• Distributed energy is the key to decarbonisation

    Open Forum     |      June 2, 2022

    State governments should refocus attention from large scale renewable energy projects to the immense decarbonisation opportunities produced by distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar panels, batteries, electric vehicles, and smart appliances.

  • Weaning Europe from Russian fuel

    Margarita Balmaceda     |      May 22, 2022

    Europe remains dependent on Russian fuel exports for a third of its energy needs, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has exposed the folly of depending on a hostile state and funding its war machine, forcing Europe’s politicians to finally begin to cut energy ties with Putin’s criminal regime.

  • The federal budget’s energy fudge

    Open Forum     |      April 1, 2022

    The new Federal budget shows decreasing climate spending and increasing spending on high emitting energy projects, with spending announced for LNG and gas as well as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen.

  • The future of steel: Hydrogen vs coal

    Peter Farley     |      January 12, 2022

    It should soon be cheaper to use renewables and green hydrogen to refine metals in Australia rather than use coal in the Northern Hemisphere.

  • Building energy self-reliance

    Open Forum     |      November 12, 2021

    Net zero carbon emissions are within reach for Australian cities if more solar panels are integrated with new buildings and existing structures, according to new modelling.

  • Powering the metaverse

    Karly Winkler     |      November 11, 2021

    Australia could become the renewable energy bank for the Asia-Pacific region, powering the fourth industrial revolution and a new wave of technology and virtual solutions.

  • Recharging battery technology

    Mahdokht Shaibani     |      November 6, 2021

    Rechargeable batteries to store the energy of renewables and electrify our transportation promise to be a critical step in fighting climate change.

  • All the answers on renewable energy

    Neil Martin     |      September 11, 2021

    Everything you ever wanted to know about the way we will ultimately derive all our power from renewable sources, and how quickly it will be achieved.

  • Batteries not included?

    Max Thomas     |      August 7, 2021

    The silence from green technological optimists concerning the ‘Big Battery’ fire at Moorabool near Geelong is deafening, and inquiries into the accident should raise wider questions about the use of large lithium batteries in energy management.

  • Teamwork can achieve net-zero emissions

    Open Forum     |      June 17, 2021

    The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) has released its Australian Energy Transition Research Plan, calling on researchers, research funders and government to shift the dial on Australia’s transition to a zero carbon economy.

  • The climate crisis and the electricity grid

    Ariel Liebman     |      May 23, 2021

    Artificial intelligence is the key to linking a range of renewable solutions to reduce carbon emissions from electricity generation and supply.

  • The heat is on

    Open Forum     |      May 10, 2021

    New research supports the development of thermoelectric devices to convert waste heat from industry into an energy source allowing Australian industries to harness the heat by-products from their operations.