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Transgrid turns to synchronous condensers to safeguard system strength

New South Wales power grid owner Transgrid is looking at rolling out up to 14 synchronous condensers and 4.8 GW of batteries with ‘grid forming’ capability to protect and strengthen the security and stability of the electricity grid as coal-fired power plants retire and more renewables come online.
Energy Storage

Redflow wraps up funding for U.S. battery project

Queensland-headquartered battery manufacturer Redflow has secured almost $20 million in government funding in the United States for a 6.6 MWh zinc-bromine flow battery energy storage system to be deployed in California.
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Sparc inks new deal to progress green hydrogen pilot plant

South Australia-based Sparc Hydrogen has struck an agreement with an international partner that will see it advance the development of pilot testing of its photocatalytic technology to produce commercially viable green hydrogen from water using concentra...
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Former NSW energy minister to chair Climate Change Authority

Former New South Wales energy minister Matt Kean has been appointed the new chair of the federal government's Climate Change Authority.
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Court issues $40,000 fines for rooftop solar licence-sharing scheme

Two Western Australian companies and three people have been fined almost $40,000 for an illegal electrical licence-sharing arrangement involving 25 rooftop solar installations at properties in the state’s southwest.
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National tender flooded with 40 GW of clean energy projects

Australia’s first national Capacity Investment Scheme auction has been inundated with expressions of interest, with the federal government revealing that investors have tabled 40 GW of new renewable energy generation projects such as wind and solar.
Technology

Edify plans solar and storage complex near Queensland coal plant

Australian renewables developer Edify Energy is planning to take advantage of existing infrastructure to maximise its access to the national electricity grid by building a 200 MW solar farm and four-hour duration battery energy storage system near the Ca...
Technology

Weekend read: Time to talk curtailment

It’s time to assess curtailment, as rising amounts of excess generation are being wasted in several markets. This can be problematic for the solar industry but Toby Couture and David Jacobs, coordinators of think tank Global Solar PV Brai...

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Draft rule to provide flexibility for interconnector projects

The Australian Energy Market Commission is seeking feedback on a more preferable draft rule that would address potential barriers to the timely delivery of interconnector projects, ensuring a smooth transition to a net zero future.

Federal and WA governments partner to deliver energy savings for thousands in social housing

Up to 4,300 Western Australian households will benefit from home energy upgades, thanks to a $63. 2 million partnership to upgrade social housing properties across the state.

Astronergy again named overall highest achiever by RETC

Astronergy has once again recognized as the "2024 Overall Highest Achiever" in the PV Module Index by the Renewable Energy Test Center, highlighting its achievement in product quality, performance, and reliability.

Australian Clean Energy Summit 2024 leads nation’s energy conversation

During a time of profound change for Australia’s clean energy transition, the nation’s leading renewable energy industry event, the Australian Clean Energy Summit 2024, powered by Goldwind, will return to Sydney this year.

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Dutton promises energy solutions, nuclear policy still leaves Australians in dark

In 1971 on a family holiday, my father drove us to look at a huge concrete slab at Jervis Bay, on the South Coast of New South Wales. Still visible today, it was the foundation for what would have been Australia’s first nuclear power plant.

Big batteries solve solar issues in California, can they do the same for Australia?

When you graph electricity demand in power grids with lots of solar panels, it looks a bit like a duck, with high points in the morning and evening (when people are relying on the grid) and a big dip in the middle of the day (when many people use their own solar instead and need less from the grid).

Dutton urged to broaden nuclear energy plan beyond electricity

Opposition leader Peter Dutton’s talk of stepping back from Australia’s 2030 emissions targets has created confusion and concern on several fronts, and sparked vigorous political debate over our pathway to a carbon-free future.

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”.

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New South Wales legislates $1 billion clean energy investment body

Legislation to establish the Energy Security Corporation has passed in the New South Wales parliament and will be seeded with $1 billion for accelerating private clean energy investments, and specifically not to invest in nuclear or carbon capture and storage.

Heliostat assembly fast-tracked with automated technology

Germany-headquartered Bosch Australia Manufacturing Solutions has teamed up with Australian solar and long-duration storage company RayGen to deliver automated solutions that accelerate heliostat assembly.

Cyber threats to energy market prompts possible rule change

The Australian Energy Market Commission is considering a rule change to clarify the Australian Energy Market Operator’s role in maintaining the cyber security of the nation’s electricity system.

ACT kicks off 20-year plan toward 100% electrification

The Australian Capital Territory’s first of three Integrated Energy Plans paves the way to an all-electric, zero emissions future, starting with a focus on a just transition for all residents.

U.S. startup claims doubled energy output with terrain-following solar array

United States-headquartered startup Planted Solar uses construction robots and high-density arrays to deliver what the company says are higher energy outputs per hectare and lower balance of system costs.

Batteries on wheels trial gets $3.2 million boost

Over the next three years energy retailer and tech company Amber Electric will trial a software solution for electric vehicle smart charging and bi-directional vehicle-to-grid services to enable consumers using their cars can buy and sell energy to the grid.

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New South Wales Budget opens a $3.5 billion purse to climate change and energy

Climate change and energy received a $3.5 billion commitment in the New South Wales Budget on 18 June, plus $3.1 billon to deliver renewable energy zones, which got an extra $128 million boost to upgrade roads between them and the Port of Newcastle.

European Energy seeks green light for 1.1 GW Queensland solar plant

Danish renewables giant European Energy is seeking federal environmental approval for its plans to build a 1.1 GW solar farm near the industrial city of Gladstone in central Queensland.

Aiko presents ABC solar module with world record efficiency of 25.2%

The Chinese back-contact module maker said its new products rely on the company’s all-back-contact cell technology and feature a temperature coefficient of -0.26% per C.

Virtual power plant connects to community housing

South Australia’s virtual power plant has partnered with community housing provider, Unity Housing, to supply low cost energy to disadvantaged tenants, as part of its fourth phase to connect more than 7,500 households with clean energy.

New $100 million challenge targets 50 GW per year

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has dangled a $100 million carrot in front of the world’s best and brightest solar industry proponents to help lower solar and electricity costs to scale up annual installation in Australia from 5 GW per year to 50 GW.

Sunshine Coast to host Australian first local renewable energy zone

A “nation first” local renewable energy zone will be established on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast as part of a pilot program designed to boost rooftop solar generation, store it and share it locally across the poles and wires infrastructure that already exists.

Technology

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Thermal energy storage tech to bolster industry decarbonisation

Long duration energy storage developer MGA Thermal is one step closer to commissioning its behind-the-meter demonstration plant after receiving a $2.48 million windfall from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Australian manufacturer wheels out first electric bus in WA

The first of 18 electric buses to be manufactured in Perth as part of a joint $250 million Western Australian and federal government initiative has been rolled out as the state pushes ahead with plans to decarbonise its public transport system.

AEMO calls for sustained investment as WA power supply outlook improves

The Australian Energy Market Operator has eased forecasts of a looming capacity shortfall in Western Australia’s main electricity grid but has warned of the need for “substantial and sustained” investment in renewables to replace coal-fired power stations and meet surging demand from customers electrifying their operations.

JA Solar debuts 23.3%-efficient single-glass, anti-dust solar panel

The new module has a power output of up to 650 W and weighs 29.6 kg. It uses JA Solar’s patented anti-dust frame technology, which reportedly enhances drainage and decontamination performance, thus reducing dust accumulation and avoiding hotspot issues.

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.

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.

Manufacturing

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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%.

Energy Storage

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Early site investigations firm plans for 120 GWh pumped hydro project

Plans to build a 5 GW / 120 GWh pumped hydro energy storage system in Queensland’s Pioneer Valley have received a positive boost with geotechnical investigations revealing the site is ideally suited for dam and tunnel construction.

Pacific adds 700 MW NSW solar farm to growing pipeline

Australian infrastructure developer Pacific Partnerships has added one of the largest proposed solar farms in Australia to its growing portfolio, purchasing the development rights for the 700 MW Cobbora Solar Farm and co-located battery energy storage project planned for western New South Wales.

Southeast Asia bets big on pumped hydro with 18 GW tipped by 2033

The increasing role of pumped hydro technology in Australia’s renewable energy transition is expected to be mirrored in the neighbouring Southeast Asia region with international consultancy Rystad Energy tipping the total capacity of operational projects will surge from the current 2.3 GW to 18 GW by 2033.

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 within the next quarter.

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 positive, despite some uncertainties.

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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