Our tides provide a predictable source of renewable energy
Tides provide stable, predictable renewable energy sources which can compliment other less predictable sources like wind and solar. As this CNN video shows, costs are dropping for these technologies, with this report noting US$0.3 cents per kwh, which is lower than large-scale solar in the US.
As the world's largest island continent, we should be harnessing the natural energy bounty that surrounds us. Mako (https://www.mako.energy/) is a member of the Australian Ocean Energy Group (AOEG) (https://oceanenergygroup.org.au/), an industry cluster, working to commercialise wave and tidal tech.
Breakthrough Energy Catalyst program is seeking to significantly decrease the cost of priority clean technologies to increase their availability in market & accelerate decarbonisation. Via a tweaked public-private partnership financing model the European Commission & Catalyst will reportedly mobilize a total of $US1 billion (€820 million) over the next 5 years to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects in 4 areas;- green hydrogen, direct-air-capture (DAC), long-duration energy storage and sustainable aviation fuels.https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/07/clean-energy-innovation-sustainability-jet-fuel-storage/
Supercapacitors charge and discharge rapidly, don't lose total capacity over time like batteries do, can operate in a wide range of temperatures and can be super light and thin. But unlike batteries, they can't provide a steady, slow release of energy, they can't really hold onto a lot of energy, nor can they hold onto their charge for too long and their energy density tends to be lower. But what if you could combine the best of a supercapacitor with the best of a battery?Researchers at QUT might just have done that, creating a long-life, super-charged material.https://www.qut.edu.au/research/article?id=173028
Non-recylable end of life plastic is an under -utilised resource that is currently treated as a costly and challenging waste management issue, often dealt with through incineration or landfill. The thermal conversion chamber which operates in the absence of oxygen, so there is no burning as the plastics gasify. The synthetic gas can then be used for power generation or as a fuel in its own right (ie. hydrogen).https://www.powerhouseenergy.co.uk/technology/