HiTeMP-2 in 2020

The second international forum on Zero Carbon High Temperature Minerals Processing (HiTeMP-2) was held on the 16th-18th March, 2020, online and at the National Wine Centre in South Australia.

The HiTeMP-2 Forum brought together global leaders from industry, research, investors, non-government agencies and policy makers to chart the pathway to transition heavy industry towards net-zero-CO2 emissions, addressing the need for heat, chemicals and electricity. Leading mineral processing and refining companies across the world have already started to decarbonise in response to emerging markets for low carbon products. HiTeMP-2 attracted 169 delegates from 15 countries, of which 64% participated on-line due to the travel restrictions imposed by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Of these, some 39% were from industry, 43% from research,14% from government agencies and 4% from non-government organisations. 

Livestreaming of the HiTeMP-2 Forum

For those unable to travel due to the coronavirus, the HiTeMP-2 Forum was accessible remotely via a livestream video link and attendees were able to ask questions and make comments via a web app. Presentations of speakers recorded during the livestream are now available to watch.

Videos from HiTeMP-2

HiTeMP-2 livestream speaker presentations are now available for you to view.

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Specific objectives of HiTeMP-2

i. Changes since HiTeMP-1: What changes have emerged since HiTeMP1 that influence the pathway to CO2 mitigation in this sector?

ii. Current barriers: What are the biggest barriers to CO2 mitigation in each sector?

iii. Opportunities: What opportunities are emerging for this sector with potential to overcome these barriers?

iv. Commercial Readiness: What is the status of commercial readiness at the scale of industrial processes, for the viable supply and utilisation of low net-carbon energy sources?

v. Pathways: Revise the anticipated best-practice pathway to CO2 mitigation at time-lines of:

  1. 5 years,
  2. 10 years, and
  3. 20 years

HiTeMP-2 program

The HiTeMP-2 Forum program is available to download.

Program overview

Monday 16 March
Morning Welcome, Introduction and global drivers to decarbonise high temperature processing

Technology options: hydrogen, solar thermal, electrification


Cocktail Function

Speaker: Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, SA Minister for Energy and Mining

Tuesday 17 March
Morning Iron/Steel: status, exemplars and pathways
Afternoon Alumina, cement and other calcination processes: status, exemplars and pathways

Forum Dinner

Speaker: Dr Paul Heithersay, Chief Executive, SA Department of Energy and Mining

Wednesday 18 March
Morning Copper and other reduction processes: status, exemplars and pathways
Afternoon Wrap-up discussion: synthesise key perspectives about target questions


Opening keynote address

  • Prof Ross Garnaut, the University of Melbourne

    Ross Garnaut

    Professor Garnaut is a Professor of Economics at the University of Melbourne. He was previously distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University, the Director of the ANU Asia Pacific School of Economics and Management and was the longstanding Head of the Department of Economics. He is the author of numerous publications in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Recent books include The Great Crash of 2008 (with David Llewellyn-Smith, 2009); Dog Days: Australia After the Boom (2013); and Forty Years of Reform and Development in China (2018). He is Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economic Society, Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resources Economic Society, Fellow of the Australia Academy of Social Sciences and Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

    Professor Garnaut has had longstanding senior roles as policy advisor, diplomat and businessman. He was the senior economic policy official in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975, principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke 1983-1985, and Australian Ambassador to China 1985-1988.

    He is the author of a number of influential reports to the Australian Government, including Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendancy, 1989, The Review of Federal State Financial Relations (with Vince Fitzgerald) 2002, The Garnaut Climate Change Review 2008, and The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change.

    Professor Garnaut has chaired the boards of major Australian and International companies since 1988, including Lihir Gold Ltd (1995 – 2010); Bank of Western Australia Ltd (1988 – 1995); Primary Industry Bank of Australia Ltd (1989 – 1994); Papua New Guinea Sustainable Development Limited Pty Ltd (2002 – 2012) and its subsidiary OK Tedi Mining Ltd; Lonely Planet Pty Ltd; Aluminium Smelters of Victoria Ltd; ZEN Energy Technologies Pty Ltd. In May 2019 he resigned as the President and Director of Simec ZEN Energy and became the Chairman of Sunshot Energy.

    Professor Garnaut was made Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1991 for service to education and international relations and a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2017 for service on climate change and energy.


Keynote speakers

  • Dr Lars Amsbeck, HelioHeat

    Dr Lars Amsbeck

    Dr Lars Amsbeck is the managing director of HelioHeat, a spin-off company of the German Aerospace Center's (DLR), Institute of Solar Research. HelioHeat is based in Offenburg (Germany) and is engaged in the field of renewable power, co-generation and high temperature heat. HelioHeat’s technology uses ceramic particles as heat carriers and storage media, which can be heated in a solar tower, by renewable electricity or by a back-up burner. This configuration allows the lowest energy prices, while guaranteeing a 24/7 supply of renewable energy.

    Lars studied energy engineering at the University of Stuttgart and received a PhD from the RWTH Aachen University. Since 2005, he has been working at the DLR Institute of Solar Research on the development of particle tower technology. He has worked on every aspect of the technology, from basic physics of the particle film, through manufacturing and testing of components, to applications and economics. In 2017, he co-founded HelioHeat.

  • Mr Kobad Bhavnagri, Bloomberg NEF

    Mr Kobad Bhavnagri

    Kobad Bhavnagri is one of Australia’s leading experts on energy transition. He is the Global Head of Special Projects for Bloomberg NEF, an independent research house specialising in the future of energy, transport and industry. In this role, he leads cross-functional teams of experts around the world, to examine high impact, long-term opportunities for the global economy as it transitions to a low-carbon future.

    Kobad was previously BNEF’s Head of Australia and Head of Asia-Pacific Economics and Policy. He has authored over 100 publications, spanning energy policy, economics, finance and technology, since joining the company in 2010. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New South Wales and a member of the Australian Government’s Energy Industry Roundtable. He has worked in the energy and finance industries since 2003 as an engineer, management consultant and analyst, and has a first class honours degree in mechatronic engineering from the University of New South Wales.

  • Prof Edward Buckingham, Monash Business School

    Prof Edward Buckingham

    Edward Buckingham is Professor of Management and Director of Engagement at Monash Business School. He is a keen proponent of industry engagement and facilitates joint initiatives between the business school and its stakeholders to advance learning and research. Since joining Monash in 2015, Edward has: designed and directed the Victoria Indonesia Leadership Program for financial services executives and regulators; taught on multiple programs for the Australia Indonesia Centre; directed international business modules (Malaysia, Singapore and China) for the Monash MBA programs; taught strategic thinking courses for Monash Malaysia; ran business model design workshops for the faculty of science; acted as director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies; co-authored a report on alternative finance; led focus groups, presented masterclasses and co-authored an article on the future of work in the resources sector for the AusIMM.

    Edward graduated with a BSc in Materials Science and a BA (Hons) in Indonesian Literature from Monash University and was Monash University’s first undergraduate exchange student to Indonesia. He continued with post graduate studies in China at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing Centre. He also holds an MBA from INSEAD and his PhD, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, was an ethnographic study of organisational boundaries and business strategy in Indonesia.

    Edward began his career with the Boston Consulting Group in Shanghai advising MNCs and SOEs and, after his MBA, managed a €50million French manufacturing business, now part of Clariant prior to joining Schlumberger, the international oil and gas services company. He was Director of INSEAD's Executive MBA programs (France, Singapore the UAE and Beijing) and consulted in the UK, France, Gabon, Pakistan, Russia, India and China. Edward worked and/or studied at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Institute Pertanian Bogor, Dalian Medical University, Nanjing University, Johns Hopkins University, INSEAD, the University of London (SOAS), and the University of Nottingham.

  • Ms Suzana Carp, Sandbag

    Ms Suzana Carp

    Suzana Carp is leading the EU branch of Sandbag, a renowned climate policy think tank specialising in European Union Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) policy, industrial decarbonisation, coal phase out and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Established in London in 2008, Sandbag has been a key resource in providing high quality data analysis about the greatest issues plaguing the environmental integrity of several climate and energy EU policies and has been producing reports, which are well known for their capacity to inspire progressive visions and policy change in the European Parliament, the European Commission and the EU Council. Prior to joining Sandbag, Suzana was a parliamentary civil servant in a national EU parliament, as well as working in the European Parliament's Presidency Directorate, on the relations between the European Parliament and national parliaments, especially in regards to the EU's energy union. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Oxford, awarded with distinctions, and an MA from the College of Europe in Warsaw, Poland.

  • Prof Jamal Chaouki, Polytechnique, Montréal

    Prof Jamal Chaouki

    Professor Chaouki has been a professor with Polytechnique, Montréal, since 1995. He is also an affiliated professor at UM6P, Morocco. Professor Chaouki is a member of the Board of Polytechnique and several companies. He is world-renowned consultant for at least 20 national and international companies and has created 6 start-ups with his students (most recently, Pyrowave, Ecolomondo, RMTech and PyroCycle).

    He is Principal Chair Holder of Total Group in hydrodynamic modeling of multiphase processes at extreme conditions and Joined Laboratory with OCP-UM6P. His work is mainly dedicaded to developing processes from waste, biomass and complex feedstocks to heat and power, fuels and chemicals.

    Professor Chaouki is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and has received many awards, including the R.S. Jane Memorial Award for exceptional achievement in the field of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry in Canada (2018) and the “Excellence in Research and Innovation Awards” at Polytechnique Montréal (2019). In 2020, he will receive the SCI Kalev Pugi Award.

    He has published more than: 3000 articles in refereed journals; 320 reviewed proceedings; and 450 other scientific articles, as well as having edited 15 books. He has 35 patents on different processes, and has co-chaired 10 international conferences and is currently supervising 52 researchers.

  • Dr Vincent Chevrier, Midrex Technologies Inc.

    Dr Vincent Chevrier

    Vincent Chevrier is General Manager – Business Development for Midrex Technologies Inc, and is based at its Headquarters in Charlotte, NC. Part of his work consists of studying long-term market trends and evolution, which includes hydrogen ironmaking.

    Vincent earned a BS in Chemical Engineering at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France), an MS in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech (USA) and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (USA).

    In 1992, Vincent began his career in the steel industry at IRSID in France, which is now part of Arcelor-Mittal R&D. After obtaining his doctorate, he worked in the melt-shop and scrap yard for J&L Specialty Steel in various engineering and management positions. Prior to joining Midrex in 2011, he held management positions at Keywell LLC, a leading recycler of high performance metals. Until his recent transfer to the Sales Department, Vincent was responsible for all innovation, R&D and technology improvements programs for Midrex and was based at the Technology Center in Pineville, NC.

  • Dr Dominique Hes, Beyond Zero Emissions

    Dr Dominique Hes

    Dr Dominique Hes is the award winning author of the book Designing for Hope: Pathways to regenerative sustainability, and has authored a further 6 books and over 100 papers.  She is a non-executive board member at Greenfleet (planting ecosystems to offset carbon) and Trust for Nature; co-founder of internationally award winning Place Agency, and ex director of Thrive Research Hub at Melbourne University.

    Dominique has a PhD in Architecture, with further degrees in Science (Botany) and Engineering (Cleaner Production). She has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education and building industries in the fields of life cycle assessment, sustainability, regenerative development, systems thinking, placemaking and project management. These support her in her current role as Principal Researcher at Beyond Zero Emissions, where she is working with a team of researchers and volunteers to develop pathways to low emissions strategies for communities, industries and regions.


  • Ms Lina Hockaday, Mintek

    Ms Lina Hockaday

    Lina Hockaday is a Senior Engineer of the Pyrometallurgical Division at Mintek. Lina joined Mintek in 2002 after obtaining her B Chem Eng, specialising in minerals processing and MSc in Extractive Metallurgy at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. From 2002 to 2010, she worked in the commercial projects group on various projects including the recovery of precious metals in liquid iron and the smelting of ores to produce design specifications of an industrial ferrochrome DC arc furnace. More recently, Lina has been involved in research of new technologies for titanium metal production, chlorination of titanium dioxides in a fluidized bed and the application of renewable energy in minerals processing.

    Since 2016, Lina has been a part-time PhD candidate with the University of Stellenbosch. The working title of her thesis is “Solar thermal treatment of Manganese Ores”. She is currently involved in the PRéMA project, which is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program, as work package leader responsible for €2 million of research towards advancement of solar thermal process heating technology in manganese ferroalloy production. Lina is also coordinator and main author for Mintek’s Roadmap for Solar Thermal Applications in Minerals Processing (STAMP). She is a member of the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and part of the SAIMM technical program committee.

  • Mr Nick Johns, Hatch

    Mr Nick Johns

    Nick Johns is a senior process consultant at Hatch with 15 years of experience in hydrometallurgical development, specifically within the lithium, nickel and copper industries. For the last 10 years, he has specialised in developing lithium projects within Hatch’s lithium centre of excellence in Brisbane. Nick’s expertise spans conventional lithium processes in both spodumene and brine flowsheets as well as processes for unique minerals such as Jadarite.

    Nick is currently Hatch’s Lead Process Engineer for the Jadar pre-feasibility study for Rio Tinto for a facility to produce lithium carbonate and boric acid in Serbia. He was also involved in the development, construction and commissioning of the first modern spodumene processing facility for Galaxy Resources at the Jiangsu Lithium Carbonate Plant. Additionally, he has been involved with a wide variety of studies and due diligences within the lithium industry spanning brine, hard rock, unique mineral and battery recycling projects.

  • Dr Kristin Jordal, SINTEF

    Dr Kristin Jordal

    Dr Kristin Jordal is a Senior Research Scientist with the Department of Gas Technology, SINTEF, Norway.

    Dr Jordal will give a keynote presentation about "Opportunities for CO2 capture from the cement industry: Findings from the CEMCAP project".

    CEMCAP was a project funded by Horizon 2020 addressing CO2 capture from cement production. The primary objective of CEMCAP was to prepare the ground for large-scale implementation of CO2 capture in the European cement industry.

  • Dr Keith Lovegrove, ITP Thermal

    Dr Keith Lovegrove

    Keith Lovegrove is the Managing Director of ITP Thermal Pty Ltd. Keith is a leading expert in concentrating solar power (CSP). He has more than 30 years’ experience in solar energy combined with 15 years of teaching experience in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Energy Systems and Systems Engineering. He has worked extensively on the storage of solar energy with hydrogen and ammonia. He was previously the leader of the Solar Thermal Group at the Australian National University. In that role he was the lead inventor and design and construction team leader of the 500m2 (world’s largest) Generation II Big Dish solar concentrator. 

    Keith has a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) and PhD from the Australian National University. He has represented Australia as International Energy Agency (IEA) Solar PACES (Power and Chemical Energy Systems) Solar Chemistry task representative over many years and currently is the alternative executive committee representative. In 2012, he was a Member of the Australian Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, Expert Working Group on Climate Energy and Water Links. He is a member of the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology advisory board, board member of the Australian Solar Thermal Association and also serves on the Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s advisory panel. 

  • Dr Matti Lubkoll, German Aerospace Center's (DLR) Institute of Solar Research

    Dr Matti Lubkoll

    Dr Matti Lubkoll is working as a project manager at the German Aerospace Center's (DLR) Institute of Solar Research. The institute focuses on developing concentrating solar power (CSP) and concentrating solar thermal (CST) technologies. Dr Lubkoll is a member of the department of Solar High Temperature Technologies, where his focus lies on the CentRec® particle receiver technology. His current work includes the EC-funded HiFlex project where the integration of a solar tower system into an existing factory is demonstrated, providing 2.5 MW heat at a temperature of 1000 °C. This plant is scheduled to be built in 2021.

    Matti obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he researched concentrating solar power technologies and applications thereof at the university’s Solar Thermal Energy Research Group (STERG). From 2017 to 2019, he coordinated the research group activities with dedicated effort towards high temperature solar process heat.

  • Mr Geoff Matthews, Energia Potior Ltd

    Mr Geoff Matthews

    Geoff Matthews is regarded as one of the world’s leading strategists on how primary aluminium smelters can be used as virtual power plants and integrate with renewable energy grids.

    Geoff has been an integral part of the executive team of Energia Potior Ltd since start up, which was charged with the responsibility of commercialising the patented EnPot heat exchanger technology.

    Prior to joining Energia Potior Ltd, Geoff held a number of executive and board positions of companies commercialising new technologies across the economic spectrum, and his early career included acting as Personal Private Secretary to New Zealand’s Prime Minister for ten years between 1987 and 1997.

    In June 2018 Geoff was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Future Aluminium Forum.

  • Prof Greg Metha, Department of Chemistry, the University of Adelaide

    Prof Greg Metha

    Greg Metha is a professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, at the University of Adelaide. Greg has been studying the interactions of light and matter for over 30 years; his research uses light sources across the entire electromagnetic spectrum, from lasers to synchrotrons, investigating a range of molecular phenomena to discover new molecules and explore their properties. He heads the Metal Cluster Laboratory, which focuses on the exploration of the physical and chemical properties of metallic sub-nanometre particles underpinned by advanced computational modelling, the advancement of novel catalysts based on metal clusters, and building novel apparatus and instrumentation including pioneering work developing gas-phase photocatalysis reactors that operate under concentrated radiation. His most recent work involves using light to produce chemical fuels directly from sunlight such as hydrogen from water-splitting, and hydrocarbons from CO2 reduction.

  • Mr Darren Miller, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

    Mr Darren Miller

    Darren Miller is the CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). He has more than 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors including renewable energy, electricity retail, technology, finance, media and entertainment.

    Darren was co-founder and CEO of Mojo Power, an innovative electricity retailer, from 2015 until July 2018. He was previously the Director of Asset Finance at Sungevity Australia in 2014, and co-founder and CEO of Sumwise, a technology and services company from 2007 to 2013. He has also worked as an investment manager for for Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL) and Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH) and roles at New Zealand Natural and Ernst & Young.

  • Mr Asem Mousa, BHP

    Mr Asem Mousa

    Asem Mousa is a Principal at the Low Emission Technology Program, BHP. In this role, he focuses on identifying and de-risking technology options/solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the business. In particular, his interest is in exploring emerging technologies with potential material impact on GHG emissions in the medium to long term horizons. Prior to joining BHP, Asem started his career as a research scientist at the CSIRO, before moving to a management consultant role, specialising in technology management and valuation services.

  • Prof Gus Nathan, Centre for Energy Technology

    Professor Gus Nathan

    Professor Gus Nathan is the founding Director of The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Energy Technology. Under his leadership the Centre has identified novel approaches with strong potential to make a breakthrough in the delivery of low-cost, clean energy technologies and has engaged with partners spanning industry, international research institutions and government agencies. Gus is a Fellow of the Combustion Institute, a recipient of a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council and an ATSE KH Sutherland medalist. He has led the development of 3 technology platforms to ongoing commercial use, including the ceremonial flame technology that was first implemented in the Relay Torch for the Sydney Olympic Games. He presently leads Solar Fuels program in the ARENA funded Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute and another ARENA funded program that is targetting cost-effective methods with which to implement up to 50% solar thermal energy into the Bayer alumina process. He has published some 200 papers in international journals, 250 peer reviewed conferences and 11 patents. He is a Fellow of the Combustion Institute, an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher, and the inaugural AIE-SA Energy Professional of the Year.

  • Mr Jason Nielsen, Climate-KIC

    Jason Nielsen has a background in environmental engineering and innovation management and has spent significant periods of his career in Australia, Central America and Europe. From 2010 to 2019, he worked for RISE Research Institutes of Sweden with a focus on collaborative innovation, large scale demonstrations and innovation ecosystem building initiatives for industry and cities. He recently returned to Australia and joined Climate-KIC Australia in the role of Director Strategic Projects where his focus is on developing and leading large, multi-stakeholder, system transition initiatives.

  • Mr Toru Ono, Nippon Steel Research Institute

    Mr Toru Ono

    Mr Toru Ono is the Director of Nippon Steel Research Institute (NSRI), where he is in charge of environment and energy affairs. He is also the policy advisor for the Japan Iron & Steel Federation (JISF) and led the development of the JISF long-term vision for climate change mitigation, “a challenge towards zero-carbon steel”.

    With a wealth of experience in energy technology, Mr Ono has been working for Nippon Steel for more than 35 years, and has been actively engaged in discussions to help shape Japan’s energy policy making, representing the Japanese steel industry, in various consultative committees with the Japanese government.

  • Mr Cédric Philibert, Energy and Climate Analyst

    Cédric Philibert

    Cédric Philibert is an independent consultant and analyst of energy and climate issues, with a focus on renewable energy for industry and transport, and the roles of electrification and hydrogen in decarbonising the global economy.

    He worked for 19 years at the International Energy Agency, first in the energy and environment division, then in the renewable energy division. He authored the IEA publications Beyond Kyoto (2002), and Act Locally Trade Globally (2005), the IEA Technology Roadmaps on Concentrating Solar Power (2010), Hydropower (2012), Wind (2013), Solar Thermal Electricity (2014) and Solar Photovoltaics (2014). Other publications include:  IEA reports Solar Energy Perspectives (2011), Renewable Energy for Industry (2017), and Solar Energy: Mapping the Road Ahead (2019).

    A journalist by training with qualifications in political sciences and economics, Cédric served as an advisor to the French Environment Minister from 1988-1990. In 1990, he published two books on climate change and renewable energy. From 1992 to 1998 he served as advisor to the CEO of the French Agency for the Environment ADEME, before joining UNEP in 1998, then the IEA.

  • Dr John Pye, Australian National University

    Dr John Pye is a Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University’s Research School of Electrical Energy & Materials Engineering. His areas of expertise include: energy generation, conversion and storage engineering; renewable power and energy systems engineering; process control and simulation; and mechanical engineering.

    Dr Pye has been a researcher with the Solar Thermal Group at ANU since 2006. In 2012, he was a visiting scholar at Sandia National Laboratories, National Solar Thermal Test Facility, Albuquerque, New Mexico. His research interests include: high-temperature solar-thermal energy systems; concentrating solar thermal power (CSP aka CST); energy systems modelling; free/open-source software for engineering; optics of non-imaging concentrators; solar receiver design; hybrid thermal energy systems; thermodynamic fluid property calculation; and biomass gasification in supercritical steam.

  • Prof Markus Reuter, Helmholz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology

    Prof Markus Reuter

    Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Markus A. Reuter is Director at Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology HIF (Germany). He earned a PhD from Stelllenbosch University (South Africa) and later went on to receive his habilitation at RWTH Aachen (Germany). He also holds a honorary doctorate from the University of Liège (Belgium).

    His academic contributions have been outstanding in various positions: Professor & Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Australia, 2005 ongoing), Adj. Professor at Aalto University (Finland, 2012 ongoing), Guest Professor at Central South University (China, 2012 ongoing) and Professor & Emeritus at TU Delft (Netherlands, 1996-2012).

    Beside his academic career, he worked in a raw material related sector as Chief Executive Technologist and Director of Technology Management at Outotec (Ausmelt) Australia & Finland (2006-2015), and in South Africa with Mintek (1994-1996) and Anglo American Corp. (1984-1985).

  • Dr Alessio Scarsella, Outotec

    Dr Alessio Scarsella

    Dr Alessio Scarsella is the Director of Outotec’s Bauxite and Alumina Technology and has more than 17 years of experience in the coal, bauxite and alumina industries. With a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration, Alessio has held senior positions with Rio Tinto and Outotec. He has been accountable for delivering projects and technology, which produce more than 4 million metric tonnes per annum of alumina and more than 10 million tonnes per annum of red mud in locations, such as India, Brazil, Europe, the Middle East and Australia, and with a cumulative plant value of more than 1 billion Euro.

  • Mr Steve Schell, Heliogen

    Mr Steve Schell

    Steve Schell is the Chief Technical Officer of Heliogen. He is a mechanical engineer by training and an entrepreneur at heart, with over 15 years of experience in R&D and commercialization of new technologies spanning solar energy, robotics, and 3D printing.

  • Prof Karen Scrivener, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

    Prof Karen Scrivener

    Karen Scrivener obtained her PhD at Imperial College in 1984.  She worked for Lafarge in France for 6 years, before being appointed Professor and Head of the Laboratory of Construction Materials, at EPFL, Switzerland in 2001. Her research focuses on understanding the chemistry and microstructure of cement-based materials and improving their sustainability. She is Editor in Chief of the leading academic journal “Cement and Concrete Research” and was made a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.

  • Prof Ellen Stechel, Arizona State University

    Prof Ellen Stechel

    Ellen B Stechel is Co-Director, ASU LightWorks; Professor of Practice, Molecular Sciences; and Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. She has built research programs at a national laboratory, in the automotive industry and at a U.S. government agency. Her current research focuses on materials and systems design for concentrating solar technologies to produce sustainable liquid hydrocarbon fuels from carbon dioxide and water.

  • Dr Wes Stein, Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute

    Dr Wes Stein

    Dr Wes Stein has extensive experience in the energy and power industry with a strong background in thermodynamic cycles. Prior to his role as Chief Technologist with the Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute (ASTRI), Wes was the Chief Scientist in Solar Energy at CSIRO. He joined CSIRO in 2000, after 19 years implementing renewable energy projects with industry, working in power station operation, maintenance and design. On commencing with CSIRO, Wes began looking at how to improve solar energy technology, which led to pioneering work with colleagues, on low-cost, high-performance heliostats.

  • Dr Robert Trezona, IP Group

    Dr Robert Trezona

    Dr Robert Trezona is a Partner at IP Group and Head of Cleantech, with overall responsibility for the Group’s venture capital investments in clean technology solutions. His portfolio board roles include fuel cell pioneer Ceres Power, which develops technology for hydrogen and natural gas power systems. Dr Trezona has spent 20 years working in the clean energy field and in addition to his work at IP Group, he serves as a Commissioner for the Energy Transitions Commission, a diverse, global group of leaders from industry, finance and public life, who are working to accelerate the transition to zero-carbon energy, industry and transport.

  • Mr André Vidal, Norsk Hydro

    Mr André Vidal

    Mr André Vidal is the Head of Project Support for Norsk Hydro’s Energy unit in Brazil. Norsk Hydro is a fully integrated aluminum company with 35,000 employees in 40 countries on all continents and a revenue over 17 billion US dollars. The Energy unit is responsible for operating 22 hydropower plants and one wind park in Norway, sources energy for Hydro’s global operations, and develops new energy projects.

    André has been involved in projects to replace fossil fuels, improve security of supply and increase energy efficiency of Hydro’s plants. He has also worked with renewables, developing alternatives to integrate concentrated solar, biomass and solar PV to aluminum plants. Recently, he has been involved in the development of Hydro’s strategy to cut CO2 emissions, with strong focus on the opportunities around alumina refining and energy sourcing. André is also Norsk Hydro’s representative on the energy committee of the bauxite mine MRN.

    André’s background is in Power Systems Engineering, holding a degree from Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil. He also has a Master of Science in Project Management from the University of Salford in the UK, and an Executive Masters of Management in Energy, from BI Business School in Norway.

  • Mr Matthew White, Hatch

    Matthew White

    Matthew is a senior engineer at Hatch with 13 years of experience in analysis and design of metallurgical equipment. He has specialist experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and combustion analysis of high temperature processes. His experience extends to furnace operation and commissioning of furnace equipment, with significant experience with the Outotec copper flash smelting process.

  • Mr Craig Wood, Vast Solar

    Craig Wood

    Craig Wood is the Chief Executive Officer of Vast Solar, an Australian company that has developed a world-first modular tower CSP technology using liquid sodium as the heat transfer fluid.  A mechanical engineer by background, Craig started his career in the oil and gas industry, before moving into investment banking, then private equity investment and ultimately executive management.

  • Dr Habib Zughbi, BlueScope

    Dr Habib Zughbi

    Dr Habib Zughbi has a BE and PhD in chemical engineering from UNSW. He is a Senior Technology and Development Engineer in Coke and Ironmaking Technology at BlueScope since 2006. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of chemical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (Saudi Arabia). Dr Zughbi also worked for the CSIRO and Caltex Oil Refining. His interests include mathematical modelling, process integration, recycling and re-using of by-products, optimisation of energy consumption and minimisation of CO2 emissions.


  • Prof Willy Kracht, Department of Mining Engineering, University of Chile

    Prof Willy Kracht

    Professor Willy Kracht is Head of the Department of Mining Engineering, at the University of Chile. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Minerals Engineering, principal researcher at the Advanced Mining Technology Center (AMTC), and associate researcher at the Solar Energy Research Center, SERC-Chile. Professor Kracht's areas of research interest include: the integration of renewable energies in mining; geometallurgical modelling and simulation of mineral process systems; systems modelling; and clean and efficient processing.

  • Ms Felicity Lloyd, Adelaide Brighton

    Ms Felicity Lloyd

    Felicity Lloyd is the Business Improvement and Sustainability Manager at Adelaide Brighton. She works within the Cement and Lime business to deliver sustainable improvement and change. She is passionate about delivering better triple bottom line outcomes and the part that industry can play in the both the circular economy and reduction in carbon intensity.

    Felicity is a degree qualified Chemical Engineer with first class honours from the University of Adelaide and has worked in the construction products industry for 15 years. During this time she has had various roles all of which have had direct involvement with thermal processes.

  • Dr Warren South, Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia

    Dr Warren South

    Dr Warren South has worked in the heavy construction materials industry for the past 25 years. He started his working career in cement in 1985 with Blue Circle Southern Cement at Berrima as Assistant Works Chemist, later to become Works Chemist in 1989. During this time he worked on the development of cement and concretes specifically for high durability applications such as the immersed tube units for the Sydney Harbour Tunnel and other important infrastructure projects.

    In 1996, he moved to New Zealand to become Technical Manager for Golden Bay Cement. During this time he led the development of cements specifically for use in the South Pacific, dealing with three different Standards regimes also lead the development of inorganic polymer binders for concrete.

    Moving back to Australia, he gained his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Wollongong in 2010, dealing with the performance of cements based on natural pozzolanic materials available in New Zealand, the outcomes of which are now seeing commercial reality.

    Since 2011, Warren has been the Director, Research and Technology for the industry organisation, Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia. He maintains an active focus on addressing sustainability and resilience in terms of the cement and concrete industry and is a strong advocate for the positive contributions that concrete can make to the durability of the built environment.

    Warren is also an Associate Professor (Honorary) in Civil Engineering at the University of Wollongong and the University of Technology - Sydney, and a member of the National Council of the Concrete Institute of Australia.

  • Mr David Varcoe, Australian Steel Institute

    Mr David Varcoe

    David Varcoe is State Manager NSW and ACT, for the Australian Steel Institute, with specific policy responsibility for steel manufacturing members. He has more than 35 years of experience working in energy intensive heavy manufacturing industrial businesses, including nearly 30 years with BlueScope Steel and its predecessors. David is an internationally experienced technology commercialisation executive and has worked in senior management roles encompassing manufacturing operations, process control, research and development, technical marketing, project feasibility, product development, and process technology development. He was closely associated with the development and commercial launch of innovative new products such as COLORBOND Steel with infrared reflective paint technology, and energy efficient manufacturing technologies such as the novel CASTRIP direct strip casting process. He holds a Bachelor of Metallurgy degree.

Session chairs

Ms Susan Jeanes, Chair, Centre for Energy Technology Board

Prof Mike Young, Centre for Global Food and Resources, the University of Adelaide and the Future Fuels CRC

Prof Bassam Dally, Deputy Director, Centre for Energy Technology, the University of Adelaide

Mr John Tsalapatis, Metallurgy Manager, Liberty OneSteel

A/Prof Maziar Arjomandi, Centre for Energy Technology, the University of Adelaide

Ms Ros DeGaris, DeGaris Consulting

Sector Outlook and Future Challenges Facilitator: Dr Tom Campey

Centre for Energy Technology at the University of Adelaide

Located within the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources (IMER) at the University of Adelaide, the Centre for Energy Technology (CET) delivers innovative technologies for sustainable, secure and affordable energy. Our goal is to help accelerate society's transition to carbon neutrality.

We collaborate with leading industry, government agencies and other research organisations, drawing on our research capacity in sustainable power, fuels, networks and minerals.

The CET works with industry to reduce emissions now, by retro-fitting innovative technologies to existing systems, and is also developing new carbon neutral and carbon negative technologies to replace existing heat, power and fuel production systems.

In this way, the CET’s research has an immediate impact on CO2 emissions, while transitioning to sustainable, affordable clean energy solutions.

Information about the extensive range of our research and engagement can be found on the Centre for Energy Technology website.

Gus Nathan

Professor Gus Nathan, Founding Centre Director

Professor Nathan is an ARC Discovery Outstanding Researcher, who specialises in thermal energy engineering in systems supplied by solar, geothermal and the combustion of fossil and bio-fuels. He also works with hydrogen, wind and wave power and his recent work has focused on novel approaches to integrate and optimise these different energy sources.

Professor Nathan has played a leading role in the development of six patented technologies. He was principal leader of the Chief Design Team for the award winning fuel and combustion system for the Sydney Olympic Relay Torch and was co-inventor of the patented combustor that was subsequently also used in the torch and stadium flame for the Athens Games.


HiTeMP-2 Forum Steering Committee

  • Chair: Professor Gus Nathan, Director, Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide
  • Mr Peter De Neef, Business Developer, Engie
  • Dr Alessio Scarsella, Vice President, Alumina Outotec
  • Ms Lina Hockaday, Senior Engineer, New Technology, MINTEK
  • Mr Masahiko Suenaga, Managing Director, Nippon Steel Australia
  • Mr David Cochrane, Technology Lead, South32
  • Mr John Tsalapatis, Metallurgy Manager, Liberty Primary Steel
  • Dr Ross Haywood, Consultant, Greenroom Engineering Services
  • Ms Ros DeGaris, Director DeGaris Consulting
  • Mr Dominic Zaal, Commercial Strategy Manager, CSIRO Energy
  • Dr Lawrence Hooey, Business Development, Swerim AB
  • Mr Peter Haenke, Director Strategy, Australian Renewable Energy Agency
  • Professor Ellen Stechel, Arizona State University
  • Professor Aldo Steinfeld, ETH Zurich
  • Professor Christian Sattler, German Aerospace Center, DLR
  • Professor Willy Kracht, University of Chile
  • Professor Behdad Moghtaderi, The University of Newcastle
  • Professor Wojciech Lipinski, Australian National University
  • Associate Professor Simon Smart, The University of Queensland

HiTeMP-2 Forum Organising Committee

  • ChairProfessor Gus Nathan, Director, Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide
  • Professor Bassam Dally, Deputy Director, Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide
  • Professor Greg Metha, School of Chemistry, The University of Adelaide
  • Professor Mike Young, Centre for Global Food and Resources, The University of Adelaide
  • Associate Professor Maziar Arjomandi, Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide
  • Dr Alfonso Chinnici, Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide
  • Dr Woei Saw, Centre for Energy Technology, The University of Adelaide
  • Dr Chris Matthews, Manager, Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources, The University of Adelaide
  • Ms Rachael West, Government Relations Officer, The University of Adelaide
  • Ms Jennifer Thomas, Administrator, Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources, The University of Adelaide

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