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Researchers discover method to help solar cells self heal

A global team of researchers, lead by Monash University, Melbourne, have made a game-changing breakthrough that could make perovskite solar cells more reliable and efficient.

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CSP green methanol plant firms ties with German fuel giant

Thermal solar company Vast Renewables and German-headquartered energy company Mabanaft have further cemented their partnership with a joint development agreement to advance Vast’s CSP-powered green methanol reference plant, Solar Methanol 1.

RMIT leads global research into solar panel recycling

Melbourne’s RMIT University researchers are in Europe leading an international network focussed on advancing the reuse and recycling of solar panels, including critical mineral recovery.

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Tasmanian shipbuilder inks European partnerships to build all-electric ferries

Tasmanian shipbuilder Incat will team with two European companies to test the waters on building 100% battery-electric powered passenger and car ferries as part of a push to help decarbonise the maritime transport sector.

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Brookfield reaches agreement to acquire majority stake in Neoen

Canadian global asset management company Brookfield has reached agreement for a majority stake in Australia’s largest developer of renewables, France-headquartered Neoen, and is set to acquire a 53.32% stake in pursuit of 100% ownership.

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RWE green lights Australian first eight-hour big battery

Australia’s first eight-hour battery energy storage system is set to go ahead with German energy major RWE announcing it has taken the investment decision and signed key contracts for the Limondale battery project being developed in southwest New South Wales.

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Research shows repaired PV modules can perform with acceptable losses

A research group in Spain has demonstrated the technical feasibility of using repaired solar modules with satisfying results. However it warned that there is an urgent need to define a protocol for evaluating the features of a “viable” repaired panel.

Ingeteam trots out ‘Australian first’ inverter tech at Aldoga Solar Farm

Renewable energy developer Acciona Energia has tapped fellow Spanish company Ingeteam to provide its power conversion and control technology for the 380 MW Aldoga Solar Farm being constructed in Queensland.

RES acquires 320 MW management contract book to boost Australian presence

United Kingdon-based developer Renewable Energy Systems has expanded its presence in the Australian market with the acquisition of Windlab’s asset management portfolio, including the 60 MW Kennedy Energy Park in northern Queensland.

Aggreko backs modular tech for offgrid solar and storage solution

United Kingdom-headquartered mobile power solutions specialist Aggreko has commissioned a new 4.4 MW solar system and 2 MW battery energy storage system to supply renewable power to Northern Star Resources’ Porphyry gold mining operation near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.