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Electricity shock

By Brett Thompson | September 22, 2017

Anyone with half an interest in renewables will be following the political tussle over energy policies with a mix of discomfort and disbelief. The prospect of the coalition adopting a clean energy target is looking less likely by the day with the government distancing itself from Finkel’s key recommendation. Instead the coalition continues to support…

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PV: 6 GW and rising

By Brett Thompson | September 22, 2017

Image credit Climate Council: State of Solar 2016 Small-scale renewable energy has hit the milestone capacity of 6 GW, enough to power more than 1.8 million homes, and the Australian PV market is now on track to reach between 10 and 12 GW by 2020, according to APVI in its National Trends Report. Solar PV…

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Era of cleaner energy: DNV GL

By Brett Thompson | September 22, 2017

By 2050, about 85 per cent of global electricity production will come from renewable sources, with solar PV topping the list and supplying a third of the world’s electricity, according DNV GL. Their report Energy Transition Outlook 2017 which presents a regional forecast of the energy transition to 2050 suggests an era of abundant and…

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Battling climate change

By Brett Thompson | September 22, 2017

Australia has broken another round of records but that’s nothing to gloat over: this year our continent experienced its warmest winter on record with maximum temperatures nearly 2°C above average. In its latest report Hot and dry: Australia’s weird winter the Climate Council says the exceptionally warm and dry winter was made sixty times more…

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Climate Change Innovation Grants

By Brett Thompson | September 22, 2017

Record breaking hurricanes and flooding, widespread evidence of rising global temperatures, Australia’s warmest winter on record and the threat of an earlier and more dangerous bushfire season … the writing is on the wall: contain emissions or suffer the consequences. For its part the Victorian Government is taking action by inviting applications for $3.8 million…

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Exporting renewables

By Brett Thompson | September 22, 2017

Could renewables be the next big thing in Australian expertise and exports? That may well be the case should ARENA succeed in its quest to gain information about Australia’s potential to export renewables such as hydrogen. ARENA is inviting researchers and industry participants to help shape the focus of the agency’s future funding opportunities around…

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Battle of the brands

By Brett Thompson | September 22, 2017

Want to promote your services and products to a wider group? The Australian Solar and Energy Storage Councils have thrown down the gauntlet for a “Battle of the solar, storage and smart energy brands”! The battle will involve companies presenting a short pitch about what makes their product special. “No long talks – just a…

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Flowing along nicely

By Brett Thompson | September 22, 2017

Australian battery company Redflow Ltd has repeated its largest ever sale of ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries, after receiving a second international order worth in the region of A$750,000. Auckland-based Hitech Solutions placed this latest order for a major, multiple stage project which is using Redflow’s ZBM2 batteries to build advanced hybrid energy storage systems that…

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