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October 2019 NewsFlash

  • 30-10-2019

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AGA Industry Forum

Hydrogen Demonstration

Standards Update

2019 AGA Gas Industry Forum

Just 2 weeks to go, register now to secure your spot. 

This year’s Forum will cover a range of current regulatory topics as well as look into a potential hydrogen gas industry future. Please see below the Forum Program!

Welcome Dinner on Tuesday 19th November 2019Held at the Oaks on Collins, 480 Collins St Melbourne Vic 3000

5:30pm – 7:00pm Pre-Dinner Drinks

7:00pm – 7:05pm 

Chris Devlin, AGA Chairman – “Welcome Address”

7:05pm – 8:30pm  Entrée and mains are served

8:30pm – 9:00pm Dylan Storer, Journalist – “Who’s Planet is This Anyway?”

9:00pm – 10:30pmDessert & coffee served

10:30pm                 Guests Depart

Forum on the Wednesday 20th November 2019Held at the Oaks on Collins,480 Collins St Melbourne Vic 3000

8:30am – 9:00amRegistration Opens

9:00am – 9:05am  Chris Welathy, AGA Managing Director and CEO “Introductory Remarks”

9:05am – 9:15am  Chris Devlin, AGA Chairman“Welcome and Outline Forum Program”

9:15am – 10:00am
David Norman, CEO Future Fuels Cooperative Research Centre
“A Collaborative Pathway to a Hydrogen Horizon”

10:00am – 10:45am
Mr Hideo Nakanishi, Chairman & CEO Japan Gas Appliances Inspection Association 
“Japan’s National Hydrogen Strategy”

10:45am – 11:15amMorning Tea

11:15am – 12:00pm
Vikram Singh, Lead Advisor, Low Carbon Transformation, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group  
“The carbon transformation”

12:00pm – 12:45pm
Bill Tabourlos, Group Manager Technical Operations, The Australian Gas Association
“The evolution of the gas industry”

12:45pm – 1:45pmLunch 

1:45pm – 2:30pm
Samuel Lee Mohan, Manager Innovation Projects Gas Australia, ATCO
“ATCO’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub”

2:30pm – 3:15pm
Enzo Alfonsetti, Manager Type A Gas Appliance & Component Safety, Energy Safe Victoria, and Chairman, Gas Technical Regulator’s Committee  
“Regulatory Update”

3:15pm – 3:35pmAfternoon Tea

3:35pm – 4:20pm
Dr Daryl O’Brien, Director Technical and Regulation, Victorian Building Authority  
“Preparing for a Hydrogen Future”

4:20pm – 5:05pm
Ross Jamieson, Chairman Standards Australia Committee AG-013  
“Transition from Type 21 POL to the QCC type LPG coupling”

5:05pm – 5:15pm  Chris Devlin, AGA Chairman – “Closing Remarks”

5:15pm – 5:30pmWalk to Restaurant – Farewell Dinner

5:30pm – 10:00pm

Farewell Dinner, held at the Left Bank Melbourne, 1 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank

Register now to ensure you do not miss out!

Accommodation is available at Oaks on Collins at discounted rates.  Please contact Kylie or Sandi on +61 3 9580 4500 or IndustryForum@aga.asn.au for accommodation details.

Please note that sponsorship opportunities for this year’s forum have closed

A big thank you to the support received for the 2019 AGA Industry Forum from our sponsors below!

Our Platinum Sponsor

Our Gold Sponsors

AGA Forum Sponsor Fiammetta
AGA Forum Sponsor Keefers
AGA Forum Sponsor Weber
AGA Forum Sponsor SCE
AGA Forum Sponsor AHM
AGA Forum Sponsor Master Plumbers
AGA Forum Sponsor Seeley

Victorian Building Authority (VBA) visits AGA Hydrogen Laboratory

AGA hosted the VBA at AGA’s Hydrogen test facility in Braeside, Victoria in an effort to educate and provide a first-hand look at research and development associated with consumer end use of Hydrogen as a future fuel gas for gas appliances.  

Right now, trials are in development stage to inject a small percentage of Hydrogen (~ 5% – 10%) into the reticulated gas pipeline which is produced via excess ‘green’ energy from solar and wind electrical energy generation.  These trials are happening in South Australia, New South Wales and Western Australia and is the first step towards moving to a fuel that has zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The VBA regulates building and plumbing practitioners in Victoria and with Hydrogen gas proposed to replace methane gas in the future, the VBA group is one of the front line regulatory organisations that will be able to contribute to a successful transition and this includes public relations, training & licencing of practitioners and Standards development. 

AGA thanks the VBA for their support of AGA’s work in this area and we look forward to sharing knowledge in order to best manage any future transition to Hydrogen gas.

11th Gas Appliances Certification Meeting of the Western Pacific Region (GACM)

AGA Managing Director & CEO, Chris Wealthy and AGA Client Manager Tony (Xinyi) Tong attended the 11th GACM held in the city of Qingdao, Shandong Province PR China.  The event was hosted by the China Quality Supervision & Testing Centre for Gas Appliances (CGAC) and attracted delegates from many countries and regions of the Western Pacific Region.

The meeting was chaired by Professor Wang Qi, Director, CGAC who outlined the objectives of GACM and recounted the history of GACM starting from the inaugural meeting held in Singapore in 1997.  In the past twenty years, the leading gas appliances certification institutions from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan Region, Australia and other Western Pacific countries and regions have worked together with the spirit of solidarity, mutual trust and positive cooperation on the stage of GACM.  Collectively, they have promoted the sustainable development of the gas appliance industry in the Western Pacific Region and enhanced the international influence of GACM in the field of gas appliances.

AGA’s Tony Tong delivered a paper outlining requirements for gas appliance certification for the Australian market and the regulatory framework in which it operates.  Judging by the feedback received from delegates, Tony’s presentation was very well received.

At the conclusion of the 11th GACM, Professor Wang Qi’s stood down as GACM Chairman and the position was declared vacant.  AGA’s Chris Wealthy was unanimously elected as the next GACM Chairman.  In his acceptance speech Mr Wealthy said he was both humbled and honoured to be elected as GACM Chairman and promised to carry on the outstanding contribution made by Professor Wang Qi and his predecessors.  Mr Wealthy also announced that the 12th GACM would be hosted by AGA in 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

Latest Standards Updates

AS 4632 (Over-pressure and under-pressure shut off devices) is out for public comment until 15th November 2019. 

If you would like to submit any comments, you may forward them to our Group Manager, Technical Operations, Mr Bill Tabourlos [btabourlos@aga.asn.au], or directly through the Standards Australia website: Click Here