• Not cooking with gas

    Max Thomas     |      May 9, 2021

    Is natural gas making us sick? According to the Climate Council it contributes up to 12 per cent of the childhood asthma burden in Australia. So, should gas appliances including heaters, hot water services and cooktops be phased out?

  • The power of flight

    Open Forum     |      April 27, 2021

    A new study argues that Australia’s government-owned airports could produce enough electricity to power 136,000 homes if they had large-scale rooftop solar systems installed.

  • The answer is blowin’ in the wind

    Max Thomas     |      April 2, 2021

    Proposals for a new wind turbine site on Robbins Island raise questions about the environmental trade-offs involved even in renewable energy production.

  • It’s a gas, gas, gas

    Max Thomas     |      April 1, 2021

    Victoria’s state government has rejected a plan by AGL to establish a floating liquid natural gas import terminal at Crib Point in Western Port, but is it the right decision?

  • Some thoughts on the hydrogen economy

    Peter Farley     |      March 31, 2021

    Hydrogen offers a potential energy source with a wide range of applications in power generation, transport and other applications.

  • 5 tips to maximise solar energy savings

    Derek Lotts     |      March 25, 2021

    Solar panels, combined with energy conservation, can slash domestic bills for home consumers.

  • Victoria won’t run out of power when Yallourn closes down

    Peter Farley     |      March 22, 2021

    The chance of Victoria running out of power in the years to come is extremely small, despite the closing of significant coal fueled power stations.

  • Carbon capture technology faces a difficult few years

    Michael Dent     |      March 2, 2021

    While green power solutions are increasingly replacing fossil fuels, the hopes that carbon capture technology will aid the fight against climate change face substantial barriers, according to a new report from IDTechEx.

  • Against the odds

    Fran Baum     |      February 26, 2021

    South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. How on Earth did they do it?

  • The secret of solar success

    Open Forum     |      January 24, 2021

    A new study shows how researchers at The Australian National University achieved a world record in solar cell efficiency by using cheap and easy to manufacture perovskite cells.

  • Phasing out coal while maintaining energy security

    Daniel D'Hotman     |      January 8, 2021

    The end of coal-fired generation in Australia is inevitable. The only questions are when coal-fired power stations will close and how well Australia will manage that phasedown.

  • Fixing Australia’s energy strategy through green hydrogen

    Sung-Young Kim     |      December 23, 2020

    It is time the federal government ditches its ideology of ‘technology neutrality’ and throws all its weight behind where real money is to be made in the near future — green hydrogen.