Source: SBC Online Factbook

Date: September 2013

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‘The Challenges for Renewable Energy in the Context of Climate Change and Global Energy Resources’ in Paul Babie and Paul Leadbeter (eds), Law as Change: Essays in Honour of Adrian Bradbrook (University of Adelaide Press, 2013)

Source: SSRN Online Article

Date: 26/08/2013

Renewable energy is regarded as one of the primary technology solutions to combat climate change, caused undoubtedly by continued heavy reliance on fossil fuels since the industrial revolution. Yet the development and commercialisation of renewable energy technologies have faced a number of significant barriers in recent times. These may be regarded as: regulatory and policy risk; uncertainty about whether governments should support renewable energy technologies, as a complementary measure, where they have imposed a carbon price mechanism; concerns about energy security and the ability of renewable to provide base-load power and barriers to entry on conventional electricity grids; and ongoing subsidies, both direct and indirect, to the fossil fuel industry. This article assesses the global and Australian energy outlook to 2030 in the context of climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Current costs of producing renewable energy are assessed in a context where the externalities of fossil fuel energy are not internalised. The need for direct support for renewable energy sources is affirmed.

Keywords: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Cancun and Doha Agreements, global energy outlook; renewable energy, fossil fuels, fossil fuel subsidies and externalities, carbon price mechanism, complementary measures, base-load power, barriers to entry


Source: Alstom Online Article
Date: 20/06/2012
(Reproduced with permission from Alstom)

Alstom Grid and the teams of the French state-owned research entity CEA - INES (Institut national de l’énergie solaire) announce the creation of a joint Research and Development Center in Chambery (France). This joint laboratory will focus on developing advanced energy storage solutions and integrating renewable energy farms into smart transmission and distribution grids.

This laboratory will be located in INES’ Chambery campus. It will directly benefit from its core expertise in storage and solar applications as well as its existing testing capability across various ranges of solar and storage technologies. Alstom Grid, Alstom’s sector dedicated to power transmission, brings its expertise in power electronics, power conversion and Smart Grid control room integration. This partnership has been put in place to develop early breakthrough innovation by expanding services and solutions to accelerate the deployment of embedded storage into Smart Grid systems and facilitating further introduction of renewable beyond the European target of 20% of the energy mix by 2020. The teams will also further investigate the potential use of direct current (DC) applications into smart cities projects.

“With the creation of this R&D center, Alstom Grid confirms its commitment to accelerating research for large-scale energy storage solutions.” declared Patrick Plas, Senior Vice-President, Grid Power and Automation at Alstom Grid. “Already at the forefront of Smart Grid innovation, this partnership will allow us to develop and test new technologies and build CO2 free electrical grids. This laboratory is complementary to the “IEED(1) Supergrid” which is to be created in Villeurbanne”.

This new laboratory is a natural expansion of the relationship established in the past three years with INES through key Smart Grid demonstration projects such as Reflexe in Nice and Greenlys in Rhône-Alpes (France).

"This partnership combines our recognized expertise around Solar and Storage with Alstom Grid’s research and development programs as well as our joint first returns of experience from current demonstrator projects around the world. Collaborating together on sustainable technology research will be a major step for our two organizations" said Jean Therme, director of CEA Technological Research.