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Category: Smart Energy

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Sun Metals, MSF Sugar sign up to Queensland "virtual power plant"

Sun Metals, MSF Sugar sign up to Queensland “virtual power plant”

Major industrials Sun Metals and MSF Sugar join state government-led “virtual power plant”, that will draw electricity from customers around the state to bolster supply during peak demand.

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SA backs second renewables-to-gas hydrogen plant, in Tonsley

SA backs second renewables-to-gas hydrogen plant, in Tonsley

Government-backed power-to-gas plant in Adelaide to store renewable electricity and distribute it in gas network as hydrogen.

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World’s first floating wind farm performing better than expected

World’s first floating wind farm performing better than expected

Hewing Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, operating at a capacity factor of 65 per cent in first three months.

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Lights Out! Now who’s to blame?

Lights Out! Now who’s to blame?

Blackouts in Victoria illustrate how networks and regulators have failed to change their business models, and failed to keep up with technology.

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"Shameless": Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried

“Shameless”: Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried

AEMC blasted for not providing robust signals for demand response technologies – clearly the smartest, cleanest and cheapest option to solve many energy issues, but not one favoured by generators.

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Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future?

Semitransparent solar cells: a window to the future?

Windows have been ubiquitous in society for centuries, filling our homes and workplaces with natural light. But what if they could also generate electricity?

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Energy divide: Frontier attacks AEMO, wants it abolished

Energy divide: Frontier attacks AEMO, wants it abolished

Schism among Australia’s energy elite deepens as Frontier’s Danny Price attacks AEMO, saying it is a “danger” to investors and should be abolished.

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Dispatchable wind and solar: They'll be the death of coal and gas

Dispatchable wind and solar: They’ll be the death of coal and gas

It’s been a year since the last South Australia blackout and when the Coalition brandished a lump of coal in parliament. And the progress since then has been remarkable – on the cost front, on storage, and the emergence of dispatchable renewables.

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Energy efficiency market report: A "spectacular" start to 2018

Energy efficiency market report: A “spectacular” start to 2018

Having brought 2017 to a close on a comparatively stable note, the VEEC market began 2018 in a far more spectacular fashion. ESC market has also started in a positive frame of mind.

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ACT to trial first "gas free" suburb in next stage of 100% renewable goal

ACT to trial first “gas free” suburb in next stage of 100% renewable goal

A new housing development in the ACT will trial a gas-free residential precinct initially incorporating 350 homes.

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Explainer: power station ‘trips’ are normal, but blackouts are not

Explainer: power station ‘trips’ are normal, but blackouts are not

Tens of thousands of Victorians were left without power over the long weekend as the distribution network struggled with blistering temperatures, reigniting fears about the stability of our energy system.