Renewable Energy

We’ve always encouraged renewable technology uptake whenever assisting clients develop carbon action plans.

Massively improved cost competitiveness of wind and solar PV in recent years strengthens the business case of these technologies.  Not so long ago, all renewables including wind and solar were a harder sell.

We’ve provided expert advice and research on renewable energy options to:

  • infrastructure operators
  • governments and institutions
  • companies seeking climate change solutions

Our program and policy advice has helped project development and underpinned grant applications for its installation.

Technology

Our technology overviews have examined typical and innovative renewable energy options suited to our clients.  For example, a technology overview for a major Sydney and Melbourne infrastructure client included:

  • Solar Electric (photovoltaics, concentrator dishes and concentrator trough)
  • Solar Thermal (concentrator trough, air/space heating)
  • Wind Turbines (micro/ domestic scale – horizontal and vertical axis)
  • Road Energy (thermal or electrical energy from roads)
  • Bio-fuels (biodiesel, ethanol)
  • Fuel Cells (Phosphoric Acid, Molten Carbonate and Solid Oxide)
  • Co-generation and Landfill Gas to electricity

We have undertaken full technology reviews including costs and payback periods of solar panels and concentrator dishes, and medium scale wind turbines.

We’ve advised Australian companies and a Chinese provincial government on possible technologies available to them including biomass, solar, wind, hydro and geothermal

  • Part of the advice included ways to incorporate these technologies within the broader framework of the community or region that they operate in.

In the early days of the wind and solar PV boom, we provided research for a lead research institution into Australia’s PV and wind industries’ capacity, structure, training and employment.

Australian Government engaged us to assess and analyse their renewable energy facilities database to identify gaps and errors, with options outlined for improving its functionality.

Our input into impact assessments include renewable energy as a possible mitigation action

  • Several clients undertook to utilise electricity generated by renewable energy sources

Involved in developing several proposals to install biomass technologies providing energy or process feedstock in developing countries, for the retail sector and for industrial sites.

Our services were provided to an Australian Government project creating several technology Best Practice Guides, Workbooks and websites.

  • Technologies included Building Integrated PV, Energy from Waste, biomass conversion and hydro-electricity.

Experience before Consulting

Before Beyond Neutral, our Director was the renewable energy and cogeneration adviser with the Australian Government’s voluntary climate change program, Greenhouse Challenge.  There he developed strategies to increase these sector’s major companies’ participation and to improve recognition by Government and Industry of these companies and the climate change solutions offered by these technologies.

He has authored/ co-authored five chapters, peer reviewed papers and publications on renewable energy technology, its use and the attitudes and experiences of users of various technologies.

He conducted Australia’s first research focused solely on users seeking domestic energy self-sufficiency through the use of renewable energy, exploring their systems, attitudes and experiences.

  • The systems were renewable energy Remote Area Power Systems (RAPS) using solar PV, solar thermal (hot water), micro-wind, micro-hydro and biomass, along with battery storage.
  • The users were at the leading edge of technology uptake, at a time when PV was more than 10x as expensive as today and today’s household battery options didn’t exist.
  • Several case studies were completed into equipment manufacture, the use of green grids, community scale use and its use in eco-tourism operations.

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