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Long-duration storage key to firm renewables: report

The Clean Energy Council has launched a new report, The Future of Long-Duration Energy Storage, exploring emerging technologies capable of firming renewables in the wake of coal-fired power generation closures.

Queensland targets solar and battery waste stream with $45 million commitment

Queensland businesses can now apply for up to $10 million funding for large-scale recycling projects that tackle commercial and industrial waste and provide recovery solutions for renewable energy technologies, including end-of-life solar panels and batteries.

Sydney property giant signs first-ever matched energy supply agreement

Clean energy technology company Enosi Energy has entered into a first of its kind initiative with real estate investment business EG Funds using a matched energy supply agreement to bulk up renewable energy used by Sydney commercial properties.

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UK developer seeks go-ahead for upsized Queensland solar and storage project

The solar operations and development arm of United Kingdom-based investment group United Green is seeking to develop one of Australia’s largest renewables projects with its application for a 696 MW solar farm and 1,332 MWh battery energy storage system lodged with the federal government for assessment.

Drinks manufacturer to harness solar power at Queensland facility

International beverage company Suntory Oceania has started work on a 3.2 MW rooftop solar install that will help power its new $400 million manufacturing and distribution facility in Queensland.

Australia’s first large-scale solar and storage plant up for sale

Australia’s first large-scale solar and big battery storage installation – the Lakeland project in far north Queensland – has been placed on the sales block with MPower announcing it will use the proceeds to further expand its portfolio of PV and battery storage projects.

CEFC urged to pick up pace with household energy upgrades fund

The federal government has been urged to pick up the pace after the Clean Energy Finance Corporation opened the purse strings on a $1 billion fund that is to support cheaper finance for rooftop solar, home batteries and other energy efficiency upgrades for Australian homes.

Community battery rollout picks up pace adding 980 kWh capacity in NSW

The deployment of community batteries rolls on in New South Wales with network operators Endeavour Energy and Ausgrid both launching new energy storage systems on their networks.

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Weekend read: Enhancing safety in lithium-ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are generally safe and unlikely to fail but they can catch fire if they are damaged or stored or operated incorrectly. There is a tremendous amount of research and engineering effort going into making batteries safer but are technological advancements being rolled out quickly enough?

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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