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Category: Smart Energy

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CEFC backs IoT tech to help consumers control energy use, costs

CEFC backs IoT tech to help consumers control energy use, costs

Clean Energy Finance Corporation makes two new investments in companies focused on one of the easiest ways to reduce consumer power bills.

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Graph of the Day: SA higher gas output mirrors higher power price

Graph of the Day: SA higher gas output mirrors higher power price

Today’s SA chart illustrates the simple fact that as gas power increases penetration in the state, the electricity pool price climbs higher.

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The way to power the next billion consumers

The way to power the next billion consumers

If power can be generated where it is consumed, it can closely follow demand growth. Where does much of that growth come from? The “leisure-pull”.

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Father and son Australian company develops solar-powered drone

Father and son Australian company develops solar-powered drone

Light-weight new drone features standard solar cells, encapsulated in composite material without losing efficiency.

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It's absurd. But consumers may be better off quitting the grid

It’s absurd. But consumers may be better off quitting the grid

As long as Australia’s energy networks hold on to their inflated asset base, and generators and retailers to their inflated profit margins, consumers will have no choice but to take matters into their own hands with solar and battery storage. But what a hopeless failure in public policy that would be.

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Scientists develop spit-powered battery

Scientists develop spit-powered battery

You can make a battery out of a lemon, a tomato, an orange or a stack of pennies. And now you can make a battery using spit.

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SA power-to-gas pilot to trial long-term renewable storage option

SA power-to-gas pilot to trial long-term renewable storage option

ARENA-backed project to test whether excess solar and wind can be used to produce cheap hydrogen, and as a long-term energy storage option.

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Tesla Powerpack battery added to wind turbine at NZ salt factory

Tesla Powerpack battery added to wind turbine at NZ salt factory

In “Australasian first”, 250kW Tesla Powerpack added to 660kw wind turbine, to provide 75 per cent of energy for NZ salt manufacturer.

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Making the energy transition more equitable and inclusive

Making the energy transition more equitable and inclusive

The transition to a clean, affordable and equitable supply of energy is finely on the agenda in Australia, compounded by soaring electricity prices and the mostly favourable response to the Finkel review.

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Poor households are locked out of green energy, unless governments help

Poor households are locked out of green energy, unless governments help

It’s time for governments to get serious about helping everyone to join the energy transition, not just the most affluent.

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The death of “alternative energy”

The death of “alternative energy”

Once, alternative energy meant “clean coal” and “fracking.” Today, renewables have left those “alternatives” for dead, and not even Trump can save them.