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Turnbull lands deal for pumped hydro projects in Upper Hunter

Former Australia prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has been awarded a contract to develop two large-scale pumped hydro projects on water reservoirs owned by the New South Wales government in the Hunter Valley.

Demand sites join big batteries in making most of new FCAS markets

Big batteries now dominate the provision of the frequency control ancillary services required to maintain power system security in Australia’s main grid but demand side services company Viotas says there is room for more players in the increasingly lucrative market.

GFG signs green hydrogen deal for Whyalla steelworks

The South Australian government has struck a deal with GFG Alliance to explore a green hydrogen offtake agreement as the company seeks to phase out coal-based steelmaking at its Whyalla iron and steel plant in the state’s Upper Spencer Gulf.

Renewed push on agrivoltaics could help resolve conflict in rural communities

With opposition to large-scale renewables transmission projects being expressed in some rural and regional communities, solar’s ability to be coupled with agriculture could present opportunities for collaboration rather than conflict.

Premier Energies unveils 590 W TOPCon bifacial PV modules

Indian manufacturer Premier Energies says its n-type TOPCon bifacial glass-backsheet modules are available in power outputs of 555 W to 590 W, with an efficiency rating of up to 22.83%.

Record-breaking native demand for Australia’s NEM and Victoria

Thursday, Feb. 22 marked another day in Australia’s energy records, along the Eastern seaboard. The hot and sunny conditions led to notable maximums in energy demand and supply.

Horizon Power presses go on Smart Connect Solar in Carnarvon

Horizon Power has introduced Smart Connect Solar in Carnarvon, Western Australia, to bolster grid stability and enable broader rooftop solar adoption. The program, set for state-wide expansion by 2024, promises enhanced energy management, consumer savings, and supports the region’s net-zero emissions goal.

QLD adds $210 million to battery industrial strategy

The Queensland government is adding a further $210 million in pursuit of establishing a battery production industry in the state. The sum brings the total committed to its Battery Industry Strategy to $570 million.

RMIT researchers invent water battery with large-scale grid potential

A global team of researchers and industry collaborators, led by RMIT University in Melbourne, have invented recyclable “water batteries” that potentially mitigate safety concerns for large-scale grid energy.

South Australian VPP project shortlisted for Premier’s Excellence Awards

South Australian premier Peter Malinauskas has announced the finalists for the 2023 Premier’s Excellence Awards. Amongst the finalists, the Department for Energy Mining South Australia has garnered recognition for its collaborative venture with Housing South Australia on the pioneering South Australia’s Virtual Power Plant initiative. 

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