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EcoGeneration

July/August 2012

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The solar crystal ball: predicting uptake

Warwick Johnston, Managing Director of SunWiz, charts the ups and downs of forecasting the uptake of photovoltaic installations within the Australian solar market.

Head-to-head with Oliver Hartley, Managing Director, Q-Cells Australia

Q-Cells Australia Managing Director Oliver Hartley talks to EcoGeneration about the good and bad news that Australian solar will face in 2012, from both the regulatory and market points of view.

Clean Energy Council gains a Green perspective

Newly-appointed Clean Energy Council Chief Executive David Green speaks with EcoGeneration’s Melanie Ryan to outline his vision for Australia’s clean energy industry – and to explain how the industry can benefit from the energy experiences of the United Kingdom.

Splitting water, providing power with hydrogen energy

Scientists from Australia, Germany, India and the United States have joined together to progress the development and commercialisation of hydrogen gas technology that will draw on solar to provide clean fuel for vehicles, buildings and industry.

Solar radiation data for Australian sites

Reliable design of renewable energy systems requires dependable weather data to predict performance and size the components appropriately. Trevor Lee, co-author of the Australian Solar Radiation Data Handbook, describes the current source of that data and its likely development over time.

Finding Atlantis – and marine energy investment

by Aruna Seneviratne and Claire Legrand, Renewable Energy Specialists, Black & Veatch

Companies developing emerging renewable marine energy technologies need incentives and funding investment to support appropriate projects. The example of Atlantis Resources Corporation – an Australian tidal energy company that ultimately found funding and projects overseas – highlights the challenges faced by Australian clean energy companies seeking marine-related funding opportunities.

The Sustainable Marine Current turbine

The School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide is undertaking a project to finalise the development of its Sustainable Marine Current Energy device. After several years of research, the team behind the turbine is considering options for its commercialisation.

A green engine for Eagle Street

Clarke Energy Australia recently commissioned a 1 megawatt GE Jenbacher gas engine as the integral component of a trigeneration plant installed at 111 Eagle Street, a 44-level office development in Brisbane’s ‘Golden Triangle’ precinct.

Creating solar and natural gas synergies

by Juergen H. Peterseim, Amir Tadros, Stuart White, Udo Hellwig

With the Federal Government’s carbon pricing mechanism now in place, researchers from the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures have come together with gas industry leaders from Aurecon Australia and ERK Eckrohkessel to provide a roadmap for bringing natural gas and solar energy together for cleaner, more reliable power.

Mixing gas and renewables

Results of a joint study by financial analysts Standard & Poor's and carbon analytics firm RepuTex indicate that although natural gas is favourably viewed as a replacement for coal in the Australian power sector, its future is far from secure, as renewably-sourced energy gets set to come into its own.

REC Agents Association established

Clean energy industry stakeholders involved in the creation and trade of Renewable Energy Certificates have formed a new peak body to represent and self-regulate the activities of the businesses trading the Certificates.

2012-13 federal budget: what’s in it for clean energy?

Australia’s clean energy stakeholders responded to the Federal Government’s 2012-13 budget with mixed reviews.

Rebates killed the quality star – nearly

by Markus Lambert, National Sales Manager for Solar and LED Lighting, LG Electronics

The reduction of the solar multiplier from three to two on 30 June 2012 was a positive step forward for the industry. Over past years, solar rebates have allowed for cheap panels and less care in installation quality to take hold in the industry – resulting in scores of unhappy solar customers.

Clean Energy Week 2012 Q&A

with Clean Energy Council Director of Strategy and Operations Kane Thornton

Kane Thornton, the Clean Energy Council’s Director of Strategy and Operations, discusses expectations for the Council’s Clean Energy Week 2012 event to be held from 25–27 July at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Spotlight on: ATRAA 2012

The Clean Energy Council’s Clean Energy Week 2012 incorporates Australia’s largest solar event, ATRAA, where more than 1,000 photovoltaic solar installers and suppliers will descend on the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from 25–27 July 2012.

EcoGeneration Master Classes an industry success

The recent EcoGeneration Master Classes on photovoltaic solar have provided high-level insight and information to attendees in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with delegates citing Master Class presenter Nigel Morris’ comprehensive industry knowledge as a key reason for attending.

Solar comes to Carnarvon

Power production commenced at the Carnarvon Solar Power Station, Western Australia, in February 2012, marking the start of operations for the state’s first power purchase agreement-supported solar energy facility.

The Solar Map of Australia 2012

EcoGeneration has released the 2012 version of the Solar Map of Australia, produced annually to provide the clean energy industry with the latest information on proposed, under construction and commissioned solar power projects across the country.

Wanted: regulatory reform in Australian marine energy

by Glen Wright, Energy Advocate, Total Environment Centre

Wave and tidal energy technologies offer the exciting prospect of generating electricity using the energy contained in the waters off Australia’s expansive coastline. Nonetheless, renewable marine energy faces a number of significant legal and regulatory barriers.

Up close with Sylvester Abanteriba, Chair, International Energy Foundation

Professor Sylvester Abanteriba is the Founder and Director of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s International Industry Experience and Research Program. Professor Abanteriba is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Energy Foundation.

Clean tech trade opportunities in Indonesia

Growing economies in neighbouring countries such as Indonesia offer Australian clean energy companies some unique opportunities to provide their expertise, project capabilities, products and services to new markets.

Hydrogen fuel keeps on trucking

by Dr Bahman Shabani, John Andrews and Aleksandar Subic from RMIT University

What role can hydrogen fuel cell vehicles play in the sustainable transport systems of the future? Researchers at the RMIT University’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering – who are investigating the potential for hydrogen fuel cell-powered road trucks to be used in long-distance operations – hope to help answer this question.

The rise and rise of the hydrogen fuel cell

Robert Joseph, General Manager of Sustainable Energy Fuel Cells Australia – a hydrogen fuel cell design, production and installation company – outlines the versatility, sustainability and increasing prominence of hydrogen fuel cells.

Chinese solar storm

China – a land of solar-supportive government policy and significant solar resources – offers many opportunities for solar companies interested in pairing with government organisations to install photovoltaic power generation.

Monitoring wave resources in the southwest

Sustainability Victoria has begun reporting on the wave energy resources available in the state’s south-western waters, ahead of the completion of its 18-month data collection project.

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