SA Sundowner February 2024 - Water & Energy
The Young Water Professionals of the SA AWA Branch are excited to invite you to their first 2024 SA Sundowner event, returning to Electra House, for after-work drinks, with a very interesting topic and guest speaker Corri Baker from KBR, informal networking and discussion to be held on Thursday 15th February 2024 from 5:15pm to 6:30pm.
The SA AWA YWP Committee aims to empower emerging leaders to build water industry networks, grow their knowledge and sharpen their leadership skills in both formal and informal settings. Join us for regular after-work Sundowner drinks and informal networking hosted every other month by the AWA SA Young Water Professionals. Special guest speakers will be featured throughout the series to explore a wide range of topics through a short presentation and discussion. These events are open to anyone with an interest in the water industry and present an opportunity to meet and catch up with other professionals.
This is a free event where you can grab your drink(s) of choice, however, please register your attendance. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Topic - Water & Energy
Energy and water are critical resources, of which the interdependence between the two is set to intensify in the coming years. Both resources are facing rising demands and constraints within communities globally, and by 2030 water withdrawals for non-renewable energy production are set to deplete by 20 billion cubic meters as projected in the Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Scenario (International Energy Agency, 2023). Water is a primary reactant in the process of renewable hydrogen energy generation. Hydrogen energy can be harnessed through electrolysis, where water is split into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity. When renewable electricity is used to split water during electrolysis, resulting hydrogen energy synthesised is classified as a renewable fuel source.
South Australia is becoming progressive in hydrogen energy projects, including AGIG’s Hydrogen Part South Australia 1.25 MW electrolyser at Tonsley, the Hydrogen Utility’s 75 MW electrolysis system for hydrogen and renewable ammonia production at Cultana, and the Port Bonython Hydrogen Hub (Department for Energy and Mining, 2023). The South Australian Government is investing into new hydrogen projects alike these to support South Australia to become a net 100% renewable energy generator during the 2030s.
Corri Baker, Senior Advisor in Energy & Critical Minerals at KBR Pty Ltd
Corri is a Senior Advisor in Energy and Critical Minerals within KBR Advisory, with 20 years' experience in Government and higher education. Corri is a self-described boundary spanner with unique experience working in cross sector roles. Corri delivers high-level and specialised leadership in developing and managing critical working relationships with key project proponents, key stakeholders, Government, and the community.
Corri’s specialty is strategic advice for, and facilitation of complex projects, often involving competing interests and drivers including legislative constraints, land access, infrastructure requirements, geopolitics, techno-economics, workforce requirements, ESG and social license.
Corri has previously worked for South Australian Department of Energy and Mining (DEM) and the Department of Environment and Water (DEW), where she facilitated the sustainable management of surface and groundwater management by industry. Corri has provided critical advice for new water infrastructure and water licensing requirements for ground water wells for mining projects, and in her current role at KBR, provides strategic advice related to water use for hydrogen and ammonia projects.
When: Thursday 15th February 2024
Venue: PMQ Electra House Hotel, 131 King William St. Adelaide
Time: 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start. Event concludes at 6:30pm
What: Drinks over the bar and light meals available for purchase
We really look forward to seeing you in person!