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Electric mountain - the reservoir at Ffestiniog power station, Wales. Electric mountain - the reservoir at Ffestiniog power station, Wales. Arpingstone

A renewable-powered future will need energy storage

The way we generate, transfer and use energy is changing, and our energy systems and infrastructure have come under increasing pressure to cope. Black-outs strike where we would expect reliable supplies…
Without energy storage technology we’re leaving good energy blowing in the wind. Without energy storage technology we’re leaving good energy blowing in the wind. Danny Lawson/PA

When the wind blows we must capture it for a calmer day

The handling of Britain’s energy strategy leaves much to be desired, subject as it is to short term politics over long term planning. We face a trilemma that stems from the opposing tension of climate…
Australia’s hydro energy storage systems are getting long in the tooth: maybe it’s time to look at liquid air. Australia’s hydro energy storage systems are getting long in the tooth: maybe it’s time to look at liquid air. Michael Mazengarb

The missing link: why Australia needs energy storage

In visiting Australia regularly for the last two decades I have never quite understood why greater value is not placed on the nation’s latent solar and nuclear energy assets. Perhaps it is because Australia…
Solar is now a viable industry that should be taken seriously. Solar is now a viable industry that should be taken seriously. AFP Photo/Sakis Mitrolidis

Solar will force coal and nuclear out of the energy business

A solar energy revolution is brewing that will put the coal and nuclear industries out of business. Solar is already reaching price parity with coal in many parts of Australia. In contrast to coal and…
To harness the full power of renewable energy, we need to develop better storage methods. To harness the full power of renewable energy, we need to develop better storage methods. Roger Lovell/AAPImage

If I had a blank cheque I’d … develop better batteries for renewable energy

Project: To develop better batteries for renewable energy Cost: Around $1.2 million per year (for a team of eight people across several disciplines)Timeframe: First generation technology within three years…

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