South Coast farmers urged to attend free farm energy forum

A variety of topics will be covered at an upcoming farm energy forum to be held in Nowra next week.

Hosted by the NSW Primary Industries Climate Change Research Strategy the event will cover topics facing local farmers.

It is an opportunity for farmers to take a break from the farm and a chance to explore practical ways to save and see what may be coming in the future and to understanding electricity costs and how to manage them.

The forum will be the first of several across the state

Dr Neil Thompson will present a look into the future - hydrogen power.

Lee Stewart will present electricity, the grid setup, charges and ways to save dollars.

Nick Bullock will talk about solar and new technology, practical use and ways to save.

While Dave O'Donnell will talk irrigation.

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Industry resources from Dairy Australia, NSW Farmers and government programs will also be present.

Dr Neil Thompson.

Dr Neil Thompson.

Dr Neil Thompson has undertaken award-winning research at QUT Australia and KIT Germany in his role as adjunct associate professor with the Institute for Future Environments.

His work in the field of integrated hydrogen energy systems for mining and agribusiness has been regularly published in the USA and Europe leading to his recent appointment as Managing director of ITM Power Pty Ltd for the APAC region.

Since then he has developed a number of local reference sites for ITM's rapid response PEM electrolysers across the mobility, industrial chemistry and power to gas sectors in partnership with key international clients.

Lee Stewart.

Lee Stewart.

Lee Stewart is a director of Ndver Environmental in Sydney, leading projects on energy efficiency, carbon accounting and climate change.

He has over 15 years' experience in consulting and corporate sustainability roles ranging from start-ups to a large multinationals such as Fujitsu.

Lee co-authored the SMARTer 2030 report that explored how technology available today can reduce Australian emissions by 26 per cent.

He delivers energy management training courses for NSW Government Agencies and is known for helping organisations evolve their sustainability practices from a compliance activity into one that can become a competitive advantage and market differentiator.

Prior to joining Ndevr Environmental, he was the head of sustainability for Fujitsu Oceania and was also a member of the Global Sustainability Leadership.

The event will be held at the Nowra Golf Club on Thursday, June 20 from 9.30am through to 3.30pm.

It is a free event that will be fully catered and will include morning/afternoon tea and lunch.

To RSVP contact John O'Connor 0412 359 084 or john.o'connor@dpi.nsw.gov.au by June 18.

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