19 schools in Sydney’s west have plugged into a solar program aiming to reduce carbon emissions by more than 2440 tonnes each year.
UNSW’s new Environmental Sustainability Plan includes a switch to 100% renewable electricity, expanded onsite solar energy generation, and new zero-net-emissions buildings.
The Sydney Opera House incurs some massive power bills. In a bid to reduce the expense and emissions, the iconic facility will source its power profile from large-scale wind and solar projects in New South Wales.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is providing Windlab with additional working capital to further the development of its Australian portfolio. This will include a focus on additional high-hub turbine opportunities identified using its unique Windscape technology.
Paris-based renewable energy producer Total Eren has secured financing for its 256.5MWp Kiamal Solar Farm in north-west Victoria. The farm will be financed by Australian and European financial institutions, including ANZ (Australia), ING (Netherlands), and Natixis (France), with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation taking a minority equity stake in the project.
The Gannawarra Energy Storage System has been officially opened with Tesla’s second-biggest Australian battery supporting the project. The battery is big enough to power 16,000 households for two hours during peak demand and will help integrate new renewable energy into the Victorian power grid.
In seeking to achieve its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2025, the University of the Sunshine Coast is installing solar PV across its campus and using the energy to chill the water; essentially turning its water tanks into thermal batteries.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency is providing funding for two renewable energy hybrid microgrid plants at mines in northern goldfields and Port Gregory, Western Australia. The mines will develop a microgrid integrating wind, solar and a lithium-ion battery energy storage system.
The mining industry is a heavy user of diesel vehicles and machinery, so the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), including utes, will bring a massive reduction in overheads and emissions.
Rivian is developing electric SUVs and utes that will be capable of charging each other in remote areas. The company will also install chargers off the beaten track to alleviate range anxiety.
A Trans-Tasman corporate partnership will see electric trucks being brought to New Zealand and Australia in 2019. The range will initially include light electric vehicles for operators of 4.5-7 tonne logistics and general commercial trucks.
The Australian Energy Market Commission has created detailed maps which track Australia’s generation mix over the last 50 years. The maps highlight a need for more coordinated investment in generation and transmission.
The Australian Energy Market Commission has set the direction for reform in the way generators access transmission networks to deliver electricity to consumers. The proposed reforms address both the need for greater certainty for generators that they can get their energy to consumers, and reduce the financial and risk burden on consumers in funding new transmission investment.
Taking effect from 1 July 2019, the Australian Energy Regulator has approved the 2019-20 network tariffs as proposed by Energy Queensland (Energex and Ergon Energy) which will fall by 0.1%. These tariffs implement the last year of the AER’s 2015 decision that set the maximum revenue Energex and Ergon Energy can recover from customers over the five year period 2015-20.
The Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority has opened public and stakeholder consultation on its greenhouse gas guidelines.
The Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction has signed a new Australia–Japan Memorandum of Cooperation to address contemporary energy challenges. The agreement will promote trade and investment, support research and innovation, and tackle security, reliability and affordability challenges.
BHP predicts that EVs could achieve more than 50% share of global new vehicle sales by 2030, climbing to 100% by 2050.
The Irish government hopes to have 950,000 electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2020 as part of its plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles.
New research from the US shows that the nation’s electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind) has now surpassed that of coal.
LEGO hits renewables target, years ahead of schedule
LEGO has built a record-breaking 7.5 metre tall wind turbine from 146,000 of its plastic bricks to celebrate achieving 100% renewable energy in their operations, three years ahead of schedule.
Legal & General Investment Management has released its second annual ranking of companies according to efforts to address risks and opportunities presented by climate change. 5 companies will be voted against and divested from its Future World fund range due to unsatisfactory results.
A new lightweight e-bicycle charges while pedalling, with its motor and battery built into a discreet rear-wheel hub unit.
NASA is underwriting a project to develop a cryogenic hydrogen fuel cell system for powering all-electric aircraft. The research may lead to the replacement of conventional fossil-fuel propulsion systems.
A research team has developed a system that produces electricity and hydrogen (H2) while eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global warming.
With the world’s population growing by 83 million each year, the need for smarter waste management is increasingly urgent. Evreka provides cities with an innovative perspective for waste collection solutions.
In CEA, a range of high-value crops including lettuces, herbs and berries are grown in enclosed structures. New technologies in these facilities include customised HVAC, energy-efficient horticultural lighting and benchmarking tools.
Researchers at Kyoto University have made dye-sensitized solar cells, the most efficient solar technology available, more efficient by adjusting and updating their structure.
New research paves the way for next-generation halide perovskite solar cells, investigating how and why the material behaves and reacts to different conditions.
Innovative energy storage facilities, artificial intelligence in microgrids, blockchain technology, and more.