e-extra July 2019

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Western Sydney Catholic schools participate in solar power program

Nineteen schools in Sydney’s west have plugged into a solar program aiming to reduce carbon emissions by more than 2440 tonnes each year.

UNSW Sydney plans for switch to 100% renewable electricity by 2020

UNSW’s new Environmental Sustainability Plan includes a switch to 100% renewable electricity, expanded onsite solar energy generation, and new zero-net-emissions buildings.

Sydney Opera House gets greener

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 NSW.

CEFC extends its support to Australian innovator Windlab

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.

Victoria’s largest solar farm secures financing

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.

Big battery boost for the Victorian grid

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.

Water batteries providing a unique energy storage solution

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.

New energy solutions for two mines in Western Australia

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.

Electric Landcruiser revs up the Australian mining industry

The mining industry is a heavy user of diesel vehicles and machinery, so the transition to EVs, including utes, will bring a massive reduction in overheads and emissions.

Electric utes to exchange power in the bush and beyond

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.

Electric trucks to be rolled out in Australia and New Zealand

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.

New state maps show Australia’s changing generation mix

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.

Major reforms to put generation and transmission on the same page

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.

Australian Energy Regulator approves 2019-20 network tariffs for Energy Queensland

Taking effect from 1 July 2019, the AER 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.

WA EPA opens consultation on greenhouse gas guidelines

The Western Australia Environmental Protection Authority has opened public and stakeholder consultation on its greenhouse gas guidelines.

Australia signs up to new energy and resources partnership with Japan

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.

Half of all global vehicle sales could be electric by 2030

BHP predicts that EVs could achieve more than 50% share of global new vehicle sales by 2030, climbing to 100% by 2050.

Ireland to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030

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.

US renewable generation capacity surpasses coal for the first time

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.

Companies divested by major global investor for unsatisfactory efforts to address climate changes

Legal & General Investment Management has released its second annual ranking of companies according to efforts to address risks and opportunities presented by climate change. Five companies will be voted against and divested from its Future World fund range due to unsatisfactory results.

Self-charging unlimited range electric bike

A new lightweight e-bicycle charges while pedalling, with its motor and battery built into a discreet rear-wheel hub unit.

Electric aircraft with cryogenic hydrogen system

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.

Scientists turn carbon emissions into usable energy

A research team has developed a system that produces electricity and hydrogen (H2) while eliminating carbon dioxide (CO2), the main contributor to global warming.

Smart waste collection management in smart cities

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.

Controlled Environment Agriculture

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.

Dye-sensitized solar cells becoming more power efficient

Researchers at Kyoto University have made dye-sensitized solar cells, the most efficient solar technology available, more efficient by adjusting and updating their structure.

Discovery shines light on high-performance solar cells

New research paves the way for next-generation halide perovskite solar cells, investigating how and why the material behaves and reacts to different conditions.

Seven energy-efficiency game-changers in 2019

Innovative energy storage facilities, artificial intelligence in microgrids, blockchain technology, and more.