Professor Bob Lloyd is from Australia, he came to New Zealand in 2002 after having worked for the Australian Coo-operative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), based at Murdoch University in Perth. His current research interests at Otago University, where he is the Director of Energy Studies and Associate Professor in the Physics Department, lie in energy conservation in residential housing and energy management including world energy resources and peak oil.
Existing sources of energy such as fossil fuels and uranium are finite and so will eventually be depleted. If we want sustainable energy, the energy MUST come from renewable sources. The talk will examine if this can be done in time with existing resources. The talk will also look at the main problems, namely that our existing financial system is based upon continued economic growth and economic growth is based on a cheap and expanding energy supply.