Tuesday 29 May 2018
Saving the World: Australian innovation in solar heat and power – Talk by Debbie Rudder
Hear about the important contributions Australian engineers have made to all three types of solar water heater: flat plate, evacuated tube, and heat pump. And about the suite of photovoltaic technologies developed here that have hugely reduced the cost of photovoltaic panels, making solar the world’s fastest-growing source of power. What historic solar technologies are still in use? And what interesting technologies are in the pipeline, aiming to further increase efficiency and reduce costs?
Debbie Rudder has degrees in chemistry and the history and philosophy of science. From 1991 to 2014 she was Curator of Power Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum, developing and interpreting one of the world’s great Engine and Energy collections and the Australian Innovation collection.
Venue: History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Time: 5.30 for 6 pm
Cost: includes light refreshments on arrival; RAHS and ASHET members $10, others $12
Bookings: phone RAHS on (02) 9247 8001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: the opening of Ryde Water Pumping Station No2. Negative A1163 courtesy Sydney Water / WaterNSW Historical Research Archive.
Photo: Professors Martin Green and Stuart Wenham (credit: UNSW newsroom)