30 November 2016
Top German researchers and industry leaders mingled with Australian students and researchers as part of an “Energy Efficiency in Cities” seminar series recently held in Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.
Energy consumption in buildings accounts for over 40 per cent of all energy consumed in Europe, mainly for heating and hot water generation. This is why German and Australian researchers are looking for new, smarter ways to saving energy in the built environment.
In Australia, 40 per cent of household energy use goes to heating and cooling.
The CET hosted the Adelaide event. About 50 students and researchers took part in the Adelaide event, along with five Germans.
The aim was to create an interactive platform for lasting relationships between Australian universities and German companies and researchers. A relationship was forged with the University of Dortmund, which is carrying out important work on energy grids and smart cities, two things researchers at the University of Adelaide also specialise in.
The Germans presented examples of their innovations for the built environment Smart Grids, Smart Buildings, and Sensors and Data Enabling Human Centric Buildings. University of Adelaide researchers presented on designing for Australian cities, innovative cooling technology and Smart Cities. The seminar series was part of the Germany-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s Energy Efficiency – made in Germany Initiative.