Posts Tagged ‘solar’

Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) Power and Dispatchable Storage

Posted in Events, Research by Mark Ogge on November 7th, 2012

12 November , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Dr Keith Lovegrove

Beyond Zero Emissions Discussion Group guest:

Dr Keith Lovegrove Senior Consultant – Solar Thermal at IT Power.

Dr Keith Lovegrove is a world leading expert in Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) technology and has more than 20 years experience in leading solar thermal research – including 15 years teaching at the Australian National University (ANU) as head of the Solar Thermal Group.

Keith led the design and construction of the ANU Big Dish, the  largest concentrating solar dish in the world (at 500m2). He is a key contributor to the IEA Solar PACES program, which is an international cooperative network developing CST and chemical energy systems. Keith will present a CST and storage technology update from the latest Solar PACES conference (that he attended in September 2012), as well as research carried out on the potential of CSP in India.

Date/Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 12 November 2012

Entry: gold coin donation

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

This event will also be streamed live online. Click here to view it.

For more information about our guest visit the discussion group page on the BZE website.

Campaign to Invest in Solar Thermal

Posted in Policies, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on September 28th, 2012

Source: Get Up

>>Invest in Solar Thermal

Right now there’s a proposal on the table to replace two of the highest polluting coal fired power stations in Australia with solar thermal. Building Australia’s first solar thermal plant in Port Augusta will help create hundreds of new jobs – and reduce harmful emissions that are contributing to climate change. It will deliver local investment and will do a great deal to mitigate long-standing community concerns about health issues related to the coal fired power plant.

There’s only one group of people who are yet to get behind it, and that’s the Government. Email your ALP MP using our tool [visit the web page] and ask them to commit to using our two existing renewable energy funds (ARENA and the CEFC) to fund Australia’s first solar thermal power plant.

Repowering Port Augusta: BZE Discussion Group

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on June 25th, 2012

2 July , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

The monthly discussion group, focusing on solutions to climate change, is brought to you by Beyond Zero Emissions and our Zero Carbon Australia project partner, the Melbourne Energy Institute.


At this critical time for South Australian energy policy, Beyond Zero Emissions has released the long-awaited Repowering Port Augusta report. This report presents the compelling economic and environmental case for why Port Augusta’s ageing coal-fired power stations should be replaced with concentrating solar thermal power (CST).

As with the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan research collaboration with the University of Melbourne, this Port August blueprint is technically detailed, fully costed and backed up by rigorous research. Join us and support the future of Australia’s first solar thermal power plant with molten salt storage. For interstate participants, stay tuned for details of live streaming of this event.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 2 July 2012

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Thank you to the University of Melbourne, Melbourne Energy Institute and Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners, for joining us in bringing you this event.

Entry: Gold coin donation

Further reading:…

Rooftop solar power: free webinar

Posted in Events by sashashtargot on May 11th, 2012

15 May , 2012
11:00 amto12:00 pm

Learn all about solar photovoltaics at the next free webinar by the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) on Tuesday, May 15, 11am-noon.

What should you consider before buying a solar system for your home? We will look at system size, panels, warranties, installation and choosing a supplier. We will also touch on rebates and feed-in tariffs.

The webinar will feature presentations from the ATA’s energy expert Damien Moyse and technical specialist Mick Harris.  It will finish with a Q&A session.

The webinar will be broadcast live for view over your web browser. It will be recorded and available a couple of days later to watch if you are not able to join in live.

The ATA is a not-for-profit consumer-based organisation promoting renewable energy, sustainable building and water saving.

Date: Tuesday 15 May, 2012
Time: 11am-12pm

To register for free to join the live webinar, go to:

Cost-Effective Distributed Energy Systems in Australia

Posted in Opinion, Research by Kate Archdeacon on December 15th, 2011

Source: Climate Spectator

Photo by twicepix via flickr CC

From It’s time for a smarter grid by Giles Parkinson:

Imagine for a moment that you are the head of a large group of network operators, faced with a decision about what to do about rising peak electricity demand. And you are presented with a choice: invest $2.6 billion over five years on upgrading your network – the route you would normally take; or spend a comparable amount on solar power and energy storage, distributed throughout the network.  This was the question posed by Professor John Bell, of the Queensland University of Technology, and Warwick Johnston, a leading solar analyst with Sunwiz, when they sought to find out if there was a better way than the traditional response of building more poles and wires to cope with rising peak demand.

Using Queensland network operator Energex as an example, and its forecast peak demand growth of 1.25GW over the five years to 2014/15, the study analysed the existing approach of spending $2.6 billion augmenting the grid, or investing a comparable amount in either 25GWh of storage, or 1.25GW of solar PV and 10GWh of storage.  The study concluded that a combination of battery and solar PV produced a far better outcome, because of the ability to generate revenue from the energy produced, and the use of battery storage to resell energy. Over a five year period, the net present value (NPV) of the poles and wires solution was negative $2 billion, while the NPV of the solar/storage solution was negative $750 million. But because these could produce revenue over a 20-year period, the solar/storage had a positive NPV of $2 billion over a 20 year period.

Bell and Johnston say the main take-home messages from this are that the integration of distributed PV and battery storage into the existing energy system has the potential to be cost effective now, and it underpins the case for reform of the National Electricity Market, to ensure that distributed generation is fairly treated and that network providers are encouraged to opt for the solutions that have greater market benefit, rather than simply being least upfront cost.


>>Read the full article by Giles Parkinson on Climate Spectator.

>>Read about VEIL’s work on Distributed Systems.

Retrofittable Window Insulation

Posted in Models, Research by Kate Archdeacon on November 14th, 2011

Source: EcoVoice

Photo by sanbeiji via flickr CC

In October 2011 MEP Films launched Enerlogic® Window Film, a retrofit window film designed to give single-glazed windows the thermal performance of triple-glazed windows.  Adding up to 92% more insulation to windows, it can deliver year-round results in cold, warm or mixed climates, with two types of film available. Enerlogic®35 has been designed to deflect 99% UV rays and 76% solar heat, and is suited to warmer climates. Enerlogic® 70 allows the winter sun’s natural light and warmth to enter the building while shielding the heat from the summer sun, for cooler climates.

Read more about this product on Eco-Voice.

NB: We try not to promote specific products here on Sustainable Melbourne, and we can’t endorse a brand, but this seemed like a product that would be of interest.  KA

The Gemasolar Plant Reaches 24 Hour Solar Power: Concentrated Solar Technology (CST)

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on October 31st, 2011

7 November , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Santiago Arias is the Technical Director O&M of Torresol Energy which constructed the 19.9MW Gemasolar plant in Seville, Spain. Gemasolar is the world’s first plant to apply the salt thermal-storage system in a configuration with a central tower and an array of heliostats. Gemasolar reached 24 hours of uninterrupted production in June 2011.

This is the baseload concentrated solar power technology modelled by the Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan to supply 60% of Australia’s stationary energy requirements.  Mr Arias will join us via Skype.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 7 November 2011

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for joining us in bringing you this event.

Entry: Gold coin donation

Further reading:…


CERES Global India Cultural Exchange Information Session

Posted in Events by ceres on September 14th, 2011

21 September , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
20 October , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

When:         Wednesday 21st September 2011 & Thursday 20th October 2011
Time:         6.30 – 8.00pm
Where:       CERES Eco House
Address:   Lee St, East Brunswick, 3058

Learn about how CERES connects with grassroots community development organisations that focus on women’s empowerment, education, health, and climate action, and how you can be involved through a CERES Global culture exchange program.

Delivering Clean Energy Solutions: Info Session

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 2nd, 2011

3 September , 2011
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Photo by Stuck In Customs via flickr CC

Brunswick DCES Info Session

Interested in solar but find it confusing?

Delivering Clean Energy Solutions is a community bulk buy offering efficient, high quality and cost effective solar electricity and solar hot water systems. The DCES info session is your opportunity to meet the suppliers, have your questions answered and find out how to get the most out of your solar electricity or solar hot water system. DCES is project managed by MEFL on behalf of partners.

When: Sat 3 Sept, 10am-12pm
Where: Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Rd
RSVP for catering: or 9385 8526

Australia’s Premier Handbook on Sustainable Homes Design

Posted in Research, Visions by sashashtargot on May 9th, 2011

From the Passive Design Section: Solar shading in Summer and heating in Winter using trees or eaves.

The updated fourth edition of Your Home Technical Manual is now available.

Your Home is a thorough compendium with 340 pages of environmentally sustainable solutions for designing and building a home.  For people who are building, buying or renovating, it shows how to make a more comfortable home that has less impact on the environment – one that will also be more economical, healthier to live in and adaptable to changing needs.

A project of the Federal Government in collaboration with the building and design industry, Your Home is written by architects, designers and builders and edited by award-winning architect Paul Downton. The fourth edition has updates on insulation, lighting and solar hot water.

Your Home is a comprehensive guide to:

  • Building with sustainable materials
  • Passive solar design
  • Designing and building for your climate
  • How to collect and save water
  • Insulation products and installation
  • Shading and ventilation
  • Energy-saving appliances
  • Solar hot water
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Renewable energy for home

The manual is available for download (section by section) from the website.  Hard copies are available for purchase from The Alternative Technology Association’s Online Shop or contact the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) on (03) 9631 5401.

Your Home Technical Manual is distributed by the ATA, Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation promoting renewable energy, green building and water saving in the home.