Massive offshore oil well leaked 10,500 litres into the ocean off Australia’s coast for TWO MONTHS – but officials ‘covered it up’ and still won’t reveal where it happened

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May 182017
 

The leak went on for up to 60 days and spilled oil at a rate of up to 175 litres a day, a spokesman told Daily Mail Australia. But Nopsema declined to reveal exactly where the spill occurred or the company involved, only that it occurred in the North West …
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Researchers At Australia’s University Of Newcastle Testing Printed Solar Panels

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May 172017
 

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Researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia have begun the first large scale test of printed solar panels they have been working on for 15 years. The panels are light, flexible and cost less than conventional solar panels. They ever work in moonlight.

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Australia’s CSIRO To Research “Cutting Edge” Renewable & Hybrid Energy Technologies

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Sep 152016
 

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Australia’s federal scientific research organization CSIRO launched its Centre for Hybrid Energy Systems earlier this month, which is a centre designed to research and improve “cutting edge” renewable and hybrid energy technologies. The Centre for Hybrid Energy Systems (CHES) is intended to be a “hub for researchers and industry to identify, improve, and then tailor energy [&hellip

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BP’s environment plan for drilling in Australia’s Great Australian Bight delayed

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Oct 302015
 

The drilling area has water depths ranging from between 1000 and … As with any exploration there is a risk of an oil spill. In the event of a spill the probability of oil making it to shore would depend on the direction the oil drifts and this can …
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Is Australia’s claim to Antarctica at risk? – The Conversation AU

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Oct 172014
 

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Is Australia's claim to Antarctica at risk?
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While Australia's commitment to a 20-year plan for Antarctica has been welcomed by some it has also raised concerns over the nation's ability to fulfil a credible research role in the south polar region. The issue was raised this week with claims

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Australia’s Antarctica position under threat due to scientific funding shortfall – The Guardian

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Oct 102014
 

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Australia's Antarctica position under threat due to scientific funding shortfall
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The report stresses that while mining in Antarctica is banned by international agreement, other nations could be positioning themselves to start doing it, if Australia does not strongly maintain its territorial claims. Australia's Antarctic sovereignty
More scientific funding, new icebreaker flagged in 20-year Antarctica strategy ABC Online
Blueprint for Antarctica calls for science funding not expansionSydney Morning Herald
Australia's plan for AntarcticaYahoo!7 News
The Australian –NEWS.com.au
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Montara oil spill: Indonesia requests Australia’s cooperation on resolving … – ABC Online

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Sep 302014
 

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Montara oil spill: Indonesia requests Australia's cooperation on resolving
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The Indonesian government has formally requested Australia's cooperation in resolving a dispute over an oil spill that it says had a devastating impact on coastal communities. In August 2009 the wellhead blew at the Montara platform in Australian
Aust to discuss Montara oil aftermathHerald Sun

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First Solar Ships Modules To Australia’s Largest Solar Power Project

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Aug 142014
 

First Solar is supplying modules to Australia’s largest solar project, the Nyngan and Broken Hill solar power plants, located in New South Wales

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Wind Meets 43% Of South Australia’s Energy Demand In July

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Aug 122014
 

RenewEconomy South Australia’s wind farms produced enough electricity to meet a record 43 per cent of the state’s power needs during July, and on occasions during the month provided all the state’s electricity needs. The output was boosted by the addition of the 275MW Snowtown II wind farm earlier in the month. Before that, the

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Australia’s First Zero Net Energy Town Could Be In NSW

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Jul 272014
 

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A consortium of energy groups look to create “mini electricity” system relying on local renewable energy production and storage.

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Wildpoldsried

The search has begun for a suitable town to become Australia’s first “zero net energy town” – where electricity is generated locally from renewable sources, and stored and distributed on a localised mini grid.

The concept of zero net energy towns (ZNET) – where local communities generator enough of their electricity needs – and sometimes much more – is becoming common in Europe and elsewhere.

The Bavarian town of Wildpoldsried is often cited as a model of what can be achieved. It produces 460% of its own energy needs from a mixture of bio-gas, wood, solar, wind and hydro generation. A village in India achieved something similar this week.

Now, a consortium of green energy, community, and academic groups, with the support of local politicians and the NSW government – is seeking to replicate this model in Australia.

Project director Adam Blakester, from Starfish Initiatives, says the consortium of groups will create a blueprint and a business case for the concept. And find the right town to put the idea into practice.

“The ZNET idea is to create a distributed ‘mini’ electricity and energy system for a rural town in the New England region of NSW, utilising the cutting edge of energy network technologies and solutions,” Blakester.

”The model utilises local renewable energy resources, energy management and storage technologies. Local involvement is key and is woven throughout all aspects of energy supply and usage as well for investment, governance, employment and financial returns.

“The potential value of this model for Australia is quite significant, particularly given how abundant its renewable energy resources are and how distributed our energy needs are.”

The concept is now as outlandish as it may seem. Apart from the fact that hundreds of rural and regional communities have done the same, network operators in Australia already admit it makes increasing sense on economic reasons.

Ron Stobbe, the head of SA Power Networks, said in April that rural communities – including major towns – could soon look after their own generation needs. He said it could be inevitable that all forms of centralised generation and transmission will be made redundant over time.

Stobbe’s prediction that rural communities could gcreate their own micro-grids – and perhaps have just a small connection to the main networks – follows similar remarks by Ian McLeod, the CEO of Queensland distributor Ergon Energy. Regional operators in Queensland and Western Australia are looking to “downsize” their network assets in favour of localized generation and micro-grids. In effect, they are looking to ditch their poles and wires.

The ZNET project comprisesthe Institute for Rural Futures at the University of New England; the Office of Adam Marshall, Member for Northern Tablelands; the Regional Clean Energy Program of NSW Office of Environment & Heritage; NSW Trade & Investment. Most of the member organisations have been working on the initiative for well over one year now.

“Zero Net Energy Town has the potential to create a new model of electricity and energy infrastructure for rural and regional Australia,” added Dr Judith McNeill, Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Rural Futures.

“This model may create much-needed financial and economic benefits by transforming what is currently a significant economic leakage and cost area into being a new industry and area of employment and income.”

The ZNET project comprises the Institute for Rural Futures at the University of New England; the Office of Adam Marshall, Member for Northern Tablelands; the Regional Clean Energy Program of NSW Office of Environment & Heritage; NSW Trade & Investment. Most of the member organisations have been working on the initiative for well over one year now.

The immediate priorities for the ZNET initiative are to seek tenders for the blueprint and business case plus the selection of the town for the pilot. Announcements regarding each of these matters will be made over the coming few months. The project will be completed by June 2015.

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