Ben is the inventor of Powerblance2 and GHG-Energy Calc6 and principal researcher and developer of both software programs.
He has had broad experience working in agricultural resource management (13 years), science / technical education (3 years), energy/CO2 emissions auditing (10 years) and modelling of electricity grids (5 years). Ben invented the Powerbalance and developed it further in 2018-19 to include modelling of solar thermal, storage (battery, molten salt and pumped hydro) and gas consumption. The model now calculates levelized cost of energy (LCOE) directly from CAPEX, cost of capital and fixed and variable operating expenditures including fuel costs.
Ben is also an author, having written many reports and technical publications. These include principal author of Code of Practice for Environmentally Sustainable Vegetable and Potato Growing in WA, 2003 a chapter in The Biochar Revolution, 2012, principal author of Clean Electricity Western Australia – Modelling Renewable Energy Scenarios for the SW Electricity Grid, 2016 and co-author and modeller of Kimberley Clean Energy Roadmap , 2018.