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Australia Wildfires Expose Severity of Climate Change Impacts

10 Jan , 2020  

Written by Taylor Patterson, ERS Word of Australia’s catastrophic wildfires has spread across the globe. It is nearly impossible to quantify the damage done to the ecosystems burning in the deadly inferno, which has eliminated critical plants, wildlife, and energy sources across the continent. Many scientists and journalists agree that climate change is partly to […]

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Industrial Technology, Refrigeration

Australia Gets its Largest Low-Charge NH3 Plant

1 May , 2018  

Australia firm installs its largest low-charge NH3 plant Written by Devin Yoshimoto, ammonia21.com, March 9, 2018 On 1 Feburary 2018, Australian industrial refrigeration system supplier Scantec Refrigeration Technologies commissioned its largest low-charge ammonia (NH3) system in the country. The system’s total NH3 inventory is 750-800 kg and it provides cooling for a total of 114,000 m³ of […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Energy Storage

Tesla Delivers on 100-day Australia Battery Grid Promise

4 Jan , 2018  


Tesla Fulfilled Its 100-Day Australia Battery Bet. What’s That Mean for the Industry? greentechmendia.com, November 27, 2017 Credit where credit is due: Elon Musk made a crazy, eye-catching promise, and he delivered. After a series of regional blackouts that shook South Australia in September 2016 and February 2017, a fierce debate emerged over how to manage the […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Renewables

Australian Town Seeks Stable Energy Transition, Instead Buys a Lemon

28 Mar , 2017  

Coober Pedy energy transition

Ryan Pollin, ERS, for Zondits Coober Pedy is currently playing out a worst-case scenario for energy transition, and it behooves us all to understand what led them there. The South Australian mining town currently operates a very costly 3.9 MW diesel power plant to supply power to the region. After making the seemingly wise choice […]

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Markets & Business, Markets & Trends

Immigration Rates Into Australia Impact Carbon Emissions

30 Jun , 2016  

Population policy to impact emissions targets Phys, June 14, 2016 Current immigration rates into Australia, and associated projected population growth, will make greenhouse gas emissions targets even more difficult to achieve in the future, a University of Adelaide-led study has found. The researchers investigated how much Australia needs to reduce its per capita emissions to […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Regulatory Affairs

Australia’s Z-Net Blueprint

7 Oct , 2015  


Ryan Pollin for Zondits, October 7, 2015. Image credit: suzanne chapman The Australian town of Uralla is taking the direct approach – aiming for a 100% renewable energy town. The town of 6,000-plus will use proven energy reduction strategies to minimize their energy needs, then bring on as much on-site power as they can. A 20% […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Connectivity, Emerging Technology, Energy Storage

Salt Slurry-Based Storage Wins Innovation Award, Fans Down Under

18 Sep , 2015  


Amber Plante for Zondits, September 18, 2015. Image credit: www.mass.gov Solar power is often a good thing, but storing its harvest in batteries can be expensive. A team from the University of South Australia in Adelaide, though, may have a solution: a “charging” vs. “discharging” system in which an inexpensive liquid salt solution is frozen […]

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Industrial Technology, Motors & Drives

Carbon Footprint Reduction Through High Efficiency Motors

28 Jul , 2015  

Economic and Environmental Benefits of Energy Efficient Motors Pace Today, July 27, 2015. Image credit: miniformat65 International efficiency classes Two important elements of any MEPS are the rules that specify how efficiency should be measured and what efficiency classes should be used. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) uses IEC 60034-30:2008 to specify International Efficiency classes, referred […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Connectivity, Energy Storage

Tesla’s Powerwall Enables Customers to Become Their Own Power Station

22 Jun , 2015  

Jesse Remillard for Zondits, June 22, 2015. Image credit: walkerkarraa Conditions in Australia are primed for the success of home energy storage systems due to high retail electricity costs (near $0.30USD/kWh) and the popularity of residential photovoltaic systems. Because of this, Elon Musk and his company, Tesla, are targeting Australia for the release of their new […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Emerging Technology, Renewables

Harnessing the Energy of Ocean Waves to Generate Zero-Emission Electricity

10 Mar , 2015  

ocean waves

Australia Uses the Motion of the Ocean to Generate Zero-Emission Electricity and Desalinate Water Simultaneously Good, March 2, 2015 It’s not the size of the buoy that counts. It’s the motion in the ocean. Actually, both are pretty important. At least, they are when it comes to Australia’s new CETO 5 system: “The first array of wave […]

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