eBook Energy in Australia, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 3319029401
  • ISBN-13: 9783319029405
  • DDC: 333.790994
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 91 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014
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Overview

With rapidly declining costs and seemingly unlimited sunshine, the choice of solar in Australia seems obvious. Yet despite its many advantages, homes with solar remain completely dependent on the electricity grid for reliable supply, which in Australia implies mostly coal-fired generation. Indeed, even countries that have invested heavily in solar, such as Spain and Germany, have been unable to deflect the trajectory of fossil fuel dependence.The reasons for this apparent paradox are varied, and this book provides a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the practical applications of photovoltaics (PV) in modern electricity systems. While the conventional life-cycle assessment (LCA) boundaries as prescribed by the IEA-PVPS provide a consistent methodology for comparing evolving PV technologies, the narrow boundaries exclude many critical downstream energy costs. Similarly, simple cost comparisons of PV versus conventional power sources overlook the significant economic and energy costs of intermittency and grid integration. Yet distributed storage, which could provide potentially valuable network support, is frequently given a low priority by advocates of solar.Treating PV as an extension of, rather than as a substitute for, the fossil fuel enterprise enables a more productive discussion of PV’s potential role in electricity generation. The sunburnt country of Australia, which has a modern electricity system, is an ideal case study for exploring the potential of solar PV. With a focus on rooftop solar, energy storage, grid integration, and electricity system issues, Energy in Australia offers valuable insights into the practical challenges of solar power.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Preface.
Acknowledgment.
Contents.
1: Introduction: One Million Solar Systems.
2: Quarry Australia: Building Australia on Coal.
3: Towards Optimized Complexity: Integrating Intermittency.
4: Electricity Networks: Managing Peak Demand.
5: EROI of Solar PV.
6: Driving Down Emissions: The Role of Carbon Pricing.
Conclusion.
Index.