Australia’s wind energy industry has welcomed
the appointment of the new Wind Farm Commissioner and Independent
Scientific Committee on Wind Turbines, which should return a sensible
tone to the debate.
The high cost and technical immaturity of bulk electricity storage
systems (BES), such as pumped hydro storage (PHS), batteries, liquid
air, flywheels and hydrogen, have often been mentioned as major
challenges to the increased penetration of renewable energy
technologies, such as wind power and solar energy.
Reid’s Heritage Homes is a
Canadian company that is helping to build zero carbon homes (officially
called Net Zero Homes) in the country, along with four other
housebuilders (Minto, Mattamy Homes, Provident and Construction Voyer)
selected by Ministry of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The aim is to
build homes that produce as much energy as the average user consumes,
largely through the incorporation of renewable energy generation
technologies such as solar panels and by constructing the home in such a
way that it improves the air sealing qualities of the building and
increases its overall energy efficiency.