About Us

The Sydney Central Chapter evolved from the NSW Branch of the AuSES and is the first NSW chapter of the Australian Solar Council.

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month (except Jan/Dec) at the University of Technology, Sydney which is an easy walk from Central Railway and the bus transfer station.

The branch meeting begins at 6:00pm over nibbles and tea/coffee with announcements, committee business and a ten minute talk from a young person giving his/her view and aspirations. This is followed by a presentation from a guest speaker. The meeting finishes by 8:00pm after questions and discussion.


Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Details/Map (PDF)  ASC AGM 2015-10-27
Date/Time 6:00-8:00pm TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER 2015
Speaker SPECIAL GUEST    Steve Blume, President, Australian Solar Council
Topic Steve Blume, President of the Australian Solar Council, will be speaking at the Annual General Meeting for the Sydney Central Chapter on Tuesday 27 October 2015. Members and friends are welcome to attend. Anyone interested in developing a career in solar is encouraged to contact the Committee to apply for a position on the committee for 2016: nswbranch@solar.org.au
Location University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
Room 580, Level 5, Building 10
235 Jones St, Broadway NSW 2007


Event Monthly Info Evening
Details/Map (PDF)
Date/Time 6:00-8:00pm TUESDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2015
Speaker James Fisher, Chief Technology Officer, Vast Solar
Topic Vast Solar’s Jemalong 6 MWth CSP Pilot Plant
Location University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)
Room 580, Level 5, Building 10
235 Jones St, Broadway NSW 2007



Sydney Central Chapter Committee 2015

Branch Positions Name Contact
Convenor Luke Poliszcuk

2010-2014: Dr. Noel Barton

Vice Convenor Vasilios Giotis
Secretary Nicholas Thomson nswbranch@solar.org.au
Treasurer Stephen McCulloch
Committee Members Michael Furey; Poojan Modi; Victoria Waye; Manuel Weirich


Contact Luke Poliszcuk, Convenor
Email nswbranch@solar.org.au
Phone 0448 025 253



Affiliated Organisations

Organisation Website
Alternative Technology Association – Sydney Chapter ATA Sydney


Past Presentations


Info Evenings 2015

Sep 2015 – John Dartnall, University of Technology, Sydney; Topic: Indirect evaporative cooling and hybrid systems

Aug 2015 – Allan Aaron, Commercialisation Advisor, AusIndustry; Topic: Challenges, opportunities and support for commercialising sustainable technologies in Australia

July 2015 – Mary Hendriks, Australian Solar Council, Topic: Distributed Energy Storage in Australia – Opportunity or Hype?

June 2015- Oscar McLaren, Sydney Renewable Power Company (SRPC), Topic: SRPC, why, how and when

May 2015 – Renate Egan, Australian PV Institute (APVI) / UNSW, Topic: The APVI – its work and its website

Apr 2015 – Anna Cain, Infigen Energy, Topic: A Case Study for Planning and Building Utility Scale Solar In Australia

Mar 2015 – Scott Addison, Parker Hannifin, Topic: Developments in large-scale electrical storage

Feb 2015 – Nigel Morris, Solar Business Services, Topic: Crystal ball predictions for solar in 2015


Info Evenings 2014

Nov 2014 – Tour of the rooftop renewables facility at UTS

Oct 2014 – James Harding (Abengoa Solar Power Australia), Topic: The Perenhori CSP project in Western Australia

Sep 2014 – Nick Seemann (Constructive Dialogue Architects), Topic: Building infrastructure versus organisational culture: the social dimension of environmentally sustainable design

August 2014 – Amanda McKenzie & Andrew Stock (Climate Council), Topic: Australia’s renewable energy future

July 2014 – 1. Sean McCracken (Granite Power), Topic: Solar supercritical Organic Rankine Cycle; 2. Johan Dreyer (NEP Solar), Topic: Concentrating collectors for industrial heat.  Project experiences

June 2014 – Matthew Argyropoulos or Frederik Troester, Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd, Topic Bosch Power Tec:  Innovative energy storage solutions and solar PV inverters

May 2014 – Mary Hendriks (Australian Solar Council), Overview of global energy storage options

April 2014 – Shannon Everley (Sungevity Australia), The future is so bright, you’d better wear your sunnies.

Mar 2014 – Glen Morris (Vice-President Australian Solar Council), The economics and technical challenges of adding an energy storage system to a home.

Feb 2014 – Juergen Petersheim (University of Technology, Sydney), Hybridisation of CSP plants with non-conventional fuels


Info Evenings 2013

Nov 2013 – Sean Jobe (Ecoult Pty Ltd); Ecoult Ultrabattery

Oct 2013 – Prateek Chourdia (SMA Australia); New Developments in Inverter Technology

Sep 2013 – 1. Gareth Jones (NSW Environment Protection Authority); Motor Vehicle Emissions in the NSW Greater Metropolitan Area; 2. Bruce Dowdell (NSW Dept of Transport); Transport Greenhouse Emission Reduction: The Challenges

August 2013 – Graham Hunt, Vasilios Giotis, Stephen McCulloch; Low energy solution for improving thermal comfort in an industrial building

July 2013 – Jack Haley (Vehicle Policy Engineer, NRMA); Sustainable Transport

June 2013 – John Grimes and Steve Blume (Australian Solar Council)

May 2013 – Stephen White (CSIRO); Prospects for Solar Cooling

April 2013 – Noel Barton (Sunoba Pty Ltd, President ASC NSW Branch); Embodied Energy in Batteries and other Storage Technologies for Solar Power

March 2013 – 1. Stephen Murray (Spectrum Automation), Solar cogeneration systems; 2. Shantha Wanigathunga (SW Engineering), How to design cogeneration plants for success in Australia for commercial, healthcare and industrial buildings & processes

February 2013 – Mary Hendriks (Committee Member for ASC NSW), Community solar: what’s happening globally and where are the projects in Australia


Info Evenings 2012

Nov 2012 – Moritz Rolf (Schüco), Energy Efficient Buildings

Oct 2012 – Cenk Koser (University of Sydney), A vacuum insulating window; concept, design and performance

Sep 2012 – Mustafa Keskin (Emona), The Why, How and When of Testing Solar PV

August 2012 – 1. Keryn Hassall (Carbon Capability) – The theory and practice of carbon pricing; 2. Blair Pester (Winaico) – Developing differently – the ever-changing solar industry

July 2012 – Nigel Morris (Solar Business Services), The Australian solar industry; an independent analyst’s view on 2012 and beyond

June 2012 – Paul Dastoor (University of Newcastle), The Potential for an Organic Solar PV Industry in Australia

May 2012 – Dr Muriel Watt, Chair, Australian PV Association, The Australian PV Market and the Meaning of Grid Parity

April 2012 – Associate Professor Alistair Sproul, School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW, Low-Energy Buildings and PV

March 2012 – Anton Szilasi, Gavin Smith (Beyond Zero Emissions), The BZE Stationary Energy Plan for Australia

February 2012 – Thomas Bywater – Manager Energy Efficiency, Greenforce Energy Pty Ltd, Rooftop PV Systems with AC Output

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