15 05, 2023

Renewable Gas in Australia: A Risk to Net Zero?

By |2023-07-10T14:26:28+00:00May 15, 2023|Natural Gas, Renewables|Comments Off on Renewable Gas in Australia: A Risk to Net Zero?

Renewable gas has a unique role to play in advancing net zero, and Australia is investing in its future. However, as this fuel has many limitations and dangers, its application must be considered carefully for meaningful action on climate. Is renewable gas cleaner than natural gas? Renewable gas is a fuel produced from organic matter, primarily agricultural and food waste and landfill gas. Unlike fossil natural gas, renewable gas is "renewable" in the sense that human activity will keep producing [...]

1 05, 2023

What Is Green Hydrogen Used For?

By |2023-07-14T08:53:10+00:00May 1, 2023|Renewables|Comments Off on What Is Green Hydrogen Used For?

Green hydrogen is a form of renewable energy and an essential component of the clean energy transition. Unlike natural methane gas, when industries burn it or use it in a fuel cell, there are no direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The only by-product is water. Hydrogen is particularly useful for 'hard-to-decarbonise' sectors, like heavy industry, chemicals, shipping and aviation. This means it is valuable for reaching truly zero-emissions economies. Advantages of green hydrogen Hydrogen is the simplest and smallest element [...]

13 04, 2023

Why Renewable Gas is Not a Climate Solution

By |2023-07-10T14:27:59+00:00April 13, 2023|Natural Gas, Renewables|Comments Off on Why Renewable Gas is Not a Climate Solution

Renewable gas, also known as biomethane, is produced by the fermentation of organic matter, such as agriculture and food waste. It can be burnt for energy, much like natural gas, and can be a lower carbon option than this fossil fuel alternative.  However, just because a fuel is 'renewable', it does not mean that it is clean or emission-free. Renewable gas is highly processed and contains at least 90 per cent methane. This climate-heating greenhouse gas (GHG) is far more damaging to [...]

7 12, 2022

What Is Photovoltaic Technology?

By |2023-07-14T08:53:40+00:00December 7, 2022|Solar Energy|Comments Off on What Is Photovoltaic Technology?

Photovoltaic technology is key to a more sustainable world. That is because any amount of electricity produced by solar power that replaces coal or gas-fired electricity reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Does photovoltaic technology require solar cells? A solar cell is integral to photovoltaic technology. It allows us to convert sunlight into electricity. The photovoltaic effect is the process of converting light, also called photons, to electricity, also known as voltage. This is why solar cells are also known as photovoltaic [...]

6 10, 2022

What Are Biofuels and How Can They Be Used?

By |2023-07-10T14:46:01+00:00October 6, 2022|Greenhouse Gases, Renewables|Comments Off on What Are Biofuels and How Can They Be Used?

Biofuels are fuels produced from organic materials or biomass. They are often promoted as a lower-carbon alternative to fossil fuels. Most biofuels today are used for transportation, as they can replace fuel in cars, trucks, aviation and shipping. Using biofuel in the automotive industry is nothing new. Many early vehicles in the United States were powered by corn-based ethanol. Rudolph Diesel even used peanut oil to test his first engine. Biofuels can be made from any biological material, though plant materials and animal waste are most commonly [...]

29 09, 2022

The Role of Hydrogen Energy in a Net Zero World

By |2023-07-10T14:51:15+00:00September 29, 2022|Climate Change, Fossil Fuels, Renewables|Comments Off on The Role of Hydrogen Energy in a Net Zero World

Hydrogen, like electricity, is an energy carrier "used to store, move, and deliver energy produced from other sources." With the global transition to net zero emissions by 2050 and aim to limit global warming to 1.5°C, hydrogen energy plays a crucial role. Hydrogen's unique properties complement other decarbonisation technologies, such as renewable power or energy efficiency improvements. Green hydrogen – produced using renewable sources – is also the only solution for "long-term, scalable, and cost-effective" deep decarbonisation in industrial sectors. [...]

23 09, 2022

The Future of Jobs in Renewable Energy in Australia

By |2023-08-21T07:24:36+00:00September 23, 2022|Renewables|Comments Off on The Future of Jobs in Renewable Energy in Australia

Supporting jobs in renewable energy is the answer to Australia's economic recovery. The country's clean energy industry is flourishing; attracting investment and creating employment. Renewables are providing cleaner, cheaper energy for Australians, and have even delivered sub-zero wholesale electricity prices.  Fast-tracking the transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy would bring an abundance of further benefits to Australia. A report by EY-Parthenon and funded by the European Climate Foundation outlines how there are thousands of "shovel ready" jobs available in the sector. "Pivoting to a clean-energy [...]

21 09, 2022

How Green Hydrogen Can Fuel Australia’s Future (Video)

By |2023-07-10T14:52:10+00:00September 21, 2022|Renewables|Comments Off on How Green Hydrogen Can Fuel Australia’s Future (Video)

Watch this video to find out how Australia uses hydrogen as a fuel and why green hydrogen could be the fuel of the future. As the world races to net zero, experts acclaim hydrogen as a fuel as a sustainable, reliable source of the future. Hydrogen produced by renewable energy, known as 'green' or 'clean' hydrogen, is a zero-emissions solution for difficult-to-decarbonise sectors, such as industry and transport. Hydrogen is also the solution to harmonise the variability of [...]

21 09, 2022

How Will Energy in Australia Change Over the Coming Years?

By |2023-07-10T14:54:44+00:00September 21, 2022|Fossil Fuels, Renewables|Comments Off on How Will Energy in Australia Change Over the Coming Years?

The future of energy in Australia is a hotly debated topic. Despite signing up to the Paris Agreement, 93 per cent of Australia's primary energy consumption still comes from fossil fuels. Furthermore, there are many more new fossil fuel projects or expansions in the pipeline, with the emissions equivalent of over 200 coal power stations. Burning fossil fuels is the most significant driver of dangerous climate change by increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Therefore, there is a strong argument [...]

4 08, 2022

Solar Energy Companies in Australia

By |2023-07-14T08:54:46+00:00August 4, 2022|Consumer Products and Services, Corporations, Renewables, Solar Energy|Comments Off on Solar Energy Companies in Australia

It is not widely known that Australian ingenuity made clean solar energy companies viable. Though the solar cell was invented in the US in the 1940s, there was little progress until Martin Green came along. He was an engineering professor at the University of New South Wales who started tinkering with the solar cell. In 1975, the Brisbane-born engineer started a PV solar research group. They began beating the Americans at their own game. “Pretty soon, we started beating all [...]

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