23 February 2017

We need to start acting now, for later


It’s time to acknowledge that we are moving away from the legacy grid towards a smart grid.

The peakiness of the demand is beginning to be obvious to electricity consumers, and that peak demand is only going to be magnified potentially leading to more load shedding.

There are vast changes coming in how we use electricity and they are only going to push peak demand higher. Increased peak demand is beginning to be obvious to electricity consumers as spot prices rise, but it is only going to get worse. It’s time for regulators to move away from employing the tools designed for the legacy grid of last century and let the smart grid take over.

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31 January 2017

1414 Degrees January Update 2017


HIGHLIGHTS

Engineering

  • Prototype TESS commissioned
  • Better than expected ERD efficiency of 31% electricity and 80% CHP
  • AusIndustry signs off and concludes its 50% funding of the Prototype
  • Testing and design underway for commercial 10MWh and 200MWh modules
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30 January 2017

How do we improve grid security and reliability?


Here at 1414 Degrees we have been putting together our submission for the Finkel Review of the National Electricity Market and want to share our thoughts on how grid security and reliability can be improved.

Immediate action must focus on removing the intermittency associated with renewables generation derived mostly from solar and wind.

This can only be achieved by embedding medium to large scale storage technology in the electricity grid.

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20 January 2017

Investment in renewables grows in Australia


It’s encouraging to see that investment in renewable generation is on the rise again in Australia, and notable that, while clean energy investment may be down globally, installed capacity is actually rising as installation costs fall. 

Reported in Renew Economy, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) figures released in January show that Australian renewables investment bucked the global trend to grow 49% in 2016.

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14 December 2016

Increasing renewable energy efficiency and grid stability




1414 Degrees’ in the news again, as we face a pivotal moment in the local and global energy market.

Inside Waste: Wednesday 14th December 2016

“Adelaide company 1414 Degrees is set to transform the global energy environment with a solution to help reduce energy costs by increasing the efficiency of renewable generation and stabilising grid supply.”

Read more here on the Inside Waste website

9 December 2016

SA-made silicon energy storage system “ready to close grid gap”




1414 Degrees’ successful testing makes the news in Renew Economy, as interest begins to pick up in our large scale energy storage.

Renew Economy: Friday 9th December 2016

“A South Australian company behind a silicon based thermal energy storage
system has created and successfully tested a full prototype of its technology, which it says is ready for commercialisation after a decade is the making.”

Read more here on the Renew Economy website

7 December 2016

Solving SA’s power problem




Tens of thousands of South Australian homes and businesses have been repeatedly left without power because of the unique ecosytem of the SA power market and its unstable mix of power resources.

The answer to these problems may be closer than you think. Local Adelaide company, 1414 Degrees, has found a solution to the energy crisis with plans to revolutionise bulk energy storage using silicon.

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17 November 2016

Off-grid solar proving beneficial for northern Rwanda




Off-grid solar providing electricity at night for northern Rwanda; the potential for further benefits is huge.

“Just a few years ago the idea that “off-grid” systems could fill the gap seemed preposterous: the market was dominated by charities giving away solar-powered lanterns that could produce a few hours of light at night. But as technology and venture capital firms have entered the market, the industry has quickly evolved.”

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15 November 2016

The need for large scale storage




The Liberal party says there is a need for large scale storage for the transition to renewable energy to work.

Read the article here from InDaily – click to view.

SA heading for 95% renewable energy within a decade: report