The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s latest gas inquiry found that Australian manufacturers were mitigating the impacts of increased gas costs by implementing changes to their businesses. ACC chairman Rod Sims, in an exclusive interview with the ABC last week, linked increased gas prices to the gas industry misleading governments into approving massive gas … Continue reading Gas prices forcing manufacturers to change business processes
A new large-scale solar farm will be built in order to power South West Queensland’s gas plants, the Queensland government has announced. Construction has already begun on Shell’s 120 megawatt solar farm according to Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Dr Anthony Lynham. The solar farm will generate clean energy for QGC’s natural gas … Continue reading New solar farm to power Queensland gas plants
Researchers at Swinburne University are using “atomaterials” to create new functionalities, which they believe will change everyday products. “Atomaterials” is a term coined by Professor Baohua Jia, a nanotechnology expert and director of Swinburne’s new Centre for Translational Atomaterials. “It’s a synthesised word from ‘atomic materials’ which are the next generation of nanomaterials,” Professor Jia said. Nanomaterials enable small, fast and powerful … Continue reading Swinburne scientists investigating potential of “atomaterials”
A lab at Western Sydney University has developed roof tiles with integrated solar panels using a 3D printing process designed to be readily adopted by current tile manufacturers. According to results at the Centre for Infrastructure Engineering, the solar roof tiles can produce 19 per cent more electricity, than conventional solar panels. The benefit is … Continue reading University develops power producing roof tiles
Small businesses will be able to access low-cost finance to support the adoption of renewable energy, in a partnership between the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and councils in NSW and South Australia. The program follows the model set out by the City of Melbourne, where upgrades to buildings could be finances through the council. … Continue reading Low-cost finance scheme for solar extended
An industry sector powered by renewable energy, and zero-carbon manufacturing could lead to coal-free steel. This would lead to a jobs-rich, low-carbon economy, climate think-tank Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) said. “Switching from fossil fuels to renewables is a no-brainer for industries wanting to boost competitiveness, provide long-term job security for workers, or grow their business … Continue reading Think tank calls for green manufacturing
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge kicked off on October 13, for the 15th time travelling down the Stuart Highway from Darwin to Adelaide. With cars only allowed 5kw of stored energy, all other propulsion must come from either the sun or the kinetic energy of the vehicle. Known for spurring innovation in the field of … Continue reading Solar race kicks off
A solar-powered microgrid will provide electrical energy for industry at the Peel Business Park in Nambeelup, Western Australia. Built by a consortium led by Enwave Australia, the project will be Australia’s first ever industrial renewable energy microgrid. The solar farm will be supported by a battery to provide constant power to the 120 hectare lot. … Continue reading WA industrial park powered by solar microgrid
Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has secured more than $180 million of debt funding for its new Collector Wind Farm, that’s set to deliver more than two-gigawatts of energy across regional Australia. The Collector project is being developed through Thailand’s RATCH-Australia near Goulburn, New South Wales, which is expected to cost more than $360 million. … Continue reading CEFC to fund $360 million Collector wind farm
Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager, has announce a decision to invest a total of $700 million in the development of a large-scale renewable energy platform in Australia. The platform, which will be known locally as Grassroots Renewable Energy Platform, will be seeded with the 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm project in NSW’s New … Continue reading Partners Group to invest in 1.3GW renewable energy platform in Australia
New planning and community engagement guidelines are in development to guide Queensland’s solar farm boom, says the Queensland state government. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said with 17 large-scale solar farms under construction across the state and another 40-plus potentials, specific planning guidelines were needed. “We are becoming the solar energy … Continue reading Solar farm forums shed light on new planning guidelines
The construction of more than 500 megawatts (MW) of hydro and solar is one step closer after an agreement was signed last Friday between Powerlink and Genex Power Limited to progress Stage 2 of the Kidston Hydro-Solar Project, that combined with stage one will support up to 500 construction jobs. Minister Assisting the Premier on … Continue reading North QLD hydro and solar project that will support jobs moves forward
Photon Energy has revealed its plans for a 316W solar plant in Gunning, which would be the biggest solar power plant in NSW. The project is intended to help Australia meet its Renewable Energy Target and assist in the transition from coal to renewable energy. It will involve the construction of hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading Proposal for $380m solar farm in southern NSW
A solar plant in Bridgewater, Victoria plans to create 35 jobs over the next few years. Ceramet Solar, a subsidiary of Ballarat-based manufacturer Ceramet Automotive, is in the process of increasing its solar power generation at its Bridgewater site from 500 kilowatts to 1.5 megawatts. The company hopes to use local labour to mass produce … Continue reading New jobs for Victorian solar plant
The Turnbull Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has taken the next step in the development of a solar thermal plant at Port Augusta in South Australia. ARENA has requested information from prospective industry participants on the costs and benefits of Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST). This information will help ARENA and the Clean Energy … Continue reading Next step taken in solar thermal development
With the right technology, homeowners and businesses with solar and battery storage systems have the potential to play a vital role in stabilising a grid with high renewable generation, according to Luke Osborne, chief operations officer for Reposit Power. By integrating innovative software with solar battery systems, Reposit Power helps customers who invest in these … Continue reading Solar battery storage ‘vital for energy market’
A $1 billion solar farm and battery storage project is soon to be built in South Australia’s Riverland region. The system will include 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries, making it the biggest of its kind, according to battery storage developer Lyon Group. Construction is due to begin in the next few months, … Continue reading SA to house world’s biggest solar farm and battery storage project
A USD $36.5 million investment in Sunverge Energy’s world-leading technology is set to advance the uptake of residential energy storage in Australia.
Indigenous-owned energy company AllGrid yesterday launched a solar energy battery storage system and raised the possibility that it may open a manufacturing plant in Adelaide.
The installation of grid-connected solar inverters at its manufacturing facility is expected to reduce its energy bills by up to $45,000 a year.