During 2009 and 2010, Melbourne Water embarked upon a clean energy initiative using a resource it has ready access to – running water.by Sally Commins
In the aftermath of the devastating Queensland floods, the Federal Government announced that it would be making cuts of up to $495 million to clean energy programs in order to contribute to the $5.6 billion reconstruction package.
Emissions from energy consumption in Australia continues to fall, according to the most recent CEDEX® report released by pitt&sherry’s climate change division.
During February and March 2011, Professor Ross Garnaut will release a series of eight papers that update his original 2008 Climate Change Review.
Australia’s first National Transmission Network Development Plan, launched in December 2010, points to the clustering of future generation facilities to make the best use of both renewable and non-renewable resources.
A solution to prevent potential induced degradation, a recently-discovered new trend in high voltage solar systems throughout the world, has been researched by SOLON SE’s Dr Lars Podlowski and Daniel Hundmaier.
Grid-connected, solar, Queenslandby Grant Behrendorff
Grid connect photovoltaic inverters, with a host of new features designed to improve integration with the grid, offer new opportunities to utilities managing the impact of the thousands of photovoltaic systems being installed around Australia.
Tony Stocken, Australasian Regional Director of BP Solar, sees Australia as unique in its renewable energy potential. Blessed by an abundance of renewable energy resources, Mr Stocken has a vision of Australia as the energy supplier of choice to Asia within 20 years.
In recent years the solar industry has grown exponentially. Fuelled by federal and state government incentives, many companies have been born, and others that were already established have fared well, despite the global financial crisis. Here is a snapshot of some successful companies and individuals the solar boom has yielded.
Operating out of Christchurch, EnaSolar is now producing a range of 1.5, 2.0 and 3.0 kilowatt grid tied solar inverters with others to join the range later in the year.
Australian-owned company F Cubed has recently launched a solar-powered water purification and desalination technology.
Chinese solar photovoltaic panels manufacturer, Light Way, has recently established a head office in Melbourne, Victoria.
FVG ENERGY, an Italian designer, manufacturer and distributor of efficient, high quality and high power photovoltaic modules, continues its mission in becoming a company of reference in the process of change in global energy management.
This year Eaton celebrates its 100 year anniversary.
The challenges of counting feedstock for biofuels production in Australia and demonstrating its sustainability credentials is high on the agenda for the Australian bioenergy industry. Dr Joely Taylor from the CSIRO reports.
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With the aim of facilitating bioenergy development in Victoria, Sustainability Victoria and the Victorian Department of Primary Industries have hosted a series of breakfasts during 2009 and 2010 to unite the bioenergy industry with relevant government officials. The 4th Sustainability Victoria Bioenergy Breakfast, held in Melbourne in mid-December 2010 was attended by over 60 delegates. EcoGeneration went along to learn more about the industry’s needs, and government plans to accommodate them.by Rob Mallinson
Wood fuel has come and gone throughout the ages, but its current use amounts to nearly a billion tonnes of oil equivalent, a level comparable to the consumption of natural gas or coal. This makes it the largest renewable energy resource in use today.by Rachel Purchase
Growing up in the Canadian Prairies inspired a conservationist streak in Janice Larson, now the Director of Renewable Energy Development with the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in British Columbia, Canada. Ms Larson describes having lived in a place where “the wind blows, the sun shines” and realising that there were renewable energy resources around her all the time.
Wave energy, Réunion Islandby David Harries
The history of hydroelectric development in Australia is largely a history of the Tasmanian hydroelectric system and the Snowy Mountains scheme. EcoGeneration presents a brief overview of the development of these schemes, and explains the recent shift in focus from large-scale to small-scale hydro projects. For an in-depth analysis of hydroelectricity, click here.
At EcoGen 2011, numerous clean energy technologies and developments from industry leaders will be showcased, with company professionals on-hand to expand your knowledge and expertise. EcoGeneration spoke with the exhibitors and sponsors to give you a preview of what will be on show at the EcoGen 2011 Conference and Exhibition, held from 4–7 September in Brisbane.
The World Bank’s Daniel Kammen and the founding President of the American Council on Renewable Energy Mike Eckhart will speak at the EcoGen 2011 Conference and Exhibition.
The Clean Energy Awards will recognise excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Australia’s clean energy industry. The awards will be presented at the EcoGen 2011 Gala Dinner on Tuesday 6 September.
In the lead up to EcoGen 2011, the first in a special series of networking events being held across major cities took place in Sydney. Herbert Geer, hosted the industry briefing event featuring the Renewable Energy Regulator, Andrew Livingston.
Solar PV, grid-connected, YanCheng, China.
Sun-Earth, a Chinese-based producer and supplier of mono- and poly-crystalline photovoltaic modules, has installed a 2 MW solar PV system on its factory roof.
MWM Energy Australia has supplied a gas engine for a trigeneration plant at the University of Adelaide.
SMA’s new Sunny Boy HF transformer inverter series has arrived in Australia.
Smart Roof Australia’s Smartbreeze units are being installed across the nation.
A range of solar inverters by Delta Energy Systems has recently received Clean Energy Council certification for use within Australia.
Australia pioneered world leading solar thermal technologies years ago. However, with such a low take-up – especially in the commercial sector – the potential of this technology in Australia has not yet been fully realised. Solar Lord makes the case for solar hot water.
Based in San Francisco, Australian expatriate Paul Fox is a founding partner of the Californian Clean Energy Angel Fund, a non-profit venture capital fund formed in 2004 that provides funding for early-stage clean energy technologies.
Grid-connected, bioenergy, Queensland