Smart Energy

Why Tesla isn't a 'luxury car'

Tesla Motors boasts loudly about 'inspired' design and 'exquisite' materials but never mentions the L-word ...

Networks' choice: Join or fight the democratic energy revolution

The electricity laws in Australia already require network companies to consider network and non-network solutions, and the trend is against network solutions. They'd be wise to take a stake in people-driven energy solutions.

Get more out of your solar system by using water as a battery

Instead of exporting solar electricity to the grid for a paltry fee, redirecting it to a new hot water heat pump could boost its value more than fivefold.

Sharing solar power with your neighbours

If excess solar exported to the grid could be directed to offset another premise's consumption - even beyond ones in the same apartment block - more people could share in solar's benefits. Virtual net metering provides the way and would also help with electric vehicle recharging.

ESG grows to 30% share of global investment market: GSIA

Study finds Europe leading 'green investing' growth.

Thinking of going solar ... what about an air-conditioner instead?

Heater air-conditioners that tap energy in the ambient air are ultra efficient and can deliver emissions and power bill savings to rival solar installations.

Tesla home battery pack '6 months away'

In a sign of widespread utility interest, Elon Musk says a Tesla-only design - to go with its SolarCity tie-up - is complete, with details only two months away and production just six.

Have utilities lost the war against solar?

The alliance against rooftop solar appears to have been thwarted thanks to a grass roots campaign. Power companies are now scrambling to embrace solar via bundling it with power and other smart appliances - an old idea dreamed up by environmentalists. But has its time finally come?

Eden begins lower-impact-concrete field trials

ASX firm announces progress on 'super-strength' concrete additive.

Storage to be worth 'tens of billions in 5-10 years': Enphase

Microinverter firm boss says renewable growth tied to storage growth.

Could utilities learn to love energy efficiency?

Last week the Energy Market Commission put forward a rule change that after decades of ineffective promises could finally get electricity network businesses to help their customers reduce peak demand, instead of building more infrastructure.

Sydney releases plan for 2030 energy effiency drive

Council says improved building codes could help drive net $208m in savings.

Energy efficiency has largely offset the effect of more and larger homes

In the US, the average home size has grown by 20% since 1980 and there are more of them. But technologies such as appliance standards, building codes and energy labeling have offset more than 70% of energy consumption growth.

AGL can't embrace a smart energy future they criticise

There are several technologies emerging that can cut average household energy usage by as much as 90%. Combined with solar, batteries and internet-enabled controls the future is the prosumer. AGL says they want to drive the revolution, so why are they trying to undermine it?

Agreeing on standards is a key to electric vehicles

Already, China's recharging stations are incompatible with Tesla and BMW. The world needs to work quickly towards some sort of standard setting, and government-drawn rules might not be the best option.

GM commits to produce electric car

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US car-maker to move to Bolt production early.

Vehicle CO2-cutting technology costs: Estimates versus reality

Upon the release of a new study on the technology potential and cost for 2025-2030 CO2 targets in the EU, it's worth looking back at all the previous such studies to see how accurate they were.

To kill-off gas heating we must rebrand air-conditioners

My mother has taught me an important lesson in marketing that is critical to bringing about the demise of polluting residential gas use.

The biofuel rollout is worse than just 'too slow'

Time and money has been spent on biofuels but its 3% market share has probably displaced only 1-2% of transportation emissions. And scaling it up is a laughable proposition.

Bollore to rollout French recharging network

Conglomerate gets govt approval for nationwide EV network.