI website: https://smi.uq.edu.au/webinars

Previous seminars have been uploaded to YouTube via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/smiuq