Australia’s transition to renewables is gathering speed, but there’s a looming problem with storage. We will need much more long-duration storage to get us through the night, once coal and fossil gas exit the system. We also need to find new and better ways to create heat for industrial processes. Renewables can supply much of… Read more »
The country’s first sodium-sulfur (NAS) battery is up and running at a mine in Western Australia as the industry explores new ways to transition to renewable energy. The Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FBICRC) is behind the installation of the 250 kW/1.45 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) demonstration unit, which is designed for… Read more »
The shift to renewable energy to meet net zero targets will mean Australia has to dramatically scale up its battery storage capacity, a new report from national science agency,CSIRO says. The Renewable Energy Storage Roadmap outlines a 10 to 14-fold increase is required in electricity storage capacity between 2025-2050 for the national electricity market (NEM) to… Read more »
Scientists at RMIT have made a breakthrough by developing a cheaper and more energy-efficient way to make hydrogen directly from seawater, without needing to desalinate the water. Hydrogen has long been touted as a sustainable alternative fuel and a potential solution to critical energy challenges, particularly for industries that are more difficult to transition to… Read more »
Australia has no clear strategy to decarbonise transport. That’s a problem, because without a plan, our take-up of clean technologies like electric cars, trucks and buses is slow. It’s stopping us from meeting our climate commitments. And it leaves us paying exorbitant prices for imported oil at the fuel pump, as well as in the… Read more »
The Morrison government will tell its refocused clean energy agencies and the clean energy regulator to give priority to investment in five low emissions technologies and report how they are accelerating them. The technologies are clean hydrogen, energy storage, low carbon steel and aluminium, carbon capture and storage, and soil carbon. The government last week… Read more »
Victorian startup Energy Locals has raised $2 million in funding from NSW renewable energy company Cape Byron Power.
Adrian Merrick’s explanation of what Energy Locals does is rather to the point: “We sell cleaner energy for a fixed fee and without screwing customers.”
Sydney energy startup Wattwatchers has raised $2 million from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), which administers the government’s Clean Energy Innovation Fund.
Free Electrons is a global accelerator program allowing startups to work collaboratively with industry on new products and services.
Sydney startup Solar Analytics has raised $4.4 million in a Series A round to globally accelerate the expansion of its smart tech products. Solar Analytics received follow-on investment from seed investor AGL Energy Limited along with new private investments from serial energy investors David Griffin and John Clifford.