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Director Technology, CSIRO

Dr Geoff James is consultant in clean energy and is respected as a thought leader following almost 30 years of multidisciplinary research with government and private-sector clients. His research and consulting interests include integrating renewable energy in power systems, distribution network evolution, international clean energy trade, energy market development in Asia, and energy storage technology and applications.

In 2017 Geoff started working with Planet Ark Power on grid-interactive solar/storage microgrids at commercial customer sites. He also co-founded Pilbara Solar to develop solar projects in north-west Australia using new business models that provide equity to Traditional Owners. This is a pre-requisite for scaling up and engaging with ASEAN to establish Australia’s renewable energy export industry.


  • 2017–present
    Consultant, Planet Ark Power
  • 2017–present
    Director Technology, Pilbara Solar
  • 2016–present
    Research Principal, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2009–2013
    Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Energy Technology
  • 2002–2008
    Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO ICT Centre
  • 1991–2001
    Research Scientist, CSIRO Division of Radiophysics


  • 1991 
    University of Tasmania, PhD (Physics)
  • 1987 
    University of Tasmania, BSc (Hons) Physics/Mathematics

Research Areas

  • Energy Generation, Conversion And Storage Engineering (091305)
  • Renewable Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Solar Cells) (090608)