Instyle Solar June 15. What You Might Have Missed This Week in Solar

1. Australian academic takes a global prize for solar research ahead of a star-studded shortlist.

Professor Martin Green of the University of New South Wales has become a recipient of the global energy prize. The “father of Photovoltaics” as he is known, has finished atop a list of 44 candidates, including powerhouse renewables pioneers such as Elon Musk. Green was honoured for revolutionising the efficiency and cost of solar photovoltaics and making it the lowest-cost option for bulk electricity supply. Read about his achievements here and scroll down to see the video for some background.

2. ASX Debut: Unique patented technology that stores energy as heat in molten silicon.

South Australian company 1414 Degrees will be debuting on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) towards the end of June 2018. The technology is promising and should it prove to deliver on the results it claims, will be sure to disrupt the market in a big way. It’s also cost-effective, scalable and environmentally friendly. Read more here.

3. CleanCo, will assist in meeting the (50%) Queensland renewable energy target by 2030, so long as it actually gets started.

Delays. The Queensland government-owned renewable energy corporation CleanCo, due for set-up in the first half of 2018, has been beset with delays. A critical feature of the 2017 “powering Queensland” plan, CleanCo is off to a less than ‘clean’ start. While renewables battle obstacles and fight the hard fight, coal surges ahead. More here.

4. Agriculture minister David Littleproud states that the transition to renewables is a ‘good thing’. But should we quiz his motivation?

“I believe the climate is changing. Whether it is man-made or not, I don’t really care…” (David Littleproud). One might think that the minister behind such a critical portfolio might care about the reasons behind climate change. Surely reason effects policy. Read this article from the Guardian to find out more.

5. Our home is fully solar, as is our business. We also manage entirely on tank water. What else can we do to reduce our carbon footprint?

Plenty of Australians have embraced rooftop solar as well as other renewables and sustainable eco practices. What’s more, they’re astonished by the results and the ease of transition. They’re saving money and they can see how they are reducing their carbon impact via the data on their power bills. Many are asking…what else can I do to reduce my family’s carbon footprint? Here’s an article you may find very interesting.

6. Does Tasmania hold the answers to Australia’s power storage needs? Is Tasmania a potential battery the size of which Elon Musk could only ever dream?

Learn how Tasmania’s hydro future has the potential to benefit all Australians. Investment in research and feasibility studies is increasing due to the speculation that Tasmania could provide large-scale (power) storage for the mainland. Follow this link to read more.

7. This Week’s Retrospective

Continued growth in renewables? Not without a fight. Why did the Abbott government appoint a climate sceptic to chair the environment and energy committee?

While the great bulk of Australians have accepted the transition to renewable energy, there are a number of Australian politicians, and Australians for that matter, vehemently opposed. Meet Craig Kelly MP (if you haven’t already). Craig is a coalition backbencher. He is a strong and vocal advocate for the complete removal of renewable power subsidies. He also argues passionately for the expansion of coal-fired power stations.

Read this 2016 article from the Guardian to learn how coalition government power policy appeared racked with contradiction from the outset. Does Kelly have a point? Or are his assertions deliberately misleading?

8. VIDEO of the Week

Australia’s own solar guru, Professor Martin Green, talks with ABC science program Catalyst.

This week’s video is presented to provide a little background on Professor Martin Green, the latest, and first Australian recipient of the global energy prize. Domestic solar technology is relatively new, but the future seems very powerful indeed. Will space science become common-place on our rooftops? Watch here.


9. More Tesla batteries on the way to Australia.

It would appear that the South Australian Tesla battery project has been a complete success. One could delve into an efficiency analysis to demonstrate why, but with more of the same on order for the purpose of Australian grid support, why talk numbers? Current industry interest and demand tells the story. Are the doubters retracting their words yet? Learn about what’s happening next in Australia with the Tesla battery. Follow this link.

10. Half a million for what? The Abbott government set up a committee to monitor the health effects of wind turbines. What have they accomplished after 2 years?

Supposedly, government money is difficult to come by and therefore tightly controlled. And, supposedly, (according to the Abbott government) wind turbines may be a health risk. So what did this wind turbine health committee discover or achieve? Find out here.

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