Energy is essential to the global economy and underpins the lifestyle Australians enjoy today. The challenge for many in the energy industry is continuing to meet the growing demand for energy, while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.
The Australian energy and utilities industry leads the way with innovation, experimentation, and research. It’s far from being a traditional industry in which things seldom change. This is particularly noticeable in the private sector, both with large and small energy organisations.
Within Australia, a number of energy industry players are beginning to transition their business towards a low-carbon model. Shell Australia is one such example. Best known as an oil and gas company, Shell has begun to focus on implementing energy alternatives. Within Australia, Shell is building a ‘one-stop energy shop’ which will help drive the energy transition by producing electricity from renewable sources, natural gas for power generation and industry, and offering lower-carbon fuels.
To make this possible, Shell acquired ERM Power. ERM Power is a leading commercial and industrial electricity retailer in Australia, with two gas-fired generation plants. Shell also acquired sonnen, a leader in smart energy storage systems with a manufacturing presence in Australia, and more recently a 49% stake in ESCO Pacific, one of Australia’s largest solar developers. Shell is also building their first industrial-scale solar farm in Queensland. This farm will generate up to 120 megawatts of solar electricity from about 400,000 photovoltaic panels.
Students with a passion for energy and renewable technology will be critical for many within the energy industry who are beginning their transition towards a low-carbon economy. Graduates within Shell already have the chance to work on projects such as solar farms, negotiations with customers, and new energy acquisitions.