Concentrated Solar Thermal is a missed opportunity: CEC

The Australian energy market is missing a great opportunity by not exploring the full potential of Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) technology. The Clean Energy Council (CEC) this week added its support for CST along with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). ARENA is currently investigating the feasibility of CST as part of its Advancing Renewables program. According […]

AEMC expands eligibility for frequency control ancillary services

The Australian Energy Market Commission is expanding the number of retail customers who are eligible to provide stability to the electrical grid. To maintain a stable power supply, generators must provide as close to a 50 Hz signal as possible. Frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) manipulate the power supply to achieve this. FCAS are procured from market […]

Tesla opens first car showroom in Queensland

Tesla officially opened its first Queensland electric vehicles showroom in Fortitude Valley today. The Store and Service Centre at the Valley’s Homemaker centre will sell Tesla’s Model X and Model S vehicles. In addition, there will be four supercharging bays on site. According to Tesla, the store is the first in the Sunshine State and […]

Sydney council rolls out solar power systems

Canterbury Bankstown Council plans to install solar power systems on five city buildings to lower electricity costs and counter climate change. Administrator Richard Colley said the new solar kits would make the buildings some of the City’s most energy efficient. “We have already installed 10 solar systems in its facilities so far,” Mr Colley said. “[These […]

South Australians could adopt solar to escape world’s highest power prices

Solar systems could be the best way for South Australian households to avoid rising power prices. That’s the opinion of energy economist and Director of Carbon and Energy Markets (CME), Dr Bruce Mountain. Recently, Dr Mountain published data that found Australia’s power prices had risen sharply since June. South Australia’s are now the highest in the world. Data […]

Renewable hydrogen trial could help decarbonise Australian gas network

A new trial will see excess solar and wind power stored as renewable hydrogen and injected into Australia’s largest gas network. With $5 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Wollongong-based company, AquaHydrex, has developed a new class of electrolyser to produce cheap renewable hydrogen by splitting water. The trial involves injecting […]

CEC urges Turnbull Government to adopt Clean Energy Target

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) is urging the Federal Government to support the Finkel Review’s Clean Energy Target. CEC Executive Director Kane Thornton said a long-term energy policy will accelerate private sector investment. In a statement, Mr Thornton said the Finkel reforms are “meaningless” without a Clean Energy Target (CET). Furthermore, he believes reforms will modernise the energy sector […]

Push to extend life of battery energy storage systems

Utilities want to see the life of battery energy storage systems (BESS) extended to 10 years, new research shows. A study undertaken by global research and consulting organisation Frost & Sullivan reveals utilities are demanding the increase to win greater return on their investments in renewable energy. There is also increasing demand from industry to […]

Australian solar EPCs face survival of fittest

A surge in the solar construction market should force less efficient solar EPCs out, research reveals. Despite an increase in projects entering the pipeline, the utility solar construction sector will lose solar players, data shows. The latest report by Sustainable Energy Research Analytics (SERA) shows the solar engineering, procurement  and construction (EPC) market in Australia is booming. […]

ARENA push for concentrated solar thermal

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports a strong response from industry and investors on concentrated solar thermal (CST). This follows ARENA’s call for information from industry, solar manufacturers and green energy investors about CST. The call ended on 31 July, and ARENA is now evaluating responses to see how ready we are to embrace this […]