Caffeine perks up interest in perovskite solar cells

A simple cup of coffee inspired a research breakthrough that could see perovskite solar cells replace silicon ones. Graduate student Rui Wang from UCLA was drinking coffee with colleagues in March last year. Wang decided to test whether caffeine’s chemical structure could solve perovskite’s key problem – its inability to cope with harsh sunlight. His […]

Victorian water corporations choose solar power to cut emissions and costs

Thirteen of Victoria’s public water corporations have banded together to purchase solar energy in an effort to cut water industry carbon emissions. The venture will operate under a new organisation called Zero Emissions Water Ltd (ZEW). It’s the latest in a suite of climate-friendly announcements from the Andrews Labor Government. Under the deal, the corporations […]

Western Australians brace for more electricity bill hikes

Households in Western Australia are bracing for new power bill hikes – an additional 2 per cent to annual bills. According to The West Australian, this means power bills have increased by around 20 per cent since Mark McGowan’s Labor Government took office in 2017. The increase also represents a 100 per cent increase in […]

Australia has big solar thermal future despite collapse of $650 million project

Australia still has a promising solar thermal technology future despite a major Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project in South Australia failing because of financing issues. Energy expert Simon Currie says the emerging CSP industry can overcome the collapse of SolarReserve’s $650 million Aurora project near Port Augusta. Solar thermal technology is perfect for Australian conditions, […]

Energy efficient community housing saves tenants, developers money

A new apartment complex for low incomes residents has achieved a 7-star rating under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS). The building in Liverpool, NSW, features high-performance glass, insulation to floors, ceilings and walls, and shade to windows. In addition, the six-storey complex has rooftop solar panels installed, along with ceiling fans in every room. […]

Solar shines as star employer in surging renewable jobs market

Renewable jobs are growing across Australia with jobs in the solar sector growing fastest. Yesterday’s figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the highest level of estimated full-time equivalent (FTE) employment in renewable energy since 2011-12. The Employment in Renewable Energy Activities, Australia, 2017-18 report shows the staggering advance of solar energy. Construction […]