A major move by global tech giant Microsoft Corp to power its Asian operations with solar-generated electricity marked a watershed moment for the worldwide uptake of renewable energy, with solar currently the clear leader in the field.
University researchers at opposite ends of the globe are in a race to perfect innovative applications to improve the output of photovoltaic cells, offering the potential to revolutionise the uptake of solar power generation.
In a solar power first, Sundrop Farm at Port Augusta in South Australia uses sunlight and seawater in an integrated renewable energy system which produces heat, steam, electricity and fresh water to produce 17 million kilograms of hothouse tomatoes annually.
Billionaire power player Elon Musk’s $50 million gamble has paid off with the completion of the world’s largest battery storage system to date in less than 100 days at Jamestown in the Mid-North of South Australia.
The Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) says global solar PV power capacity increased by a massive 50 per cent in the past year and that given the right political climate, universal energy access for billions of people worldwide could be reached within the next 15 years.
Young German engineers on the road to solar enlightenment.
The recent 30th Anniversary World Solar Challenge held in Outback Australia proved a 3,022km journey of enlightenment for German Team Sonnenwagen.
Bali, with a population of 4.2 million people, has long been a jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism. But suffering from the impact of burgeoning tourist numbers, a throw-away culture and poor waste management, that crown is slipping.
Expressive, passionate, and just a little nervous, Melati, 16, and Isabel, 14, spoke for six minutes about a massive worldwide problem which has been apparent on Balinese beaches and in its surrounding oceans for decades, plastic pollution. Students of Green School Bali, the sisters have grown up on the island, experiencing first-hand how its environment has been progressively trashed.
Having visited the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland, walking and talking under its leafy green canopy with Venture Deeper guide Chris O’Dowd, listening to Chris’s unquenchable enthusiasm for his subject has changed the way I look at trees.