Tritium Drives EV Charger Production with New Manufacturing Facility in Brisbane

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A report from the Renew Economy website states that the manufacturing capability of Tritium, which was founded by a group of University of Queensland students more than a decade ago, will increase due to the new facility.

Tritium CEO, David Finn, claimed that it is just the beginning of the electric vehicle industry. He figures the EV charging sector will amount to $100 billion and is set that his company gets its fair share. Tritium already has 20 to 25 percent of the 50kW public charging network in the United States and Europe. However, further addition in manufacturing will likely require facilities nearer to the target markets.

Finn told Renew Economy, “This facility is extremely important to us. It has allowed us to fine-tune our production process, and make sure we are hitting the quality we want. But within 5 years, this will small output in production capacity, and we will need to be closer to our core markets.”

On Wednesday, the Queensland government drafted its EV strategy titled “The Future is Electric: Queensland’s Electric Vehicle Strategy.” The local government is also installing an “electric superhighway,” has offered discounts on stamp duty and registration, and is considering to shift the government vehicles to electric vehicles and place charging stations at its establishments.

Also, the draft indicated that the fuel bill in Queensland was at $55.6 billion and supply was completely reliant on imported fuel. It further stated, “Queensland alone cannot reduce the global price of Evs, however, the state can, in collaboration with the Federal and other state governments, take actions that improve EV pricing in Australia.”

Electric Vehicle Council’s Behyad Jafari expressed that Australia is a slow starter with only 0.1 percent of new EV sales. “Today, Queensland has lit the way forward the nation. The benefit of this leadership to Queensland businesses, households, and the environment will be significant in the years ahead. The benefits of electric vehicles are so clear that all that is needed is a little support from the government to dislodge the boulder from the top of the mountain.”

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CEC Accepts 50th Solar Company into the Solar Retailer Code of Conduct Program

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The 50th solar company has been accepted into the Clean Energy Council’s (CEC) Solar Retailer Code of Conduct as the Council continues to establish critical mass in order to provide Australians with more reputable solar companies options.

A report published on the website of Clean Energy Council mentioned that the code of conduct was introduced to provide consumers the freedom to select a company whom they think can assist them in buying a solar power system. And now that there are more solar retailers in the program, it can lead to a great impact for both the consumers and industry.

On Tuesday, Kane Thornton, the Chief Executive at the Clean Energy Council, said, “Today we celebrate an important milestone with the 50th company, Power Saver Centre Canberra, being accepted into the ACCC-authorised program. A solar power system is a big investment for any family, and we understand choosing the right system can be a confusing process.”

Thornton added, “The Approved Solar Retailers accepted into the program offer a minimum five-year whole-of-system warranty and have committed to excellence in customer service and ethical marketing practices. The Solar Retailer Code of Conduct takes a lot of the worry out of installing a solar power system. The bar for entry is set high to protect consumers, and currently, we knock back about as many companies from the code of conduct as we accept.”

He also emphasized the value of solar power in Australia. According to him, “Solar power is a great answer to rising power prices, as more than 1.7 million Australian households will testify. We want to make sure that people invest in this fantastic technology with no regrets.”

Initially introduced in 2013, the Solar Retailer Code of Conduct is the lone program of its kind and is accredited by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The program was created through the input of the solar industry experts, energy user associations, consumer groups, regulators, and legal advisors.

The original article can be read here.

Logan City Council Saves Costs by Utilising Single Tesla Powerpack

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On Wednesday, the local government council said that it had adapted solar power and the commercial-scale battery technology of Tesla to seek a good, safe water disinfection system in the city.

As Renew Economy reports, the Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance and CSR Bradford, a solar installer, delivered the solution. The solution integrates a 95kWH Powerpack from Tesla with a 323 PV panels at the 20 Megalitre Round Mountain Reservoir. The reservoir is a source of drinking water for the residents in areas such as Spring Mountain, Woodhill, Flagstone, Yarrabilba, and North Maclean.

To date, the council claims that the off-grid system has resulted in a $1.9 million capital cost saving and $50,000 operational cost savings annually. It is also expected to provide a safe water supply to approximately 200,000 people once the region is fully developed.

Mayor Luke Smith of Logan City stated, “This is set to be one of the fastest growing areas in South-East Queensland over the next two decades, but with that growth comes the issue of building assets larger than are needed right now.”

Mayor Smith added, “The reservoir site is not connected to mains power or accessible via a sealed road, so an innovative approach was required to maintain water quality from the reservoir.”

Other local governments in Australia are also considering solar and battery storage in order to aid in powering their water supply and treatment infrastructure.

Ashleigh O’Brien, the CSR Bradford Business Manager, mentioned that the project was the first ever commercial battery and solar system in Australia powered by Tesla Powerpack. “CSR Bradford is incredibly proud to be playing its part in providing a solution which will see solar and battery technology play a greater role for commercial assets.”

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Poll Results Show New England Supports Clean Energy Investment

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The poll was done with more than 1,000 voters in the Deputy Prime Minister’s New South Wales electorate as respondents. The constituents who took part in the poll conducted by The Australia Institute showed their support to clean energy such as solar hot water and home battery storage.

In a press release published on the website of The Australian Institute, Ebony Bennett, the Deputy Director of The Australia Institute stated, “Sixty percent of voters in New England think the Turnbull government should introduce a Clean Energy Target.”

Also, the poll determined that a majority blamed the Federal Coalition Government for the present uncertainty in energy policy. Bennett added, “Most, 33 percent in Hughes and 30 percent in New England, held the Federal Government responsible for the energy mess. Just 6 percent in Hughes and 8 percent in New England think the states are to blame. And when it comes to what the government should invest in, respondents in these two blue-ribbon Coalition electorates favoured renewables over coal, just like voters across the country, including in coal country.”

A report on the Energy Matters website presented a summary of the results for every category that was included in the poll:

  1. Clean energy target – 59.7% believed that the Government should present a Clean Energy Target while 24.1% voted no, and 16.2% said they were unsure.
  2. Present energy uncertainty – 30% of the respondents think that the Federal Government should be blamed for the current energy uncertainty while 8% thinks the state governments should be the ones responsible.
  3. Energy investment type – Majority of the respondents (50.6%) responded that the government should invest in renewables, 36.7% preferred coal, and 12.7% were uncertain.

The support for renewables, including solar panel and wind installations, was steady across age groups. Females also favoured clean energy investment more than the male respondents.

Read the full report here.

Solar PV will be Leading Provider of World’s Electricity by 2050- Report

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The report also presents a regional forecast of the energy transition until 2050 and hints on an era of abundant and cleaner energy in the world, the Solar Council website reports.

Some of the major findings of the report regarding the trending energy systems include the following:

  • By 2050, electricity consumption will increase by 140 percent. Coal and oil will show slight increases in consumption.
  • Approximately 85 percent of electricity production worldwide will come from renewable sources by 2050. A third of the world’s electricity will be provided by solar PV followed by onshore wind, hydropower, and offshore wind.

However, the report also mentions that Australia is not currently showing a positive future when it comes to meeting the climate objectives of the Paris agreement.

The CEO at DNV GL – Energy, Ditlev Engel, stated, “Our report shows that the energy industry, more than any other, has the power and knowledge to manage the world’s carbon budget in a smarter way.”

He further added, “Until 2050, the electricity share of energy demand will grow from 18 percent to 40 percent yet this transformation is not happening fast enough. Speeding up the acceleration of electrifying sectors like heat and transport will be one vital measure to put the brakes on global warming.”

Furthermore, Engel said that the climate challenge is a governance challenge and has asked all stakeholders to utilise the electrification of their operations.

The report also presented various probable actions which can be achieved locally and globally. Some of these include the following:

  • Greater and earlier adoption of renewables
  • Greater and earlier electrification of heat and transport
  • Greater improvements in energy efficiency
  • Change in personal behaviour

The full report can be found here.