Off-grid dream becomes reality as bushfire threat creates new era for power networks - ABC News. In the days after last summer's bushfires, Srisa Heffernan trampled around her mother's farm to see if she could find anything that hadn't been incinerated in the ferocious blaze.
Key points: Essential Energy says 3,200 poles were destroyed across New South Wales in bushfires last summerEnergy companies are increasingly looking to replace power lines with standalone solar systemsConsumer advocates say laws around standalone power systems need to catch up with industry In a cruel blow, Srisa had just finished renovating a small cottage she'd planned to call home, only a stone's throw from her mother's house on the 150-acre property at Eurobodalla, in south-east New South Wales.
Both the cottage and her mother's home were destroyed. They'd evacuated the farm when the fires knocked out their connection to the electricity grid. "We had to have power to make the water go, and when it came down to it, we didn't have either of those things," Ms Heffernan said. Barely anything else did. The Green Recovery: how Australia can ditch coal (without ditching jobs) – video. Wind farm rejection leaves clean energy advocates baffled - ABC News. Denmark is the small WA town that's proven you can dream big when it comes to renewable energy - ABC News. Many Australians are working from home — here's why they might be doing it in darkness this summer - ABC News.
IEA webstore. Rare night clouds may be warning sign of climate crisis. Crude Oil Prices - 70 Year Historical Chart. Why did US oil prices crash? And how will it affect me? Prices of benchmark United States crude turned negative on Monday, dropping as low as -$40.32 per barrel before settling in the negative thirties.
And prices fell under pressure again on Tuesday. Why are oil prices crashing? And how could it affect you? Why did US oil prices turn negative? World Energy Consumption Statistics. 06Apr Global renewable capacity rose by 176 GW in 2019 According to the IRENA, the global renewable capacity increased by 7.4% in 2019, when 176 GW of new projects were commissioned, raising the global renewable capacity to 2,537 GW.
More than half of the new renewable capacities were installed in Asia (95.5 GW, corresponding to a 9% growth), followed by Europe (+35 GW, +6.6%), North America (+22 GW, +6%), South America (+8.4 GW, +4%), Oceania (+6.2 GW, +18%), Eurasia (+3.1 GW, +3%), the Middle east (+2.5 GW, +13%), Africa (+2 GW, +4.3%) and Central America (+0.6 GW, +4.1%). More news 06Apr. Untitled. Australia Lithium Production Australia is currently the biggest producer of Lithium with an output at the level of 14,300 MT (2016 USGS) what equals to 76,119 MT of Lithium Carbonate.
It has over 1,600,000 MT of Lithium reserves (world’s fourth largest lithium reserves), and more than 2 million MT of identified Lithium resources. Lithium is powering today's technology—at what price? This story appears in the February 2019 issue of National Geographic magazine. One early Saturday morning in La Paz, Álvaro García Linera, the vice president of Bolivia, greets me in the spacious salon outside his office overlooking Plaza Murillo. The debonair, silver-haired 56-year-old politician is known in his country as a committed Marxist ideologue. But today he presents himself as a capitalist pitchman. The spiralling environmental cost of our lithium battery addiction.
Here’s a thoroughly modern riddle: what links the battery in your smartphone with a dead yak floating down a Tibetan river?
The answer is lithium – the reactive alkali metal that powers our phones, tablets, laptops and electric cars. In May 2016, hundreds of protestors threw dead fish onto the streets of Tagong, a town on the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau. They had plucked them from the waters of the Liqi river, where a toxic chemical leak from the Ganzizhou Rongda Lithium mine had wreaked havoc with the local ecosystem. Nuclear Desalination - World Nuclear Association. (Updated March 2020) Potable water is in short supply in many parts of the world.
Lack of it is set to become a constraint on development in some areas. Nuclear energy is already being used for desalination, and has the potential for much greater use. Nuclear desalination is generally very cost-competitive with using fossil fuels. "Only nuclear reactors are capable of delivering the copious quantities of energy required for large-scale desalination projects" in the future (IAEA 2015). It is estimated that one-fifth of the world's population does not have access to safe drinking water, and that this proportion will increase due to population growth relative to water resources.
How much energy does it take (on average) to produce 1 kilogram of the following materials? Note: 1 megajoule (MJ) = 277.77 watt-hour (Wh) Source: Environmentally benign manufacturing.
Untitled. Brine mining is by far the most common method of lithium recovery used today.
But what is it, and how is brine mining used for lithium recovery? Untitled. Shell scenario sky. Untitled. If you want to understand the revolution taking place in renewable energy, come to a power station called Gemasolar in southern Spain.
Here, in the dusty plains of Andalusia, they have worked out how to generate solar power 24 hours a day. Yes, you can read that sentence again. At Gemasolar they create electricity even when the Sun is not shining. They have rigged up more than 2,500 huge mirrors on hydraulic mounts that follow the Sun's passage through the sky. Climate trillions frittered in the wind. For full Terms and Conditions please click here.
Greens exposed as Bob Brown baulks at turbines in his backyard. Energy Outlook 2019. Hello everyone and welcome to the launch of the 2019 Energy Outlook. It’s great to see so many of you here in St James’s Square. And a big welcome to the thousands of you that we see joining us on the webcast from around the world. While we have been issuing the Statistical Review for over sixty-five years, this is the ninth public edition of the Outlook, so many of you will already be familiar with what it does. And as I’m sure Spencer will remind you shortly, this is not a forecast. Why I changed my mind about nuclear power. Why renewables can’t save the planet. MIT Races to Put Nuclear Fusion on the Grid to Fight Climate Change. Fusion energy—a long-held dream of clean and unlimited power—could be inching closer to reality following a collaboration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a startup company. MIT and Cambridge-based Commonwealth Fusion Systems will spearhead the multimillion-dollar effort, which aims to put fusion power " on the grid in 15 years," with an ultimate goal of rapidly commercializing fusion energy and establishing a new industry, the university announced.
"This is an important historical moment: Advances in superconducting magnets have put fusion energy potentially within reach, offering the prospect of a safe, carbon-free energy future," said MIT president L. Rafael Reif in the announcement. "As humanity confronts the rising risks of climate disruption, I am thrilled that MIT is joining with industrial allies, both longstanding and new, to run full-speed toward this transformative vision for our shared future on Earth.
" AusNet Services outage tracker. WEO 2017. Global shifts in the energy system Four large-scale shifts in the global energy system set the scene for the World Energy Outlook 2017: the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies, the growing electrification of energy, the shift to a more services-oriented economy and a cleaner energy mix in China, and the resilience of shale gas and tight oil in the United States.
These shifts come at a time when traditional distinctions between energy producers and consumers are being blurred and a new group of major developing countries, led by India, moves towards centre stage. How these developments play out and interact is the story of this year’s Outlook. World Energy Outlook 2016. World Energy Outlook 2016 sees broad transformations in the global energy landscape As a result of major transformations in the global energy system that take place over the next decades, renewables and natural gas are the big winners in the race to meet energy demand growth until 2040, according to the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication. A detailed analysis of the pledges made for the Paris Agreement on climate change finds that the era of fossil fuels appears far from over and underscores the challenge of reaching more ambitious climate goals.
Still, government policies, as well as cost reductions across the energy sector, enable a doubling of both renewables – subject of a special focus in this year’s Outlook – and of improvements in energy efficiency over the next 25 years. Natural gas continues to expand its role while the shares of coal and oil fall back. WEO - WEO-2012.
Energy Systems Map. This is the category of natural resources, both renewable and non-renewable, that can be converted into forms of usable energy. CitiPower and Powercor - Power outages. Service area boundary Only outages within the Citipower and Powercor distribution networks are displayed. Please contact the appropriate electricity distributor for information on other areas. Powercor Network CitiPower Network Map icons Tap the map icons to display full outage details including affected areas and estimated restoration times. Widespread Outages. Electric vehicles. Australia's EV of the year for 2020. For consistency and fairness, we have included only the entry-level variant of each model.
Several models, including the three Teslas and the Audi e-tron, are available in higher-grade variants that have greater battery capacity and, in some cases, driving range. All of South Australia's power comes from solar panels in world first for major jurisdiction - ABC News. South Australia's renewable energy boom has achieved a global milestone. Australian outback cattle station to house world's largest solar farm, powering Singapore. A cattle station halfway between Alice Springs and Darwin is set to house the world’s largest solar farm, with energy generated from the project to ultimately power Singapore. Newcastle Waters, where casino mogul James Packer worked as a jackaroo for a year when his father, Kerry, owned the 10,000 sq km property, has been earmarked for the $20bn solar farm, according to the company responsible for the project, Sun Cable.
The 10 gigawatt solar farm, which will be visible from space if built, was granted major project status from the Morrison government in July and has attracted billionaire investors including Andrew Forrest and Mike Cannon-Brookes. Why Do Solar Farms Kill Birds? Call in the AI Bird Watcher. What is Climate Active? How we went carbon neutral. Today we are proud to announce that we have been certified carbon neutral in our operations, receiving Climate Active’s largest certification in Australia. We’ve also become the second telecommunications business in Australia to do so behind our Belong brand, who gained certification in December last year.
This comes after we announced we were close to being certified last month, well ahead of our initial plan. We’re continuing to work to reduce our overall emissions by 50% in 10 years and while we do that, we’re purchasing carbon neutral credits to counteract our environmental impact. Nem Watch. ReNu Energy Limited. Ditch the Batteries: Off-Grid Compressed Air Energy Storage.
Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) is usually regarded as a form of large-scale energy storage, comparable to a pumped hydropower plant. Such a CAES plant compresses air and stores it in an underground cavern, recovering the energy by expanding (or decompressing) the air through a turbine, which runs a generator. Unfortunately, large-scale CAES plants are very energy inefficient. Compressing and decompressing air introduces energy losses, resulting in an electric-to-electric efficiency of only 40-52%, compared to 70-85% for pumped hydropower plants, and 70-90% for chemical batteries. The low efficiency is mainly since air heats up during compression. Musk confirms new Roadster has a range of more than 1000km. Elon Musk and Tesla may be close to putting an end to the electric car’s biggest restriction — range. Australia's renewable energy wars: How to win the argument for green power. The Green Electricity Guide. Overview of Problems and Solutions in Fire Protection Engineering of Wind Turbines.
Nissan's Leaf-Charging Wireless Pad Could Signal An Industry Surge. Australia's renewable energy target deal hits last-minute snag over wood burning. Here's Some "Visually Awful" Wind Farms That'll Make You Angry. Kinetic energy may power our home and gadgets starting in 5 years. In areas with no electricity, this power-generating soccer ball is providing the light. Model S Design Studio. Futuristic concept car that can split into two motorcycles is the solution to traffic - Lost At E Minor: For creative people.
Solar Roadways - Introduction. China Vs. the West: The Renewables Arms Race. Untitled. The Future is Clear. Quantum Energy Reliable Hot Water Systems. World's biggest sovereign wealth fund to ditch fossil fuels. Oil2019Presentation. United States to lead global oil supply growth, while no peak in oil demand in si. Crunching the numbers: are we heading for an oil supply shock? Saudi Arabia may go broke before the US oil industry buckles.
I believe there was a poem entitled 'Ozymandias', written well over a century ago. History loves repeating itself. – jtlawson
Heresy in Texas! The era of big oil is almost over. Key oil figures were distorted by US pressure, says whistleblower. Oil glut forecaster Maugeri admits duff maths. The global energy challenge: Awash with carbon. Genesis Energy to close last coal-fired power stations in NZ. Iran’s Centuries-Old Windmills May Soon Stop Turning. "The Old Windmill" - The windmills in Nashtifan (by IWCS) SA weather: Power 'gradually' returning after blackout plunged state into darkness. Lithium. Lithium Resources: ANZAPLAN.