The Smart Energy Council is today calling on the Victorian Government to only maintain its support of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) if the Federal Government commits to a stronger national emissions target. The renewables sector is booming in Victoria, with a recent large-scale renewable energy auction attracting 3,500 MW of new wind and solar … Continue reading Smart Energy Council wants government support
The Pilbara town of Onslow is set to become the home of Australia’s largest energy microgrid with the awarding of major renewables-focused infrastructure contracts. Horizon Power recently received State Government approval to progress the next phase of its distributed energy resources (DER) project in Onslow which will provide the town with a high level of … Continue reading Australia’s largest renewable energy microgrid powers ahead
Pop-up mobile solar PV could soon replace diesel generators as temporary power supply for military operations, disaster relief efforts and music festivals, thanks to an Australian-made innovation. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $289,725 in funding for Canberra-based ECLIPS Engineering to design, manufacture and test its rapidly redeployable Container Roll Out Solar System … Continue reading Portable solar system could replace generators
MinterEllison has advised Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on its Energy Storing Initiative (ESI) – a funding program that will deliver two large-scale battery storage projects for grid constrained areas in Western Victoria. The projects have the objectives of improving the performance and reliability capability of Victoria’s energy infrastructure, and enabling … Continue reading Two battery storage projects for Western Victoria
The latest Renewable Energy Index (REI) compiled by Green Energy Markets and funded by GetUp, shows that 16,042 rooftop systems were installed over January — supporting 5,337 full-time jobs. The news keeps getting better with another 5,456 jobs set to be created by large scale solar farms which are currently under construction, which will also … Continue reading Solar employs over 10,000 Australians
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
Global data company Elsight has received its first order from the autonomous car manufacturing industry, claiming its new technology will change the way engineers service driverless cars. Based in Tel Aviv, the company is an active participant in the Israeli government autonomous car project, according to a statement of the ASX, which says that its new Elsight … Continue reading New tech to enable driverless car manufacturers
The Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council have welcomed the Queensland Government’s commitment to at least 1,000 MW of new renewable energy projects. “Today’s announcement is great news for Queensland’s economy and environment and tremendous news for Queensland workers,” said John Grimes, Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council and Energy Storage Council. “This … Continue reading Smart, clean, renewable future for Queensland
Solar-PV specialist Sterling and Wilson has announced its expansion into the Australia market. The company plans to construct 500 MW in the coming three years. These projects would attract an investment of AUD$600 million. The target is expected to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 750,000 tons annually. This would generate an employment for more than … Continue reading $600 million investment in solar for Australia
Trina Solar has announced that the Osaka Sangyo University solar car, equipped with Trina Solar’s Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) cells and modules, won the Dream Class of the FIA Electric & New Energy Championship 2017 held at the Suzuki International Racing Circuit. Trina Solar has worked with OSU since 2015. The OSU-Module-S developed by OSU’s … Continue reading Solar Car equipped with Trina Solar’s IBC cells wins Dream Class
Utilising SolarReserve’s proprietary solar thermal energy storage technology, the Likana Soalr Energy Project in the Antofagasta region of Chile, will be comprised of three 130 megawatt (MW) solar thermal towers, each with 13 hours of full load energy storage. With 5.1 gigawatt-hours of total energy storage capacity, the facility will deliver 390 megawatts of continuous … Continue reading Non-intermittent, baseload 24-hour a day solar
To successfully incorporate solar PV, storage and other innovative technologies into Australia’s energy grids without sacrificing grid stability, a holistic, whole-of-network approach is required, says Mark Paterson, General Manager of Horizon Power’s Consumer Energy division. According to Paterson, Horizon Power’s large, sparsely populated regional WA networks are ‘almost a microcosm of the larger electricity grids’ … Continue reading New approach needed for renewables in the energy stakes
A team of scientists from Edith Cowan University has developed what they say is the world’s first commercially viable clear solar glass.
Researchers have developed a semi-transparent organic solar cell that achieves better efficiency and transparency than existing ones, according to a recent study in the Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM).
Tiny metallic-gold particles are being used to convert sunlight into fuel, in a technology developed in SA to store solar energy as an alternative to battery storage.
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.
In our ongoing series talking to industry leaders, we have a chat with Solgen Energy Group executive general manager David Naismith about renewable energy, the solar industry and the challenges borne out of the growing solar power storage sector.
Western Downs Regional Council has approved the biggest solar project in the region – a 300 megawatt solar farm to be constructed by Luminous Energy.
The international trade association for suppliers of broadcast and media technology (IABM) has given its International Award for Excellence in Sustainability to Broadcast Australia for installing a solar battery solution designed and delivered by Photon Energy.