A researcher from The University of Western Australia has won the inaugural Sustainable Energy Industry Excellence and Innovation Ambassador Award for 2010.
Winthrop Professor Klaus Regenauer-Lieb, Director of the Western Australian Geothermal Centre of Excellence, was recognised for his ‘commitment to the principles of sustainable energy, energy efficiency or greenhouse gas abatement/mitigation'.
The judges chose Professor Regenauer-Lieb for his ‘significant contribution to the industry and, in particular, for his ambassadorial services, by uniting academia, industry and government to ensure sustainable energy solutions for WA, the culmination of which was the establishment of the Centre of Excellence'.
"Geothermal ‘hot earth' power is far better than power from traditional fossil fuels in terms of cost-effectiveness and environmental friendliness, but until recently it has been geographically limited to areas near tectonic plate boundaries," Professor Regenauer-Lieb said. "Advances in science have expanded the range and size of viable resources, making the possibility of geothermal power development in Australia a near-reality.
"The Centre's vision is to provide geothermal zero-emission desalinated water, air conditioning and power to modern cities."
The award was presented by the Sustainable Energy Association of WA.