NEG disadvantages ‘will cripple renewables’ says industry body

The National Energy Guarantee or NEG disadvantages will cripple Australia’s renewable energy sector and is worse than doing nothing, claims the Smart Energy Council. Australia’s energy ministers approved further development of the NEG design at last week’s meeting of the COAG Energy Council. However, the Smart Energy Council says the Coalition must commit to slashing carbon […]

UK’s leading science park installs Tesla Powerpacks as part of energy strategy

The UK’s leading science and technology park has just installed four Tesla Powerpacks outside its central building as part of its long-term energy strategy. The installation also includes two charge points for electric vehicles. Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) operates a business community of over 120 innovative science and technology businesses. Its Manchester Science Park is […]

New flow battery could break industry reliance on peak electricity

A flow battery developed by Lockheed Martin could revolutionise industry by breaking its reliance on large renewable energy power plants. Because utilities rely on generating electricity during peak hours, it’s hard to meet increased consumer demand in the evening. This is when households use lights, heating, electronic devices and kitchen appliances. The longer-lasting ‘flow battery’ […]

Solar charging stations needed to meet global electric car boom

More than 50 per cent of new global car sales will be electric by 2040, new Bloomberg research shows. And solar charging stations will be needed to fuel them. Lithium battery prices are also predicted to fall a staggering 70 per cent by 2030, data reveals. Electric cars will subsequently be cheaper than gas engines by 2024. […]

Solar battery electricity can be cheaper than grid power: Choice

Using solar battery electricity from your home energy storage system can be cheaper per kilowatt-hour than using grid power, according to Choice. The consumer advocate says a large enough solar array and battery storage system can be a cheaper option, depending on time of day and the feed-in tariff (FiT) you get from your energy […]

COAG Energy Council: Ministers agree to further develop NEG

Australia’s energy ministers have given the go ahead to further develop the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). The decision was made at today’s meeting of the COAG Energy Council, at which Dr Kerry Schott, chair of the Energy Security Board (ESB), presented a detailed proposal for the NEG. The Energy Council agreed the ESB should now […]

States say no to renewable target compromise ahead of Energy Council meeting

Victoria, Queensland and the ACT insist they won’t compromise on their renewable targets as COAG Energy Council members prepare for tomorrow’s meeting. The meeting of state and territory energy ministers, headed by Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, will decide whether the proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) proceeds to design stage or not. Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily […]

Aussie-made mobile solar generators get green light from ARENA

Mobile solar generators could replace diesel generators for military operations, disaster relief efforts and even music festivals. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded $289,725 to Canberra’s ECLIPS Engineering to design, manufacture and test its pop-up concept. The Container Roll Out Solar System (CROSS) would make energy accessible to soldiers cut off from supply […]