Energy

Alan Pears: Submission on the federal government’s Technology Investment Roadmap

The Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper provides a useful review of a range of technologies that could contribute to management of Australia’s climate impact. But this is just one (important) element of the actions required for Australia to build a successful clean energy-based economy.

Gas is not the solution for our clean energy future

Say it with me: gas is not a transition fuel. COVID-19 could be the trigger for the much-needed step change in our clean energy transition. But the Morrison government has…

Australian cleantech startup accelerator receives federal funding

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is looking to support renewable energy startups by awarding $480,000 in federal funding over the next 12 months to EnergyLab Australia, the nation’s largest cleantech startup acceleration program.

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Eastern Europe shows how to convert coal to solar

The Western Balkan states contain seven of the 10 most polluting coal-fired power plants in Europe. Several are being converted to solar power and the rest are likely to be gone in a few years, in a smooth transition that’s been hailed by European leaders as a model for others to follow.

CEFC gets $1 billion for grid stability… gas included?

The Morrison government has sunk an extra $1 billion into a new fund for “grid reliability” to be managed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) but an energy expert has warned that the necessary legislative updates will allow the green bank to finance gas projects. 

Energy storage trends, from micro to macro

OXYGEN FILES: Powering the energy grid without coal isn’t going to happen without storage and other technologies to ensure reliable supplies at any time and in any weather. While policy…

Nuclear industry must address community concerns

Recently promoted as a “green power” alternative, the nuclear option, like so-called clean coal, is a dud and fundamental social concerns about its use remain unaddressed.

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RedGrid sets sights on residential demand response market

Australian demand response services start-up, RedGrid, has raised over half a million dollars in equity crowdfunding in just three days, this week, and is already well over its minimum capital-raising target.