Further reduction of coal-fired power in Australia has been confirmed (Sept 2022), with major renewable initiatives by the Queensland, NSW and Victorian Governments and the early closure of AGL's Loy Yang power station.
The NSW Government is launching their Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap and first Renewable Energy Zone tender. The Queensland government aims to achieve 80 per cent renewables by 2035 and Victoria announced its first big energy storage target, using “advanced inverters” from a big battery to supply system strength. Together with the AGL departure, the 100% renewable target is is sight.
Australian petrol retailer Ampol has partnered with electric vehicle manufacturer SEA Electric to develop a network of charging stations. Importantly, the aim is "to support the uptake of lower emission commercial vehicles in key parts of the transport sector” as an industry-first.SEA Electric sells its own EV vehicles as well as power systems that can be fitted to existing models.According to SEA Asia/Pacific president, Bill Gilespie "we are building an entire customer led ecosystem to simplify the transition to electrification, with full factory warranty, 24/7 support and roadside assistance" plus charging stations nationally.https://www.innovationaus.com/ampol-teams-up-with-sea-electric-for-ev-charger-rollout/
The US Dept of Agriculture has approved
a vaccine for honeybees to prevent further devastation to the
insects, who are key to the global food supply. The
vaccine, developed by Georgia-based biotech
Dalan Animal Health, is targeting American Foulbrood, a widespread deadly disease in Australia, US and globally, caused
by Paenibacillus larvae bacteria.To administer the novel vaccine, beekeepers can mix it into the feed the
worker bees consume and then feed to the queen.This is great news as the company proposes to use the format of this vaccine to target other diseases that honeybees face. https://www.cnet.com/science/biology/first-ever-honeybee-vaccine-approved-to-target-deadly-global-disease/