Event Date: 2020-10-08 22:00

October 8th, 9AM. Online Feat. Benjamin K. Sovacool, Prof. Energy Policy 

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Time: 9AM NZST, Thursday October 8th (7AM AEST)

Location: Online presentation, via Zoom (Free to attend)Profile picture for Benjamin Sovacool, University of Sussex Business School. Benjamin, smiling and wearing spectacles, wears a white shirt and dark jacket

ITSNZ is very excited to host Dr. Benjamin Sovacool, a respected and award-winning researcher and policy specialist. Join us as he defines and charts the barriers and future of an emerging low-carbon source of mobility that could dramatically reduce emissions, create revenue, and accelerate the adoption of battery-electric cars: vehicle-to-grid technology.

Vehicle to Grid technology connects the electric power grid and the transportation system in ways that will enable electric vehicles to store renewable energy and offer valuable services to transmission operators. To understand the complex features of this emergent technology, the presentation explores the current status and prospect of vehicle-to grid and then individually details the sociotechnical barriers that may impede its fruitful deployment.

This combines literature on vehicle-to-grid, mobility, transitions, sociotechnical systems, and electric power systems along with original data collected on the array of challenges and benefits to vehicle-to-grid. The examples in the presentation cut across technical integration of research, economic analyses, and sociopolitical challenges based on novel mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative).

The presentation will ensure that readers from a variety of backgrounds will gain a more comprehensive understanding of vehicle to-grid and its potential for wide-scale implementation in the transport and electric systems, but also its compelling intersection with topics such as gender, justice and vulnerability, geography, and history.


About Dr Benjamin K. Sovacool

Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School in the UK. There he serves as Director of the Sussex Energy Group. He is also Professor of Business & Social Sciences and Director of the Centre for Energy Technologies at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy justice, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, the ethics and morality of energy decisions, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change. His research been endorsed by U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, and the late Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, among others.

He is a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), due to be published in 2022, and an Advisor on Energy to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation in Brussels, Belgium. In the UK, he has served as a Principal Investigator on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

He is the recipient of multiple national and international awards and honors, including the “Distinguished Graduate Alumni Achievement Award” from his Alma Mater Virginia Tech, the 2019 USERN Prize for his work on “Social Justice in an Era of Climate Change and Energy Scarcity,” the “Dedication to Justice Award” given by the American Bar Association, and a “Distinguished Visiting Energy Professorship” at the Environmental Law Center at Vermont Law School. With much coverage of his work in the international news media, he is one of the most highly cited global researchers on issues bearing on controversies in energy and climate policy.


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