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Colin Gillam

Australian Regional Manager, redT Energy

Zero Emission Transport Conference 

EV 0-100.  How the transition to EV can be a win for everyone

09.45 – 11.00 | Thursday 13 June 2019

Colin leads redT’s activities in Australia, working closely with customers to advise them on how to deploy energy storage most effectively to achieve their commercial goals. With over 20 years’ experience working in the renewable energy sector, focussed on solar thermal, solar PV, storage and EV chargers, Colin has held CEO, Managing Director and Project Director positions for several Australian and multinational companies in the space.

Previously he setup small commercial manufacturing of biofuels for vehicles from waste cooking oil, has patents and design registrations for solar heating and cooling products, was a member of the Electric Vehicle Association in the late 1980s and 1990s, was a winner of the ABC New Inventors and appeared on TV with Michael Caton (tell him he’s dreaming) and Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) to raise funds for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Colin has been a presenter at a number of Clean Tech conferences in Australia and internationally and has made appearances on several short films and TV shows on renewable energy.

Abstract Outline:

Replacing diesel buses with electric is now an economically viable solution.  But adding other commercial vehicles (Ikea and Woolworths now wanting their contractors to go 100% electric) and eventually private electric vehicles will push an unprepared network over the edge.  It’s coming faster than most people think.

This project shows how a combination of electric buses potentially with bi-directional capability, locally installed solar and robust heavy cycling storage can not only reduce the commercial costs of the transition, but can offer network support for peak and emergency events without the need to augment the network.

Centred around a single substation in a major industrial area we are likely to see almost 100 electric buses (16,000kWh) and numerous electric commercial vehicles (20,000kWh) in the next 3 years.  There is also parking on site for around 20,000 other vehicles who are already offered free EV charging.  When we get to 5% EV (not the Labor 50%) that’s 1000 parked cars (50,000kWh) being charged.  Even averaged across 24 hours that’s an additional peak load of 3.5MW on a feeder where there’s already blackouts in peak times.