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Bigger is better as module makers power ahead

Larger wafer and module sizes have had a profound influence on module power output in recent years but standardisation appears to have taken hold, with no further increases evident in module data, according to Molly Morgan, a senior research analyst at Exawatt, which is now part of the CRU Group.
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Energy ministers reject nuclear, agree consumers will control their energy needs

Australia’s energy ministers have agreed to the development of the national consumer energy resources roadmap to give consumers control over their energy needs, while unanimously rejecting nuclear as too expensive and too slow to meet emissions targets.
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New data exchange shines spotlight on future of consumer energy resources

An industry data exchange co-design is putting consumer energy resources at the beating heart of Australia's energy marketplace, prompted by a 2050 projection of 86 GW of rootfop solar and 27 GW of flexible demand in the national electricity market.
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Rooftop solar retrofit on low-income housing is key to reap $17 billion benefit

An accelerated rollout of rooftop solar and electrification for low-income housing could boost Australia’s economy by $17 billion but is dependent on policy change, according to a new Deloitte Access Economics report.
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PV Lighthouse lands new funding to develop PV modelling platform

Australian software developer PV Lighthouse has secured almost $2 million in federal to drive the continued development of its SunSolve Yield advanced simulation engine that is designed to improve yield forecasting for utility-scale solar projects.
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PM says clean energy ambitions on track despite Fortescue green hydrogen pivot

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese insists Australia is “on track” to become a global renewable hydrogen superpower despite mining billionaire and green hydrogen advocate Andrew Forrest signalling a major slowdown of Fortescue’s ambitions.
Manufacturing

Researchers develop ‘communicative’ PV panels

A German research team is conducting practical tests to see how solar modules with integrated radio technology can be linked to form an overall network. The “communicative” panels should represent a simple and cost-effective solution for monitoring a...
Technology

All indoor PV technologies at a glance

A review of indoor PV cell technologies by an international research team delves into recent progress, characterisation, and design strategies used to develop highly efficient cells. The study presents 250 commercial and laboratory devices, as well as ap...

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Energy startups to power innovative programs to decarbonise grid

Endeavour Energy and EnergyLab have announced they will explore partnerships with 10 leading clean energy start-ups to drive innovation and support Endeavour Energy’s goal of decarbonising the grid.

Grant to support international R&D for critical minerals

A new CSIRO research program will supercharge critical minerals technology and strengthen international collaboration on critical minerals science, under a new grant financed through the Australian Critical Minerals Research and Development Hub (R&D Hub).

2024 clean energy industry award winners announced

The 2024 Clean Energy Council award winners announced on Tuesday evening in Sydney exemplify strong leadership from individuals and organisations contributing to the progress of Australia’s clean energy transformation.

$70 million in first round for Central-West Orana communities

The New South Wales government is accelerating benefits for communities in the Central West Orana Renewable Energy Zone that will be able to apply for $70 million worth of grants as part of the Community and Employment Benefit program.

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No room for nuclear power, unless Coalition switches off rooftop solar

Before renewables came along, coal-fired power stations pumped out electricity (and carbon emissions) 24 hours a day. But now, this type of “always on” baseload power is no longer necessary or commercially viable.

CSIRO brings science, not politics, to electricity cost debate

Some nuclear fans claim Australia’s national science agency has a position on the country’s energy mix. CSIRO Chief Executive Doug Hilton writes that is both wrong and a fundamental misinterpretation of the GenCost report.

Microgrids empowering regional and remote communities across Australia

Small collections of electricity generators, or microgrids, have long been used in disaster recovery, when network supply falters during bushfires or cyclones. But now the technology is being used to provide secure, 24-7 supplies of clean energy in Australian communities where connection to the main electricity grid is but a pipedream.

How companies can bridge gap to net zero and move from talk to transformation

The majority of global companies have set ambitious public targets to reach net zero, but internally many believe there is insufficient effort being made to transform talk of decarbonisation to reality. The team at consulting firm Partners in Performance recently surveyed ~100 senior leaders at global companies to assess the efficacy of their emissions reduction programs.

Coal-free in 14 years as renewables rush in: new blueprint shows how to green the grid – without nuclear

Coal will no longer be burned for power in Australia within 14 years. To replace it will require faster deployment of solar and wind, storage, new transmission lines and some firming gas capacity.

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.

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Broome International Airport to install 400 kW of solar on carpark structures

Broome International Airport has engaged energy solutions company GenOffGrid to install a 400 kW solar covered carpark at its main terminal, to compliment two more systems in the pipeline with a total capacity of 660 kW.

Power purchase agreement bootcamps roll out in New South Wales

A NSW government program is being rolled out for business and local councils that buy over 1 GWh of electricity per year to explain how to procure clean energy from the state’s renewable energy zones using power purchase agreements.

Path cleared for Tasmanian utility to build and partner on 300 MW projects

The way has been cleared for a new generation of solar, wind and hydro projects to be developed in Tasmania with the state government lifting the legislative cap restricting Hydro Tasmania from building or partnering in new large-scale energy generation facilities.

Solar nears 9% of U.S. total electric generation capacity

The monthly energy infrastructure update from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission shows solar accounted for nearly 80% of capacity additions in May, continuing its dominance of new-build generation in the United States.

Hydrogen aviation fuel at a Sydney airport paves way for sustainable flight

Operator of Sydney’s Bankstown Airport has partnered with an Australian electric and hydrogen-cell powered aircraft designer and manufacturer to introduce hydrogen as an aviation fuel on site, paving the way for sustainable flight in Australia.

Bowen warns nuclear power will stifle renewables investment

Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen says that a taxpayer subsidised nuclear power plant program would put investment in renewables on ice, stalling Australia’s energy transition by at least 11 years.

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Enel Green Power buys 1 GW Tallawang hybrid solar and battery project

Renewable energy company Enel Green Power Australia has bought the proposed 1 GW Tallawang solar and battery energy storage project being developed in western New South Wales from British-based global energy company Renewable Energy Systems.

Battery energy storage system en route to remote Tiwi Islands community

A 1.75 MVA battery energy storage system, which is part of a pilot solar and storage project in the Northern Territory governed Tiwi Islands, has passed a testing phase in Darwin and is now bound for the remote Indigenous Wurrumiyanga community to provide 3 MWh of storage capacity.

NZ generator gets green light for 400 MW solar farm

Electricity generator and retailer Nova Energy is moving ahead with what is to be New Zealand’s largest solar farm after receiving the green light to build a 400 MW PV power plant near Taupō in the centre of the country’s North Island.

Adelaide Airport teams with Iberdrola to triple rooftop solar capacity

Adelaide Airport has revealed plans to install a new 2.3 MW PV system on its domestic and international terminal roof, nearly tripling the size of its existing rooftop solar capacity and significantly scaling up its on-site renewable energy generation.

Rio works with traditional owners on Pilbara solar project

Rio Tinto, the nation’s biggest iron ore miner, has reached agreement with Ngarluma traditional owners to pursue the development of an 80 MW solar farm as part of the company’s efforts to decarbonise its vast iron ore operations in Western Australia.

SunCable secures key approval for AAPowerLink project

SunCable’s flagship Australia-Asia Power Link project, the largest intercontinental renewable energy and transmission project in development in the world, is a step closer to realisation after securing the tick of approval from environmental regulators.

Technology

Akaysha progresses plans for 1.6 GWh battery in Queensland

Plans to build another grid-scale four-hour capacity battery energy storage system near the central Queensland town of Gladstone have been submitted to the local council as developer Akaysha Energy continues build up an impressive portfolio of battery storage projects.

Singaporean startup achieves 22.6% efficiency for perovskite solar module

Singfilm Solar said the result has been certified by China’s National PV Industry Measurement and Testing Center.

IEA-PVPS identifies 456 patents in PV module recycling

The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme’s (IEA-PVPS) latest report on solar panel recycling offers a comprehensive review of all existing technologies in this market segment, from pure mechanical recycling to innovative techniques such as light pulse treatment, water-jet cleaning, pyrolysis, and chemical treatments.

Neoen reaches new milestone with Collie big battery

French renewable energy and storage developer Neoen has announced a new milestone for its massive Collie battery energy storage system being constructed in Western Australia with the successful energisation of the 219 MW / 877 MWh first stage.

Potential sites for battery energy storage systems identified in South Australia

South Australian electricity transmission specialist ElectraNet has undertaken a high-level assessment to identify the potential of locations near land it controls as future sites for grid-scale battery energy storage systems.

South Australian solar and BESS development gets green light to proceed

South Australian-headquartered solar farm developer Green Gold Energy has received development approval for its Morgan 110 MW solar and 91.7 MWh battery energy storage system, northeast of Adelaide.

Manufacturing

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Regulator to nominate CEC as solar panel and inverter assurance body

The Clean Energy Council looks set to be reappointed as the product listing body responsible for maintaining and publishing lists of approved solar panels and inverters eligible for use in Australia’s solar rebate program.

Longi, Aiko Solar, TCL Zhonghuan, Tongwei to post H1 losses

Longi says it expects a net loss of CNY 4.8 billion ($980 million) for the first half of 2024, while Tongwei is bracing for a CNY 3 billion loss. Aiko Solar and TCL Zhonghuan, meanwhile, are predicting losses of CNY 2.9 billion and CNY 1.4 billion, respectively.

Anker launches new all-in-one home storage solution

Chinese electronics manufacturer Anker has developed a new all-in-one home storage solution with up to 30 kWh of capacity, available in single-phase and three-phase configurations.

GoodWe unveils double-glass TOPCon bifacial solar modules

GoodWe has developed new double-glass tunnel oxide passivated contact (TOPCon) bifacial solar modules for its Polaris series, available in 530 W and 580 W variants.

UNSW researchers eye redesigned panel as part of recycling plans

Researchers at the University of New South Wales will look to develop a redesigned PV panel that allows for easier recycling having secured $5 million in federal government funding to help transform Australia’s solar panel recycling industry.

TrendForce says 210 mm module shipments surpassed 260 GW in Q1

Market intelligence platform TrendForce says 210 mm n-type technology is “set to spearhead a new industrial revolution.” It expects 210mm modules to account for 78.29% of the large-format module market this year, increasing to 82.51% by 2027.

Energy Storage

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South Australia’s biggest grid-scale energy storage park gets green tick of approval

British-owned energy company Pacific Green has received approval for the first of two grid-scale 500 MW / 1.5 GWh battery energy storage systems at it's Limestone Coast Battery Energy Park southeast of Adelaide.

Akaysha lands $650 million to fund 1,660 MWh Orana battery build

Australian battery storage developer Akaysha Energy has secured a $650 million debt deal that will accelerate the development of what is to be the largest four-hour battery energy storage system in the National Electricity Market.

Greek developer shops Australian solar and battery portfolio

Greece-based resources and renewables company Mytilineos, now known as Metelen Energy and Metals, is looking to sell its Australian renewable energy generation and storage assets, including six operational solar farms totalling 284 MW.

Queensland and South Australian critical mineral processing plant pilots win grants

Australian producers of critical minerals needed for electric vehicles and lithium-ion batteries have received Australian government grants to a combined $13 million to help build diversified supply chains with the support of partners in the USA, Japan and Republic of Korea.

Origin sign exclusivity deal on 250 MW / 1040 MWh battery system in Queensland

Energy retailer Origin Energy has expanded its commitment to the Queensland-based Supernode hyperscale data centre and 250 MW / 4-hour battery energy storage system with exclusivity for the full capacity of the project’s second stage.

Global energy storage fleet to surpass 1 TW/3 TWh by 2033, WoodMac says

According to the latest forecast from Wood Mackenzie, the global energy storage market (excluding pumped hydro) is on track to reach 159 GW/358 GWh by the of 2024 and grow by more than 600% by 2033, with nearly 1 TW of new capacity expected to come online.

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