• A battery powered opportunity

    Mahdokht Shaibani     |      July 28, 2020

    The shocking economic consequences of COVID-19 and the ever-growing US-China trade war, both considered as “serious” threats to Australia, could bring welcome changes to our battery industry, if we seize the opportunity.

  • Turning down the gas?

    Peter Farley     |      May 25, 2020

    The evidence strongly suggests a significant decline in natural gas usage in Australia despite reports of increased government funding for gas. 

  • National security should reframe the coal debate

    Tom Smethurst     |      April 14, 2020

    Environmental arguments against coal haven’t worked, so it’s time to mobilise a new argument against Australia’s harmful addiction to fossil fuels – the national security interest.

  • Nuclear cost and water consumption – The elephants in the control room

    Peter Farley     |      December 20, 2019

    Expert engineer Peter Farley offers a detailed breakdown of the costs and water consumption required by any move to build nuclear power stations in this country.

  • Energy saving tips for your home

    Derek Lotts     |      September 27, 2019

    Australia has been widely criticised for its failure to curb its carbon emissions, but every householder can play their part – and save money on their bills – with a few simple energy saving precautions in their own home.

  • Electrolysis breakthrough could solve the hydrogen conundrum

    Open Forum     |      September 25, 2019

    The race is on to find cheap, efficient, non-polluting ways of generating and storing hydrogen and a new Australian breakthrough may soon lead the way.

  • Will Victoria run out of power next summer?

    Peter Farley     |      September 10, 2019

    Despite the scare stories, a detailed investigation of Victoria’s power and storage capacity suggests that power shortages are unlikely next summer.

  • Should Australia invest in nuclear energy?

    Roger Dargaville     |      August 9, 2019

    The Australian government is launching an inquiry into the possibility of building a nuclear power industry in Australia, but should more focus be placed on renewables instead?

  • Zero energy homes get zero interest from homebuyers

    Open Forum     |      July 25, 2019

    New home buyers care more about kitchen counter tops than easy opportunities for improved energy efficiency and thermal comfort.

  • Is the oil price slump an economic warning?

    Julian Lorkin     |      June 7, 2019

    Motorists may be cheering the slump in the price for crude oil, which has fallen by nearly 20% over the past few weeks. However, an economist warns this may be a cautionary sign that the world’s economy is about to slow down drastically as a result of trade tensions.

  • Energy set for “Uber” transformation

    Open Forum     |      May 29, 2019

    Australia’s troubled energy sector has been warned that it will soon be “Uberised” with “prosumers” generating and managing their own energy resources through new digital technology.

  • Is nuclear power an option for Australia?

    Peter Farley     |      April 3, 2019

    The need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants and the supposed drawbacks of renewable sources has prompted renewed interest in nuclear options for Australia, but the economics and capacity of nuclear plants just don’t add up to a viable alternative.