Vestas to make wind turbines in Geelong

Danish renewable energy giant, Vestas is to establish a wind turbine manufacturing plant at Geelong, Victoria in association with a local precision engineering firm. Vestas has partnered with Marand Precision Engineering to turn the former Ford stamping plant into a plant capable of making 4MW Drivetrains and Hubs and component testing for the Dundonnell and…

Australia can achieve 100 per cent renewables at zero cost

Research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that Australia is installing renewable power faster than any other country, helping it to meet its Paris emissions targets five years early. Lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers said Australia was installing renewable power per capita faster than the European Union, Japan, China and the US. Blakers…

Distributed energy generation moves closer

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has awarded $9.6 million in funding to 12 projects and studies to further the penetration of distributed energy resources (DER) such as household solar power. ARENA CEO Darren Miller said the projects will help to maximise the potential benefits of DER technologies owned by households and businesses. “Rooftop solar,…

Brisbane company joins solar subsidy scheme

Brisbane’s Redbank Technologies has become the first Australian company to be accepted into the South Australian Government’s $100 million Home Battery Scheme. The company’s Australian made Smart Hybrid Inverter is one of ten brands of battery and related products accepted into the scheme which will help up to 40,000 homes install solar photo voltaic (PV)…

Meet the Fonzarelli X1 – Australia’s $10,000 super scooter

Sydney company Fonzarelli has launched a performance version of its Australian made electric scooter – the Fonzarelli X1. The scooter, made in Sydney from local and imported parts, sells for $9,890 and is capable of a top speed of 100 KM/H with a range of 80 kilometres. The company, headed by engineer Michelle Nazarri, has…

Tritium readies for North American expansion

Brisbane electric vehicle charger manufacturer, Tritium is preparing to expand in the Americaswith the appointment of a high powered regional president. Tritium, which makes a DC fast charger station, has appointed cleantech leader Jeff Wolfe to the newly created role accelerate market penetration. His appointment will help to navigate a diverse and complex regulatory environment…

Why Australia needs to make lithium ion batteries big time

It is amazing how much difference a little policy innovation from governments can make to manufacturing fortunes – in this case in making lithium ion batteries. While there are a number of big factories making vehicle batteries overseas, it is action by the South Australian and, more recently, the Queensland governments which have ignited the…

Record year for renewables powers energy sector

2018 was a record year for new large scale renewable energy generation plants built in Australia, according to new figures from the Clean Energy Regulator. The regulator’s December Large Scale Renewable Energy target (LRET) market highlights, reported that large scale photo voltaic projects were the major contributor to accredited national capacity which has reached 3.3…