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Glenn Platt elected to prestigious academy

Emergent Group’s Dr Glenn Platt joins other globally-recognised engineering, applied science and tech leaders appointed Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Glenn shares this honour with a Nobel prize laureate, leaders tackling the Aussie engineering shortage, climate change innovators, research translation superstars, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM education champions. Each of them being among the distinguished cohort of Fellows elected to ATSE this year.

The Academy refers to Glenn as a ‘Renewable energy changemaker’, a fitting description given his visionary insights, new technologies, and innovative start-ups that are helping to drive the world’s renewable energy transition.

Glenn, Emergent Group’s Executive Director – Strategy and Innovation, has played a leading role in many pioneering energy projects across Australia, including the first Virtual Power Station. Through his work on distributed energy management, Glenn pioneered much of the “demand side” work now seen as key to the future of Australia’s energy system.

He has spun out eight businesses working with solar, batteries and clean energy and has contributed expert advice and analysis on the future of energy to governments in Australia and overseas.

Glenn led the development of HVAC-management technology now installed in thousands of buildings worldwide, and his research helped catalyse an entirely new field of energy efficiency: adaptive building control.

The 2023 new ATSE Fellows have been chosen for their game-changing contributions in fields spanning artificial intelligence, marine biology, photonics, cancer therapy, battery and energy innovation, and more.

ATSE President Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FTSE said the new Fellows are creating a better Australia through their work.

“As we face global challenges such as climate change, the digitisation of our economy and the massive challenge of building a diverse and skilled STEM workforce, technological innovation is the lynchpin for shaping our future. It’s looking bright thanks to the extraordinary contributions of our 33 newest Fellows.”

“It is a proud moment to be elected by your peers and acknowledged for your lifelong achievements. ATSE Fellows are truly exceptional at what they do, and Australia is all the better for them.”

Glenn will join the other elected fellows at the ATSE Awards 2023 Gala Dinner on 26 October at the National Aboretum in Canberra.

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If you’d like to talk energy, renewable generation or response to climate change, Glenn would love to work with you.