Cheaper, Faster Solar And Battery Storage Installations In NSW

New South Wales residents and businesses installing solar and battery systems can look forward a faster process – and significant savings. Ausgrid, which distributes electricity supply to nearly 1.7 million homes and businesses across Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter regions, has announced it is streamlining its application process for solar and storage installations up […]

Silicon-Air Battery Breakthrough

Silicon is cheap and plentiful – but using it in batteries has proved to be quite a vexing task. Researchers at Germany’s Forschungszentrum Jülich haven’t given up on the prospect and have made significant headway. We first wrote about silicon-air batteries in 2009. Back then it was predicted rechargeable electric car batteries made using silicon […]

Electricity Generation With Printable Solar Selfies

Imagine your rooftop covered with solar panels coated with pictures of you that generate electricity. It’s now possible (but whether it’s desirable is a completely different matter). Printable solar cells have been around for quite a while and Australian researchers were among the first in the world to explore their potential. Solar cells that can […]

ACT’s Mugga Lane Solar Park Progressing

The first solar panels have been installed at Canberra’s Mugga Lane Solar Park according to the ACT’s Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Simon Corbell. “The ACT Government is bringing renewable energy to the people of Canberra at the lowest possible price while stimulating economic development,” Mr Corbell said. Mr. Corbell stated once completed, […]

Wind Power To Add Billions To Illinois’ State Revenue

A new economic impact study has found wind power provided an employment boom and is set to add billions in revenue for the state of Illinois’ coffers. The study, released by Illinois State University’s (ISU) Centre for Renewable Energy, reveals that Illinois’ 25 largest wind farms supported over 20,000 construction and manufacturing jobs and will […]

COAG Energy Council Meeting Announced

Newly-minted Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg,  has announced the next meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council will be held on August 19 in Canberra. Minister Frydenberg says Australia’s energy sector is undergoing a major transition and the meeting will provide an opportunity to strengthen co-operation between various levels […]

Robust Growth In Solar PV Out To 2020

Recent analysis by Frost & Sullivan says revenues from the global residential, commercial, industrial and public project solar market will reach USD $179.13 billion in 2020. The company also predicts installed solar capacity for the same sectors will grow from 50,780 MW to 76,600 MW by that year. Frost & Sullivan’s report states solar PV […]

Super-Cool : The Aussie Kids Making Solar Lights For Others

Children in Queensland have been busy assembling solar lights that are then sent to other children in Papua New Guinea. It’s one of the very few times this writer has ever wished he was back in school. The project is occurring via SolarBuddy, an organisation with a mission to provide safe, clean and reliable solar […]

Massive Solar Powered Drone Takes Flight

A full-scale version of Facebook’s huge Aquila solar powered drone has successfully completed its first test flight in Yuma, Arizona. We first reported on Aquila back in August last year. The unmanned airplane has a wingspan of around 42 metres – the same as a Boeing 737 – which is covered by solar cells. Far […]

PEBL – Pedal Electric Vehicle

Another “green” vehicle to add to our collection of pedal/electric and solar power assisted car-cycle stories –  PEBL. Powered by a 750 watt electric motor, the three-wheeled PEBL velomobile has a factory set top speed of 32kmh (but that can be tweaked). With the standard lithium battery installed and assuming flat terrain, PEBL’s creators say […]