Could You Leave the Grid?

Many people dream of going off-grid and for a long time it was the preserve of hippies and survivalists, who aimed for a pared-down lifestyle free from all the trappings of modern life. You know, like TV, heating, reliable cooking equipment and lighting. It’s not such a pipe-dream now, though, with the advent of solar…

Is Home Power Storage Catching On?

It would seem so, with Australia at the forefront of this movement. Tech has finally solved the biggest problem with solar power –the fact that the sun goes down at the end of the day – and people can now store the power they’ve generated for future use. The world’s home energy storage systems market…

Solar Help for Dairy Farmers

Dairy farmers in Latrobe Valley could well be trading locally-generated renewable energy with blockchain thanks to a study that’s being part-funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). ARENA will be offering $370,000 to the feasibility study into a virtual microgrid for the Victorian region. The project – costing $775,000 in total – is led…

Trials for Solar Water-cleaner

A solar-powered clean water collector is being trialled in Australia. Zero Mass Water’s Source Hydropanels basically suck water from the air, condensing it then purifying it before storing the water in reservoirs. The system also adds various minerals to the water so it’s drinkable (distilled water can be harmful if drunk in large quantities). The…

Sydney Flat-dwellers Slash Their Bills

The residents in the Sydney student housing co-operative Stucco (in the Newton suburb in the western part of the city) have been able to reduce their power bills after a solar panel and storage battery system was installed in the apartments last year. The system has been in place for a year and Stucco says…

Shining Some Light on Cryptocash

The planning application for a 20MW solar farm in the coal-mining region of Collie has been approved. The solar farm, once built, will provide energy for a data centre and a crypto-currency mining facility in this rural area of Western Australia. Hadouken Pty Ltd, which is owned by energy entrepreneur Ben Tan, submitted the application.…