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"Meanwhile our leaders keep insisting that it is coal that is our saviour ... ... and that it is better investing our money in attempting to hold back change rather than to actually participate in forging that change"


He who pays the piper. As it has always been.


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The vision of a "virtual power plant" made up of thousands of batteries connected to solar panels in individual households and communicating through smart digital technology seems somewhat futuristic but may not be so far away. That concept took another step forward this week as two more battery hopefuls entered the Australian household market. They join a lengthening line-up of competitors from around the world going head-to-head in a market where sales of 80-100 units a month are expected to more than double by next year.


The ability to connect the batteries in a network means they could be called on by a power grid operator when electricity demand is high or during an outage elsewhere in the system.


Simon Hackett, technology entrepreneur and executive chairman of home-grown battery developer Redflow (code RFX), predicts that in just three to five years, grid operators will start to offer customers who own home storage systems the opportunity to get paid to send energy back into the grid when the system needs it.



............Typical solar-battery household daily use (kwh)


"The way this is heading is a world where if there's a few thousand of these in a city, collectively you've actually got a power generator," Hackett says. "So rather than spinning up a gas-fired peaking plant somewhere, you can set the inverter in reverse and push the energy straight back into the grid on demand."


Hackett says while grid operators are some way away from being ready for such a new world, they can see the future lies in that direction.

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The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity



There are eight massive shifts coming soon to power markets:


1. There Will Be No Golden Age of Gas

2. Renewables Attract $7.8 Trillion

3. Electric Cars Rescue Power Markets

4. Batteries Join the Grid

5. Solar and Wind Prices Plummet

6. Capacity Factors Are Increasing

7. A New Polluter to Worry About (India)

8. The Transformation Continues


BNEF's outlook for carbon dioxide emissions has improved significantly over the past year, in spite of cheap fossil fuel prices. The shift to renewables is happening shockingly fastÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ÂÂbut not fast enough to prevent perilous levels of global warming. Without additional policy action by governments, global carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector will peak in the 2020s and remain relatively flat for the the foreseeable future.


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except for the gratuitous crap about global warming

yes, it's a conspiracy by scientists to squeeze more tax dollars out of the gullible.

When God created the flat Earth 6000-odd years ago, He put the coal and oil in the ground on purpose, so we could burn it all to keep us warm and powerful. Melting ice caps, bleaching corals, floods and hurricanes are really His warning not to fall for the alarmist crap dished up by the self-proclaimed scientific experts.

Keep Believing!

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SolarShare Community Energy Pty Ltd holding information night on:



With our Community Investors, SolarShare is making community ownership of solar generation developments a reality through a confirmed two stage capital raising:

- First Stage: funding for finalisation of project development work, and;

- Second Stage: funding for project construction and ongoing operations.


The First Stage Funding target is $125,000 in capital raising from a select group of SolarShare ACT Based Community Investors who wish to commit $5,000 or more. First Stage Community Investor numbers are limited to a maximum of twenty (20) under ASIC's small scale offering exception (known as the "The 20/12 rule").


The Second Stage Funding target is $3,000,000 from combined debt and equity sources and will be generated from a broad ACT Based Community focussed capital raising. Second Stage Funding will be based on an ASIC standardised Offer Information Statement.


We are approaching finalisation of the Information Memorandum for the first stage. The Information Memorandum and other details, will be provided to interested investors after the First Stage - Capital Raising Information Briefing. Your support at this milestone event in the development of community owned solar power generation is greatly appreciated and essential to SolarShare's success...

crowdsourcing (local style) .... need a PDS for the second round!

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Interesting pictures, but for all it's size the floating solar farm apparently generates 40 megawatts of electricity power - enough energy to power 15,000 homes


Satellite captures images of world's largest floating solar farm in China (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: 2 Aug, 2017 11:20

Edited time: 3 Aug, 2017 08:56


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Cleantech stocks build momentum

By Victor Bivell


August 2017



Renewable energy project developers


In my view, any company that does not pay a sustainable dividend is a speculative investment. There has never been a shortage of speculative stocks and this has now expanded to include speculative solar energy project developers.


This is a second area of growth on ASX, driven by the arrival of three solar energy project developers ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬Ãƒâ€Â¦ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Genex Energy, Carnegie Clean Energy and ReNu Energy.


Although the installation of residential solar energy systems has been strong around Australia for several years, there is still a lack of ASX exposure to the residential installation market. But the number of commercial solar projects and utility-scale solar farms has begun to grow, and these three companies now make it possible to invest in some of these local projects.


Genex Power is constructing a solar energy farm in northern Queensland in two stages, plus an adjacent pumped hydro dam to store the energy. This is a large project. Stage one is 50 MW and stage two 270 MW. The pumped hydro storage project will be 250 MW.


These have been given Critical Infrastructure Project status by the Queensland Government. Construction of stage one is underway and the first revenue is expected later this year.


Carnegie Clean Energy, the former Carnegie Wave Energy, continues to develop its first commercial-scale wave energy farm using its world-leading wave technology, but last year it acquired Energy Made Clean and expanded its product offering into remote-area solar energy and storage.


It also has solar project capacity through a joint venture with property developer Lendlease. The companies are developing a 10 MW solar power station at Northam, east of Perth, which is expected to begin operation by the end of 2017. Carnegie has other projects underway and solar energy and battery-based energy storage projects are now its main source of revenue.


Although ReNu Energy has an early-stage bioenergy business, it recently refocused on solar to drive short and medium-term revenue growth. The company has signed two agreements to help it build a portfolio of solar projects.


One was to buy a small commercial solar project at a school in the ACT, with more acquisitions possible. The second was with SCA Property Group to install, own and operate an initial 2.9 MW of solar projects at four regional shopping centres.


The company is working to expand its solar portfolio into areas such as retirement villages and office buildings, and it aims to become cashflow positive by next year.


An ASX wind energy option has long been available through Infigen Energy, which owns six wind farms. In April, the company raised $151 million to refinance debt and fund a new project, the 113 MW Bodangora wind farm at Wellington in NSW, where site works have begun. Infigen is capitalised at more than $700 million and has a deep development pipeline that includes wind and solar energy projects.


Supplying the battery revolution


A third area where ASX has a strong offering is in the emerging energy storage market. Suddenly, speculative battery hopefuls seem everywhere. These are mostly mining explorers that want to help supply the world with its growing future need for battery metals ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã‚¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬Ãƒâ€Â¦ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚¬Ãƒâ€¦Ã¢â‚¬Å“ lithium, cobalt, graphite and vanadium in particular.


Over the past two years this area has exploded and there are now far too many companies to mention. At my last count, there were at least 22 with potential cobalt projects and 14 with actual or potential graphite projects.


Lithium is similar and, having started earlier, a few companies recently became lithium producers, among them Orocobre, Galaxy Resources and Neometals. The first large-scale graphite producers are not far way. Cobalt production will take a little longer.


Hopefully over the next few years some of these companies will prosper into profitable and dividend-paying stocks.




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Interesting demonstration video from Solarstor - now called Port Augusta Graphite Energy - who are proposing to build a solar thermal project in Port Augusta, SA. Their technology uses high purity graphite - not sure if natural or synthetic/manufactured. One would assume, if the project goes ahead, they would make use of graphite from a number of graphite projects in the area?


The Solastor System consists of a variable number of modules depending on the size of the project. Each module consists of solar thermal receiver (STR) located on top of a 24 metre high tower surrounded by up to 100 heliostats (tracking mirrors).


Each STR contains an arrangement of heat exchangers embedded in 10 tonnes of high purity graphite. The graphite used to store the energy collected from the sun is held in an inert atmosphere inside a steel casing. This allows the receivers to operate at high temperatures of up to 800⁰C with low thermal emissivity to minimise thermal losses.



extract of The Australian article

Dr Hewson is chairman of Port AugustÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚­a Graphite Energy (formerly Solarstor) and said his companyÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¾Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢s project would seek to access some of the federal money.


Port Augusta Graphite Energy did not tender for the state government contract, as Dr Hewson said it was ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“encouragedÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ to make an unsolicited bid to the Premier, Jay Weatherill, and Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis.


He said the project was viable and the company had already ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚­secured the land, contractors, operators and finance.


ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Â¦ÃƒƒÂ¢Ãƒ¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…âہ“We are ready to start by the end of the year,ÃÆâ€â„¢ÃƒÆ’ƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¢ÃƒÆ’¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã…¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚¬ÃƒÆ’…¡Ãƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚¬ÃƒÆ’â€Å¡Ãƒƒâہ¡ÃƒÆ’‚ Dr Hewson said.




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