Australia streaks ahead to be renewables world champion

Australia streaks ahead to be renewables world champion
Dr Matthew Stocks, Professor Andrew Blakers and Bin Lu (left to right). Credit: ANU

Research from the Australian National University (ANU) has found that Australia is installing renewable power per person each year faster than any other country, helping it to meet its entire Paris Agreement emissions reduction targets five years early.

Lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers said Australia was installing per capita several times faster than the European Union, Japan, China and the United States, based on preliminary data available for installations globally last year.

"The installation of renewables in Australia last year really ramped up compared to these other major economies, and we expect that trend to continue this year and beyond," said Professor Blakers from the ANU Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering (RSEEME).

"The electricity sector is on track to deliver Australia's entire Paris emissions reduction targets five years early, in 2025—without the need for any creative accounting.

"Australia is on track to reach 50 per cent renewable electricity in 2024 and 100 per cent by 2032. The Australian renewable experience offers real hope for rapid global emissions reductions to preserve a living planet."

Co-researcher Dr. Matthew Stocks said the net cost of achieving the 2030 carbon emission targets set in the Paris Agreement would be zero because expensive fossil fuels were being replaced by cheaper renewables.

"The price of electricity from large-scale solar PV and windfarms in Australia is currently about $50 per Megawatt-hour (MWh), and steadily falling," Dr. Stocks said.

"This is below the cost of electricity from existing gas-fired and is also below the cost of new-build gas and coal power stations. Nearly all of the new power stations are either PV or wind. We anticipate that this will continue into the future, provided that is not actively hindering development."

Co-researcher Bin Lu said stabilising a 100 per cent grid would be possible with technology that is already widely used in Australia, in addition to new smart energy systems that are being developed for electricity grids.

"We can do this with energy storage, demand management and strong interstate connection using high-voltage transmission lines to smooth out the effect of local weather," Mr Lu said.

"By far the leading storage technologies are pumped hydro and batteries. Australia's coal power stations are old and are becoming less reliable, and transition to a modern renewable energy system can improve grid stability."

Pumped hydro sites such as Snowy 2.0 require pairs of reservoirs at different altitudes, in hilly terrain and joined by a pipe with a pump and turbine. Water is pumped uphill when wind and solar energy is plentiful, and is available on demand by releasing the stored water through a turbine.

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Feb 10, 2019
"...Australia is installing renewable power per person each year faster than any other country..."
With almost nothing to show in terms of reducing emissions, most of CO2 reduction is thanks to replacement of coal by natural gas(methane: worse than CO2) "greenwashed" by intermittent renewables.
Electricity prices in Australia are skyrocketing thanks to intermittent renewables.
"GHG emissions from Australian energy in the age of the renewables investment boom. PS we banned nuclear in 1998."
"It's a universal truth: renewables mean higher costs"
South Australia(wind/solar) vs. France(carbon-free nuclear):

Feb 10, 2019
I guess it never occurs to shills like Willie that some populations simply want nothing to do with nuclear power. If your solar array screws up, what happens? If your wind farm screws up, what happens?
Compare and contrast with Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.
What are the waste products from wind and solar?
Compare and contrast with the toxic, lethal shit left behind by nuclear.

Stop talking crap, you moron.

Feb 10, 2019
...Chernobyl and Three Mile Island...
Three Mile Island resulted in zero deaths from radiation exposure which was less than a dental x-ray, less than a bunch of bananas. Chernobyl resulted in less than 100 deaths(most nothing to do with radiation: helicopter crash, machinery explosions) and now it's a tourist zone.

Solar panels contain arsenides and other chemical carcinogens
"Exposed: The Shocking Toxicity of Solar Panels" - Oct 2018
"They also contain toxic metals like lead, chromium, and cadmium, which can be harmful to humans and are likely to leak from electronic waste dumps into drinking water supplies."
"If Solar Panels Are So Clean, Why Do They Produce So Much Toxic Waste?" - May 2018

Feb 10, 2019
^^^^^^Shill. Still talking crap. Maybe you'll let these plants bury the waste in your back garden? Idiot.

Feb 11, 2019
...bury the waste in your back garden...
Yes. Bury the waste in my garden. It emits less radiation than a bunch of bananas, it's safer than mercury(teratogen) in coal ashes, and arsenides and other chemical carcinogens present in solar panels that never lose their toxicity with time.

"Greens guru offers to bury nuclear waste in his garden"

Feb 11, 2019
"No one has ever been injured from used fuel from a commercial nuclear power plant, let alone killed."
"Nuclear Waste: Ideas vs Reality"
"Used Nuclear Fuel"

Feb 11, 2019
^^^^Clueless shill. How much do they pay you? Go and play with some plutonium-239, you stupid tosser.

Feb 11, 2019
"plutonium is less toxic than caffeine, so it is documented."
"Best comparisons indicate that, gram for gram, toxins such as ricin, some snake venoms, cyanide, and even caffeine are significantly more toxic than plutonium."
Plutonium saves lives
In a single eruption, a volcano can release as much radioactive material as all nuclear weapons, as well polonium-210 worse than cesium-137 & protactinium-231 equivalent to plutonium-239 in terms of toxicity.

No one pays me to expose the faux-greens' lies and contradictions.

Feb 11, 2019
No one pays me to expose the faux-greens' lies and contradictions.

Because you are lying in order to do it. Idiot.

Feb 12, 2019
Because you are lying in order to do it. Idiot.
"The First Thing A Cult Does Is Tell You Everyone Else Is Lying" - James Randi (magician, skeptic, opponent of pseudoscience).
"REnewable is now a REligion, completely dishonest and divorced from reality."
"The green cult mass delusion simply defies the most basic physics. It's as if the entire "green" environmental movement 'believes' that 2+2=5."
"If energy policy were based on reason and engineering, 97% of the solar panels / wind turbines out there wouldn't even exist."
"we should measure climate progress based on tons of CO2 emissions prevented instead of installed renewable "capacity."... wind and solar ... pseudoscientific fraud..."

Feb 12, 2019
^^^^^^More unsubstantiated nonsense. Shill.

Feb 12, 2019
^^^^This from a cretin who would allow transuranic elements to be buried in his garden! Lol, what a tosser!

Feb 12, 2019
...This from a cretin who...
The "ad hominem argument" and personal attacks are the last refuge and tool of impotent intellects that already have lost the reason. Lamentable.

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