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Category: Research Groups, Institutes and Universities

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Climate change no threat to cheap wind power – except in Sunshine State

Climate change no threat to cheap wind power – except in Sunshine State

Study finds wind power set to become more productive and cheaper in Australia’s southern states, even with climate change. Queensland, however, might want to focus on solar.

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How solar, wind and hydro could power the world, at lower cost

How solar, wind and hydro could power the world, at lower cost

An updated study from US and Danish academics says we can electrify the world through using mainly solar, wind and hydro – and for a quarter of the cost of fossil fuels, if you factor in savings from avoided damage to the environment and health.

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Telstra signs up for 429MW wind farm, at stunning low cost

Telstra signs up for 429MW wind farm, at stunning low cost

Telstra, ANZ lead consortium to buy output from new 429MW wind farm, and lock in similar low price achieved by Origin earlier this year.

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Renewable interconnectors to "span the globe," as costs fall, technology improves

Renewable interconnectors to “span the globe,” as costs fall, technology improves

ANU’s Andrew Blakers says the distribution of solar and wind energy from one side of a continent to the other, and even between continents, is now “eminently feasible”.

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Egg unboiling machine could deliver battery breakthrough

Egg unboiling machine could deliver battery breakthrough

Australian researchers who unboiled an egg are turning their focus to making a more efficient alternative to lithium-ion batteries.

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ARENA gives perovskite solar tech a push, with $6m Greatcell grant

ARENA gives perovskite solar tech a push, with $6m Greatcell grant

Commercial development of cheap, printable, Australian made perovskite solar cells boosted with $6m ARENA grant to Greatcell Solar.

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100% renewables with pumped hydro would use 1/4 the water of coal and gas

100% renewables with pumped hydro would use 1/4 the water of coal and gas

ANU’s Andrew Blakers says switching Australia to 100% solar, wind, pumped hydro energy storage would cut water use by a factor of four.

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First Australian corporate bulk-buy to deliver new 80MW wind farm

First Australian corporate bulk-buy to deliver new 80MW wind farm

An 80MW wind farm to be built near Ararat after first-of-kind contract with powerful consortium of 14 universities, corporations and Councils.

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Solar heads to 1c/kWh before 2020 after Mexico sets record low

Solar heads to 1c/kWh before 2020 after Mexico sets record low

Australia solar research leader Martin Green says solar heading to a price of 1c/kWh before 2020 after latest record auction result.

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Innovation: UNSW "microfactories" transform waste into green gold

Innovation: UNSW “microfactories” transform waste into green gold

A team of Australian researchers is turning the notion of recycling on its head, while also building a new green manufacturing sector.

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Super cheap solar - and why that's good for Australia's mining sector

Super cheap solar – and why that’s good for Australia’s mining sector

Solar pioneer Martin Green says solar PV will fall to $US10/MWh within a few years, but this will be good news for Australia’s mining industry because the fall in Australia’s thermal coal exports will be offset by a factor of more than 5 by demand for other resources.