Wind power research generates lessons for industry

Monday, 08 December, 2008

A researcher who examined the recent history of wind power in Australia will receive a doctoral award from RMIT University this month.

In the face of climate change, peak oil and the federal government’s renewable energy target scheme energy sources such as wind power offer significant potential.

Dr Gerard Healey, of North Fitzroy, applied the theory of strategic niche management to draw lessons about how the introduction of renewable technologies could be achieved more effectively.

“One of the success factors is a detailed appreciation of the extent to which the technology is compatible with existing infrastructure and regulations,” Healey said.

“Often, regulations do not even exist. Beyond this, other non-financial factors, such as the level of community acceptance, also play a key role.”

While the research is focused on wind power, the findings are relevant to other renewable technologies.

“I am currently working with industry and government on green buildings and adapting my research to the practical challenges,” Healey, who is employed by Arup Consulting, said.

“There are a number of parallels between my research and strategic green building opportunities.”

RMIT’s Graduation Parade and Graduation Ceremony will be held on 17 December. The parade along Swanston Street will be followed by a ceremony at Telstra Dome, where more than 5000 graduates will celebrate their achievements.

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