Michael Scobie

Senrior Research Engineer, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland

Michael Scobie

Senrior Research Engineer, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, University of Southern Queensland

Michael Scobie is Senior Research Engineer at NCEA and has led a range of projects in rural water use and energy efficiency. He also leads development of our Knowledge Management System for Irrigation and has wide experience in knowledge management and delivery via web platforms and Apps. He is active in training and technical support for irrigation farmers and advisors and has strong collaborative networks in sugar, horticulture and cotton.

He is a Certified Irrigation Designer and is involved in several irrigation and water resources projects specifically aiming to improve water and energy use efficiency in agriculture. Michael has managed water use efficiency projects in both Australia and the UK and is currently involved in improving farm scale water management in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Where: International Convention Centre, Sydney – Room E5.7

When: Friday, 15 June 2018, 12.30- 13.00

Abstract Outline: This presentation summarises the findings of an assessment into the feasibility of Solar PV powered irrigation in Queensland. A whole of system view of solar irrigation is outlined and existing information on and initiatives around solar pumping is summarised. Incentive and funding programs for renewable energy solutions are described. Opportunities and barriers to the uptake of solar pumping are identified and an assessment of Queensland agribusiness’ pumping capacities, and irrigation and water requirements is also provided.

 

 

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