The Grattan Institute’s study into Australia’s energy future canvasses seven technologies that could help deliver an 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2050 – wind, solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, CCS, nuclear and bio-energy. And then there is the grid, and it’s need to be smart and play fair, and not just favour the incumbent coal and gas plants.
You may be able to create your own solar “goo” from plant matter and apply it to metal or glass.
Australia has AAA bonds and a yearning for solar energy. We could combine the two to produce community solar.
Germany could increase its solar capacity 5-fold, without subsidies. It would redefine the cost of abatement of green incentives.
US solar PV developer claims a world record for module efficiency, and a “game-changer” for the solar PV market.
There’s a lot at stake for both new and existing energy technologies in the structure of the Clean Energy Finance Corp, and even if it is actually deployed. Little wonder that the submissions range from the case for fast-track emerging technologies to the case for keeping them in the lab. The debate promises to be loud, and not very clear.
New analysis from SolarBuzz reveals the Asia solar market is booming – with the notable exception of Australia.
The ACT government has launched the nation’s first auction for a large scale feed in tariff. It aims to be the nation’s “solar capital”, but it says much about solar in this country that 40MW should be enough to earn the title.
2012 will be a critical year for cleantech in Australia. Costs for many technologies are falling rapidly, but critical decisions will be made about renewable energy targets and support mechanisms. Here, the heads of Pacific Hydro, GE, Infigen Energy, Better Place, Origin, First Solar, Carnegie Wave, the Grattan Insitute, the CEC and the SEAA share their predictions.