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The energy industry used to be a simple beast The energy industry used to be a simple beast

Vertically-integrated utilities sat in the middle of the system, like benevolent spiders spinning a web out to the last customer looking for a connection; deciding where and when to build generating capacity, deciding how to bridge the distance between generators and loads; keeping the system in balance through the deft application of all of the…

What role will start-ups play in energy future? What role will start-ups play in energy future?

For anyone still wondering whether the energy revolution is real, a trip to Silicon Valley last month would have put that thought to rest. Twelve innovative energy start-ups joined eight leading global utilities to begin a journey to jump-start their company’s future. It was the first of three modules that will be held as part…

Energy Storage – The Silent Hero of Australia’s Energy Crisis Energy Storage – The Silent Hero of Australia’s Energy Crisis

Australia is an attractive market for renewable energy providers with plenty of geographical space and sunshine and a large early adopter population. Combine this with the high cost of traditional energy provided by utilities and increasing grid instability, makes it all the more appealing. Pleasingly, the adoption of renewable energy is contributing to the closure of…

What customers told us about solar and batteries What customers told us about solar and batteries

We are in the middle of a customer-led solar revolution in Australia. Over 1.6 million homes and businesses across the country have installed rooftop solar power over the last 8 years and this number continues to rise. There has also been recent speculation about a customer-led battery revolution being just around the corner. Over the…

Ergon Energy – embracing the tides of change Ergon Energy – embracing the tides of change

In the largely ignored back blocks of Cairns, an uninspiring building, home to a small laboratory is quickly catching the interest of national energy pundits. There, a small team of engineers is exploring the country’s future energy needs with ground-breaking research into solar PV and battery storage systems. Ergon Energy’s Innovation Lab located at company’s…

The solar panel and battery revolution: how will your state measure up? The solar panel and battery revolution: how will your state measure up?

A new roadmap for Australia’s electricity networks outlines a national plan to keep the lights on, make sure bills are affordable, and decarbonise our electricity industry by mid-century. The plan, by CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia, sets out measures that could save households A$414 a year on average, by generating their own electricity through “distributed”…