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Grids & Integration

Transformer shortages: New bottleneck of the energy storage supply chain

Transformer shortages are taking their toll on battery energy storage system (BESS) integrators, as competition in the market intensifies.

North Queensland transmission project gets $1.3 billion injection

The Queensland government has announced $1.3 billion (USD 820 million) package to fund the next stages of its major transmission CopperString 2032 project, targeting construction in mid-2024. The transmission line will connect the critical minerals-rich region of North Queensland to renewable energy projects to hopefully kickstart green processing and manufacturing.

Strategies to develop ‘solar neighborhoods’

Researchers from the Australian PV Institute are part of an international group of scientists that have devised a list of recommendations to support the creation of solar neighborhoods. In a recently published study they highlight the importance of legislative frameworks and advanced computing.

Australia labelled world’s ‘most volatile’ electricity market

Australia’s power market is experiencing the most pricing fluctuations of anywhere in the world, according to research from Rystad Energy. This volatility is a result of unplanned coal plant outages, natural disasters impacting transmission lines, and high solar penetration pushing down midday prices.

Flexible demand standards for pools introduced in the US

To help balance variable renewable generation, California has set flexible demand standards for pool controls. The standards will help the state achieve its target of 7 GW of load flexibility by 2030 while saving consumers money.

Synchronous condensers to form heart of transmission project

Australia’s largest electricity transmission project EnergyConnect has taken another step towards completion with the arrival of two 120 MVA capacity synchronous condensers that will sit at the heart of the Buronga substation in western New South Wales.

Not so fast… the Bouldercombe Battery is not yet back into service after the fire

On September 26, the Bouldercombe battery in Queensland caught fire during its commissioning process. Now, it is being reported the battery facility is already back up and running – which isn’t quite the case, WattClarity’s Paul McArdle explains.

Subsidised charging kit for commercial EV fleets launched with ARENA support

Melbourne-based company JET Charge has today launched its ‘Charging as a Service’ initiative, a subsidised and subscription-based electric vehicle charging solution for commercial fleets supported by ARENA.

HumeLink report casts shadow on Transgrid’s underground costings

Landowners in the path of the multi-billion-dollar HumeLink transmission project claim Transgrid is relying on flawed economics that favour overhead lines with a new report suggesting the network operator’s costings for putting the cables underground are out by almost 60%.

Weekend Read: the solar-battery-EV dream

For those who combine solar, batteries, and electric vehicles (EVs) at home, driving on sunshine is a realistic goal. However, there are many factors to consider when analysing the economic payoffs, as well as the technical possibilities and limitations of such systems.


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