Liam Byrnes is the Acting Australian manager of Intech Clean Energy which services all Australian States and Territories and specialises in renewable energy deployment and energy efficiency projects. It is part of an international group of companies that includes engineering consultancies in Germany, France and the UK, as well as German and Canadian energy services companies.

Prior to this position, Liam completed a PhD (currently under examination) that investigated the economic viability of renewable energy in regional and remote Australia. While at UQ, Liam was a member of the Global Change Institute College of Experts, and a Member of the College Advisory Committee. Liam has also worked as a lawyer for King & Wood Mallesons and Crown Law specialising in dispute resolution and litigation. 

He is actively engaged in sustainability issues, the 'energy-water-food' nexus and is committed to developing collaborative solutions to persistent challenges faced in regional and remote areas.

PhD details and topic

PhD candidate
Supervised by Dr Colin Brown (Principal), Professor John Foster and Dr Liam Wagner (Associate)

Topic examines the viability of powering regional and remote Australian communities with renewable energy. The research aims to better understand the financial viability of installing renewables as well as the social and environmental consequences. Communities examined are located in regional and remote areas of Queensland and Western Australia with different characteristics and sources of electricity. Non-financial barriers and social/cultural considerations form an integral part of the research and will ultimately help develop more effective deployment strategies and government policy.