Resources sector plays key role in renewable energy: QRC

The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has launched a campaign to highlight the resource sector’s vital role in renewable energy.

QRC chief executive Michael Roche said the campaign would increase public awareness of the commodities used to produce renewable energy sources.

“Apart from creating jobs and producing income for governments to provide essential services, our sector is at the front line of generating alternative energy and materials and, therefore, providing solutions for a sustainable lifestyle, now and into the future,” he said.

Roche added that QLD has one of the world’s highest take-up rates for the use of domestic solar panels, emphasising the particular commodities used to create them.

“Every part of a solar panel is manufactured from mined metals and materials,” he said.

“The panel frames are made from aluminium, which comes from bauxite such as that mined on Cape York and then refined into alumina at Gladstone. The cells are made from silica, tellurium and cadmium.”

He further highlighted wind turbines as major products of the resources sector; its generator consisting of 65 per cent steel and 35 per cent copper.

“Approximately 70 per cent of world steel production uses coking coal as an essential ingredient, and Queensland’s Bowen Basin – as the largest source of seaborne coking coal exports – plays a key role in making wind power a reality,” he said.

He said the campaign will also play a part in ensuring energy security in the state.

“While the role of solar and wind power is no doubt set to grow in Queensland, our coal and gas will help to ensure we avoid the power supply crisis besetting South Australia. Power from Queensland resources will be there when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing.”