Seal of approval: Should we use PassivHaus or free-running design principles for Australian homes?
The national construction boom continues around Australia. So how do you build a comfortable, low-energy house? Should you seal up your house following PassivHaus principles or should you use passive cooling and heating design principles to create a free-running home?
Up to 90% of electricity from solar and wind the cheapest option by 2030: CSIRO analysis
The latest estimates of electricity generation costs in Australia find renewables will soon be the cheapest even with grid integration expenses.
COVID-19 sparks a clean energy experiment
Have you been shocked by higher energy bills since the COVID-19 lockdown began? We've all been part of an unplanned energy experiment.
Not too hot, not too cold. What’s ‘just right’ for your solar panels?
You might think that your solar panels work best in summer, when there’s more sunshine. But how hot is too hot for the most effective generation of solar energy?
A scientific show and tell with Dr Larry Marshall
We put our Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall up for a special episode of Q&A. But we’ve since had a lot of questions about what he raised on the show. So like Larry after smuggling all his gadgets into the ABC studios, let’s unpack all the highlights and what they mean for cleaner energy.
Eco living: To renovate or rebuild?
When it comes down to what’s greener, renovating often beats rebuilding. However, exactly what's done with the remodelled or rebuilt house makes an enormous difference.
Simulating sunlight: lighting the way to a more efficient solar cell
As daylight saving comes to an end, we mourn the loss of sunny summer evenings. But as the days grow shorter and darker, there’s still plenty of solar energy research being done. In fact, we’re hot on the heels of a more efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) panel.
You’ve got the power! Keeping our electricity during a heatwave
Nearly every state has seen temperatures of 35 degrees or above over the past few weeks. How will our electricity grid cope with the pressures of increasingly extreme weather? How do we moderate our energy consumption if there’s a chance power supplies can’t cope with our needs?
Interronauts | CSIRO podcast Ep 19: Killer T: immunotherapy returns, hydrogen at the bowser, ancient cheese and vego sharks
Kate, Gavin, and Jesse talk about a new treatment for pancreatic cancer using killer cells, our new vehicles powered not on gasoline but hydrogen, and a science news digest about the oldest cheese, neutron stars, omnivorous sharks, and moooore.
‘Dis generation, powering the nation
Our Virtual Power Station project is ensuring that distributed generation sources (e.g. rooftop solar panels) can support our evolving electricity grid.
Lithium-ion batteries: what’s the charge?
Although our labs have been updated, our research question hasn't: how can we get reliable energy when we need it? This is where lithium-ion batteries can help.