Energy

Enliten: a formula for an energy transition for Australia

Enliten: a formula for an energy transition for Australia

General frustration with the largely negative debate in Australia around a clean energy transition has inspired industry expert Jonathan Jutsen to develop a formula for a way forward. He’s interested in collaboration.

Blame the failure to decommission coal for renewables’ sluggish growth

Any Australians tearing their hair out (if they have any left) about their government’s position on climate change have long suspected that its failure to decommission the country’s coal and oil-fired power plants has been the biggest stumbling block to increasing the amount of renewable energy in the country.

Making the invisible visible: the energy efficiency story

Making the invisible visible: the energy efficiency story

Over the course of two days earlier this week, 11 brilliant international speakers, 51 home-grown leaders and many more energy efficiency professionals came together at the 10th National Energy Efficiency Conference in Sydney to discuss the theme: Better cities, stronger industry, cheaper energy. 

How cool is cool when it’s natural? National Energy Efficiency Conference 2018

How cool is cool when it’s natural? National Energy Efficiency Conference 2018

Given that the most energy efficient building is one that uses no energy at all, then the star studded Naturally Cool session at the National Energy Efficiency Conference, looks like it just might create new aspirational thinking in “cool” for buildings – in both senses of the word.

sodium-ion battery

Lithium-ion and new frontiers in energy battery storage

Demand for lithium-ion battery storage is still strong despite the dangers – and expense – of its component parts. Fortunately, there is a growing stable of storage alternatives that could see our dependence on lithium-ion taper off.

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Hydrogen heating for homes could be on the horizon

Although much of the buzz around renewable hydrogen is focused on cars and its money-making potential as an overseas export, in the short-to-medium term hydrogen could also be used for cooking, heating and cooling Australian homes.

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ARENA pumps funds into “solar garden” trial

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $240,000 for a feasibility study into “solar gardens” – centrally located solar arrays that can be invested in by renters, apartment dwellers and others unable to get solar on their roofs.

How cities can leverage smart data to boost building efficiency

A free toolkit has been published to help local governments, utilities and other building industry players replicate the success of some US cities in leveraging smart data to make buildings more efficient and pleasant for occupants.