Renewables accounted for 3/4 of all new capacity in Europe in 2011, Australia plans first carbon auction in 2014.
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.
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.
From smart grids, to solar energy and wind farms, China is building a dominant position. The world takes note.
What are the most exciting cleantech projects in Australia this year? We look at solar energy, algae, electric vehicles, geothermal, wind and wave energy, and take a punt on their prospects.
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.
LanzaTech attracts Malaysian investors; GE promotes solar/wind farms, Ceramic sales in Germany, green light for Acciona $400m wind farm
New studies in the US and Australia question links between wind turbines and physical symptoms.
New investment in solar energy technologies jumped to $US136 billion in 2011, nearly twice the total invested in wind energy.