1. From Brisbane to the world
The Brisbane company Tritium manufactures a range of products including the award-winning Veefil electric vehicle fast charger right here in Brisbane. Tripling production in a new facility it exports Veefil to the world including Europe and America.
- Last year, Tritium secured a deal to supply New Zealand with 23 Veefil units as a first instalment of a three-year project to establish a network of fast chargers across the country.
The technology is also being supplied to California-based ChargePoint, as part of a huge deal that will see the award-winning Veefil fast charging stations installed throughout the US, including the express charging corridors on both the east and west coasts.
Keeping the design and production local
- “gives us the ability to more easily tailor the product to our customers’ specifications and provide solutions to individual requirements – something for which we are being increasingly asked.”
Redback Technologies in Brisbane is teaming with the University of Queensland to speed up the roll out of their solar and storage systems. The key to their system is a smart piece of technology which optimises the relationship between local power production, the operation of appliances and access to the grid. Diagrammatically it works like this:
Redback claims that their system will halve the payback period of installing solar and batteries.
The genesis of the company is interesting:
- Redback, formed in 2015, is a product of the Queensland government and UQ-led “ilab initiative,” which aimed to attract and assist start-up companies to become world changing global businesses.
In turn UQ has now taken a stake in Redback, which gets to access the university’s research and it’s facilities for testing.
Malcolm Turnbull would be pleased!
- Conservative thinktanks in the US engaging in climate change have increased their attacks on science in recent years, a study of 16,000 documents finds.
The study… analysed more than 16,000 documents published online between 1998 and 2013 by mainly US groups like the Heartland Institute, the Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute.
Attacks on climate science have increased. Dr Aaron McCright, of Michigan State University:
- said conservative think tanks had influenced the public’s understanding of climate change and the way policymakers had reacted to it, in two ways.
First, he said in recent decades US Republicans had used thinktank materials in committee meetings and hearings “to justify inaction on climate change”.
Second, thinktank materials had been taken up as the standard talking points for conservatives.
“Indeed, I would argue that anti-environmentalism – and climate change denial more specifically – has become a central tenet of the current conservative and Republican identity.”
In this post we found that 2015 was the hottest year on record, with global surface temperature in 2015 was +0.87°C warmer than the 1951-1980 base period.
How much was contributed by El Niño?
Very little, perhaps as little as 0.07°C, according to work done by Gavin Schmidt of NASA GISS.
A committee of the city council of Palo Alto, California, has recommend approval of a power purchase agreement (PPA) with developer Hecate Energy for US$36.76 per megawatt-hour (MWh).
That is 3.7 cents US per kWh. By comparison the feed-in tariff In Queensland was set at 44 cents per kWh, A$, of course.
The power purchase agreement would have an initial 25-year base term, with three five-year optional extensions to a total of 40 years. The long contract length and the low price are definitely related.
Last week Peru awarded a $48/MWh power purchase agreement for solar power. However, the prices are not strictly comparable because of the 30% Investment Tax Credit available in the US.
Big Government interfering in the market again!
Origin energy is following AGL into renewables after writing down some of its fossil fuel investments. CEO Grant King estimates that the cost of large-scale solar in the country is falling to around $80/MWh, which is less than half the cost of the recently completed solar farms in Broken Hill and Nyngan.
It’s also less than gas or wind generation.