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It’s perhaps a bit surprising that Australia—with its sunny self-presentation—is not only the world’s largest exporter of coal, but at 28 billion tonnes of CO2 per year creates the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the world. In tandem with this, the country also has immense potential for generating renewable energy; it really is quite sunny, with large areas of open land and surrounded by water. So much so, claims a report by the University of Melbourne and the collaborative Zero Carbon Australia Project, that the country could be powered by solar and wind energy alone within 10 years—if the political will existed.

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  1. Thomas Cheney February 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Hello, I believe the comment about salt water should be corrected to molten salt heat storage. Salt water would evaporate to steam and require complex pressurized storage. Molten salt is at atmospheric pressure reducing construct costs.

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