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There is a growing realisation that Australia is home to some of the best renewable resources in the world, said ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht at the recent Australian Solar Council’s Solar 2015 Exhibition and Conference held in May. While wind technology is currently more commercially advanced than large-scale solar in Australia, he says large-scale solar is likely to be competitive with wind by the end of this decade. And in what has been described as a game changer for the renewable energy industry, CSIRO’s ‘supercritical steam’ project could mean that one day the sun could be used to drive the most advanced power stations in the world, currently only driven by coal or gas. The breakthrough was achieved through a $5.7 million research program supported by ARENA and part of a broader collaboration with Abengoa Solar. Solar energy was used to generate hot and pressurised ‘super-

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critical’ steam, at the highest temperatures ever achieved in the world outside of fossil fuel sources. The world record was set

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researchers achieved a pressure of 23.5 megapascals and temperatures up to 570°C. According to CSIRO Energy Director Dr Alex Wonhas, this breakthrough demonstrates that the power plants of the future could instead be using the free, zero-emission energy of the sun to achieve the same result. In this, our renewable energy issue, we take a look at the increasingly compelling case for implementing renewables into business and industry - see page 8 for all the details.

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Also held in May was AWA’s Ozwater’15 conference and exhibition, and it was great to meet with many of our readers and contributors at the event. Australia has one of the highest hydroclimatic

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variabilities in the world, creating a risk that must be managed by both the water industry and many other industries that rely on water, such as agribusiness and food manufacturing. During the conference, the AWA announced it will be working with the Bureau of Meteorology

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(BOM) to create greater industry awareness and uptake of BOM’s valuable and comprehensive range of water tools which could assist these industries. Carolyn Jackson

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