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  • Field narrows for brown coal cash grants | Business Spectator
    thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Field narrows for brown coal cash grants 7 Jan 11 49 AM 2 Climate CleanTech Green Deals Further detail revealed on 90m brown coal technology grant program You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter Companies Exergen and Environment Clean Technologies have both announced they have failed to secure funding under a joint state Victorian and Federal Government s 90m program to support demonstration of new brown coal technology The program was announced in 2012 but is still to finalise which projects have secured support The Age newspaper reports that it is expected an announcement on grant applications will be made in six weeks time Print this page Related articles 10 Oct Pacific Hydro to appoint new CEO 19 Sep Geodynamics in KUth Energy bid 06 Sep AGL ERM and China player firm for MacGen

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  • ARENA funds $530k for liquid battery | Business Spectator
    Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu ARENA funds 530k for liquid battery 20 Nov 2013 11 44 AM Climate CleanTech Renewable energy Smart Energy Investment to help CSIRO and Boulder Ionics to commercialise ionic liquid production method You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter The Australian Renewable Energy Agency ARENA will invest 530 000 through a partnership involving CSIRO and US company Boulder Ionics to help commercialise a unique ionic liquid production method for use as battery electrolyte Ivor Frishknecht CEO of ARENA said that Ionic liquids have the potential to provide a cost effective renewable energy storage solution that improves energy distribution and enhances the safety and performance of battery storage In announcing the investment he noted This project has the potential to create a local technology that will reduce the cost of renewable energy technologies and advance Australia s reputation for world leading renewable energy solutions The funding

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  • Compressed air gives storage a lift | Business Spectator
    hours worth of energy in transportable 40 foot long containers while achieving a 70 per cent reduction in the amount of energy needed for conventional compressed air energy storage systems Last year the company took a big leap forward by entering a technology licensing agreement with the University of Minnesota Isothermal refers to storage of compressed air at a constant temperature which is a key element in the improved energy efficiency of the system The new SustainX CAES system is located in New Hampshire at the SustainX headquarters As SustainX describes it the new system represents a next generation improvement over earlier CAES systems dating back to the 1970 s which typically are located underground and run on fossil fuel The SustainX system was designed to run on grid supplied electricity so depending on the local grid mix it can potentially run exclusively on emission free sources including wind and solar That also means that it is not dependent on caves or other geological quirks for site selection Some patented cutting edge tweaks by SustainX make all the difference but other than that the entire system consists of practically nothing but steel water and air Here s how it works A mechanical drivetrain utilises an electric machine and a crankshaft This efficient mechanical link powers a two stage mixed phase water in air heat transfer process within pneumatic cylinders During piston strokes water is sprayed into the air filled chamber of each cylinder allowing heat to be transferred from water to air during expansion or from air to water during compression The same ICAES power unit provides both isothermal compression and expansion eliminating the cost of separate compressor and expander subsystems We built this CAES If the new facility proves successful we taxpayers can all do a group hug because SustainX received a 5 4 million award from the Department of Energy to help accelerate the project as part of the Obama Administration s Smart Grid initiatives The project which also includes private sector investors appears to be on track Completion of the test phase is due by the end of this year and a final technology report is due in 2015 CAES and other new storage technologies fit into the Smart Grid concept partly by eliminating the need to construct new peaking plants Peaking plants which typically run on natural gas are designed to come on line quickly to address demand spikes but most of the time they sit idle which means that they are a very expensive way to provide for variations in local energy consumption to say nothing of their dependence on fossil fuel sources In terms of the levelised cost of energy LCOE not to be confused with EROI a mechanically simple system like the SustainX solution has some clear advantages over building new peaking plants including the potential for far lower operating maintenance and repair costs in addition to lower fuel costs In the past CAES systems were primarily sited to take advantage of caves

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/9/25/renewable-energy/compressed-air-gives-storage-lift (2014-01-13)
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  • Tina Casey | Business Spectator
    over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Tina Casey Compressed air gives storage a lift Developments in utility scale compressed air storage are set to deal a blow to doubts about wind and solar s ability to significantly contribute to national grids by Tina Casey 4 32pm September 25 7 comments An energy storage up and comer While lithium ion batteries are current champs of the electric vehicle market fuel cells are beginning to come on strong by Tina Casey 8 35pm August 25 1 comment Solar s rapid coal chase A leading German solar executive suggests solar will soon be cheaper than coal and wind and gas and the numbers back up his viewpoint by Tina Casey 10 25am July 11 Compressed air gives storage a lift Developments in utility scale compressed air storage are set to deal a blow to doubts about wind and solar s ability to significantly contribute to national grids by Tina Casey 4 32pm September 25 7 comments An energy storage up and comer While lithium ion batteries are current champs of the electric vehicle market fuel cells are beginning to come on strong by Tina Casey 8 35pm August 25 1 comment Solar s rapid

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/contributor/tina-casey (2014-01-13)
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  • Sparks fly in a smooth Chevy encounter | Business Spectator
    impression While the color touchscreen and dashboard heads up display came to life the car felt and sounded exactly the same as when I got in I cautiously shifted into drive and pressed down on the pedal and the Spark jumped forward There s a lot of power under the hood about 440 pound feet of instant torque according to GM After cruising out of the GM grounds it was time to see how the Spark did in real world driving conditions Roads around Detroit are largely flat straight and wide so I knew I d be able to open it up a bit even on my short test drive I accelerated slowly out of my first stoplight and merged onto a busy road So far so good Spark s quiet interior extends to a quiet running sound with that cool EV whirring noise At my second stop light I decided to see what happened when I accelerated fast out of the gate Spark would have blown my hair back if I didn t use too much styling product GM claims it goes 0 60 in less than eight seconds with a top speed of 90 mph and while I didn t try for that goal I was literally pushed back in my seat This car is fast I was on short local roads of no more than a mile each so I topped out around 50 mph but Spark got there in seconds Okay I officially have EV envy In addition to being fast Spark is smooth The roads in metro Detroit tend to be a little rough with plenty of bumps and potholes but I barely felt them Meanwhile the cool dashboard display kept track of how efficiently I was driving with a spinning green ball that tilts toward use when accelerating and recharge when braking It s a nice reminder of how you re using power and as I drove 5 5 miles but only used 2 miles of range apparently it works The Spark EV retails for a starting price of 19 995 minus the maximum federal income tax incentive and GM estimates it saves 9 000 in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle I ll admit that I ve got EV envy I would love to drive one but live in a pretty urban area and don t have a driveway or garage to host a charger so owning an EV isn t an option But in a perfect world I d be in the EV market and definitely would consider the Spark EV wysiwyg field wf deltas 0 wf field field wysiwyg media wf formatter aibm ui media output wf settings style full width wf cache 1379650280 wf entity id 616681 wf entity type node Silvio Marcacci is principal at Marcacci Communications a full service clean energy and climate focused public relations company based in Washington DC Originally published by CleanTechnica Republished with permission Print this page Sparks fly

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  • Setting the standard for Australian EVs | Business Spectator
    Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Setting the standard for Australian EVs Thomas Bräunl 16 Sep 2013 8 06 AM Climate CleanTech Mitsubishi Nissan Holden and Tesla offer electric cars in the Australian market with more on the way Yet we remain without a uniform charging plug You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The Conversation More electric vehicles are hitting Australia s roads and more public charging stations are being installed to support them What is missing however is an Australian standard or even a recommendation for charging connectors the plug that joins the car to the charging station When we started Australia s first electric vehicle trial in Western Australia in 2010 there were no manufacturer built cars available and we had to use locally built conversions As of today Mitsubishi Nissan Holden and Tesla offer electric cars in the Australian market Nearly all international car manufacturers will follow in 2014 and 2015 Charging networks have been established as well In Perth we have a public charging network of around 30 stations 7kW AC There is a similar sized network in Melbourne but less in other capital cities Types of stations The two most prominent charging station types for AC charging are IEC 62196 Type 1 aka SAE J1772 used in the US and Japan and IEC 62196 Type 2 aka Mennekes used in Europe The internal architecture of these station types is largely identical but Type 1 stations are restricted to single phase power while Type 2 stations can provide single phase or three phase power which means at least three times faster charging Therefore Australia s choice should obviously be Type 2 even more so since three phase connections improve the grid balance The reason behind the two competing world standards is the difference in electric power transmission grid Australia like Europe has a three phase power grid while the US and Japan only have a split phase single phase grid Isn t variety good Imagine the confusion if there was no standard for petrol car fuel nozzles The equivalent is now happening for electric cars Because Australia has not yet adopted an EV charging connector standard a mix of stations is currently being installed Although we are still dealing with a very low number of charging stations overall they do set a precedent Whatever happens now

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/article/2013/9/16/cleantech/setting-standard-australian-evs (2014-01-13)
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  • Thomas Bräunl | Business Spectator
    its history of disappointment a clean set of financial numbers is needed to restore confidence Politics Australian Election Federal Budget International News Asia Europe USA National Affairs Latest stories Gagging visas are an attack on democracy The skyrocketing price of a journalist visa for Nauru will limit coverage of Australian prisoners on a vassal state It is an insult to the democratic principles this country stands for Britain will be poorer for Scotland the brave The economic case for Scottish independence is far from settled with doubts hanging over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Thomas Bräunl Setting the standard for Australian EVs Mitsubishi Nissan Holden and Tesla offer electric cars in the Australian market with more on the way Yet we remain without a uniform charging plug by Thomas Bräunl 8 06am September 16 Search Markets Global Indices Index Last Chg Chg DOW JONES 16437 05 7 7 S P 500 1842 37 4 2 0 2 NASDAQ 4174 66 18 5 0 4 FTSE 100 6739 94 48 6 0 7 NIKKEI 15912 06 31 7 0 2 Hang Seng 22846 25 58 9 0 3 The Spectators US labour market can withstand the

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  • Renault, Bollore to team up for EV push | Business Spectator
    over volatile oil prices and uncertainty over future revenues One thing is certain it would be a disaster for Britain Technology NBN Buzz Mobility BYOD Smart Devices Emerging Tech Applications Big Data Cloud Computing Data Management Reviews Social Media Start ups Security Data Security Identity Management Wireless Security Telecommunication Latest stories Google v Facebook Who knows wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Renault Bollore to team up for EV push 12 Sep 2013 12 22 PM Climate CleanTech Iconic French carmaker to team with battery specialist Bollore push into electric car market You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters French carmaker Renault is set to partner Bollore to boost its presence in electric cars Le Figaro newspaper reported o The partnership would apply to the use of charging stations and batteries Le Figaro said without citing its sources Renault which currently buys lithium batteries from South Korea s LG Chem might also design a vehicle using Bollore s lithium metal polymer technology the paper added Renault and Bollore declined to comment The Bollore family firm is behind Autolib the electric car sharing scheme that has won 100 000 clients

    Original URL path: http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2013/9/12/cleantech/renault-bollore-team-ev-push (2014-01-13)
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