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Batteries & Energy Storage

NSW Solar Bonus Scheme feed-in tariffs end this year: What are your options?

July 26, 2016
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On December 31 2016, recipients of NSW Solar Bonus Scheme will cease to receive bill credits for their exported solar energy. The Solar Bonus Scheme (which closed to new applications in 2011) offered 60c per kilowatt-hour or 20c/kWh, depending on the signup date. Once the scheme ends, these rates will drop significantly, to as low as low […]

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RedFlow’s ZCell: An Aussie-designed flow battery for homes

July 25, 2016
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RedFlow’s ZCell is currently one of the most talked-about battery storage products on the Australian market. Slated to be available in Australia in the very near future, the battery has significant advantages over most of the other products on the market – and it sure to appeal to the tech-happy ‘early adopter’ market despite its price […]

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LG Chem introduces stackable, modular lithium battery

July 22, 2016
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South Korean battery maker LG Chem has released its new generation systems in Australia, promising they will offer more choice, and be cheaper, smaller, lighter, and with improved aesthetics. LG Chem, which claims nearly half of the nascent but rapidly growing Australian grid-connected market, is offering low voltage and high voltage options to Australian households, […]

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Can you go off-grid with solar and energy storage?

July 20, 2016

These days, almost everyone considering solar and battery storage is wondering if it’s possible to disconnect from the grid altogether; ‘going off-grid’ seems to be all the rage. Just how feasible is it for the average household to go off grid – and is it really worth it? How easy is it to go off-grid with […]

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Melbourne ‘mini-suburb’ has a Tesla Powerwall in every home (units now on sale!)

July 18, 2016
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Plans for what could be the world’s first “Tesla town” – a mini-suburb on the outskirts of the Melbourne CBD whose new-build homes will include rooftop solar and Tesla battery storage – are being unveiled by local property group Glenvill, as the green development’s first 60 homes went on sale last week. The new 16.46 […]

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WA pilot projects to investigate solar & batteries as solution for remote & rural customers

July 15, 2016
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A $4 million Western Australian pilot project by utility Western Power has installed six stand-alone solar and battery storage power systems to test different ways that electricity can be delivered to rural and remote customers. WA energy minister Mike Nahan said on Monday that six properties located around Ravensthorpe, Lake King and Ongerup, were trialling […]

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ACT government receives 17 ‘extremely competitive’ bids in battery storage program

July 12, 2016
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Round two of the ACT government’s battery storage tender has attracted a total of 17 bids from local and national businesses proposing to install more than 8MW of energy storage. The funding round, which will see up to $2 million allocated across five companies for the installation of 2MW of solar storage in Canberra, is […]

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SunMate: Save more money by using the sun when you’re not home

July 12, 2016
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The AWS SunMate is a device that takes your excess solar energy and pumps it into your hot water tank, potentially saving you more money than solar panels alone. The SunMate’s developers, Australian Wind and Solar, say that it is one of the most cost-effective ways to maximise a solar PV system’s value – and […]

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Let’s talk about ‘energy throughput’: Should it replace battery ‘cycle life’?

July 7, 2016
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Australians households are fairly solar savvy lot. With panels on one in every ten Aussie roofs, Australia is a world leader in solar uptake, and there’s tons of information online about how to shop for solar (we are one case in point). It wouldn’t take anyone too long to learn to talk meaningfully in terms […]

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WA’s Horizon Power to lead the way on renewable microgrids

July 7, 2016

For Western Australian network operator Horizon Power, which averages one customer every 53 square kilometres and already operates 37 microgrids, the shift from centralised fossil fuel power generation to distributed renewable energy powered grids will arrive sooner, rather than later. “We believe that the future will be distributed energy, particularly in these small micro girds,” […]

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How much can a hot water diverter shorten payback for your solar PV system?

July 6, 2016
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Solar PV systems are still an excellent investment in Australia, even as feed-in tariffs have fallen across the country. Installing a hot water diverter – a device that automatically sends excess solar energy into your hot water tank – can make this good investment option an even better one. We’ve crunched some numbers to determine […]

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Battery chemistry types for home energy storage

July 6, 2016
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Home battery storage is the next frontier for home energy, but Australians consumers are still in the process of learning about their options. What are the main battery chemistry types that are currently available in Australia? Nearly one in every ten homes in Australia has a solar PV system on their roof, and Australian solar […]

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Aquion introduces newest battery line: A 24 volt ‘drop in replacement’ for lead-acid batteries

July 5, 2016
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Pennsylvania-based ‘saltwater battery’ manufacturer Aquion Energy has introduced a new product line for off-grid, autonomous operation with solar panels. The Aspen 24S comes in the same casing as the company’s other S-Line units, but delivers 24V as opposed to 48V, lending to greater system design flexibility and making it a straightforward replacement option for lead-acid […]

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Proposal could help boost financial prospects of battery storage on the grid

July 5, 2016

A proposal to change a relatively obscure energy market rule is being called for by large energy users, battery storage developers and some small energy retailers, in a bid to level the playing field for battery storage, lower prices for consumers, and wrest control from the big generators. Currently, electricity market rules mean that while […]

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Ampetus’ Energy Pod presents cost-effective battery storage option

July 4, 2016
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Melbourne’s Ampetus Energy has introduced a plug-and-play battery storage system that could prove to be popular with homes that wish to affordably increase their energy independence. The unit, called the “Energy Pod”, comes with a lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4)  battery that can store up to 14.4 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy – one of the highest figures […]

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Advice for shopping for the Tesla Powerwall in Australia

July 4, 2016
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Tesla’s Powerwall is the most sought-after home battery storage device in Australia, thanks in great part to its association with American electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors and its visionary chief Elon Musk. The Powerwall not only represents ‘a piece of Tesla’ – containing the same type of batteries as those inside the company’s high-end sports […]

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Up to 1 million Aussie homes with battery storage by 2020: Morgan Stanley

June 23, 2016
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US investment bank Morgan Stanley has predicted battery storage technology will be installed at rate four times quicker than Australia’s incumbent energy industry expects, in a new report. The report, Asia Insight: Solar and batteries, reveals Morgan Stanley expects the market for battery storage to grow from about 2,000 Australian homes now to one million by […]

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Amount of Aussie energy from rooftop solar to quadruple by 2035: AEMO

June 21, 2016
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The Australian Energy Market Operator has outlined some of the major impacts that rooftop solar and battery storage will have on the national gird, in its first major assessment of the residential market. AEMO estimates that the amount of electricity generated by rooftop solar PV will rise more than four-fold in the next two decades […]

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How AllGrid energy is reducing energy costs for remote communities and beyond

June 16, 2016
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AllGrid Energy made a big splash last year after it announced a home battery storage product – the WattGrid – which the company claimed would rival Tesla’s much vaunted Powerwall. The company has gone from strength to strength since then, carving out a niche for itself in providing affordable electricity to Indigenous communities in remote parts of […]

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Power vs energy in home battery storage systems

June 16, 2016
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Different battery storage products have different specifications and capabilities, making them better or less well-suited for various applications. In this article we’ll talk about ‘power batteries’ vs ‘energy batteries’ – two terms that are sometimes used to describe battery products. Power batteries Power is a term generally used describe instantaneous electrical output. You can think […]

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One third of Aussies would invest in battery storage even with 5+ year payback: Report

June 11, 2016
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A new report from The Australia Institute has found that one in four Australians would consider investing in solar and battery storage as a means to quit the electricity grid. The report, Securing Renewables: How batteries solve the problem of clean electricity, includes the results of recent TAI polling, which point to significant public support […]

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