Monday, December 19, 2016

ARENA solar farms begin to come online

The Guardian has an article on an ARENA funded 20 MW solar farm at Barcaldine - Queensland's largest solar farm plugs into the grid a month early.
The early delivery of the 20 megawatt plant, one of the first in the country to be funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, was evidence of the growing speed and proficiency of big solar developers, said Arena’s chief executive, Ivor Frischknecht. It is to be followed by a dozen new large-scale solar farms to be built across Australia by the end of 2017. ...

Arena has committed $1.1bn in funding to developers of more than 270 renewable energy projects, who are expected to at least match that investment. This includes $20m to Origin Energy’s 107 megawatt Darling Downs solar farm at Dalby, set to be Australia’s largest operating plant by the end of next year. Another project, Genex Power’s 50 megawatt Kidson solar farm west of Townsville, will be built on an old goldmine site.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Australian Government killed emissions scheme despite knowing it could shave $15 billion off electricity bills

The Australian government seems to be copping a lot of bad press over their failed energy policies, backflipping on a rare attempt at common sense on carbon pricing earlier this week and now being asked to explain why they are keeping energy prices artificially high.

* Australian Government To Reintroduce Carbon Pricing ?
* Australian Government killed emissions scheme despite knowing it could shave $15 billion off electricity bills

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Update

TOD ANZ is pretty much as dead as The Oil Drum these days, however I still have the occasional burst of energy at Peak Energy.

Some recent articles with an Australian slant include:

Redflow launches home solar storage battery to take on Tesla Powerwall
Protean begins deployment of 30 wave energy devices
Browse Floating LNG Project Shelved
Heating, fresh water and electricity from seawater and sunlight
Message To Australia: 'Hands Off Timor's Oil'
Port Augusta Pushing For Solar Thermal Power To Replace Coal
BioPower wave power unit deployed in Southern Ocean

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What happened to advanced biofuels ?

I've got a post up at Peak Energy in developments in the realm of advanced biofuels, with cellulosic ethanol plants beginning to appear in the wild - What happened to advanced biofuels ?.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wind Power Makes Hydrogen for German Gas Grid

Hydrogen is often derided as a replacement fuel for vehicles but I think the idea that it can be used as a complement or substitute for natural gas is a good one, especially where excess wind power or solar power is available - Wind Power Makes Hydrogen for German Gas Grid.

Is The Syrian War About Gas Pipelines ?

I've got a post at Peak Energy looking at theories that the conflict in Syria is being driven by gas pipeline politics - Is The Syrian War About Gas Pipelines ?.