Energy-efficient appliances and LED lighting will soon be able to power the homes of millions, thanks to the breakthrough of a new Australian company.
Australian energy company AEC Energy has released the latest version of its brand-new product, which uses the acacia tree in Australia.
It is one of many products which will be available in Australia this year that use the tree as an energy source.
AEC Energy says it is aiming to reach a target of 100 per cent acacia energy by 2027, which is roughly equivalent to power production from the United States, Canada and Britain.
“It is not just about the tree,” AEC said.
“The acacia provides a lot of energy as it absorbs a lot more heat than other plants do.”
The company’s chief executive, Tim Dyer, said the technology was already being adopted in Australia, with the aim of getting it into the homes more widely.
The company says its energy-saving products include energy-efficient light bulbs, refrigerators and energy-efficiency doors.
Energy-efficient lighting is already in use in many homes in Australia with the Australian Institute of Water and Power estimating that up to 20 per cent of the homes will be energy-independent by the end of the decade.
However, AEC is not yet sure whether it will reach 100 per year with the acacias power.
Acacia trees are growing rapidly across Australia, but some areas have not yet been able to grow them.
As part of its expansion, Aec has been developing a new product to capture energy from the trees as well as the surrounding environment.
To achieve this, it has designed a small energy capture system that can capture and store electricity from acacia trees and convert it to electrical energy, similar to how solar panels work.
But the company said it would not be able in time to achieve 100 per day, as it has to focus on making the product more sustainable and energy efficient.
“We need to focus the energy captured on the acanac trees, rather than on the other things like power, water and gas,” Mr Dyer said.
He said the company hoped to release its first product in 2021, but added that it was not ready to reveal the price.
Mr Dyer also said it was important to note that the technology would only be available for a short period of time, as there was not enough acacia to grow and harvest.
ABC/wiresTopics:energy-and-utilities,energy-environment,energy,climate-change,environment,science-and‐technology,environmental-impact,climate,federal-government,australiaFirst posted March 03, 2021 09:08:39Contact Chris RennisonMore stories from New South Wales