Interconnector likely to cut electricity costs

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has given approval for construction of an interstate electricity connector which has the potential of stimulating green-power investment and lowering eastern state power prices. The AER today approved the new South Australia-New South Wales interconnector, which will connect wind and solar production in South Australia with the east’s major electricity…

How an Aussie invention could soon cut 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions

By Andrew Blakers, Professor of Engineering, Australian National University In the 1980s, a global race was underway: to find a more efficient way of converting energy from the sun into electricity. Some 30 years ago, our research team at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) came up with a breakthrough, called the PERC silicon…

Lithium a step closer to process patent protection

Lithium ion battery materials group Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) has moved a step close to achieving patent protection for its key proprietary processes for recovering lithium phosphates from silicate ores and solutions. The International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organisation has published two Lithium Australia patent applications, a key step in the process of…

Gleciem to demonstrate renewable powered cooling

Glaciem Cooling Technologies is to demonstrate its refrigeration, thermal energy storage and heat transfer technologies which are designed to integrate with solar PV electricity generation. The Adelaide company has received $2 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of a $4.9 million trial at three locations. The company will install…

Lithium Australia and Novonix both announce battery material progress

Lithium processing technology group Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) and battery materials group Novonix (ASX: NVX) have announced separate advances in battery materials and lithium ion battery manufacture. Novonix announced it has sold 500 tonnes of lithium-ion battery anode material to Samsung, while Lithium Australia announced a new battery venture to evaluate local manufacture. Novonix will…