Category Archives Energy

Turbine Sunset

Over 100 cities now get at least 70% of their electricity from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. This includes Reykjavík, Iceland where geothermal and hydro-power are powering much of the city, and Basel, Switzerland where 100% of renewable power comes from the city's own energy supply company. In the US, where some 58 cities and towns…

The Future Called

In Energy Research & Social Science, John Wiseman  from the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute provides a visit from the future. From the abstract: Looking back from 2050, this article is written in the form of a fictional speech reflecting on the impressive progress made by 2050 towards achieving the global goal of zero net emissions. The speaker also highlights the severe and…

Volvo EV

The Volvo motor-car company confirmed in 2017 the strategic decoupling of their vehicles from the internal combustion engine, supplementing all vehicles from 2019 with electric motors. We are committed to electrification, so from 2019 all new Volvo car models will include an electric motor. [ Hakan Samuelsson - President & CEO ] It will launch five fully electric cars between…

Miners of the cryptocurrency BITCOIN, use more electricity than 159 countries in the world. If it keeps increasing at this rate, Bitcoin mining will consume all the world’s electricity by February 2020. I might type that again. If it keeps increasing at this rate, Bitcoin mining will consume all the world’s electricity by February 2020. Think about that for a…

Wind Energy

#KiataWindFarm connected to grid and generating. Largest operating turbines in Australia. More, cheap #RenewableEnergy pic.twitter.com/dN617amLU2 — Windlab (@Windlab) November 6, 2017 Notes: Kiata Wind Farm is a wind energy project located 50km north west of Horsham, Victoria. Windlab, an Australian owned company, is developing the project from its Canberra headquarters. Kiata Wind Farm is a 30 MW wind farm. When operational…

Solar Generation

What a near-perfect day October the 10th was. A completely cloudless blue sky, almost no breeze and about 21-22 degrees celsius. Those conditions produce a wonderful "shape". My home generation produced over thirty kilowatt Hours [3okWh] yesterday. Clearly the next option has to be battery storage and more cells As Richard Thaler would agree, whilst not demonstrating the traits of homo-economicus it is most…

Solar Energy

A small milestone. As the sun rose this morning, our household solar power system generated its Thirtieth MegaWatt since being installed just on four years ago. The irony is not lost on me, watching my energy consumption fall, but a power bill rise... This also comes at a time when the Australia Institute [ @TheAusInstitute ] has released a report Electricity Costs, which finds…

Tipping points are not always obvious, this one may be. Two announcements this week, juxtaposed. Infrastructure Victoria's 30-Year Strategy and Google's move on renewable energy in 2017. Technology companies now account for about 2% of total Global Carbon emissions, that rivals the aviation industry. Let's not even consider the amount of fresh water they require, that's another article... Consider that…

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