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How many of Australia’s Rich List built their fortune on energy?

The AFR’s annual Rich List was published late last week. Essential reading for the nosy amongst us who want to know how much resource magnates Gina (Reinhardt) or Twiggy (Forrest) is worth these days, it also tells a story of the industries in which Australians build their wealth. Many industries that are fundamental to the …

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Hydrogen excitement ahead of reality

Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is clearly excited about hydrogen. The Fortescue Metals Chair has been splashing his hydrogen ambitions across the Australian media for most of 2021, re-packaging his plans to build the worlds biggest green steel supplier and the worlds biggest renewables and hydrogen based electricity utility. The numbers being thrown by Forrest are staggering: …

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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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Hydrogen: a cage fight with the laws of physics

When energy ministers meet later this month one of the few things they’re likely to agree upon is hydrogen. More specifically, a ringing endorsement to the imminent release of a national hydrogen strategy in Australia. Japan and International Energy Agency have already released hydrogen strategy papers this year. Global interest in developing a hydrogen economy …

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