Consultation on Electric Vehicle Road User Charge to commence this week

    Industry consultation over an Electric Vehicle Road User Charge in South Australia will begin this week, as the State Government has announced it plans to introduce the charge a year later than first proposed. ... more


    Electric bus company gears up for zero-emission growth

    The South Australian group behind the manufacture of the Brabham BT62 supercar is positioning itself to become a major producer of electric buses for the emerging Australian market. Co-located with sister co... more


    New EV sales figures show Australia stalled with hazards flashing

    New figures released today by the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) show Australian electric car sales stagnate at a time when the rest of the world is hitting the accelerator. In 2020, there were 6,900 electri... more


    Sweet deal sees Mars Australia hit 100 per cent renewable electricity

    Mars Australia has become one of Australia’s first companies to be powered with 100 per cent renewable electricity, flicking the switch on a ground-breaking power purchase agreement with Victoria’s largest ... more

  • Consultation on Electric Vehicle Road User Charge to commence this week
  • Electric bus company gears up for zero-emission growth
  • New EV sales figures show Australia stalled with hazards flashing
  • Sweet deal sees Mars Australia hit 100 per cent renewable electricity

After a steep drop in early 2020, global CO2 emissions have rebounded strongly

Global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were 2 per cent higher in December 2020 than the same month a year earlier, according to new data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The COVID-19 crisis in 2020 triggered the largest annual drop in global energy-related CO2 emissions since the Second World War, according to new data from the IEA, but the overall decline of roughly 6 per cent masks wide variations depending on the region and the time of year. After hitting a low in April, global emissions rebounded strongly and rose above 2019 levels in December. The latest data highlights that…

Solar panel installers on notice in safety blitz

Installers of rooftop solar panels can expect an unannounced visit from SafeWork NSW’s inspectors as the work health and safety regulator targets heightened risk associated with a boom in demand. Minister for Better Regulation, Kevin Anderson, said with state and federal government rebates stimulating an increase in solar panel rooftop installations, SafeWork is intent on ensuring the industry puts safety first. “Last year we saw around 90,000 installations across the state and no doubt there will be even more this year, as many of us look at new ways to reduce costs of living,” Minister Anderson said. Installing solar systems…

Floating offshore could be largest frontier for wind power in Asia Pacific

Floating offshore could be the next frontier in wind power development in the Asia Pacific, says energy research and consultancy group, Wood Mackenzie. A significant market for floating offshore technology is emerging in Asia. Developers in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have announced plans to develop key demonstration projects, although the scale of deployment is still limited compared to conventional fixed-bottom technology. Floating offshore wind accounts for just 6 per cent capacity of the 26 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore capacity expected in the current decade in Asia Pacific excluding China. Wood Mackenzie principal analyst, Robert Liew, said: “This 1.56 GW…

Queensland Government to establish Ministerial Energy Council

Energy sector leaders, industry bodies, consumer groups and unions will come together with government leaders to ensure Queenslanders continue to benefit from cheaper, cleaner energy into the future. Today Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Minister, the Hon. Mick de Brenni, announced that the Queensland Government will establish a Ministerial Energy Council to work with government to deliver for the future energy needs of the State. “This decade will herald a significant adjustment in the way energy is produced, distributed and stored,” said Minister de Brenni. “Making it vital that we collaborate, so that Queenslanders can continue to receive stable, reliable, low-cost…

Top solar power influencers on Twitter during Q4 2020 revealed

An analysis of GlobalData’s Solar Power Influencer Platform, which tracks more than 150 leading industry experts and their discussions pertaining to the emerging trends, pain areas, new fields of innovation and other popular areas on Twitter, has revealed Tor Valenza, founder and CMO at UnThink Solar, as the top influencer on solar power during the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2020. Valenza largely shares updates on clean energy products and services.   Arik Ring emerged as the next top influencer among the solar power experts with an influencer score of 92. Ring is the owner of Energy Engineering Expert Consultant. He…

Ageing offshore wind turbines could stunt the growth of renewable energy sector

The University of Kent’s School of Engineering and Digital Arts (EDA) has led a study highlighting the urgent need for the UK’s Government and renewable energy industries to give vital attention to decommissioning offshore wind turbines approaching their end of live expectancy by 2025. The research reveals that the UK must decommission approximately 300 and 1600 early-model offshore wind turbines by 2025 and 2030, respectively. According to the researchers, urgent focus is needed to proactively use the remaining years until turbines installed in the 1990s and early 2000s are no longer safely functional in 2025, to prevent safety lapses, potentially…

Researchers prepare for looming solar and wind energy waste problem

Researchers at the University of South Australia are leading a national push to ensure the dream of renewable energy doesn’t become a nightmare of waste management. Australia has the highest proportion of household photovoltaic (PV) systems in the world, with more than 21 per cent of homes – or around 2.59 million – now possessing a solar energy system. With most PV systems paying themselves off in three to five years, the average 25-year life span of solar panels makes them an excellent investment, delivering a good return for decades after their cost is recovered. Eventually, however, all good things…