Software/Gadgets

‘Smart home’ gadgets: Not always the easy answer to cutting bills

Research suggests some "smart" devices can wind up increasing household energy usage, rather than cutting it.

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What are virtual power plants, and how will they change the energy business?

Virtual power plants and transactive energy: What, exactly, are they? And why does a leading microgrid analyst see them changing the way the power industry does business?

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LO3 unveils ‘game-changing’ solar sharing microgrid in South Australia

US-based company behind block-chain energy sharing technology unveil plans for 6MW SA solar microgrid with Yates Electrical that could be the start of an industry-changing revolution.

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Horizon Power extends WA off-grid solar and storage trial

WA network operator to take more remote regional customers off grid, with solar, battery storage and back-up diesel, after success of 2016 pilot.

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AusNet trial successfully takes part of Melbourne suburb off-grid

Eight homes successfully separated from main electricity grid and operated as stand-alone solar and battery storage powered mini-grid, in Melbourne trial.

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The energy revolution is here – but are consumers invited?

Early adopters of rooftop solar, and now battery storage, have got Australia's energy revolution well underway. But what's in it for those of us still smarting from a 200% increase in power bills? And how can we make the new energy market a fair one?

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Wattwatchers to ramp up smart energy device roll-out

Southern Cross VC fund backs NSW-based “internet of things” energy data company Wattwatchers.

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New Aussie solar start-up empowering rural farming villages

UK-based company run by Australian solar entrepreneur provides leases for solar in poor rural farming communities.

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Off grid vs network-connected: A Queensland community divided

A Daintree Rainforest community's decades long campaign to get network supplied power has caught the attention of the federal energy minister and ARENA. But not all of the community's residents are on board with the idea, and say off-grid living is the way to go.

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Selectronic joins forces with LG Chem in booming battery storage market

LG Chem's RESU home battery systems to team with Selectronic's Australian made SP PRO inverters – a tech duo to challenge the Tesla Powerwall 2.

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