When it comes to power, solar is about to leave nuclear and everything else in the shade

By Peter Martin, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University Opposition leader Peter Dutton might have been hoping for an endorsement from economists for his plan to take Australian nuclear. He shouldn’t expect one from The Economist. The Economist is a British weekly news magazine that has reported on economic thinking and served as…

Australia needs large-scale energy production – here are 3 reasons why offshore wind is a good fit

By Ty Christopher, University of Wollongong and Michelle Voyer, University of Wollongong On the weekend, an area 20km off the Illawarra coast south of Sydney became Australia’s fourth offshore wind energy zone. It’s the most controversial zone to date, with consultation attracting a record 14,211 submissions – of which 65% were opposed. The zone’s declaration…

1414 and team make SiPHyR project official

Thermal energy storage company 1414 Degrees has launched a three-year R&D project on a new methane pyrolysis technology, signing a partnership agreement with the companies and institutions involved. The technology team includes experts from University of Adelaide (UofA), oil and gas company Woodside, Vulcan Steel, and RMIT University, and is supported by a $2.5 million…

Known unknowns: controversy over CSIRO’s electricity report reveals an uncomfortable truth

By Bruce Mountain, Victoria University CSIRO’s latest annual GenCost update, released last month, was billed as Australia’s “most comprehensive electricity generation cost report”. GenCost has proven to be highly controversial. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton previously levelled robust criticism at the report, specifically the high costs attributed to building nuclear power in Australia, and called for…

Future Made in Australia will boost sustainable growth and create jobs as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough

By Sanjoy Paul, University of Technology Sydney and Priyabrata Chowdhury, RMIT University The shift towards net zero emissions and greater international competition have created new opportunities for clean energy industries – poised to shape the global economy in the coming decades. To harness these opportunities, the government has developed a long-term strategic initiative called the…

Countrywide Hydrogen to be Tasmania’s first major hydrogen producer

ReNu Energy subsidiary Countrywide Hydrogen will become “Tasmania’s first major green hydrogen producer”, the state government announced on Monday, after an $8 million funding agreement. In a joint statement with energy minister Nick Duigan, Premier Jeremy Rockliff said that Countrywide “will produce hydrogen at multiple locations around the state,” and supply it to various users. …