Clean energy winners announced

Renewable energy producers all around the world now have some new sources to look to with the announcement of some clean energy award-winners and inspirations, which are making waves in the Australian industry and beyond.

As well as this, everyday Australian households may be interested in how these companies and the development of their technologies may be able to help counter rising electricity prices and the increase of pressure this puts on households.

Clean Energy Week was held last week in Brisbane and was hosted by peak industry body the Clean Energy Council (CEC). Industry experts and enthusiastic alike came together to learn, discuss and debate energy issues, technologies and solutions.

The week culminated with an awards ceremony where those pushing the boundaries and making important innovations were recognised.

Geodynamics walked away with the Innovation Award for its geothermal energy achievement, a 1 MW Habanero pilot plant in remote South Australia's Cooper Basin. Geothermal is promising emerging technology in the country, and is an exciting prospect as it's the only renewable energy source currently capable of providing long-term base load power around the clock. It's free of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions, so is a far cleaner substitute to coal or gas fired electricity.

Marcus Priest from the Australian Financial Review won the Media Award for writing a number of articles, opinion pieces and feature stories which relate to carbon pricing and climate change.

Hydro Tasmania received the Community Engagement Award for its program involving the locals, which was delivered as part of the construction for the Musselroe Wind Farm. 

"I congratulate all the winners and finalists on the great work that they do. Each unique entrant has demonstrated that we are part of an innovative, dynamic and growing industry, with an important role to play in Australia’s energy future," said chief executive of the CEC, David Green.

Mr Green noted that the competition in every category was tough, and that many strong contenders who had made great contributions to the industry were competing to walk away as winners.

"These awards are an important way to celebrate the many achievements across our industry at a time when local clean energy is generating tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment across the country," said Mr Green.

Posted by Charlie Moore