Energy

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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.

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BNEF’s 10 energy predictions for 2018

The Fifth Estate has kicked into gear for another year, and according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance it promises to be a big one for the clean energy and transport sectors.

Ross Harding and why Off the Grid festival works

According to Ross Harding, engineer, extreme-sustainability consultant and funky-gig organiser, if you’re going to have a solar-powered off-grid music and talk-fest it better be on the summer solstice on 22 December.