Solar energy

Report

24 May 2017

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million...

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Strategy

27 Apr 2017

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and the peak national body representing gas distribution and electricity transmission and distribution businesses in Australia, Energy Networks Australia, have partnered to develop an Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap (the Roadmap). 

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Article

10 Apr 2017

Each year, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory releases energy flow charts that illustrate the US's consumption an duse of energy. The energy flow chart, based on 2016 results, shows that Americans used more renewable energy compared to the previous year, while energy consumption was...

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Journal article

01 Apr 2017

Thermal energy storage in concentrated solar thermal power plants improves the dispatchability and eliminates the miss-match between the energy supply and demand. Recently, considerable attention has been made to latent heat thermal energy storage due to its high energy density per unit mass and...

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Journal article

01 Apr 2017

According to the SunShot initiative, one sixth of the levelized cost of electricity for Concentrated Solar Thermal Power is thermal energy storage. For this power generation paradigm to be successful, the cost of every subsystem must be dramatically reduced. However, the search space for...

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Journal article

01 Apr 2017

A numerical study has been conducted on a shell and tube latent heat storage system whereby the inlet heat transfer fluid direction is periodically reversed during charging and discharging. The impact of varying the boundary condition at the interface of the tubes carrying the heat transfer...

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Strategy

14 Mar 2017

The national energy market is failing South Australia and the nation. Our country, with its abundance of solar, wind and gas resources, is now facing an energy crisis. We also have a system that puts profits before people.

While coal-fired power stations across Australia are shutting down...

Research report

01 Mar 2017

Wind and solar PV have become among the cheapest options for meeting power demand in a growing number of countries globally. As these variable renewable energy (VRE) technologies differ from conventional generation technologies, power systems will need to adapt in line with their ongoing build-...

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Research report

23 Feb 2017

KEY FINDINGS

1. Globally, solar photovoltaic (PV) power is surging on the back of scaled-up production and continually falling costs.

  • 70GW (projected) of new solar power capacity was added globally in 2016, breaking last years’ (2015) record
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Article

16 Feb 2017

Australian rooftop solar is now at a crossroads – but it’s all positive. New technologies mean big data can be gathered from systems so that performance can be monitored and alerts raised if problems occur.

Dr Deo Prasad writes about the benefits of solar monitoring systems and the...

Journal article

04 Jan 2017

The aim of this paper is to analyses residential solar PV feed-in tariffs (FiT) policy history to inform the development of a sustainable flexible pricing regime to enhance the diffusion of energy storage, electric vehicles, solar PV installations and other distributed resources focusing on the...

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Audio program

03 Oct 2016

The roll back of the solar subsidy scheme starts today, with South Australian consumers the first to be impacted. By January, more than a quarter of a million early adopters of solar across three states will lose the lucrative bonus, and as a result, pay higher power bills. But the Energy...

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Audio interview

30 Sep 2016

While the federal government says South Australia's reliance on renewable energy threatens the stability of its power supply, energy experts say the state's power outage was most likely caused by a transmission fault due to storm damage.

One thing both sides seem to agree on is the need...

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Article

16 Sep 2016

South Australia’s iconic Kangaroo Island, the site of Australia’s first free settled colony, could pioneer a new age of renewable energy, according to our new research.

The first hardy settlers in 1836 had to decide whether to go it alone with a settlement on the island or revert to the...

Discussion paper

12 Sep 2016

Australia’s funding of fossil fuel research has consistently been among the highest in the developed world, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of our gross domestic product (GDP). Among the IEA members, Australia was the first, second or third largest funder of fossil fuel research from...

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Commentary

Article

16 Aug 2016

Solar households in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales will this year cease to be paid for power they export into the electricity grid. In South Australia, some households will lose 16 cents per kilowatt-hour (c/kWh) from September 31. Some Victorian households will lose 25 c/kWh, and...

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Journal article

15 Jun 2016

Deploying standalone solar air-conditioning systems in residential buildings forms a radical demand-side energy management solution for eliminating the peak electricity demand from residential air-conditioning. For existing grids to meet this demand a correspondingly major investment is required...

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Research report

01 Jun 2016

Increasing economies of scale, more competitive supply chains and further technological improvements will continue reducing the costs of solar and wind power. The same factors will also boost the availability of these key renewable power sources at night and in varying weather conditions....

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Research report

18 May 2016

In mid-2015, the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target (LRET) was reduced from 41,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) to 33,000 GWh by 2020. The positive for the industry was that the amended legislation ended almost two years of uncertainty and frozen investment. The amendment also removed the provision for...

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Policy

05 May 2016

Many households and businesses already attach battery storage to their clean energy systems. Now is the time to grow the industry, encourage the take-up of storage and help make Australia a renewable energy leader. With public interest high, now is the time for a targeted, five-year support...

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