Happy Thursday all. A big shout out to our Victorian readers, who suddenly find themselves masking up again indoors. 40-15. Today’s column might take 120 seconds, but there’s lots of juicy stuff to talk about. 1. BrexNPL? There could be a day of reckoning coming for the wild west of BNPLs, in the UK… Read more »
Victoria is planning to build a 300 megawatt Tesla battery near Geelong, snatching the title for the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest battery from South Australia. French renewable energy company Neoen will pay for construction of the lithium-ion battery, as well its ongoing operation and maintenance, Victorian energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced today. The 300MW battery will be… Read more »
Welcome to Thursday team. It’s a busy one, with Kogan.com raising $100 million in an ASX share placement. More on that here. 1. Here’s looking at you Jeff Reading the room, and perhaps also pushing for a seat at the table as US legislation is finally drawn up to deal with the use of facial-recognition… Read more »
G’day team, it’s Friday and just as you’re allowed out, it starts to rain.. And here’s what’s going on. 1. Apple comes to CovidSafe’s rescue Remember the problems for iPhone users with the Australian government’s contact tracing app, CovidSafe? It was all about the Bluetooth – the detection device in the app – not working… Read more »
Welcome to Wednesday and the latest tech news 1. Home tweet home Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has emailed staff to tell them that when the lockdown finally ends and everyone can return to work – he doesn’t think it will be before September – staff will be able to continue to work from home. In… Read more »
Hello! How did it get to Friday already? If you’re in NSW, enjoy being able to visit the important people in your life, but still take care, ok? Here’s a few interesting things happening in the tech world. 1. Go Teams Microsoft Teams has nearly doubled the number of daily users in the past… Read more »
The $200 million “Big Battery”, installed in South Australia in 2017 by Elon Musk’s Tesla company, has almost paid for itself, saving consumers around $116 million in higher power costs in 2019, a study by engineering and project management firm Aurecon has concluded. That figure is nearly treble the $40 million saving in 2018. The… Read more »
POWERING UP: Mike & Annie Cannon-Brookes are spending $12 million to bring a little sunshine to 100 bushfire-hit communities
Fire-ravaged Australian communities struggling for power will have an solar energy solution thanks so Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie. The duo are investing up to $12 million in a venture called Resilient Energy Collective (REC), designed to rapidly deploy solar panels and Tesla batteries in communities that have lost power in natural… Read more »
The Western Australian government bought a Tesla battery for a Perth suburb for residents to store their solar power collectively
The Western Australian government has decided to tackle power prices and renewable energy at a local level, installing a 464 kilowatt hour (kWh) Tesla battery bank in the Perth suburb of Ellenbrook to store the power from local homes. Around 65 houses with solar panels feeding into the Powerwall battery will be involved in the… Read more »
Robyn Denholm, the Australian businesswoman who’s now global chair of Elon Musk’s tech company Tesla, wants everyone in her homeland to embrace risk and is worried the nearly three decades of uninterrupted economic growth has made people complacent. Denholm (pictured above), who grew up in the western Sydney suburb of Milperra and rose to… Read more »
Jumping strides ahead of Australia’s eventual electric car boom is Sydney startup Everty, a peer-to-peer charging network for electric cars.
South Australian government signs agreement with Tesla and Neoen to build world’s largest lithium ion battery
The SA government has announced an agreement between Neoen and Tesla that will see the world’s largest lithium ion battery installed a local wind farm.
TheCarTest is a Melbourne startup offering a platform where users can sign up for a week-long test drive of a car they’re interested in.
Solar cars have been under development for decades as car companies look for more sustainable energy solutions to power their vehicles. With the pollution from fossil fuels causing enormous health problems for people in countries like India and China, finding non-polluting energy sources is more important than ever. Solar energy is an infinite and sustainable… Read more »
If the buzz surrounding the recent launch of Tesla’s Model X is any indication, consumers are interested in disruption in the automotive industry. With Tesla setting the standard for innovative electric cars, when it comes to solar it’s a group of Australian university students that’s leading the way.