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Biofuel Pilot Launched

Posted by Peter, on June 5, 2017

Australia‚Äôs first biofuels pilot plant has been officially opened by the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, at Gladstone. The $18 million Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant is a joint venture between Southern Oil and J.J. Richards & Sons, on the site of their Northern Oil Refinery. The pilot plant will trial using a wide […]  Continue reading »

Australia’s Carbon Capture and Storage Projects

Posted by Peter, on May 31, 2017

The Australian Government is proposing to allow the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in carbon capture and storage projects. This raises the question of what carbon capture and storage projects are ongoing or proposed in Australia that might be worthy of funding.  Continue reading »

Electric Cars as Cheap as Petrol by 2018 in Europe – What about in Australia?

Posted by Peter, on May 30, 2017

According to an analysis by the giant Swiss investment firm UBS, the “consumer cost of ownership” of electric cars will achieve cost parity with petrol and diesel cars in 2018, beginning in Europe. Can Australia catch up?  Continue reading »

Butterfly Wings Inspire ANU Scientists to Create More Efficient Solar Cells

Posted by Peter, on May 22, 2017

Scientists at the Australian National University have invented tiny structures, inspired by butterfly wings, that open the door to new solar cell technologies and other applications requiring precise manipulation of light.  Continue reading »

University of Newcastle Pioneering Printed Solar Sheets

Posted by Peter, on May 17, 2017

The University of Newcastle in New South Wales is trialing solar panels printed on sheets of clear plastic. These can be produced very quickly, making them ideal for shipping by air to emergency locations.  Continue reading »

CSIRO Membrane Could Create Hydrogen Export Market

Posted by Peter, on May 10, 2017

The CSIRO has developed a thin metal membrane which separates pure hydrogen from ammonia and other chemicals, opening up the possibility of large-scale safe transportation of hydrogen for applications such as fuel cell vehicles.  Continue reading »

Producing Cowra’s Electricty and Heat from Farm Waste

Posted by Peter, on April 24, 2017

A bioenergy project at Cowra, which takes the waste streams from the town and a group of farms and turn them into electricity and heat for local residents while making fertiliser from the residue, could be the first of its kind in Australia.  Continue reading »

Wind Farm Builds and Strengthens Community

Posted by Peter, on April 21, 2017

Residents of Daylesford in the Victorian goldfields have found that their local wind farm has helped to build and strengthen their sense of community as well as providing the more obvious benefits of renewable energy.
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RMIT Electrode Could Boost Boost Storage Capacity 30 Times

Posted by Peter, on April 6, 2017

Researchers at the Melbourne Institute of Technology have developed a groundbreaking electrode which they say could boost the capacity of existing energy storage technologies by 3,000%.  Continue reading »

Perth Researchers Develop World First Commercial Clear Solar Glass

Posted by Peter, on March 28, 2017

Researchers at the Electron Science Research Institute at Edith Cowan University, in collaboration with ClearVue Technologies, have announced that they have developed the world’s first commercially viable clear, solar glass.  Continue reading »

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