The 50th Annual Conference, “SOLAR 2012 – the first 50 years”
Each year AuSES presents the Annual AuSES Solar Conference. This year’s Solar 2012 to be held Dec 6-7, 2012 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of this highly regarded industry event.
Over the two days, we plan to run two parallel streams of presentations showcasing the diverse interests and specialities of many of our student and academic members, as well as our members from public policy, economics and implementation. In the past, these have been drawn from many fields, including at least:
- Solar PhotoVoltaics (“PV”) – this is for direct electricity generation via roof panels
- Solar Thermal – usually, Solar Water Heating (SWH), but can be extended into low grade process heat for industry
- Built Environment – commercial and residential buildings (and extending into urban design, landscapes, transport infrastructure etc.)
- Energy Efficiency – electricity and fuel, heat/cooling, lighting, water, transport
- Sustainable design and sustainability implementation
- Grid integration and remote power systems
- Other renewables, including wind, biomass, geothermal, wave/tidal, waste methane recovery and so on
- Public policy, economics, education and environment.
- SOLAR 2012 will be a milestone event. It will – as in past years – feature a gala dinner at which our prestigious annual awards are presented to members for lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to our mission. SOLAR 2012 will also see the return of the highly sought-after Wal Read Awards for outstanding student achievement, at both undergraduate and post graduate levels.
We have intensively surveyed our participants from past years, and we’ve listened to their suggestions to improve the event. As this is planned to be a Conference to remember, we thus propose several changes to our regular format this year.
To reduce the chances of missing out on a key presentation, we are planning only two streams running in parallel. Each day there will be 2-3 keynotes, and then up to 7-8, 30 minute presentations throughout the day, in each stream. There will therefore be increased competition to deliver significant papers, and we expect that papers demonstrating excellence in content and delivery may be able to be published (subject to ongoing discussions at present).
We expect to call for abstracts of between 1-3 pages before mid-year. All abstracts accepted by the peer review panel (drawn from qualified and experienced experts) will be published electronically be AuSES. Selected authors – based on their abstracts – will be requested to prepare full papers for possible presentation delivery and publication. Accepted abstracts not being requested to prepare full papers or presentation will be offered a poster presentation, in an area adjacent to the presentation theatres.
In addition we plan to offer – subject to sufficient advance bookings – several field trips in days adjacent to the Conference, which will offer opportunities to experience some of Australia’s major renewable energy implementations and initiatives, including for example, Australia’s largest wind farm, energy recovery from waste materials plants and Australia’s first community-owned wind farm.
As at the highly regarded SOLAR 2011 in Sydney, we plan to have a small exhibition supporting the Conference, and also to offer additional presentation activity streams, courtesy of our close partners, the Australian PV Association; and a full day seminar supporting the AuSES Solar PV Best Practice Programme, for members involved in the design and implementation of PV-based electricity generation facilities.
Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES) Call for Papers PDF: Solar 2012 Call for Papers