Benjamin James

Benjamin James

Industry PhD project title: Increasing DER hosting capacity while reducing costs and enhancing energy system resilience.

RACE University and Industry partners: Curtin University and Planet Ark Power.

Previous education and work background:

Education: Bachelor of Mechanical and Sustainable Energy Engineering at the University of Adelaide (Honours).

Work: Three years at Pitronot Solarim in Israel as a project engineer, designing and building off-grid solar-battery-cellular devices ranging in clientele from security, aviation, local government and civilian. Most recently 1.5 years as a research assistant at the Curtin University Sustainable Policy Institute investigating sustainable urban development and the nexus of electricity and transport systems.

What attracted you to the RACE Industry PhD?

It was a natural progression! After dabbling in the practical application of energy devices and academic investigation of the Australian electricity economy, an industrial PhD with RACE is the right place to explore and expand on these things.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you were older?

A builder. I still love doing anything with my hands.

What do you hope to achieve?

To discover a useful way to govern small clean energy resources to supply abundant electricity.

What are you most looking forward to?

Learning what I don’t know, and the chance to build something creative.

What innovation/change would you like to see in 5-10 years’ time?

Energy responsibility in Australia – regarding end-use efficiency and pollution.

Fun fact about you:

Cheddar is my favourite cheese.

Favourite quote:

‘Another success’. I have a quote for every minute of the day.