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Queensland Scientists Discover Cheap New Catalyst for Making Hydrogen

Posted by Peter, on November 29, 2018

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have discovered cheaper and more efficient materials for producing hydrogen for the storage of renewable energy that could replace current water-splitting catalysts.  Continue reading »

Organic Printed Solar Cell Cost Breakthrough by the University of Newcastle

Posted by Peter, on September 25, 2018

The University of Newcastle has developed technology for printing organic solar cells which is regarded as a globally significant breakthrough in the commercial application of renewable energy.  Continue reading »

Diesel from Sewage Pilot Plant for Gladstone

Posted by Peter, on September 3, 2018

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced that it will provide up to $4 million towards an $11.8 million pilot project by Southern Oil Refining to turn biosolids from sewage into crude oil.  Continue reading »

Innovative Biofuel Refinery Feasibility Study

Posted by Peter, on September 3, 2018

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced that it will contribute up to $500,000 towards a $1.2 million study by Boral Timber to investigate the feasibility of building a “second-generation” biofuel refinery using the waste sawmill residues.  Continue reading »

“Hydrogen Innovation Hub” for Perth

Posted by Peter, on July 10, 2018

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $1.5 million in funding for Australia’s first green hydrogen innovation hub to be located at ATCO Australia’s facility in the Perth suburb of Jandakot.  Continue reading »

Tidal Turbine Trials

Posted by Peter, on June 28, 2018

MAKO Tidal Turbines, which is based in Sydney, and the Gladstone Ports Corporation are conducting a six-month tidal turbine demonstration at Gladstone, to investigate how tidal power could contribute to Australia’s future energy mix.  Continue reading »

Battery Storage Opportunities in New South Wales

Posted by Peter, on June 22, 2018

The Australian Energy Storage Alliance has launched a report on the “Opportunities for Utility Scale Battery Storage in NSW”.  Continue reading »

$50 million Funding for Grid-scale Batteries in Victoria

Posted by Peter, on March 22, 2018

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced that it will match $25 million being provided by the Victorian Government to jointly fund Victoria’s first two large-scale, grid-connected batteries.  Continue reading »

Aussie Wave Energy Technology to Be Tested in UK

Posted by Peter, on March 22, 2018

A Victorian company, AMOG, has won a European Union grant to test its “floating pendulum” wave power generation technology at The University of Exeter’s marine energy testing site at Falmouth in Cornwall.  Continue reading »

Aussie Researchers Demonstrate World First Proton Battery

Posted by Peter, on March 12, 2018

Researchers from the RMIT in Melbourne have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable “proton battery” which is environmentally friendly, used cheap materials and has the potential to store more energy than currently available lithium-ion batteries.  Continue reading »

Aussie Researchers Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Posted by Peter, on January 24, 2018

Researchers at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made a discovery that could lead to significantly boosting solar cell efficiency.  Continue reading »

South Australian Company to Manufacture Molten Silicon Batteries

Posted by Peter, on November 20, 2017

A South Australian company, 1414 Degrees, has moved into a factory in the southern Adelaide where it will build Thermal Energy Storage System systems. The company is planning to build two grid-scale 1GWh systems  Continue reading »

Brisbane Airport to Test Biojet Fuel Supply

Posted by Peter, on October 5, 2017

Virgin Australia and US-based biofuel producer Gevo have entered into an agreement to test the supply chain infrastructure in Australia to ensure that Virgin Australia and Brisbane Airport are ready for the commercial supply of biofuel for jet aircraft.  Continue reading »

Pumped Hydro Could Store a Thousand Times Enough Energy for Australia

Posted by Peter, on September 25, 2017

A study by the Australian National university has shown that Australia has sufficient potential pumped storage sites to store more than a thousand times as much energy as could ever be needed.  Continue reading »

From Typical Outback to Futuristic Power Plant

Posted by Peter, on August 16, 2017

In 1959 and1960, Carriewerloo Station, a pastoral lease north-west of Port Augusta, was the location for scenes of the outback in the film The Sundowners. Now, Carriewerloo Station is o be the largest single-tower solar thermal power plant in the world.  Continue reading »

SA to Trial Supplementing Gas with Hydrogen from Surplus Wind

Posted by Peter, on August 8, 2017

A pilot plant is to be set up in Adelaide to trial the injection of small quantities of hydrogen, produced with surplus renewable electricity, into the gas distribution network.  Continue reading »

Aussie Start-up Can Deliver a 1MW Solar Array in 5 Days

Posted by Peter, on July 20, 2017

A Sydney-based start-up, 5B, has unveiled a pre-fabricated solar technology, called “Maverick”, with which, for example, a team of six can deploy 1 MW solar array in just five days.  Continue reading »

Australia’s Tidal Energy Resources to Be Mapped

Posted by Peter, on July 19, 2017

The Australian renewable Energy Agency is providing $2.49 million in funding towards a project to map and assess Australia’s tidal energy resources.  Continue reading »

Clean Fuel from Tequila Plants in Queensland

Posted by Peter, on July 18, 2017

Queensland’s MSF Sugar has plans to plant 4,000 hectares agave plants on the Atherton Tablelands to produce part of the feedstock for a $60 million biomass refinery to operate alongside a green energy power station and a distillery at its Walkamin sugar mill.  Continue reading »

RMIT Develops Paint Which Releases Hydrogen from Moisture

Posted by Peter, on June 16, 2017

A team of researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has developed a material that absorbs water vapor from the air, and then uses the energy of sunlight to split those water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen.  Continue reading »

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