Future Power Technology – Australia Issue

26 September 2018 (Last Updated September 26th, 2018 15:34)

In this issue: An insight into the Australian Government’s National Energy Guarantee, the latest power projects kicking off across the country, Coopers Gap windfarm profile, and more

Future Power Technology – Australia Issue

The Australia issue of Future Power Technology is out now and you can read it here for free on all devices.

In this special issue of Future Power Technology Australia, we gain an insight into the Australian Government’s National Energy Guarantee (NEG), which has been introduced as part of a promise to secure low emission, reliable energy for the nation. While many welcome the certainty it brings, it has been met with anger by green power advocates who argue it will further entrench big fossil fuel companies. We check in on both sides of the debate.

We also take a look at the latest and greatest power projects kicking off in Australia’s energy industry, profile some of the country’s most advanced and paradigm-shifting renewable energy projects – from solar PV windows to a green hydrogen hub – and delve deeper into Australia’s budding battery business.

Plus, we profile the Coopers Gap windfarm project, which is expected to bring jobs, as well as lower carbon emissions and household bills once completed, and ask whether anything can be done to address Australia’s notoriously high energy prices as the country transitions to a more environmentally, business and pocket friendly energy backbone.

In this issue

The latest and greatest power projects
We take a look at the latest and greatest power projects kicking off in Australia’s energy industry.
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Australia’s energy future in the balance: a deeper look at the NEG
Australia’s National Energy Guarantee is in disarray after the ousting of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and a total lack of political consensus on making the country’s energy network cleaner, cheaper and more reliable. Chris Lo considers whether the political establishment is capable of finding common ground.
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Australia’s clean energy innovation hot spots
While the debate over coal rumbles on in Australia, a number of universities, start-ups and government bodies across the country are quietly working on clean energy solutions that could play a part in powering its low-carbon future. Scarlett Evans explores Australia’s most promising clean energy projects.
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Australia’s budding battery business
Australia is incredibly rich in the minerals required to make batteries, with several companies already starting to cash in as demand soars. Molly Lempriere finds out which companies are leading the way and how promising research projects are progressing.
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Coopers Gap: a closer look at Australia’s biggest windfarm
Coopers Gap windfarm construction is underway at Cooranga North, Australia with an expected power capacity of 453MW. The project is anticipated to bring jobs, as well as lower carbon emissions and household bills once completed. We check in on its progress.
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Can Australia bring its sky-high energy prices down to earth?
Australia’s energy prices are among the highest in the world, despite the country’s enviable resources. A slow and rocky transition from coal to renewable energy is often blamed, but is that the full story? Chris Lo investigates.
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Preview – Future Power October

A new report published by Eurelectric examines the impact blockchain will have on Europe’s distribution network operators. The digital ledger technology is a potential threat to operators, offering a cheaper and more efficient alternative, but with it comes concerns of a monopolised network system. Could blockchain spell the end for the traditional network distribution model?

We also find out more about a mobile app that allows Northern Powergrid customers to win cash prizes by turning off appliances at times of peak demand, consider whether a big city can retrofit its already vast network of drinking water and sewage pipes with turbines capable of producing hydropower, and in a special roundtable feature we ask experts for their opinions on new nuclear in the UK.

Plus, we talk to Centrica about how an organisation as large and unwieldy as the NHS could benefit from an energy upgrade, investigate the role of water in the coal supply chain, and address the £1.3bn worth of energy loss in the UK due to poor cabling.