Australia ranks 16th on global innovation index; CFC sales, revenue jump on EU success; Angel investors heart cleantech; & Vic wind policy claims first victim.
AGL buys Loy Yang A brown coal generator, swapping its moniker for being the cleanest utility to the cheapest. After spending more than five years arguing that investing in green energy was the best way to prepare for a carbon price, AGL proposes to buy the nation’s biggest emitter.
Solar window gets scale for organic solar PV; space bacteria boosts microbial power; ‘world first’ solar-diesel hybrid power stations beat Pilbara heat.
Origin Energy’s surplus of renewable energy certificates now extends to 2015/16, so it’s in no hurry to sign PPAs. Plus, Grant King on energy demand, gas and coal export parity, and its portfolio of clean energy projects.
NOAA says US could be 70% renewable by 2030; China could hit 15GW solar target by 2013; Ukraine solar booms, capacity set to double.
The cleantech rivalry between the US and China will have important implications for energy security, climate change, and trade in the global economy.
If the NEM hadn’t focused so hard on being lowest cost, Australia’s power supply might not be as expensive as it is now. A new report has found that two critical decisions in particular – to remove environmental and social benefits from the list of considerations for the grid’s operator and regulator – have backfired.
Both coal plants and wind farms face opposition from those who have to live nearby. But which would you rather have as a neighbour?
Australia has an opportunity to lead the world in green city innovation, according to European industrial giant Siemens. Our cities have all the right ingredients – crowded, congested, and with ageing infrastructure. But are we capable of making smart decisions?
Suntech, SunPower shares surge as sales beat expectations; Siemens buys out UK tidal tech company.