Renewable Energy experts

Murdoch University’s renewable energy experts are leaders in the development and use of technologies using alternative energy sources, including solar, wind, hydro, tidal, wave, geothermal and biomass.

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Tania Urmee

Dr Tania Urmee

Energy policy, energy generation in remote areas, solar and microhydro systems, energy efficiency

Dr Tania Urmee researches social, environmental and policy issues relating to renewable energy technologies, particularly solar and microhydro projects.

She has more than 15 years’ experience in working with rural communities in the Asia and Pacific region on solar photovoltaic (PV) electrification and energy efficiency.

Dr Urmee has been involved in business energy auditing, energy policy analysis, decentralised electricity generation, co-generation, developing energy mapping tools for small and medium enterprises (SME), analysis of building energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and abatement research.

Jonathan Whale

Dr Jonathan Whale

Wind energy

Dr Jonathan Whale is Director of Australia’s National Small Wind Turbine Test Centre, operating out of Murdoch University. The federally-funded centre is the only one of its kind in Australia and aims to stimulate the small wind turbine industry in Australia by improving the quality of small wind turbines.

Dr Whale works with small wind turbine manufacturers, project developers and local councils in assessing wind resources and demonstrating and testing small wind turbines. He also works on international small wind projects with the International Energy Agency.

Martin Anda

Dr Martin Anda

Sustainable development, governance and environmental technology in Australian Indigenous communities

Environmental engineer Dr Martin Anda is an expert in liquid and solid waste recycling, and energy efficiency in buildings and human settlements.

He says that if only 10 per cent of Perth’s homes were eco-renovated with insulation and solar panels, the equivalent of one new coal or gas-fired power station could be saved and demand reduced on existing ones.

Dr Anda’s research through the Environmental Technology Centre and Remote Area Developments Group is linked to the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre, the Sustainable Tourism CRC, Environmental Biotechnology CRC and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Michael Borowitzka

Professor Michael Borowitzka

Biofuels from algae, microalgae production and algae management

Professor Michael Borowitzka oversees an international project to turn algae into affordable, clean fuel.

He is Director of the Algae Research Group and Biofuels Manager of Murdoch’s Renewable Energy Research Institute.

Professor Borowitzka helped develop the largest microalgae production plant in the world, the Dunaliella salina plant at Hutt Lagoon in Western Australia.

Philip Jennings

Professor Philip Jennings

Renewable energy research and photovoltaics

Murdoch’s Professor of Physics and Energy Studies, Philip Jennings is an expert in photovoltaics, particularly amorphous silicon solar cells and attempts to improve their efficiency and stability, and has been involved in renewable energy research and education for more than 25 years, leading a range of educational programs in renewable energy at the University.

Professor Jennings is the former president of the Conservation Council, current president of the Wetlands Conservation Society, President of the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre and Secretary of the Pollution Action Network.

He is also active in the voluntary conservation movement, having held various positions with the Conservation Council of Western Australia and its affiliated groups.

He also represents the Conservation Council on the Cockburn Sound Management Council and the Air Quality Coordinating Committee, and is the Chair of the Beeliar Regional Park Community Advisory Committee.

To reach these experts for media enquiries, contact:

Luke McManus
Media & Communications Advisor
Phone: 08 9360 2491
Mobile: 0400 297 221
l.mcmanus@murdoch.edu.au

For all other enquiries, please ring reception on 08 9360 6000.