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Drone technology delivers transmission first for Powerlink

Queensland network operator Powerlink is claiming a first for the Asia-Pacific region after partnering with Australian technology company Infravision, which uses drones for aerial power line installation, to connect a renewable energy project in north Queensland to the national grid.
Technology

WA green lights first solar project under streamlined approvals process

Yindjibarndi Energy Corporation's ambition to be a key player in Australia's clean energy transition has received a boost with the Western Australian government fast tracking approval for a 150 MW solar project in the Pilbara.
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Enel Green Power secures finance for NSW solar and storage project

The Quorn Park Hybrid Project, that will comprise an 80 MW solar farm and two-hour battery energy storage system, is expected to commence full operations in early 2026 with developer Enel Green Power Australia announcing the construction phase will begin...
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Longi claims 34.6% efficiency for perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell

The European Solar Test Installation has confirmed Longi’s achievement of a world record-breaking efficiency rating of 34.6% for a perovskite-silicon tandem solar cell.
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Weekend read: Southeast Asian solar’s bright future

Ibrahim Ariffin and JP Grayda, from Afry Management Consulting, examine two promising ASEAN markets, the Philippines and Malaysia, and the challenges they face as they strive to hit renewable energy targets. The long-term outlook is broadly...
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CSP green methanol plant firms ties with German fuel giant

Thermal solar company Vast Renewables and German-headquartered energy company Mabanaft have further cemented their partnership with a joint development agreement to advance Vast’s CSP-powered green methanol reference plant, Solar Methanol 1.
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RMIT leads global research into solar panel recycling

Melbourne’s RMIT University researchers are in Europe leading an international network focussed on advancing the reuse and recycling of solar panels, including critical mineral recovery.
Energy Storage

AGL and Origin switch gears on energy transition strategy

AGL Energy has followed suit with Origin Energy to say it will shift from direct investment into renewable energy generation toward decarbonisation targets, favouring alternatives like pumped hydro, gas and batteries.

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New industry training to make energy efficient homes

The Victorian gvernment is bolstering training for the construction industry to design and build energy efficient seven-star rated and all-electric homes across the state ensuring Victoria’s workforce has the right skills to build the homes of the future.

Renewables to power regional jobs with offshore wind zone declared off the Illawarra

The Australian Government has declared an area in the Pacific Ocean off the Illawarra, New South Wales, between Wombarra and Kiama where offshore renewable energy, such as offshore wind, can be developed.

NSW councils’ new home electrification could save households $608 a year

A new report, based on modelling by Strategy Policy Research and commissioned by 350 Australia, shows that electrification could slash the energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions of newly built homes and businesses across New South Wales.

Digital Edge and Peak Energy partner to deliver renewable energy solutions across Asia Pacific

Digital Edge, one of Asia's fastest growing data center platforms with more than 500 MW of secured capacity, and Peak Energy Investments, a leading renewable developer and independent power producer with operations across Asia, have entered into an agreement to pursue renewable energy production projects designed to power Digital Edge data centers across the region.

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Dutton’s new emission goal stance signals ongoing climate war

Opposition leader Peter Dutton this week reiterated the Coalition’s support for the Paris climate agreement, following suggestions he might walk away from the deal. But he fuelled speculation the Coalition plans to scrap Australia’s current 2030 emissions target and confirmed he won’t announce the Coalition’s proposed target before the election.

Energy transformation stirring across suburbia

Much like death and taxes are life’s guarantees, so are warmer days and nights with the Bureau of Meteorology’s long-range forecast predicting Australia to have an 80% chance of above-average temperatures this Autumn.

‘Spilling’ excess power expected – and efficient

In Australia’s electricity system, more and more energy from sunlight and wind is being “spilled” – or not converted to electricity. In the past year, the amount of renewable energy spilled was roughly equivalent to the annual consumption of 750,000 typical households, or three months of consumption for the state of South Australia. Some have attributed these dynamics as being driven by a “solar power glut”.

Why clean energy sector is real winner of the 2024-25 Federal Budget

The 2024-25 Federal Budget had been eagerly anticipated, with expectations high for significant support towards green energy initiatives and green industry players.

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.

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Upsurge of SMEs borrowing to invest in green vehicles and equipment

Green finance for vehicles and equipment is selling like hot cakes in Western Australia where National Australia Bank has seen a 305% increase in loans there in a six month period, and demand for electric bus loans are up 168%, new data finds.

Landmark PPA inked through $700 million program to source 500 GWh per year

Investment fund managers IFM Investors and QIC have inked Australia’s largest power purchase agreement worth $700 million through its infrastructure renewable energy program which has a potential total size at peak of 500 GWh per year.

JA Solar takes top spot on WoodMac’s list of PV module manufacturers

Wood Mackenzie says that JA Solar has taken first place on its list of solar panel manufacturers. Nine of the first 12 positions are held by Chinese manufacturers, seven of them could surpass 100 GW of capacity by 2027, and eight are self-sufficient in cell capacity, according to the research firm.

Queensland budget amps up renewables with $26 billion investment

The 2024–25 Queensland Budget has delivered on its commitment to invest $26 billion into the state’s energy transformation, funding the renewable energy sector and grid infrastructure to progress its legislated target of 75% emissions reduction by 2035.

Jemena partners with Solarig for green hydrogen projects

Spanish renewable project developer Solarig has signed an agreement with Australian electricity and gas company Jemena to collaborate on the development of green hydrogen projects, dropping a pin on regional New South Wales.

Indonesia targets more than 5.7 GW of rooftop solar by 2028

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Indonesia has set a quota of 5,746 MW of rooftop solar to be deployed between 2024 and 2028. The Jakarta-based Institute for Essential Services Reform anticipates rooftop solar to be more commonly adopted by commercial and industrial consumers than residential users, following the abolishment of net-metering earlier this year.

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UNSW team creates vortex generators for passive solar module cooling

University of New South Wales researchers have created vortex generators that can reportedly reduce the operating solar module temperature by up to 2.5 C. They built two different prototypes, based on aluminum and a conductive 3D printable polymer, and tested them under several scenarios in an experimental setting deployed in Sydney.

Modular solar solution helps mining operation shift to renewables

Modular solar specialist 5B’s pre-assembled and relocatable Maverick solar solution has been unfolded in another off-grid hybrid renewable energy project as the decarbonisation of Australia’s mining sector continues.

Frontier Energy boosts Waroona battery duration

Renewables developer Frontier Energy has boosted the duration of the 80 MW battery energy storage system planned for the Waroona Renewable Energy Project being developed near Perth by 12% to 4.5 hours. The first stage of the project is to also include a 120 MW solar farm.

65 MW agrivoltaic project gets consent in New Zealand

United Kingdom renewables company Ethical Power has the green light to develop the agrivoltaic 65 MW Buckleys Road Solar Farm and battery energy storage system in New Zealand’s south island.

AGL tips $150 million into UK-born smart energy platform

Energy major AGL will invest $150 million for a 20% stake in smart energy platform Kaluza in a move the utility hopes will radically transform its retail operations and deliver significant savings.

CEC calls for new policies to support increased uptake of rooftop solar, home batteries

The Clean Energy Council is calling for a unified national strategy to “supercharge” the uptake of consumer energy resources including rooftop solar and home batteries in Australia, saying such a move would deliver more than $22 billion in savings and 18,200 extra jobs by 2050.

Technology

UQ research boosts performance of solid state zinc batteries

Researchers from the University of Queensland have developed a new class of solid electrolytes for rechargeable aqueous zinc-iodine batteries, which has allowed for extended lifespan and high efficiency.

Road trip showcases suitability of charging infrastructure for shift to EVs

A long-haul road trip along Australia’s east coast in an electric vehicle has demonstrated the nation’s readiness for the shift to full battery vehicles with the driver declaring the existing charging infrastructure has made range anxiety a thing of the past.

Troubled solar-wind-storage park finally reaches full potential

After a near six-year delay, the 60 MW Kennedy Energy Park in north Queensland, hailed as Australia’s first fully integrated utility scale solar, wind, and battery project, has finally achieved full commercial operations.

Longi presents 24.4%-efficient 660 W HPBC solar panel

Intended for applications in utility scale PV projects, the new Hi-MO 9 module is available in eight versions with power output ranging from 625 W to 660 W and power conversion efficiency spanning from 23.1% to 24.4%.

Study shows all-electric mine fleet already feasible

The decarbonisation of mining operations continues to find support with a new report showing that an all-electric underground fleet for the Cosmos nickel project in Western Australia would be technically feasible and cost competitive with the existing all-diesel operating fleet that was planned.

Weekend read: Double trouble

Perovskite PV devices are set to become the next big thing in solar with market analysts at S&P Global Commodity Insights predicting 1 GW of production by the end of 2024, rising to 6 GW in 2025. Perovskite tandem devices are at the front of the queue for commercialisation but their characterisation presents technical challenges.

Manufacturing

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Winaico presents bifacial 435 W TOPCon module with 22.30% efficiency

Taiwanese manufacturer Winaico said its newest bifacial, n-type, glass-glass TOPCon compact modules are available in a 435 W aluminum-framed version, and a 430 W full-black version. The module efficiency is up to 22.30%.

Longi denies rumors about factory closures in Southeast Asia

Chinese manufacturer Longi says it is not shutting down its factory in Malaysia, nor it is idling its production lines in Vietnam, but it acknowledges that it is implementing production adjustments at these facilities.

PVEL releases tenth edition of PV Module Reliability Scorecard

United States-headquartered independent test lab Kiwa PVEL has named 53 manufacturers and 388 models – a record number of ‘Top Performers’ in the 10-year history of its PV Module Reliability Scorecard.

Leapton debuts 600-625 W TOPCon solar panel based on rectangular wafers

Leapton Energy says its new panels have a temperature coefficient of -0.30% per C and an efficiency of up to 23.14%. They come with a 30-year power output guarantee for 87.4% of the initial yield.

JinkoSolar claims 33.24% efficiency for perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells

JinkoSolar says it has achieved a 33.24% efficiency rating for its perovskite-silicon tandem solar cells, confirmed by the Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Study finds excessive row spacing has limited effect on improving PV system performance

Scientists in China have tested the influence of panel row spacing in increasing a PV system performance in a full-scale outdoor PV array experimental platform. They found that larger row spacing plays a limited role in improving thermal convection, observing that solar irradiance and wind speed are the key parameters for optimal PV system design.

Energy Storage

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Pacific Blue starts build of 60 MW battery in South Australia

Pacific Blue Australia has turned the sods on construction of its $100 million, 60 MW / 130 MWh grid scale battery at Clements Gap in South Australia and is the company’s first storage system scheduled to commence operation in 2026.

BE Power adds 9.6 GWh pumped hydro project to Queensland pipeline

Queensland’s pipeline of pumped hydro storage projects continues to grow with Victorian-based renewables company BE Power announcing plans to develop an 800 MW / 9.6 GWh project at Mount Alma near Gladstone.

Project Symphony virtual power plant pilot hits right notes for future markets

A West Australian government virtual power plant technology pilot, Project Symphony, has successfully proven rooftop solar, batteries and major appliances can play an integral role in the state’s energy transition and create $920 million in value over the next decade.

Renewable developments not on track to meet targets: CEC report

After a lacklustre 2023, the Clean Energy Council’s new quarterly report paints a positive picture of renewable energy projects’ financial commitments, construction, and commissioning, but warns the numbers fall short of hitting the 82% renewables by 2030 target.

Queensland budget to gift a record $26 billion to accelerate energy transition

The Queensland state budget will deliver the nation’s largest yet green energy investment with a record $26 billion outlay over the next four years, with $8.6 billion ready to go in the next financial year.

Warehouse rooftop solar and batteries could unlock 28 GW

An inert uptake of rooftop solar and battery storage by commercial and industrial business in New South Wales is a 7 GW opportunity missed, and nationally, 28 GW, says Nexa Advisory.

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