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And now Sand batteries as heat pumps?
Finnish researchers have installed the world's first fully working "sand battery" which can store green power for months at a time. This could solve the problem of year-round supply, a major issue for green energy - using low-grade sand - the device is charged up with heat made from cheap electricity from solar or wind. The sand stores the heat at around 500C, which can then warm homes in winter when energy is more expensivehttps://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-61996520
5 July 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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Tesla Megapack positioned to kill off Coal- and Gas-fired power
Tesla has introduced the Megapack, a battery the size of a shipping container designed to kill coal- and gas-fired “peaker” po
4 July 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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Australia can Transition part III - SunCable stage 3
Plans for the world's largest solar panel array have taken a step closer: SunCable, the solar energy company backed by Mike Cannon-Brookes and advocated by Prof Ross Garnaut has endorsement from Infrastructure Australia, for the enormous economic benefits it will create. It involves the Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink), which will export solar power from the Australian outback to Singapore via a submarine transmission link.The endorsement ensures that the project can advance to third-stage, “investment-ready” status on Infrastructure Australia's priority list, opening the door for government fundinghttps://www.pv-magazine.com/2022/06/24/sun-cable-project-secures-support-of-infrastructure-australia/ 
30 June 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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Australia can Transition part II & Boards will change
Governments and Boards will be rolled if they are not acting on Climate - that's the conclusion from the recent election and the collapse this week of the AGL Board (Australia's biggest polluter).It was not only Mike Cannon-Brookes but several major funds that forced AGL to backtrack on the de-merger - that was aiming to quarantine the company from necessary emission reductions. Many other funds and activist shareholders are placing pressure on industrial polluters to also address Paris CoP21 targets (set in 2015). Watch this space!https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/may/30/agl-demerger-plan-mike-cannon-brookes 
2 June 2022 by Jeremy Wright

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A data-first approach to address post-catastrophe impacts
Natural disasters continue to intensify in occurrence and capacity,  costing Australia an average $38 billion per year.  Using behavioural research and insights, HCL Technologies and its design consultancy Symplicit are taking a data-first approach to address post-catastrophe impacts like the Queensland floods.  Symplicit created an interactive systems map that puts residents and small business owners at the centre of disaster response and recovery. The map helps to prioritise responses, coordinate approaches, and utilise resources to better meet staff and community needs. It tells the story of complex interactions in the disaster recovery ecosystem in a simple, digestible and digitally accessible format.  https://www.symplicit.com.au/work/thriving-communities-partnership
31 May 2022 by IdeaSpies

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Big Oil Reality Check - time to change direction?
“Big Oil Reality Check,” was released 24th May 2022 by Washington, DC-based Oil Change International in collaboration with over 35 global organizations. The report, which updates a 2020 study, analyzes the latest climate pledges of BP, Chevron, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Repsol, Shell, and TotalEnergies against alignment with the 1.5C temperature goal in the Paris Agreement. The report lists over 200 expansion projects by the majors over the next 3 years that could create an additional 8.6 billion tonnes (Gt) of emissions. All eight companies’ climate pledges were judged as grossly insufficient! Time to change direction?https://electrek.co/2022/05/24/heres-where-big-oil-stands-on-climate-plans-and-its-not-good/
27 May 2022 by Jeremy Wright