Fremantle pool goes geothermal

By Julian Bajkowski Councils across Australia might be looking to the sun to offset the rising costs of municipal pool heating, but in the historic Western Australian City of Fremantle they’re digging for fire to keep bathers warm when in the water. The innovative council has confirmed that a test-bore it has sunk to tap […]

Tasmania smartens electricity grid

By Paul Hemsley Tasmanian Minister for Climate Change Cassy O’Connor has talked up the state’s investment in ‘Smart Grid’ system for electricity infrastructure as a way for suppliers to deliver cheaper power to consumers and better control the electricity network during times of peak load.. The government plans to embed the Smart Grid technology, which […]

Solar power gets Victorian edge

Development of a RayGen solar power system will receive $1 million in funding from the Victorian Government. In addition to the $41 million in funding for the Energy Technology Innovation Strategy (ETIS) in the 2011-12 Victorian budget, funding will go to the first stage of the development, involving fine-tuning design components and optimizing cost, performance […]

Hervey Bay solar projects keep powers on

Energy Minister Stephen Robertson has welcomed another key milestone in the Bligh Government's $4 million plan to help power Hervey Bay with clean energy. Mr Robertson said Queensland Health had now completed contractual arrangements with ABB Australia to install a $1.3 million 266 kilowatt solar panel system at the Hervey Bay Hospital. "Depending on the […]

University uses solar energy

A photo-voltaic solar array at the Australian National University (ANU) will reduce the campus’s carbon emissions, feed energy back into the grid and help educate the community about energy conservation measures.   Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, Senator Don Farrell, unveiled the 14.28 kilowatt array – located on the Concessions Building of ANU’s […]

Government invests $13 million for Defence

Five projects were selected out of 119 submissions received under Round 15 of the Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program.   “In supporting these proposals we have the potential to advance Defence capability, produce innovative products for Defence and civilian use and stimulate Australian industry growth,” Mr Snowdon said.   “Defence is proud to […]

WA solar industry disappointing

  By Lilia Guan   Non-profit organisation, Clean Energy Council (CEC) said the WA solar industry has been dealt an “unexpected blow” by the Barnett Government, with the “sudden closure” of their feed-in-tariff.   Released on Monday, the new scheme designed to help residents recover the purchase cost of their renewable energy system has been […]


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