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Philippines’ first utility scale battery for grid stabilisation

The first 20MW/20MWh battery energy storage system in the 470MW/470MWh portfolio Fluence is deploying for Filipino conglomerate San Miguel Corp has started serving the island nation’s electricity network.

Singapore secures stake in Australian green hydrogen projects

Singapore’s trillion-dollar sovereign wealth fund GIC has made a “strategic” investment in renewables developer InterContinental Energy, one of the major players behind mega solar and wind-powered green hydrogen projects planned for Western Australia’s Pilbara and southeast regions.

India deal to drive Australian hydrogen startup H2X’s global expansion

Hydrogen vehicle and fuel cell startup H2X has partnered with Indian automotive parts manufacturer and developer Advik Hi-Tech in a deal which will see the Australian company’s products delivered into India and the wider international market.

Coupling photovoltaics with thermoelectric cooling

An international research team has investigated how solar could be combined with thermoelectric coolers (TECs), which are small solid-state heat pumps used either for heating or for cooling. A system was built with six solar panels, an air duct system, four batteries, a charge controller, TECs, an inverter, heat sinks, a test chamber, and condenser fans.

Energy insecurity has Cambodian water factories bottling sunshine

Singapore-based Canopy Power recently completed the installation of a 600kWp solar microgrid on the site of Cambodia’s largest water bottling facility. The solar-plus-storage system takes a lot of the pressure off the factory’s diesel dependence and, in light of a similar completed project by French energy giant TotalEnergies last week in the same region, signals a trend toward the reliability of solar and storage.

Growatt releases battery for off-grid solar

Growatt’s new AXE LV battery covers a wide range of capacities, from 5kWh to 400kWh, and can support off-grid systems with power outputs of 3kW to 30kW.

International partnership pushes Western Australian vanadium electrolyte plant toward reality

Western Australian vanadium explorer Technology Metals Australia and Japanese vanadium redox flow battery producer LE System have decided to tighten their relationship with an expanded Memorandum of Understanding that could see the construction of Australia’s first fully integrated vanadium electrolyte plant proximate to renewable energy hubs and major Australian population centres.

Chinese solar industry may reach 500 GW module capacity by year end

According to Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory (AECEA), this huge capacity may not be met by actual demand in the global market. Furthermore, the consultancy reveals that solar module prices should reach a price level of up to RMB 1.75 (US$028)/W by the second half of the year, and that in 2021 new PV additions totalled 53 GW with more than half of this capacity being delivered by distributed generation.

Researchers claim new efficiency record for solar cell technology

Researchers in Singapore claim to have set a new record for the power conversion efficiency of perovskite/organic tandem solar cells, paving the way for flexible, lightweight, low cost and ultra-thin PV cells.

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Weekend read: Australia to make world’s-first liquefied hydrogen shipment to Japan

The Suiso Frontier cargo vessel docked at Victoria’s Port of Hastings on Friday to take on the world’s first shipment of liquid hydrogen. The ship’s arrival is a landmark for the Japanese-Australian Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain pilot project, which sees liquefied hydrogen generated from brown coal, and an engineering milestone in itself. But while the Australian government describes the product as “clean”, experts maintain that carbon capture and storage technology has proven only to be an expensive failure.

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