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Energy System Manager, Energy Technology, CSIRO

James McGregor is the Energy Systems Manager for CSIRO’s Division of Energy Technology undertaking business development and project management of major science initiatives. His research and development experience includes projects in carbon capture and storage, solar thermal technologies, biofuels, distributed energy generation and “smart agent” energy end-use technologies.

Some of his recent projects have included the design and construction of one of the worlds largest concentrating solar thermal brayton cycle system in Newcastle – a technology requiring only the sun and air to generate electricity using a modified gas turbine, the design and construction of Australia’s first post combustion carbon capture plant operating on a coal fired power station to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from the power station, and he is currently the leader of CSIRO's Zero Emissions Office project.

In addition to his experience in new technology development, James brings together a unique combination of experience in the property sector spanning the full property life cycle including engineering design, construction, facilities management and portfolio management of sustainable power generation, commercial, residential, and institutional construction projects.

His previous roles have included Manager CSIRO Property Services (Regional NSW) where he was responsible for the asset management of some of Australia’s most unique research facilities including the Newcastle Energy Centre, Australia Telescope National Facility radio telescope in Parkes more famously known as “the dish”, the compact array radio telescope complex in Narrabri, and cotton and livestock research facilities in Myall Vale and Armidale.

James has also worked as a consultant for one of Australia’s leading engineering consultants and was responsible for the management and business development of the Buildings Engineering Group in the Hunter and Northern NSW regions.


  • 2004–present
    Energy Systems Manager, CSIRO
  • 2001–2004
    Buildings Group Manager (Northern NSW), Connell Wagner
  • 1995–2001
    Electrical Engineer, Connell Wagner


  • 2005 
    University of New South Wales, Masters of Business and Technology
  • 1996 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)

Research Areas

  • Renewable Power And Energy Systems Engineering (Excl. Solar Cells) (090608)
  • Built Environment And Design (12)
  • Carbon Capture Engineering (Excl. Sequestration) (090401)