Renew 152

Renew Issue 152

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Winter issue – our home battery special

Take a look inside Renew issue 152 

In this issue of Renew, we bring you an updated energy storage guide, including what’s available and an in-depth look at how batteries can provide blackout backup. And, as many more of us are working from home, we look at the computing, heating and lighting needs for an energy-efficient home office. Plus: articles on the sustainability of compostable plastics, our solar modelling calculator’s analysis of the impacts of overshadowing, a project in Timor Leste that’s using open-source plans to build plastic recycling machines and the future of EV charging.

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Issue Contents:

In issue 152 we bring you an updated energy storage guide, considering what has changed since we last tackled the subject in 2017. That means more systems ‘in a box’, changing economics and an in-depth look at how batteries can provide backup to your home in the case of blackouts. To go with the guide, we look at 6 case studies of homes and offices using batteries, on- and off-grid. As many more of us are working from home, we look at how to make our home offices more efficient. Plus: articles on the sustainability of compostable plastics, our solar modelling calculator’s analysis of the impacts of overshadowing, a project in Timor Leste that’s using open-source plans to build plastic recycling machines and the future of EV charging.

Inside you’ll find:

Features

  • The energy-efficient home office

    How do you keep on top of your power bills when working from home? We look at efficient computing, heating, lighting and more.

  • Energy storage buyers guide

    Demand for home battery systems has been growing steadily. We look at the factors and features to consider when buying a battery, and the options available.

  • Saving your solar for later

    From an off-grid shop in the city, to a house that’s been running from Powerwalls for four years, to homes helping the grid as part of a virtual power plant, we look at the results of six battery installs.

Other articles

  • 7 ways to build resilience

    In the face of twin disasters this year, we reflect on what’s needed in the recovery process. Can we build a more resilient, cleaner economy?

  • How green are compostable plastics?

    We look into the difference between biodegradable and compostable plastics, how these plastic types are being used in Australia, and just how sustainable they are.

  • Small-scale plastic recycling

    This Timor Leste project is collecting and recycling ocean plastic waste, using recycling machines built from open-source plans.

  • When your solar is overshadowed

    Renew has added analysis of the impacts of overshadowing by neighbouring buildings to our solar modelling tool, Sunulator. Here’s how it works—warning: technical (but interesting) information ahead!

  • The science behind the climate emergency

    The students are right, says Climate Councillor Will Steffen—we are in a climate emergency, and the science supports this. He reviews the data demonstrating temperature and emissions increases, and the huge risk from reaching tipping points.

  • Electric camping

    Kent Taylor shows how a small solar and battery system means you can go all-electric when caravanning—even taking your induction cooker!

  • DIY hot water from PV

    These simple hot water systems  use PV panels to heat water directly: no pumps, batteries, power converters or other devices required.

  • The future of EV charging

    Will you soon be able to use your electric vehicle’s battery to power your home? And is DC charging only for long-distance travel? Bryce Gaton looks at changes that may be just around the corner for EV charging.

  • Backup power from an EV

    Richard Keech describes his method of powering some essentials in his home using his plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.