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.
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….