With the support of our members, we work to improve the profile, viability and accessibility of renewable technologies, as well as enhance consumer understanding of energy efficiency.
Australia's renewable technologies are at different stages of development and investment.
You can find out more more about the technologies we represent below.
Bioenergy involves efficiently extracting considerable quantities of clean, low-emission electricity from sources such as agricultural crop wastes, plantation wood waste, urban garden and food waste, sugar cane residues (known as bagasse), sewage and animal wastes.
Cogeneration and trigeneration
Cogeneration both generates power and makes use of the heat that is produced during the process. Trigeneration takes this a step further by also producing cooling as part of the process.
Energy efficiency is an effective, immediate means of managing energy needs more sustainably. By utilising new technologies and making simple changes to their behaviour, Australians can reduce their power demands without compromising their lifestyle.
Energy storage will dramatically transform the way the world
uses energy in the near future.
Geothermal energy uses the earth's natural internal heat to generate electricity and heating. Geothermal energy may be stored in granite rocks (often called 'hot rocks') or trapped in liquids such as water and brine (hydrothermal process).
Australia's four main electricity grids and many remote 'island' grids were designed for the reliable delivery of electricity to households and businesses across the country.
Hydroelectricity (also known as 'hydro') is a well-developed renewable energy technology that has been around for more than a century.
Large-scale solar PV
As one of the sunniest countries on the planet, Australia is ideally placed to include large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power as a major part of its energy mix.
Marine energy uses the movement of water to generate electricity from tides, waves or ocean currents. Australia's long, surf-swept coastline is a massive potential source of marine energy.
Off-grid projects are defined as those requiring a power supply above 10 kW and that are not connected to one of Australia's large-scale electricity grids: the National Electricity Market, the South West Interconnected System or the North West Interconnected System.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of homes and businesses use energy from the sun to generate electricity cleanly and quietly. The conversion of sunlight into electricity takes place in cells of specially fabricated semiconductor crystals.
Concentrated solar thermal
Concentrated solar thermal (CST) technology harnesses the sun's power to generate electricity. It uses lenses and reflectors to concentrate sunlight, heating a fluid such as water or oil and producing steam to drive a turbine.
Solar water heating
Solar hot water systems are effective in saving money and energy for consumers while reducing carbon emissions. The purchase of solar hot water technology also supports domestic manufacturing businesses and Australian jobs.
Wind power is currently the cheapest source of large-scale renewable energy. It involves generating electricity from the naturally occurring power of the wind.