Keynote Speakers

Julian Turecek

Head of Assets
EnergyAustralia

Julian Turecek has over 25 years experience in the energy industry, having worked in trading and marketing roles across BHP Petroleum, Origin Energy, Loy Yang and now EnergyAustralia. As Head of Assets at EnergyAustralia he is responsible for the gas and wind assets as well as project development including Mt Piper Energy Recovery and the SA Pumped Hydro project. A good proportion of his career focus has been in carbon reduction, including 4 years in venture capital investing early stage cleantech companies.
Julian holds Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Commerce and a Masters of Applied Finance. He is also Honorary Fellow at Macquarie University’s Applied Finance Centre and is a director of private carbon trading company Corporate Carbon.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Australia’s energy market and the role of Waste to Energy
Australia’s energy market is in transition. The challenge is to ensure energy supplies are affordable and reliable while we also integrate a wide range of renewable technologies and retire old coal-fired power stations. Within this context, utilising the embedded energy in waste harnesses a resource too valuable merely to discard to landfill. This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of the energy market, discuss transition pathways and explore the potential role of energy from waste technologies. EnergyAustralia’s Energy Recovery Project at Mt Piper will be used as a case study to illustrate the key points.


Dr Stuart Wagland

Senior Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Chemistry
Cranfield University (UK)

Dr Stuart Wagland is an experienced waste management professional and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Chemistry, based in the Bioenergy and Resource Management Centre at Cranfield University.   He has expertise in the properties of solid waste materials, such as the composition, recovery of resources, the energy potential of UK waste streams and enhanced landfill mining.  His expertise spans waste and fuel characterisation techniques, waste treatment technologies and energy recovery processes (including anaerobic digestion, incineration, gasification and pyrolysis). His work on UK-wide assessment of waste contributed to substantial government investment in a demonstrator advanced thermal treatment facility, which is aimed at accelerating the development of the UK capability in advanced thermal conversion.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Making waste to energy fit
In general, the way we manage wastes has rapidly evolved since the turn of the century, now viewing waste as a resource with the best intentions of maximising recycling and energy recovery. Modern incineration technologies are globally well-established; however, these facilities are typically large-scale. Recent research has highlighted that advanced thermal treatment has a role to play in smaller-scale applications; this talk will cover recent commercial set-backs, development needs and discuss opportunities in future waste management/low carbon energy scenarios.