South Australia looks to expand its renewable energy and storage capabilities

Renewable Energy - Wind, Solar, Earth

Government calls for proposals for new projects The South Australian government is calling for project proposals from companies that may be interested in renewable energy. The state is looking to secure new projects that focus on clean power, bioenergy, and energy storage. Such projects will receive aid from the Renewable Technology Fund, which has some $150 million in backing. Companies are being invited to submit proposals for innovative projects that could help South Australia establish a greater foothold in the renewable energy space. Energy storage is becoming a major priority…

Read More

Renewable energy reaches a major milestone in Australia

Australia Renewable Energy

Clean energy can provide power for 70% of Australia’s homes Renewable energy has come to establish a significant presence in Australia. Indeed, clean forms of power, when combined, could actually satisfy most of the country’s energy demand. According to Green Energy Markets’ first Australian Renewable Energy Index, clean power can generate enough electricity to power 70% of Australia’s homes. Once new solar and wind projects reach completion by the end of this year, the clean power sector will be able to generate enough electricity to power 90% of the country’s…

Read More

Huge biofuels pilot plant announced in Australia

The development of renewable energy in Queensland would help to address climate change. Queensland, the second largest and third most populous state in Australia, is improving its renewable energy efforts by establishing a biofuels pilot plant. The state government has secured the $16 million facility for Gladstone in central Queensland. If the project is successful it could result in the state establishing a large-scale alternative fuel industry. The development of renewable energy in Queensland will also help to protect the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is located off…

Read More

Carnegie achieves success with its wave energy project

The ground-breaking CETO 5 Perth Project has completed 12 months of operations. The Western Australia (WA)-based company, Carnegie Wave Energy, has successfully completed a full year of operating its innovative CETO 5 Perth Project, which marks the completion of its final milestone, which was one of the requirements for its many state and federal government grant funding agreements. The company has submitted all CETO 5 grant milestone invoices. The company officially turned on its onshore power station for its Perth Wave Energy Project 12 months ago. This marked the launch…

Read More

Sand could be new key ingredient for renewable energy storage

Researchers develop low cost thermal energy storage device that could store large amounts of power. South Australian company, Latent Heat Storage, has developed a Thermal Energy Storage System dubbed TESS, a low-cost and highly scalable renewable energy storage device that is based on the latent heat properties of silicon derived from sand. The TESS stores energy as thermal power and can be integrated anywhere within an electricity network. How the device stores power as thermal energy is it heats and melts containers full of silicon. Silicon’s high latent heat capacity…

Read More

Undersea wave energy may soon be harnessed

Researchers make undersea renewable energy breakthrough. Carnegie Wave Energy and Western Power have teamed up to develop the first wave energy island microgrid in Australia, which could result in technology, known as the CETO 6 Project, that has the capability of harnessing the power of underwater waves, reported Nature World News. Buoys under water will transfer energy from waves to onshore hydroelectric power plants. The CETO 6 Project will be constructed six miles off the coast of a small Australian island located near Perth, known as Garden Island. The renewable…

Read More

Spanish bank pulls out of Australian renewable energy market

Banco Santander is selling off its only investment in the Australian renewable energy space Banco Santander, Europe’s largest bank in market value and one of the world’s largest financiers of renewable energy projects, is leaving the Australian clean energy market. The bank has sold its only renewable energy investment in the country, opting to leave Australia due to policy uncertainty coming from the Australian government. The country’s renewable energy market has been shrouded with uncertainty in recent years due to government policies that favor conventional forms of power over environmentally…

Read More

New solar energy record set in Australia

Research team breaks world record in solar energy production efficiency Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Australia have set a new record solar energy efficiency. The research team made use of solar cells that are commercially available, but opted to use these cells in a new way. This allowed the team to improve the efficiency of solar panels by a significant degree, meaning that these energy systems were able to generate electrical power more effectively than their conventional counterparts. 40% of sunlight converted to electrical power by…

Read More

Solar energy hits turbulence in Australia

Australian utilities are coming together to oppose the expansion of solar power Solar energy may be in for some turbulence in Australia. The country has become one of the most attractive markets for solar power, largely due to its abundant exposure to solar radiation and the interest that consumers have in clean energy, but the solar sector is beginning to see a great deal of opposition come from the country’s utilities and government. Australia’s major energy utilities have banded together in order to petition the government to end all subsidies…

Read More

Australia sets sights on renewable energy for the future

Country to embrace renewable power in aggressive style Renewable energy has been making strong progress in Australia in recent years. The country has become a promising market for both solar and wind energy, despite the government making major changes to its policies supporting the adoption and development of renewable energy projects. The Australian Energy Market Operator has announced that the country is beginning to move away from fossil-fuels in an aggressive way with an initiative that may establish the country as a leader in the clean energy sector. New energy…

Read More

Solar energy demand falls in Australia

Australian solar energy sector experiences turbulence Demand for rooftop solar energy systems in Australia has been falling, according to a new report from Green Energy Markets, which was commissioned by the REC Agents Association. Over the past two years, Australia has established itself as a relatively attractive home for solar energy projects. The country is working to distance itself from fossil-fuels to some degree, thus an increased focus on renewable energy. In 2012, Australia crossed the 1 gigawatt threshold of solar energy capacity, but demand for residential solar power systems…

Read More

Sydney sets 100% renewable energy goal

Sydney to become a renewable energy haven Australia has become a strong advocate of renewable energy. Various kinds of initiatives and clean energy projects have taken root within the country and Australia has plans to cut emissions through the use of these projects over the next several years. One of the country’s largest cities, Sydney, has adopted an ambitious goal concerning renewable energy. According to Allan Jones, the Chief Development Officer of Energy and Climate Change for the city, Sydney will rely entirely on renewable energy by 2030. Initiative aims…

Read More

ARENA aims to introduce renewable energy to existing power plants in Australia

Agency has big plans for renewable energy and hybridization The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is expected to unveil a new strategy concerning the hybridization of the country’s power plants. The majority of Australia’s electrical power is currently derived from fossil-fuels, but the country has been growing more interested in renewable energy in recent years. Part of this interest in clean power is linked to environmental concerns and the country’s intentions to reduce the emissions it is responsible for. Introduction of clean technology to existing power plants is becoming more…

Read More

Renewable energy helps make Melbourne carbon-neutral

Australia Renewable Energy Melbourne

Melbourne goes carbon-neutral with the aid of renewable energy and emissions reduction Australia has been working for several years to establish itself as a bastion for renewable energy. The country is currently involved in numerous projects concerning the use of renewable energy and has launched many initiatives designed to reduce carbon emissions nationwide. In the case of carbon emissions, many of the country’s emissions reduction efforts have taken place in the city of Melbourne. Indeed, Melbourne has made significant progress in curbing emissions and promoting a healthier environment, this week…

Read More

Renewable energy could have a major impact on Western Australia

Solar Energy Australia

Greens introduce new plans for renewable energy There are big plans for renewable energy underway in Western Australia. The country’s Greens Party has introduced a new initiative to achieve complete energy sustainability in Western Australia that could easily impact the energy structure of the rest of the country. The political party has released a document suggesting that all of Western Australia’s stationary power needs can be met through the adoption of renewable energy, in less than 20 years. State could reach 100% energy sustainability through solar and wind Western Australia…

Read More

Renewable energy beats fossil-fuels in Australia

Hydrogen Fuel Australia

Renewable energy now costs less than fossil-fuels Renewable energy has made major strides in Australia over the past year. The country has adopted a firm stance on alternative energy, keen to break away from its use of fossil-fuels and reliance on foreign sources of energy. Market research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance has released new analysis concerning the state of renewable energy in Australia. According to the new analysis, Australia is one among several countries  that is seeing the cost of renewable energy become competitive with that associated with fossil-fuels.…

Read More