Budget cuts could hamper renewable energy development: CEC
The development of cutting-edge renewable technologies in Australia is likely to be hampered by cuts made in the Federal Budget, according to the body representing the clean energy industry.
More than $600 million of funding for clean energy projects had been put in jeopardy by Budget spending cuts, according to the Clean Energy Council (CEC).
"A total of $370 million for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) was sent into the budget ether, after it was established less than a year ago as an independent body to provide long-term stability to investors, and avoid this...
A community project which aims to ensure the rights of solar owners are protected has been launched nationally today (May 14).
Solar Citizens will also aim to encourage the adoption of solar power and wants to see Australia "put a panel on every rooftop."
Solar Citizens is an off-shoot of the community organisation known as "100% Renewable", which aims to help Australia move towards a renewable energy future. The project is non-partisan and independent of any political organisation or party.
The Solar Citizens was launched by its Manager, Geoff Evans, on the Sunrise breakfast show on the Seven Network this morning.
According to its...
A research team based in Melbourne has received $4 million grant funding for the development of a technology that could enable skyscrapers to be powered entirely by sunlight.
Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology and the CSIRO will use funding provided through the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) to develop nanoplasmic solar cell technology.
Specifically, they will create a small scale pilot project using the patented thin film solar technology known as NanoPlas.
NanoPlas was developed at the Victoria-Suntech Advanced Solar Facility. It works by incorporating a thin layer of metallic nanoparticles into conventional thin film solar cells to effectively scatter light...
A South Australian company has become the first in Australia to produce energy using geothermal 'hot rocks' technology.
Geodynamics Limited has successfully commissioned its Habanero Pilot Plant in the Cooper Basin region of South Australia.
The plant will use world-leading technology that has the potential to further build Australia's renewable energy resources, which already include hydro-electric, wind and solar power.
The plant will use Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) technology, a type of geothermal energy that produces power by superheating water using hot rocks deep beneath the ground.
The 1MW pilot plant will run for 100 days until August this year before its performance is...
Leading Australian environmental and community groups have signed a joint statement calling on the Australian Government to end fossil fuel subsidies, which cost taxpayers more than $10 billion per year.
Signatories including the Australian Conservation Foundation, WWF and Greenpeace have called for the abolition of subsidies they claim create an uneven playing field that discriminates against renewable sources such as wind and solar energy.
"If our politicians are serious about stopping climate change, they need to stop funding it. The first step is to end fossil fuel subsidies in this year's federal budget," the joint statement issued by more than 20 groups...
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