1. Big Solar Savings for the Kimberly.
The remote Kimberley is looking to toss traditional diesel power generation and adopt solar, wind and battery power to keep the lights on. While diesel might be included in the mix for grid back-up, studies have indicated the renewables transition generates savings to the tune of $15 million. The energy shift is also likely to generate jobs in the region, making the energy move a no-brainer. Great solar news for the Kimberly.
2. Is Clean Energy Secure? How is National Security Impacted by a New Clean Energy Model?
We certainly think about energy security and reliability in terms of keeping the nation powered. But what about security against those who would do us harm? Protecting our energy supply is a matter of national security, it’s not just about keeping the lights on. How might things change as we transition from centralised baseload power to an entirely new energy model? The security of new energy.
3. Electricity Generators Prevented from Closing Shop Without Appropriate Notice.
Some coal-fired power plants are somewhat less than profitable relative to their heyday, to say the least. As the cost to run these aging power plants gets ever so close to the profits they generate, plant owners become very keen to mothball their old cash cows. In the new legislation, plant owners will be required to give notice of intended closure. They can’t simply grab their bat and ball and head home. New rules for coal-fired innings declaration.
4. From Abroad. British Renewables Putting More Fire into the Grid than Fossil Fuels for the First Time.
For the last time, renewable energy is not a hippy driven ‘phase we’re going through’. It was coal that fired the steam that drove British industrialisation. The outcomes were profound. Now, some century and a bit later, the fossil fuels that gave us the modern world have been overtaken by renewables as the dominant supplier on the British electrical grid. Energy history unfolding before us.
5. Printing Power. Can We Print Lithium-ion Batteries?
The 3D printer has brought science fiction into the present. From guns to hearts, the 3D printer, while only in its early stages of development, is driving science and imagination to new possibilities. Is it possible to print a Lithium-ion battery? What are the benefits and applications? What other technologies must be developed to maximise the benefits? Printing Power.
6. Australia All Charged up to Be a Battery Leader
The immediate future of the big battery market is said to be valued at $1.7 trillion. That’s a reasonable slush fund, and Australia has been one of the 9 countries flagged to take advantage of this massive emerging market. It’s not hard to see how stories (realities) such as this one will not only undermined the credibility of the Morrison government but make his comments about the South Australian big battery look nothing more than foolish. Charge it up Aus.
7. Lithium Miner Suggests Grid Batteries a Decade from Economic Viability
Hearing the perspective of a Lithium miner about the immediate future of ‘big batteries’ kinda turns the music down on the battery party. Do such opinions concur with the trend? Have we just been caught up in the initial promise of batteries and in the excitement, forgotten the demands of transition? Keeping perspective.
8. Ford Scooters. No…Really! Like…the Ones Your Kids Ride.
Henry Ford was no doubt a visionary. The Model T was designed and built with the intention that every American could own a car. His approach was historic. Now, in 2018, Ford is set to buy a startup Scooter company. While a Scooter has wheels, what’s the connection? Is it just a case of making money? Have you ridden a Ford lately?
9. This Week’s Video. The World's First Commercial Tidal Power Source
While this video is an advertisement for corporate giant Siemens, it also illustrates beautifully how capturing tidal energy for electricity generation works. The tides never stop so it only makes sense that we would learn how to harness this inexhaustible clean energy and apply it to our energy mix. Tides in.
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