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Australia’s power generation future

This is what Australia’s power generation future looks like. Despite the “but we have plenty of coal” nay-sayers, the future is very likely to be hybrid power plants like the Windlab and Vestas 60MW Kennedy Energy Park in central north Queensland. It is made up of 43MW wind, 15MW PV and a 2MW/4MWh battery. While […]

Lagerwey to build hydrogen-producing wind turbine

This is a development that will be interesting to watch. Lagerwey, a Dutch wind turbine manufacturer, in a consortium with ECN and HYGRO, is developing the world’s first wind turbine to convert wind power directly into hydrogen for use as transport fuel. The Lagerwey 4.8MW turbine will be converted to incorporate electrolysis technology that will […]

Congratulations to Premonition

Congratulations to Brad Lorge, Niklas Olsson, Aaron Darling and the team at Premonition for winning the Smart Cities Award 2017. It’s great to see Australian innvoations. We need to support these businesses as they are key to Australia’s economic future – they are the future drivers of growth in jobs and revenue for Australia. Thanks […]

Congratulations to Future Grid

Congratulations to Chris Law, David Ryan, Quenton Pongracz and the team at Future Grid for winning the New Energy Award 2017. It’s great to see Australian innvoations. We need to support these businesses as they are key to Australia’s economic future – they are the future drivers of growth in jobs and revenue for Australia. […]

Energy Lab – Creating a new renewable energy market

We are looking forward to Energy Lab’s next event with the ISF’s Dr Geoff James. The hydrogen economy has such huge potential and Australia has so many attributes in its favour to make us a global leader. This is what innovation and jobs is about. https://energylab.org.au/events     Freshwater Group is a renewable energy recruitment […]

Is it Enough?

I recently listened to a McKinsey podcast, Pathways and Obstacles to a Low Carbon Economy, with Lord Adair Turner and Arnout de Pee, and was reminded of the UK’s Energy Transitions Commission that is Chaired by Lord Turner. Initially they may have drawn criticism due to some of their funding sources, but the Energy Transitions […]

Ambition or hopeless optimism?

Six million extra jobs. For a future focussed, energy sector recruitment business, that paints a bright future. But then “an energy transition of exceptional scope, depth and speed”, “an ambitious set of policy measures” and “aggressive efficiency measures” really gets our interest piqued. The IEA and IRENA have recently published a report Perspectives for the […]

Energy Shock

It is shocking to think that the obvious solutions to our energy policy issues do not seem obvious to our political leaders. The Australian Industry Group have recently released a report, Energy Shock: No Gas, No Power, No Future?  It makes a great read for anyone who has any influence over energy policy. Innes Willox has […]

The Economics of Solar

Is the answer to solar profitability mainly better capital and operational efficiency? I was surprised reading McKinsey’s, How solar energy can (finally) create value, that their view is the next critical step for the solar industry is not so much technical as economic. I agree with their points on the economics and there is some […]