As battery storage technology becomes more affordable, more companies are turning to renewable energy as a means of cutting down on energy costs. PACE talks to Total Construction’s James Bolton and Rob Blythman about what needs to be considered when transitioning to solar power. With high power costs looking likely to remain a norm, Australian … Continue reading Powering the factories of the future
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has released a report that outlines renewable energy options for all Australian industrial users of process heat. The report, Renewable Energy Options for Industrial Process Heat, states that abundant opportunities exist for industrial users to switch to renewable energy alternatives to provide process heat. The report considers all industries … Continue reading ARENA releases report on renewable options for process heat
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $8 million in funding to Neoen Australia for an expansion of the Tesla-built Hornsdale Power Reserve battery in South Australia. The $71 million project will see the current battery, which is already the largest in the world, expanded to demonstrate the ability for grid-scale batteries to provide … Continue reading World’s largest battery to be expanded
The federal government will provide $24.2 million in funding and a $90 million loan for a project that will see daytime operations at two Pilbara iron ore mines powered entirely by solar power. Alinta Energy will construct a large solar farm at Fortescue Metals Group’s mining hub in the Chichester Ranges, three hours drive south … Continue reading Two Pilbara mines to be powered solely by solar
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided $1.9 million in funding to Queensland Nitrates to assess the feasibility of the construction and operation of a renewable ammonia plant at its existing facility near Moura in Central Queensland. The consortium, led by QNP and partners Neoen and Worley, proposes to produce 20,000 tonnes per year … Continue reading ARENA funds feasibility study for renewable ammonia production
The federal government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has announced $460,500 in funding to the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity (A2EP) to investigate opportunities for using renewables in process heating in manufacturing. Process heating accounts for the largest share of onsite energy use in Australian manufacturing. Low temperature processes offer the greatest opportunity … Continue reading Federal government funds study into renewables potential for process heating
Australia’s future aerospace and renewable energy engineers are set to emerge from the Hunter following the launch of two brand new degrees at the University of Newcastle (UON). The Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours) are new programs designed to create highly specialised professionals for the jobs of the … Continue reading Jobs of the future to stem from new aerospace and renewable energy degrees
This months Renewable Energy Index released by Green Energy Markets reveals how each of the states feeding into the National Electricity Market (NEM) is tracking for electricity production and consumption. While the NEM is on track to achieve a 33.3 per cent contribution from renewables by 2020, almost a doubling the 17.3 per cent achieved … Continue reading Renewable Energy Index: How are the states are tracking on renewables?
Schneider Electric has launched new services to assist businesses in the adoption of low-cost renewable energy, through power purchase agreements (PPAs) and other projects. According to the Schneider press release, it says the rapid closures of coal-fired power plants and an increase in the price of large-scale generation certificates — two of several converging events … Continue reading Schneider renewable energy services to alleviate energy costs
Cimic Group company UGL has been awarded contracts by Equis Energy to build and maintain the Tailem Bend 127MW Solar Farm in South Australia. The project will generate revenue to UGL of approximately $170 million and is due to commence in early 2018, with power generation to the grid expected in 2019. CIMIC Group Chief … Continue reading Cimic’s UGL awarded $170m contract
Five major pumped hydro energy storage projects and another big battery have received government support in South Australia as the state moves to advance its position as a global renewable energy leader. The former Highbury quarry on the outskirts of Adelaide is slated to become a pumped hydro storage site. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily. The projects, … Continue reading Pumped hydro projects to bolster South Australia’s renewable energy push
SolarReserve, a developer of large-scale solar power projects and solar thermal technology, has opened two new offices in South Australia – its Australian headquarters in Adelaide and a field office in Port Augusta. With Australia identified as a priority market for the global organisation, SolarReserve’s Adelaide team will focus on delivering the Aurora Solar Energy … Continue reading SolarReserve opens Oz headquarters in SA
Australian battery company Redflow has achieved a second manufacturing milestone by successfully producing the first battery electrode stacks from its new factory in Thailand. The battery stack is a critical part of the Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow battery, containing electrodes that charge and discharge the battery by “plating” and “deplating” zinc on a membrane – … Continue reading Redflow starts manufacturing battery stacks at new plant
Applications for the International Engagement Program funding round are now open. The Australian Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has provided $5 million to the program to support knowledge sharing about renewable energy technology with researchers and industry leaders around the world. Funding will be awarded to activities that will help create, collect, … Continue reading $5 million government funding for renewables
What the National Energy Guarantee means for renewable energy jobs, investment, and business opportunities in South Australia will be a key focus of the first South Australia Smart Energy Summit, held in Adelaide on the 9th of November 2017. In the wake of the Turnbull Government’s controversial National Energy Guarantee announcement, CEO of the Australian … Continue reading Seminar about National Energy Guarantee set for November
Australia is becoming one of the most desirable places to implement renewable energy sources, according to a report by global power and utilities company Ernst & Young (EY). The nation has risen from 10th to fifth in the global Renewable Energy Attractiveness Index, which takes into consideration conditions for renewable power in 40 countries. China … Continue reading Australia climbs world renewable energy rankings
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has confirmed it is working with the South Australian Government to develop a financing package to support the accelerated delivery of Australia’s largest grid-scale battery storage project, for the South Australian energy market.
Pumped hydro storage can be used to help build a secure and cheap Australian electricity grid with 100 per cent renewable energy, according to a new study from The Australian National University (ANU).
Chemists from University of Michigan believe redox flow batteries are the best solution to store solar and wind power. Using a predictive model of molecules and their properties, the team has developed a charge-storing molecule around 1000 times more stable than current compounds.
A significant price drop has seen solar batteries skyrocket in popularity. Experts believe that solar battery storage could be the solution to widespread power outages, such as those seen in South Australia over the past few months.