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The New Joneses Show Off Renewable Technology In Melbourne This Month

The New Joneses is a fully-functional, sustainable, off-grid pop-up home that is launching to the public in Melbourne tomorrow. The project is a collaboration between more than 10 companies providing eco-friendly home solutions — one of which is Enphase Energy, who have brought to the table a modular home battery that is shaping up to be a very real competitor for Tesla’s Powerwall.


Australia's Chief Scientist Talks Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power, And Robots Taking Our Jobs

Dr Alan Finkel took over as Australia’s new Chief Scientist on January 25 this year. He is a respected neuroscientist, engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, and was the Chancellor of Monash University from 2008 to 2015 and President of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE). He also established Axon Instruments, a supplier of electronic and robotic instruments and software for use in cellular neuroscience, genomics and drug discovery.

The Conversation asked Dr Finkel about his views on topics ranging from “techno-optimism” to renewable energy to encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


A Newtown Housing Co-Op Will Have Australia's First Multi-Dwelling Solar And Battery Storage System

One student housing co-op’s electricity needs will soon be covered by a solar array and battery storage system, in the first installation of its kind in Australia. The City of Sydney is providing the funding for the project as part of an environmental grant.


ACMA Issues Formal Warnings For Do Not Call Breaches In The Solar Industry

In 2015, a spate of complaints about telemarketing calls relating to solar products and installation prompted the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to run a national information campaign directed at the retail solar industry. The ACMA worked with the Clean Energy Council and contacted more than 4,000 businesses to reiterate their legal obligations and the need to properly supervise any third party call centres.

Today the ACMA has issued formal warnings to two companies for their roles in making telemarketing calls to numbers on the Do Not Call Register.


Australia's First Powerwall Batteries Are Already Installed In NSW

When Tesla’s Powerwall battery energy storage system was first announced, solar-friendly Australians went mad for it. A relatively cheap integrated system that could hook up to the grid and to rooftop solar panels, the Powerwall is one of the first widely-available technologies that could reduce users’ reliance on energy delivered via the national electricity grid. And now, one of the first Powerwall batteries to be installed in Australia is already bolted to the outside wall of a home in western Sydney.


Australian Researchers Develop Solar Weatherproofing

Australian researchers have developed a way of improving the humidity tolerance of a new type of solar cell technology.


We Could Have This Amazing Solar Power Station In Australia

This is the Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, on the border of Nevada and California in the southern United States. With three of these massive solar thermal towers and 4000 acres filled with 173,500 sunlight-reflecting heliostat mirrors, it generates four times as much power as the largest solar plant in the southern hemisphere, and is the largest solar thermal power station in the world. It’s actually beautiful, and we could have it.


This Material Can Soak Up Sunlight Then Release Heat On Demand

Imagine clothes, houses or cars that soaked up heat during the day and then released it on demand when things turned cold. That’s exactly what a new material made at MIT could provide in the future.


Rooftop Solar Is Now Perth's Largest Source Of Electricity

That’s 500 megawatts of solar installed on 20 percent of homes across the South-West Interconnected System [SWIS] region, which includes Perth’s metropolitan area, and it’s only continuing to grow.


Tips And Tech To Make Your Australian Home Energy Smart

Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room, unplug devices on standby and run appliances at off-peak power times — we’ve heard all these tips for lowering your power bill before. With all the power-saving apps, services and gadgets that are now on the market, there are so many more options for making your home energy smart.


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