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    Batteries to power Queensland jobs

    Energy Queensland is calling for expressions of interest from supply companies to be part of a preferred supplier panel for possible future supply of large batteries suitable to be connected to the distribution... more

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    Everyday Australians doing net zero heavy lifting with 3 million solar systems now installed

    While Australia’s federal politicians are bickering over net zero targets and a plan to meet them, households and small businesses are doing the heavy lifting on emissions reductions with more than 3 million ... more

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    Solar farm grid connection creates jobs and reduces greenhouse emissions

    The Western Downs solar farm in Queensland has completed work to connect to the electricity grid. Minister for Energy, Renewables, and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said Neoen’s $600 million Western Downs Green... more

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    Gould Creek battery storage project granted development approval

    Renewable energy company Maoneng’s Gould Creek Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project near Adelaide has been granted development approval by South Australia’s Minister for Planning and Local Governmen... more

  • Batteries to power Queensland jobs
  • Everyday Australians doing net zero heavy lifting with 3 million solar systems now installed
  • Solar farm grid connection creates jobs and reduces greenhouse emissions
  • Gould Creek battery storage project granted development approval

Australia ranks second in global solar installation

According to new data from the SolarSuperState, Liechtenstein (with some 700 Watt per capita) leads the world in renewable energy installations through solar photovoltaics. This is followed by Australia and Germany. Australia climbed from fifth to second place in the latest ranking, overtaking the Vatican City State, Japan, and Germany and now produces 179 Watt per capita per year. The reasons for countries losing their higher rank are manifold. In Japan, too much solar energy would disrupt the Japanese Government‘s plans for new coal-fired power plants. In Belgium, the government’s plans to expand atomic energy is slowing the expansion of…
Global study highlights the challenge in Australia’s path to net-zero emissions

Global study highlights the challenge in Australia’s path to net-zero emissions

Australia will need an estimated investment of $165 billion in clean-energy capacity and upgrades to electricity grid infrastructure by 2030 if the country is to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 according to a new study by global engineering design and consulting group, Arcadis. The study reveals that $110 billion would be required for new solar, wind and hydro generation capacity and carbon capture, and $55 billion for transmission and distribution system upgrades over the next eight years for Australia to reach the 2050 target. Australia’s investment challenge is detailed in Supercharging Net Zero, an economic modelling analysis comparing the…
Can the US rise to meet the net-zero emissions challenge?

Can the US rise to meet the net-zero emissions challenge?

US President Joe Biden has a transformational goal: He wants the country to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, building on the net-zero power sector he wants in place by 2035. But can the US meet this challenge? According to new research by global energy consultancy group, Wood Mackenzie, the US is likely to struggle to achieve Biden’s ambitions. Technological limitations, policy design, market structures and even the United States’ political and constitutional foundations may hamper progress. “Despite this, efforts to meet these goals will bring about major change in the US market that will help lower global carbon emissions,” said David Brown, Head…

Desalination market needed to support growing global hydrogen pipeline

The global pipeline for green hydrogen projects is growing fast, with a current target of 206 gigawatts (GW) in installed electrolyser capacity by 2040. However, a Rystad Energy analysis reveals that the locations of the planned projects are overwhelmingly in areas where water is in short supply. This means that an additional desalination market needs to be created to produce most of the 620 million cubic meters of water that these projects will need. Research and development is underway to add and improve the built-in desalination capability of hydrogen projects, but many desalination installations will need to be external –…
Lightsource bp plans to develop 25 GW of solar by 2025

Lightsource bp plans to develop 25 GW of solar by 2025

Lightsource bp, a global leader in the development and management of solar projects, has secured a new $1.8 billion revolving credit and trade finance facility that will help fuel its new global growth strategy of developing 25 gigawatts (GW) of solar by 2025. Lightsource bp states that the funding, provided by 10 top tier global financial institutions [1], underpins the company’s growth ambitions and execution strategy as it continues to accelerate the deployment of solar across the EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific regions. Since its formation in 2010, Lightsource has developed 3.8 GW of solar projects globally. It is now…
Strong interest in batteries and EVs but take-up rate slow

Strong interest in batteries and EVs but take-up rate slow

Interest in home batteries and other low carbon energy technology has grown strongly over the past 12 months, but Australians are putting off purchasing because more than 70 per cent believe the technologies are too expensive, a new report highlights. According to Origin’s new Future Energy Report, while 85 per cent of the 1,000 Australians surveyed believe that batteries will eventually be as common as TVs in Australian homes, 76 per cent believe they are too expensive for them to install today. Meanwhile, batteries are already paying off for those who have them, with 62 per cent of home battery owners happy with the value they…
Researchers develop rival to lithium-ion batteries

Researchers develop rival to lithium-ion batteries

Simply by adding sugar, researchers from the Monash Energy Institute have created a longer-lasting, lighter, more sustainable rival to the lithium-ion batteries needed for electric vehicles, smartphones and laptops. The Monash team, assisted by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), detail in a recent edition of the journal Nature Communications that by using a glucose-based additive on the positive electrode they have managed to stabilise lithium-sulfur battery technology, long touted as the basis for the next generation of batteries. “In less than a decade, this technology could lead to vehicles including electric buses and trucks that can travel…