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Wind, solar to dominate energy generation: CSIRO

Modelling by the CSIRO has shown that new energy generation in Australia is likely to be mainly in wind, solar photovoltaics, storage and gas to meet 2030 emission reduction targets.

The organisation made the prediction as part of its Low Emissions technology Roadmap, detailing the technology options that are available to meet emission reduction targets.

The roadmap took nine months of modelling, research and consultation to be completed.

It concluded that Australia has plenty of energy-rich resources and can gain from innovation in low-energy technologies.

A second finding was that energy productivity would remain important in reducing energy costs and emissions levels while the country moved to low-emission future.

And, the CSIRO found that the different technology pathways did not differ greatly in cost, they had differing risks when it came to the commercial, technical, social and stakeholder spaces.

“In the midst of disruptive change within the energy sector, we must address the ‘energy trilemma’ of security, affordability and sustainability,” CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall said.

“We can’t navigate the bumpy road of change without this Roadmap, using science to re-invent roadblocks into freeways.

“We think of coal as the past, but what if we could reinvent it into the feedstock for hydrogen?

“We think of lithium-ion batteries as the storage solution, but what if we could use chemical storage like ammonia which also offers safe transport and distribution using existing liquid infrastructure?

“CSIRO’s Strategy 2020 is dedicated to using science to navigate Australia’s industries, both traditional and emerging, into a brighter economic future enlightened by innovation.”


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