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Microgrids and Neighbourhood Power Sharing Set to Transform How We Use Energy

Jess Davis, ABC News Summary The ability to transport electricity long distances transformed the way we live, bringing cheap energy to people's homes. But technological advances are causing ruptures in the traditional power grid and changing the way energy is produced and shared. ...

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Giant Water Battery Cuts University's Energy Costs by $100 Million Over Next 25 Years

Jordan Davidson, EcoWatch Summary A giant water battery that stands three-stories high will help The University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia reach its goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. The Queensland university's ambitious target date got a boon from the success of the...

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First panels laid for one of Australia's largest solar arrays

Mirage News Summary The installation of one of Australia’s largest rooftop solar arrays is underway at Tonsley Innovation District, to power South Australia’s first district energy scheme. The project will engage up to 40 installers, electricians, engineers and support staff. The first...

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Horizon Power-backed international body to champion microgrids

Sophie Vorrath, One Step Off the Grid Summary Western Australia is building on its experience as leader in the deployment of decentralised and stand-alone power systems, with the establishment of the Perth-based International Microgrid Association (IMA). The not-for-profit...

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Early Interest in Peel Business Park

Mal Gill, Farm Weekly Summary A SUSTAINABLE energy services company and corporate cousin to WA’s freight rail network operator may become the first business to establish at the agribusiness-focused Peel Business Park, Nambeelup. Two weeks after LandCorp released the first 12 lots –...

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Integrating and Optimizing Renewables in District Energy Microgrids

Summary WorleyParsons's innovative solutions have enabled the development of the largest microgrid in Australia, with over 38.5MW of generation capacity at this single site, as well as numerous smaller microgrids, featuring up to 95% renewable penetration. Technologies deployed include diesel...


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Sweden's sustainable cities a lesson for Australia

Georgia Clark, Government News Summary The involvement of local government has been essential to Swedish city’s remarkable carbon emissions reduction success, experts say. It calls itself “the greenest city in Europe.” Växjö, a city in southern Sweden’s Kronoberg County, achieved a...

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How biomethane can help turn gas into a renewable energy source

Bernadette McCabe, The Conversation Summary Australia’s report card on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions is not exactly glowing , but there are ample opportunities to get it on track during this period of rapid change in the energy sector. Greater use of renewable electricity sources...

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Silicon energy storage startup 1414 Degrees to list on ASX today after $16.3 million IPO

Andrew Spence, Smart Company Summary South Australian energy storage startup 1414 Degrees will start trading on the Australian Securities Exchange today after raising $16.3 million as part of its IPO. The startup has spent a decade and $15 million developing its silicon storage technology...

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Australia’s Drought and Oceanic Opportunities

Harry Valentine, Maritime Executive Summary While Australia presently endures a drought, their weather history includes previous prolonged periods of drought. In response, authorities built the controversial Wonthaggi desalination plant in Melbourne. While it was expensive to build and is...