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Household electrification is unlikely to produce free money

Households consume around 30 per cent of Australia’s total energy account. They’ve historically been the most expensive to supply, have the most volatile demand and are most politically sensitive customers on the grid. One way to reduce household greenhouse emissions is to use zero emissions electricity for natural gas and run an electric car on …

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Shopping for a hydrogen fuelled household

Around 700 households in Adelaide are now getting  5 per cent hydrogen in their gas cookers and hot water systems, courtesy of the local distribution network owner, the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG). AGIG wants to go one better: offering 100 per cent hydrogen to new Adelaide housing estates by 2025. It seems, on the face …

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Time for a little solar PV parenting

Rooftop solar has been the runaway consumer success story of the decarbonising electricity market. More than 2.6 million  households have stuck solar panels on their rooftops, with a combined capacity of more than 13,000 megawatts smeared across suburban Australia. The rampant popularity of rooftop solar has also created major technical and equity problems. Solar PV …

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Where will electric vehicles take us?

ARENA’s latest bet on the future of Australian energy is a pivot to transport. Australia’s national renewable energy R&D funding agency has taken a punt on a Melbourne-based start-up, Applied Electric Vehicles (AEV) that is developing a modular, driverless vehicle powered by solar cells on the car’s roof and a back-up battery. It’s an interesting …

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