Publications, Reports & Research
Our publications, reports and research library hosts over 500 specialist reports and research papers on all topics associated with CCS.
Solar intermittency: Australia's clean energy challenge
1st June 2012
Solar intermittency and grid integration are two fundamental barriers to the uptake of large-scale solar power in Australia and around the world.
Whilst much is said about the effect of intermittency on electricity networks, the information shared and views expressed are often anecdotal, difficult to verify and limited to a particular technical, geographical or social context. There is surprisingly very little real-world data on how intermittency, particularly solar intermittency, affects electricity networks.
This report provides an in-depth analysis of worldwide research and practical results on renewable generation intermittency, examining what common conclusions can be drawn from other efforts in this area, and how these may apply in the Australian context.
This report summarises findings of the Advanced Biofuels Study, identifies priority pathways for the industry and recommends the role Government should undertake in order to facilitate the establishment of an advanced biofuels (ABF) industry. More detailed research and analysis of ABF technologies, feedstock options and economics is contained in an Appendix, which should be read in conjunction with this report.
The report sits in the context of an industry that is still in an early stage of development, with activity to date centred on ethanol and biodiesel production.
Advanced biofuels are defined as liquid fuels derived from sustainable sources of organic matter that do not typically compete with food production, such as wood residues, certain oilseeds, and algae.
The Advanced Biofuels Study was commissioned by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, funded through the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE), to inform the priorities of the Australian Biofuels Research Institute (ABRI). The Study will also inform the development of the Government’s Alternative Transport Fuels Strategy.
This Appendix contains a summary of detailed research and analysis from the Advanced Biofuels Study, and covers advanced biofuel (ABF) technologies, feedstock options and economics.
This Appendix is intended to be read in conjunction with a Summary Report which summarises findings from the Advanced Biofuels Study, identifies priority pathways for the industry and recommends the role Government should undertake in order to facilitate the establishment of an ABF industry.
Chapter two of the Appendix describes the existing biofuels landscape in Australia, including the state of the current biofuels industry and government policies. International policies are also explored, as are Australia’s comparative ABF advantages.
Chapter three identifies sectors in the Australian economy that have the greatest need and ability to switch to ABF, and provides information on the fuel types that will be required.
Chapter four identifies advanced biomass sources and assesses their potential as feedstock for an advanced biofuels industry of scale in Australia.
Chapter five describes the technologies for transforming biomass into a refined fuel, prioritising feedstock and technology combinations into a set of most attractive ABF pathways for Australia.
Chapter six presents the economics of these pathways in more detail, discussing potential cost competitiveness at commercial deployment and further in the future.
In this Study, advanced biofuels are defined as liquid fuels derived from sustainable sources of organic matter that do not typically compete with food production, such as wood residues, certain oilseeds, and algae.