e-extra October 2019

1 October 2019

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ARENA tackles next steps in the energy transition

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency’s investment priorities reflect the pace and progress of the energy transition. Factors include integrating the renewables mix, accelerating the hydrogen industry and supporting emissions reduction.

Delivering the grid of the future

More and more households and businesses are able to produce and store solar energy. Digital appliances and home automation are simplifying energy demand management. To maximise these benefits, the Australian Energy Market Commission has made a package of recommendations.

AEMO looks at role of rooftop solar to help manage EVs on the grid

The Australian Energy Market Operator is examining rooftop solar and how it might be used to solve some of the grid issues created by the rapid uptake of electric vehicles.

First solar farm to have self-forecasts approved by market operator

An Australian company has delivered the first approved solar farm self-forecast for National Electricity Market dispatch.

Piotrek and CSIRO to make next-gen lithium batteries for global market

A new partnership between Australia’s science agency CSIRO and Japanese chemical manufacturer Piotrek, will see Australian-developed battery technologies commercialised globally within the next five years.

Tesla's SA big battery continues to operate smoothly

The world’s biggest lithium-ion battery has impressed network owners and grid operators with overall performance, speed, versatility and the ability to hold up the grid in the case of wider outages. It has also delivered more than $50 million in grid savings in its first year.

New report shows Australia has high potential for hydrogen production

Geoscience Australia, on behalf of the National Hydrogen Taskforce, has released a report which identifies and maps regions with high potential for hydrogen production. All states and territories were identified as being highly suitable.

South Australia unveils plans for 100% renewable hydrogen economy

The South Australian Government says its wind and solar resources mean there is nowhere else in the world as well positioned to produce, consume and export 100% green hydrogen.

CEFC investment injects energy efficiency into Barwon Healthcare Property portfolio

Healthcare facilities across Australia will be more comfortable and energy efficient under a plan to reduce energy consumption backed by the Clean Energy Finance Corp’s latest investment. The CEFC is taking an $80 million equity stake in the Barwon Institutional Healthcare Property Fund.

ARENA selects manufacturing sites for process heat alternatives trial

ARENA will support the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) with $460,500 to deliver a $900,500 project to replace fossil fuelled heat with heat generated from renewable power sources.

Compressed air energy storage company secures $55 million in finance

Large-scale compressed air energy storage firm Hydrostor has secured A$54.6 million in new investment funds, which will accelerate the company’s expansion into developing 100MW+ scale energy storage projects.

Remote Aboriginal communities to benefit from solar co-investments

The Western Australian communities of Warmun and Bidyandanga will share in the installation of 311 kilowatts of rooftop solar under Horizon Power's Solar Incentives Scheme.

Farmers steered to energy efficiency

The CEFC and the National Farmers Federation have collaborated to back clean energy solutions for Australian farmers. In a practical new guide for Australia’s 85,000 farming enterprises, 51 opportunities were identified for farmers to reduce their energy bills.

Australia tops GRESB results for ninth year running

Australian property companies have dominated the 2019 Global Real Estate Sustainability Baseline results, confirming the region’s big end of town as global leaders in real estate sustainability for the 9th year in a row.

Report released on the state of electric vehicles in Australia

A new report by the Electric Vehicle Council provides data and insights into the nation’s electric vehicle industry.

Australia is still building 80% of new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

Analysis finds that 4 in 5 new houses are being built to the minimum standard and a negligible proportion to an optimal performance standard.

The digital economy gets renewed focus

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science says its new Digital Economy and Technology division ramps up existing capability in the Australian Public Service and supports working more closely with the private sector, including big tech firms.

Monash University's Digital Energy Futures

Monash University has collaborated with industry partners Ausgrid, AusNet Services and Energy Consumers Australia to embark on a 3 year $2.3m research project, to better understand how emerging technologies will impact future energy needs.   

Curtinnovation Awards recognise breakthrough oil and gas technology

The 2019 Curtinnovation Awards recognised an innovative oil and gas industry technology as one of the excellent research outcomes at Curtin University. SpiroPak was the overall winner with the claim it could save Australia’s oil and gas industry millions of dollars each year.

Outlook for selected critical minerals in Australia in new report

The Office of the Chief Economist determines the critical minerals projects to best support industrial progress, including ingredients for renewable energy systems, electric vehicles and rechargeable batteries.

Electrolysis technique makes cement CO2 emission-free

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have come up with a new way of manufacturing cement that could eliminate CO2 emissions altogether, as well as creating useful bi-products in the process.

A commons-based climate response for urban centres

A Sydney report determines tree canopy as a major response to increasingly extreme urban heat. However, urban trees can also represent a complex challenge.

Hi-tech BMS blind system for Brisbane office tower

4450 motorised blinds for a 55 level office tower will integrate with building management system motors and sensors to maximise the efficiency of the building.

A look inside 6 of Australia’s most sustainable homes

Intriguing innovations on show include a house made of Hempcrete and another built around rammed earth.

World's first electric motorhome gets more range

A luxury zero-emissions motorhome now boasts a 400km range.

Energy efficiency on the high seas

Emissions-free maritime transport is an achievable near-future for the industry. It's also financially sustainable, through the use of existing energy-efficient technologies combined with R&D into new digital solutions.

New device harvests energy from the dark

Engineers at the University of California have developed a device that takes energy from the cold night sky. Ideally, this kind of thermoelectric generator could be used in conjunction with solar panels, with both systems working around the clock to harvest ambient energy.

A graphene-based supercapacitor that’s also a T-shirt

Scientists at RMIT University have developed a smart fabric with a supercapacitor embedded in it. It can be readily integrated with a solar cell or used to power wearable technology.

Fastest Lamborghini ever is a hybrid with a supercapacitor

The new Lamborghini Sián includes the world-first application of a supercapacitor for hybridisation, able to store 10 times the power of a lithium-ion battery at a fraction of the weight.

Companies worldwide commit to net zero carbon buildings

The World Green Building Council announced that 63 signatories have been added to the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, which was launched in September 2018.

IEA World Energy Statistics 2019

A new International Energy Agency report features global statistics on all energy sources – coal, gas, oil, electricity, renewables and waste. It covers supply and consumption for all OECD countries, and more than 100 other nations.