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Australia, the magazine : Australia, the magazine
new energy important contribution towards future emission reductions from coal- red power stations," Feron says. e next level of collaboration will involve the construction of a second pilot plant, which will be transportable so it can be moved around China and tested at di erent power stations. e focus will be on making the technology more e cient. " e way it currently works, if you capture 90 percent of the CO , the e ciency of the plant will go down by about a quarter," Feron says. " at makes it di cult for natural resource-constrained countries like China to adopt this technology." Feron says he was impressed by the relative ease with which Australia was able to collaborate with China. "I have been very lucky to be involved, because if you want to make a di erence with this technology then you really need to get involved in China, and get the Chinese involved in your activities, and to be able to achieve that gives great satisfaction." William Ehmcke, from Connection Research, a market research consultancy specialising in the analysis of sustainability issues, says the development of alternative energy projects is a massive business opportunity. He believes the value of future business in clean, green power is as high as AU$900 billion over twenty years. "In construction we don't put nails in any more, we put screws in with electric screwdrivers, so we have to charge up those screwdrivers," Ehmcke says. "If you look through the environment -- from the consumer environment to the industrial environment -- there is increasing use of energy at di erent layers." As a result, companies that specialise in renewable power have a growing importance in the Australian economy. Australia has already commi ed to generating 20 percent of its energy from alternative energy sources by 2020, with wind and solar technologies likely to be the big winners. According to Australian National University Adjunct Professor Hugh Saddler, one of Australia's leading experts in energy policy, Australia is in a be er position than almost any other developed nation to meet its energy needs from sustainable resources. "We just have an abundance of good resources compared to most other developed countries," he says. "We don't have the challenges that most other countries have." Natural gas is a part of the e ciency solution, and a new coal-seam gas industry has emerged on Australia's east coast which also has the potential to develop into an export industry.. A combined-cycle gas power station sends out less than half the emissions of a coal- red We just have an abundance of good resources compared to most other developed countries. We don't have the challenges that most other countries have. water -- at any depth, in any wind speed and at a lower cost -- than any other windmill in the world. The mills have the capacity to desalinate and purify water as well as generate electricity. Comet is also a preferred supplier to the Australian Defence Force for overseas rebuilding programs. Comet also makes high-capacity specialty pumps to extract water from deep and shallow bores and wells, and to transfer water at high pressures from rivers and dams. Australia has excellent "wind resources" and there are many local companies, both private and government-funded, working in the field, including Pacific Hydro, AGL ,Hydro Tasmania and Infigen. A new wind-energy player is Spanish-based Union Fenosa Wind Australia, which has several well-progressed wind farm projects in New South Wales and Victoria. This is an integrated energy company involved in the generation, distribution and supply of electricity, with a presence at each stage of the gas business, from exploration to supply to customers. CSIRO ULTRABATTERY Developing more efficient batteries for electric cars is a global challenge, but an Australian- developed technology is set to have a big impact on improving hybrid-vehicle cost and performance. Invented by the scientific POWER FROM THE EARTH Steam rises from the Habenero project in South Australia. Outback Australia has many prospective geothermal assets. Assembling the UltraBattery. Geodynamics Limited CSIRO