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Evolution pushes ahead with 20 GWh pump hydro project

Australian miner Evolution Mining is moving on a $7 billion plan to build a 2 GW / 20 GWh pumped hydro electricity generation facility in the pit of a 20-year-old gold mine in southeast Queensland.
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Brookfield reaches majority stake agreement in Neoen

Canadian global asset management company Brookfield has reached agreement for a majority stake in Australia’s largest developer of renewables, France-headquartered Neoen, and is set to acquire a 53.32% stake in pursuit of 100% ownership.
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Experts plug in top tips to fast track Australia’s EV transition

A team of researchers from the University of Queensland has detailed five key recommendations needed to accelerate Australia’s transition to electric vehicles and ready the country’s infrastructure for an ‘influx’ of EVs.
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Squadron plans 2 GW renewables project for South West REZ

Andrew Forrest’s Squadron Energy has lodged documents with the New South Wales government in a forward step on its proposed 2 GW Koorakee Energy Park that is to include a 1 GW solar farm and 1 GW of wind energy backed by a 1 GW / 12 GWh battery energy ...
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Austrian startup offers double-axis tracking system for agrivoltaics

Anywhere Solar says its new trackers have a module area of 75 m2 and can host PV systems up to 19 kW in size. When deployed horizontally, the systems allow vehicles up to 4.3 meters high to pass underneath.
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Zen Energy links with Japanese subsidiary on green hydrogen path

Australian renewable energy gen-tailer Zen Energy has teamed with DGA Energy Solutions Australia, a subsidiary of Japanese trading giant Mitsubishi Corp, to co-develop green hydrogen projects and advance Mitsubishi’s decarbonisation goals.
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Relectrify seeks to scale up after attracting international investors

Australian battery technology startup Relectrify plans to scale up the adoption of its cell-level battery control technology by international manufacturers of grid-scale and commercial and industrial battery energy storage systems after closing a multi-m...
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Horizon on hunt for renewable solutions for Kimberley communities

Western Australian regional energy provider Horizon Power has begun the search for electricity supply solutions that maximise renewable energy sources like solar to power five remote communities in the Kimberley region, reducing their reliance on fossil-...

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City of Newcastle backs zero emissions future with hydrogen truck trial

Bin morning will become quieter and cleaner for Newcastle residents after councillors voted to add a hydrogen-powered truck to the City of Newcastle waste collection fleet.

Trina Solar enters into strategic partnership to drive RE100 developments in South Korea

Trina Solar, a global leader in smart PV and energy storage solutions, has signed a memorandum of understanding with two Korean companies to develop solar projects in Korea totalling 100 MW by end of 2025, helping to accelerate the RE100 movement in the country.

Sunwiz honours Sungrow as top solar inverter brand in Australia for 2023

Sungrow, a global leading PV inverter and energy storage system provider, was honoured with the prestigious Top Solar Company Award 2023, recognising it as the leading inverter brand in the country by Sunwiz, a leading Australian solar industry authority.

GoodWe donates to CLRS’ latest disability housing project

GoodWe has contributed to Community Living and Respite Services’ latest housing project for people with disabilities by donating solar inverters, helping long-term energy cost reduction for the new homes.

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Perfect recipe for accelerating residential battery uptake emerges

There are signs that Australian residential battery installations are set to rapidly increase. The appetite among the general public is there, and the conditions for growth are in place. In addition, fees for homeowners and small businesses exporting solar energy to the grid are coming our way.

Government’s cash splash aims to kickstart Australia’s battery industry

Australia has a new National Battery Strategy, unveiled as a key part of the federal government’s Future Made in Australia agenda. The vision is for this country to be making batteries with secure supply chains by 2035.

Will government investment make green hydrogen a reality in Australia?

In the budget last week, the federal government was keen to talk about its efforts to turn Australia into a renewable superpower under the umbrella of the Future Made in Australia policies.

Clean energy slump – why Australia’s renewables revolution is behind schedule, and how to fix it

For years, the electricity sector has been the poster child for emissions cuts in Australia. The sector achieved a stunning 26% drop in emissions over the past 15 years, while other sectors have hardly budged. The share of renewable energy has gone from 7.5% to more than 30% in that time.

Gas strategy huge misstep on Australia’s partway to decarbonised future

The Future Gas Strategy released by Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King is a massive misstep in the context of the strides the Albanese government has been making in pivoting to our economic future as renewables powered zero-emissions trade and investment leader.

Battery energy storage is ‘must-have’ to realise Australia’s renewable potential

Australia is in critical need of robust planning of distributed battery energy storage systems to increase network flexibility alongside the development of new generation resources and transmission infrastructure.

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Energex teams with Origin to explore neighbourhood battery benefits

Queensland government-owned energy company Energex is pushing ahead with the deployment of up to 35 pole- and ground-mounted community batteries in the city of Ipswich as it explores how to best store and reuse solar energy from the state's approximately 1 million rooftop solar systems.

SEI teams with ACEnergy to deliver 270 MWh of distributed battery projects

Australian energy infrastructure asset owner and manager Sustainable Energy Infrastructure is set to broaden its development strategy, teaming with renewables developer ACEnergy to roll out an initial tranche of seven battery energy storage systems with a combined capacity of approximately 35 MW/ 70 MWh.

Tasmania launches consultations on first renewable energy zone

Consultation on Tasmania’s proposed first coordinated renewable energy zone in the state’s northwest has begun, putting the Apple Isle a step closer to its legislated target to be 200% powered by renewables by 2040.

Renewable manufacturing costs up to 200% lower in China, says WoodMac

Wood Mackenzie says in its latest report that low prices and integrated supply chains allow Chinese manufacturers to supply more than 65% of total global demand for renewables equipment, with its exports growing by 35% between 2019 and 2023.

Report lists strategic recommendations to boost BIPV rollout

A new report from the International Energy Agency’s Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme presents a suite of strategic recommendations aimed at taking building integrated photovoltaics from niche market to mainstream.

NSW plans 390 new charging sites to accelerate EV uptake

Jolt Charge will install 65 free electric vehicle charging sites across Sydney in the coming 12 months after the New South Wales government committed $4.1 million to support the largest rollout of public kerbside electric vehicle chargers in the country.

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RWE green lights Australian first eight-hour big battery

Australia’s first eight-hour battery energy storage system is set to go ahead with German energy major RWE announcing it has taken the investment decision and signed key contracts for the Limondale battery project being developed in southwest New South Wales.

Sharp unveils new TOPCon solar modules

The Japanese electronics manufacturer has launched the NU-JC440 and NU-JC430B panels with efficiencies of 22.53% and 22.02%, respectively. Both products are IEC/EN61215 and IEC/EN61730-certified and rely on M10 wafers.

Sungrow supplies technology for CleanPeak solar and storage install

CleanPeak Energy has selected Chinese manufacturer Sungrow to provide the inverter and battery technology for a 5 MW rooftop PV and 11 MWh battery energy storage system being installed atop biscuit manufacturer Arnott’s Group’s production facility in western Sydney.

Miner turns to car park solar roofing system for off-grid solution

The versatility of solar mounting manufacturer and balance-of-system provider Clenergy’s ezShade 2.0 solar shade system has been put to the test with the solution at the core of a standalone power system fuelling an off-grid communications site in remote northern Queensland.

Renewables must triple by 2030 to hit net-zero by 2050, says BloombergNEF

BloombergNEF says in a new report that solar and wind must drive most emissions cuts before 2030 to stay on track for net zero by 2050. Its net zero scenario targets a combined solar and wind capacity of 31 TW by 2050.

Renewable energy projects predicted to drive $20 billion construction boom

Spending on building renewable energy infrastructure is forecast to peak at $20 billion in 2026, stimulated by the Australian government’s target of 82% electricity from renewables by 2030, but caution remains over workforce capability.

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Ikea aims to drive EV uptake with nationwide charging network

The Australian arm of Swedish furniture giant Ikea will partner with Melbourne-based electric vehicle charging infrastructure company Jet Charge to establish a national charging network at its stores across the country.

Hitachi to deliver ‘Australian first’ converter tech for Marinus Link

Hitachi Energy has been tapped by Marinus Link to provide key voltage converter technology for the high-voltage transmission project that is to augment the existing connection linking the mainland Australian and Tasmanian electricity grids.

Weekend read: Déjà vu on the polysilicon market

Haven’t we been here before? The polysilicon industry is shifting from shortage to oversupply but a few things are different from market cycles of the past, as Bernreuter Research founder Johannes Bernreuter explains.

Victorian networks open tender for flexible demand solutions

Distributed network service providers CitiPower and Powercor’s first flexible electricity competitions in Victoria are now open with the operators seeking third-party options to help solve constraints and deliver flexible capacity across their networks.

NT community claims ‘Australian first’ with solar-powered microgrid

Residents in the remote Northern Territory community of Marlinja are preparing to power up what is being described as Australia’s first 100% First Nations-owned and grid-connected solar microgrid.

Research shows repaired PV modules can perform with acceptable losses

A research group in Spain has demonstrated the technical feasibility of using repaired solar modules with satisfying results. However it warned that there is an urgent need to define a protocol for evaluating the features of a “viable” repaired panel.

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Stationary energy storage key priority in new national battery strategy

The Australian government has announced its new multi-billion-dollar National Battery Strategy aiming to boost the country’s domestic battery manufacturing capabilities and critical minerals processing capacity.

Bowen targets 20% market share with Solar Sunshot

Australian Energy Minister Chris Bowen believes the federal government’s $1 billion Solar Sunshot initiative could result in domestic manufacturing providing 20% of the nation’s PV panel needs by the end of the decade.

New dates, rules for 2025 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

The organisers of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge have announced a new set of dates for the 2025 edition of their unique 3,000-kilometre solar car race across the Australian continent, along with some regulation changes.

Alpha presses go on high-purity alumina refinery

Queensland aluminium materials manufacturer Alpha HPA says it will establish the world’s largest single-site high-purity alumina products refinery after reaching a final investment decision on the second stage of its processing facility in Gladstone.

Rooftop PV market faces profit squeeze as sales slow

Rooftop PV is the fourth largest source of electricity generation in Australia, providing about 11% of the country’s power supply, but solar industry analyst SunWiz has cautioned the market to brace for a challenging period.

Leapton Energy launches 20.48 kWh residential battery

Japan’s Leapton Energy has developed a 20.48 kWh residential battery energy storage system featuring storage capacities starting at 5.12 kWh, utilising lithium iron phosphate technology.

Energy Storage

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CEFC confirms $490 million commitment to accelerate NSW grid transformation

Development of the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone is predicted to now accelerate with the federal government’s green bank announcing a $490 million commitment to support the development of key grid infrastructure in the New South Wales central west.

Renewables sector hauls two-year Eraring extension over the coals

The New South Wales government has confirmed the Eraring Power Station will remain open two years beyond its planned 2025 closure date, with the black coal-fired power plant to now remain in operation until August 2027, with the potential for a further extension until April 2029.

NSW awards new funding to accelerate 6.5 GWh of battery projects

Grid connections for four battery energy storage projects with a combined capacity of more than 6.5 GWh are to be fast-tracked by the New South Wales government as it seeks to ensure electricity reliability as coal-fired generation exits the system.

CSIRO analysis reveals large-scale solar still cheapest electricity technology

The CSIRO GenCost report shows renewables remain the cheapest new build electricity technology in Australia, with utility-scale solar emerging as the golden child, despite inflationary pressures, supply chain constraints and costs associated with additional storage and transmission.

Ausgrid backs community battery to boost network stability

New South Wales distributed network provider Ausgrid has powered up its third battery energy storage system under the federal government’s $200 million Community Batteries for Household Solar program.

Delays in energy transmission and generation projects trigger reliability warnings

The Australian Energy Market Operator has issued new warnings of potential breaches in the reliability standards for the National Electricity Market in coming years due to delays in key transmission projects and looming retirements of coal-fired generators.

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