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Wallaby or beehive? Meet the Australian electricity consumer Wallaby or beehive? Meet the Australian electricity consumer

A new report reveals a fascinating mix of attitudes and personalities among household electricity consumers in Australia. Armed with these insights, both governments and the energy industry can better engage consumers in a time of ever-rising energy prices. The research report was released by sustainability agency CitySmart and conducted with research partners Queensland University of…

Bruny retirees love their solar power Bruny retirees love their solar power

Retired public servant John Kobylec believed that installation of a solar system at his Bruny Island retirement home would be prohibitively expensive but after becoming inaugural participants in the Tasmanian island’s new solar/battery trial, John and his partner Jenny Chester are now total converts. “We realised our scant information about solar systems was terribly out…

New trial to provide a ‘bottomless battery’ and decarbonise gas New trial to provide a ‘bottomless battery’ and decarbonise gas

An Australian first “power-to-gas” trial could see excess renewable energy stored in the gas grid and used to decarbonise Australia’s gas supply. Australian Gas Networks (AGN) will partner with AquaHydrex, which will design and build an electrolyser pilot plant in Adelaide’s western suburbs. It will use electricity to split water to produce hydrogen – a…

United Energy’s award winning formula for storage and solar United Energy’s award winning formula for storage and solar

In late 2013, United Energy was considering the evolving energy landscape and came to the realisation that through the use of solar and storage technology, they could transform the very nature and function of the grid itself. By the end of 2016, with a Clean Energy Innovation Award under their belt, it was clear that…

Networks Renewed: Essential Energy partners in battery storage and solar trial in regional NSW Networks Renewed: Essential Energy partners in battery storage and solar trial in regional NSW

Essential Energy is signing up regional NSW residents to participate in a trial to assess the potential for customer-owned battery storage systems and advanced solar inverters to help better manage demand for network capacity. In a joint project with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), University of Technology Sydney, Reposit Power and SMA Australia, Essential…

Endeavour Energy SolarSaver Residential Battery Energy Storage Trial Endeavour Energy SolarSaver Residential Battery Energy Storage Trial

Western Sydney is leading the way with renewables with more than 100,000 homes now with solar systems. With the market for residential battery storage also rapidly evolving, there are now both opportunities and barriers associated with this technology that will be important to understand to ensure the effective and efficient deployment on electricity networks. As…