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Works begin on WA’s first pumped hydro solution

Construction has officially commenced on Western Australia’s first pumped hydro project but the state government has indicated it won’t be the last, hinting that the 1.5 MW renewables microgrid being built at Walpole could serve as a blueprint for the roll out of similar projects both nationally and overseas.

Research team takes on lithium-ion tech with sodium-sulphur battery

Researchers from the University of Sydney have created a new sodium-sulphur battery which they say provides four times the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries and is far cheaper to produce, providing the potential to dramatically reduce energy storage costs.

Cell switch boosts power output of Trina Vertex S module

Chinese PV technology manufacturer Trina Solar has launched an upgraded version of its Vertex S All Black module featuring an increased output of about 30 W hoping to capture a significant portion of Australia’s growing residential and commercial solar market.

Neoen nails planning approval for 4 GWh Collie battery

French renewable energy giant Neoen has secured development approval to build a 1 GW /4 GWh big battery in Western Australia as the state government seeks to ramp up energy storage capacity to support its planned transition from coal-fired power to renewables.

Global renewables capacity for hydrogen to surge by 2027, says IEA

The International Energy Agency says that it expects the use of renewables to support global hydrogen production to surge over the next five years. The Netherlands and Denmark, meanwhile, have revealed plans to expand electrolysis capacity.

South Korean steelmaker to invest $60 billion in Australian green steel ventures

South Korean steel producer Posco Group will invest $60 billion (USD 40b) in Australia by 2040 across the green steel supply chain, including in renewable generation, electrolysis and steel making processes.


Vast majority of Australian support home battery subsidy, poll finds

A poll of more than 2,000 Australians has found 78% agree the federal government should expand the national rooftop solar subsidy to include household battery storage. The concept has floated around for the last years, most notably in the form of a federal bill tabled by independent MP Helen Haines, but may have an uptick of support amid spiralling energy prices.


Surprise as CWP Renewables sells to Twiggy Forrest company in $4b deal

Squadron Energy, part of the Forrest’s family’s Tattarang Group, has acquired one of Australia’s biggest renewables players, CWP Renewables. The deal, reportedly worth more than $4 billion (USD 2.7b), came as something of a surprise with Squadron’s bid undetected beside highly publicised offers from Iberdrola, Tilt Renewables and Origin.

Compensation framework for storage proposed by research institute

Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) researchers in the US have developed a new framework to compensate energy storage as a dual-use asset.

Enphase to add up to 7.2 GW of US solar microinverter production capacity

Enphase CEO Badri Kothandaraman has said that the company will build four to six new manufacturing lines in the United States.

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