Tag Archives: Australia

Coober Pedy energy transition

Australian Town Seeks Stable Energy Transition, Instead Buys a Lemon

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


Immigration Rates Into Australia Impact Carbon Emissions

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


Australia’s Z-Net Blueprint

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%


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

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


Carbon Footprint Reduction Through High Efficiency Motors

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


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

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

ocean waves

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

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