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Browse: Solar Paint Produces Hydrogen Fuel
Feature: Off the Grid
Australians have taken to solar energy, but much of the electricity they generate cannot be stored and is returned back to the grid. However, commercial residential battery systems are now available, with new technologies on the horizon.
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Feature: A Renewable Solution to the Problem of Peak Power
Despite the rapid uptake of solar and wind energy worldwide, fossil fuels are still required when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine. However, a cheap and proven storage option, in combination with wind and solar energy, could replace the need for fossil fuels within 15 years.
Feature: High Power
Micro-hydro power units could soon provide “SWAP’n’GO” batteries to villagers in remote regions in the Himalayas.
Browse: Wave Energy on the Horizon
Wave power is wind’s neglected sibling, but a CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship report makes clear its capacity to drive Australia’s southern cities.
Browse: World Record for Solar Energy Efficiency
Browse: Cheap Offshore Wind Turbines on the Horizon Directions: Cost, Reliability and Scale: Can Renewables Deliver?
The science of climate change is more certain than the economics of how to tackle it.
Directions: We Need to Solve the Energy Trilemma Now
The Finkel Review provides a roadmap to investment in clean energy technologies.
Directions: The Energy Trilemma
Clear direction is needed to direct the transition to cheap, reliable and carbon-neutral energy technologies.
Eco Logic: South Australia Doubles Down on Solar Energy
A South Australian election promise to install solar panels and batteries in 50,000 homes has placed the Prime Minister in an awkward position.
Expert Opinion: On Blackouts and Renewable Energy
Politicians have blamed South Australia’s recent blackout on its reliance on renewable energy. Is this a valid concern for the state’s energy security?
Expert Opinion: Finkel Review Hedges Its Bets
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has unveiled a blueprint for the national electricity market that “risks falling short of Australia’s task and opportunities in reducing carbon emissions”.
Expert Opinion: Labor's 2019 Climate Policy
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has unveiled Labor's climate change policy — the plan it will use to reach its target of cutting emissions by 45% by 2030, and ensure half of Australia's energy comes from renewable sources by 2050.
Lowe Tech: Wind Energy Blows Strong
South Australia’s wind farms are generating almost one-quarter of the state’s energy needs.
Lowe Tech: Renewables Targeted
A review of Australia’s renewable energy target appears to have been established with a particular outcome in mind.
Lowe Tech: Climate Policy in Limbo
The abolition of the carbon tax has stifled investment in renewable energy.
Lowe Tech: Clean Energy Clean Bowled
The Abbott government has placed the Clean Energy Finance Corporation in a Catch-22 situation.
Lowe Tech: The Electric Vehicle Challenge
Installations of solar and wind energy will need to maintain their pace to ensure that the coming demand for electric vehicles won’t be powered by fossil fuels.
Lowe Tech: A Bullet Train to Somewhere
A strong case has been made for a high-speed rail network passing within 50 km of 60% of Australians.
Lowe Tech: The Eye of the Renewable Energy Storm
Political foes have united in their condemnation of fear-mongering about renewable energy.
Lowe Tech: Keeping All the Lights On
A 100% renewable energy system using pumped hydro can store enough power for peak demand at a competitive price to fossil fuels.
Lowe Tech: Thirty Year Warning
CSIRO predicted the increasing severity of cyclones 30 years ago.
Lowe Tech: Recycling Efforts Wasted
Householders might decide it’s not worth the trouble sorting their waste.
Lowe Tech: Investment in Renewables Is Burying Coal
Politicians lobbying for more coal-fired power stations are defying the preference for renewables by both consumers and investors.
Lowe Tech: The War on Plastic
Our present epoch has been called the Anthropocene because of the dominance of human activity, but perhaps it should be called the Plasticine.
Lowe Tech: Sustainable Food Production on the Menu
A scientific report has set targets for a healthy diet derived from sustainable food production.
Online Feature: Budget defers renewable energy development when it's needed most
The decision to link the Australia’s carbon price to the European Union emissions trading scheme has wiped A$6 billion from the federal budget.
Online Feature: How to store surplus renewable energy
Scientists calculate the energy required to store wind and solar power on the grid.
Online Feature: Finally, some light relief for the Renewable Energy Target
The Australian government has just received a vitally important report to guide their decisions on the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target.
Online Feature: Snowy Hydro gets a boost, but 'seawater hydro' could help South Australia Online Feature: How the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry have transformed research and saved lives
The 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to work on how to use the principles of evolution to create new medical treatments and renewable fuels.
Browse: Microwave Chemistry Zaps Solar Cells