Australian consortium launches world-first digital energy marketplace for rooftop solar

From The Guardian, 23 February 2017: Australian homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy tech startups, energy retailers and energy agencies. The Decentralised Energy Exchange – or deX – was launched on Thursday with the promise to “change the Continue reading Australian consortium launches world-first digital energy marketplace for rooftop solar

Urban heat islands: cooling things down with trees, green roads and fewer cars

From the Guardian, 21 February 2017: When it comes to coping with heatwaves, our own cities are conspiring against us. Road surfaces, pavements and buildings all contribute to keeping urbanised environments three to four degrees hotter than surrounding non-urbanised areas. With heatwaves like the ones that have just baked half of Australia to a crisp Continue reading Urban heat islands: cooling things down with trees, green roads and fewer cars

Transforming waste into fuel with Australian innovations, from tyres to sugar cane and agave

From The Guardian, 16 December 2016: In a world of dwindling resources, waste is one thing in no danger of running out. Each Australian generates more than 2,000kg of waste per year, and around half of that ends up in landfill. But at least some of that waste could be turned into a resource that Continue reading Transforming waste into fuel with Australian innovations, from tyres to sugar cane and agave

Solar energy and rethinking geothermal: ARENA’s hits and misses

From The Guardian, 27 December 2016: As any punter will know, backing winners isn’t easy. There’s a little bit of science, a little bit of art and a whole lot of luck. Australia’s independent renewable energy agency came into being in 2012 though an act of parliament, with a $2.5bn, 10-year mission to improve the Continue reading Solar energy and rethinking geothermal: ARENA’s hits and misses

‘The heat is there’: is there a future for geothermal energy in Australia?

From the Guardian, 4 November 2016: In July 2010, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) took a $32m gamble on geothermal energy, investing in Australia’s first demonstration of geothermal electricity generation. Six years later, the wells in South Australia’s Cooper Basin have been filled with concrete and abandoned, and the geothermal exploration company involved – Continue reading ‘The heat is there’: is there a future for geothermal energy in Australia?