A one in 50 year storm hit South Australia this week causing extensive state-wide loss of power to homes and businesses. Before the storm was over the political storm had begun, with politicians using the blackouts for political purposes and seeking to undermine renewable energy in Australia, pointing to the high renewable energy penetration in SA as the reason theContinue Reading….
A French company New Wind has created a wind tree designed for use in low and gusty conditions, and to be visually pleasing and able to fit into an urban environment. There are plans to trial the wind tree in Paris. Expected to cost around US$37,000, but projected to pay for itself within 2 years.
Most people know Randall Munroe from his comic xkcd, a humorous but scientific look at everyday life and questions that sometimes dont need to be answered. He has made a comic depicting the global temperature rise over known history. xkcd-global-temperatures ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 1 Climate Council – Global Warming in Comic Form
Coming up to a federal election, i always want a summary of key policy differences between the parties to help decide where my vote should go. The ABC has written an article summarising the major parties (Liberal, Labor and Greens) stance on various policies. You can read the article here ABC key issues – where the parties differ The article isContinue Reading….
A team at the university of NSW has achieved a solar cell efficiency of 34.5%, a new world record and improvement over previous best of 24% (for un-concentrated sunlight – the same team has achieved 40% efficiency with concentrated photovoltaics). The new cell is getting close the the maximum theoretical limit and uses a prism to split the incoming lightContinue Reading….
The newest stage of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai has shown that the rapid and continuing decline in solar prices make it a competitive energy source on its own right, without even factoring the climate benefits. The winning bid for the newst stage of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park has come in at 3c/kWh,Continue Reading….
For those like me following the progress of the Solar Impule 2, the 100% solar power plane that is on a mission to circumnavigate the globe, a recent write up from the TED platform (Technology Entertainment and Design) is an interesting read. You can read the article by following the link below: TED – Solar Plane
Green bonds are fast becoming a popular way to finance low carbon (renewable or energy efficiency) projects. Just like a regular bond, they act as a loan + interest over a certain period, but are issued only to certified green projects. The Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank have short (2 min) video overview’s of Green Bonds whichContinue Reading….
I had a great time attending the CSIRO Solar Hackathon over the weekend. The event brought together a diverse range of people with an interest in Solar power to work together in teams over a day and come up with solutions to problems in the industry. The event was a first for Australia, having been successfully run in the USContinue Reading….
A recent BBC article, based on work published in the journal Nature Geoscience recently, has put the current rate of carbon emissions is a historical context. Based on ocean sediments, a dramatic warming event around 56 million years ago called the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) put about four billion tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere per year. Today’s figure isContinue Reading….