Category Archives: Newswire

Can we make steel without metallurgical coal?

Can we make steel without metallurgical coal?

Well, yes, we can. It’s called HydroMOR and it replaces expensive metallurgical coal with abundant, affordable lignite (brown coal), delivering lower emissions and, most importantly lower cost. And this combination of lower emissions and lower cost is the key to successful innovation as we attempt to shift away from the use of metallurgical coal, and… Continue Reading >

Energy policy shake-up set to energise new technologies

Energy policy shake-up set to energise new technologies

Hot on the heels of the Federal Labor party’s renewed commitment to net zero-CO2 emissions by 2050, the federal coalition government has recently announced a significant shift on climate policy; a shift they describe as ‘more gas and more tech — not taxation — as the way to support cheaper and low emission climate solutions… Continue Reading >

Why Japan is building 22 new coal-fired power stations

Why Japan is building 22 new coal-fired power stations

A recent article by Hiroko Tabuchi for the New York Times highlights Japan’s plan to build 22 new coal-fired power stations across 17 sites over the next 5 years, adding up to 20GW of capacity to its grid. This is in addition to Japan’s existing coal-powered fleet of around 46GW and almost as much as… Continue Reading >

Who is to blame for the bush fire mess?

Who is to blame for the bush fire mess?

Bushfires across Australia’s east coast are topping headlines. Many are blaming CO2 for driving changes in climate that have resulted in the size and intensity of the fires, using it as a platform to demand more ‘climate action’. And while CO2 may play an indirect link via the impact on drought patterns, we are concerned… Continue Reading >

Chief scientist paves the way for CCS hydrogen

Chief scientist paves the way for CCS hydrogen

Alan Finkel, Australia’s Chief Scientist has penned a piece in today’s Age titled ‘How I became a convert to hydrogen’. It’s a great example of how a scientist readily changes their view on a topic when presented with new information. It’s also a great insight into how to shape a particular message on a politically… Continue Reading >

Victorian power bill’s set to rise again

Victorian power bill’s set to rise again

As of 1 January 2020, Victorian electricity customers will be hit with price hikes. Again. Today’s article ($) in the AFR reports that both Origin and AGL will raise their prices in line with last month’s ruling from Victoria’s Essential Services Commission, with Origin saying an average residential customer would see a $122 increase in… Continue Reading >

Wind and solar failing to keep costs down and lights on

Wind and solar failing to keep costs down and lights on

With the increased penetration of wind and solar power and the unexpected closure of Hazelwood brown coal power station in March 2017 wholesale electricity prices have skyrocketed and the risk of blackouts have increased. The following chart confirms the impact that unreliable energy sources are having on energy affordability. Today’s article ($) in the Australian… Continue Reading >

LNP release waste policy

LNP release waste policy

This week, Victorian opposition leader Michael O’Brian launched his party’s ‘zero-to-landfill’ waste policy. The policy sets an ambitious target, to eliminate all waste to landfill by 2035, with interim reductions of 33% by 2025 and 66% by 2030. The policy targets two key focus areas: Materials Recovery Facilities Energy from waste applications Until now the… Continue Reading >

‘Green’ steel articles omit cost

‘Green’ steel articles omit cost

‘Green’ steel applications are being developed by a range of companies ‘Green’ steel is the term used to describe a production method that uses ‘renewable hydrogen’ instead of coking coal, eliminating CO2 emissions ‘Renewable hydrogen’ is made using electricity generated by wind turbines and solar panels Media reports routinely leave out discussion of cost, which… Continue Reading >