e-extra September 2019

10 September 2019

Additional resources required to meet summer peaks

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has forecast tight electricity supply-demand conditions in several states for the upcoming 2019-20 summer and highlighted the need for investment in dispatchable resources and transmission.

$40 million for SA's first pumped hydro plant

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced up to $40 million in funding towards the deployment of a pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) project in South Australia.

Construction starts on WA’s biggest wind farm

Alinta Energy has announced that construction has commenced at the Yandin wind farm, which is set to become WA’s largest wind project tapping into some of Australia’s best wind resources.

World-first project to convert biogas from sewage into hydrogen and graphite

ARENA has approved up to $9.41 million in funding to Hazer Group Limited for the construction and operation of a groundbreaking hydrogen production facility in Munster, Western Australia.

Renewable hydrogen to be produced at Brisbane gas facility

ARENA has announced $950,000 in funding for gas company BOC for a renewable hydrogen production and refueling project in Queensland.

$5 million hydrogen study kicks off in Queensland

Central Queensland could be home to Australia’s largest hydrogen project with a 12 month study underway into a plant at Stanwell Power Station.

Major solar and battery project planned for Townsville

Edify Energy plans to build a $400 million solar array and battery storage project to power the Lansdown Industrial Precinct. The project will have a range of benefits, including cheap electricity and 400 local jobs during the construction phase.

Giant water battery for University of the Sunshine Coast

Queensland’s University of the Sunshine Coast is set to slash its grid electricity consumption by 40%, using a combination of 2.1MW of rooftop solar and a massive on-site water battery.

Hybrid energy storage for Monash University microgrid

Monash University turned on what it said was the world-first hybrid energy storage system, combining both vanadium redox flow and lithium‐ion technology.

Oz Minerals looks to wind and solar to power huge nickel project

An Australian mining giant will harness renewables for the bulk of the power for a nickel project in a remote part of central Australia.

Coles agreement secures three new solar power plants

Solar power installations capable of generating electricity for 39,000 homes will be built in regional New South Wales following a landmark 10-year agreement between Coles and global renewable power company Metka EGN.

Sydney Fish Market sustainability innovations

A comprehensive upgrade for the Sydney Fish Markets will reduce consumption and demand while using energy from renewable sources. Plans include use of excess heat to power the hot water system and ambient temperature.

One of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest rooftop solar installations complete

More than 7500 LG NeON2 panels have been installed by Modcol, an Australian electrical company that services large-scale development and construction projects. The 3MW installation is expected to deliver approximately 4800MWh of energy per year, the equivalent of powering more than 7300 homes. 

Apple sorting plant cuts energy use with 1.1MW rooftop solar power station

A 1.1MW industrial solar power station has been installed on the rooftop of an apple processing and packing facility in southeast Gippsland. The project was financed by the Bank of Melbourne’s energy efficiency program, with backing from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Solar-powered furniture provides off-grid connection

A South Australian outdoor furniture brand has developed benches and shelter options for smart cities and regional areas. The smart shelters are built from sustainable timber and steel and have solar-powered lighting, integrated charging ports, Wi-Fi and informational screens that all run off a battery.

$50 million network of ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across Australia

A network of 42 electric vehicle (EV) charging sites, all powered by renewable energy, will be installed at roadside service centres connecting Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and further afield.

EVs already cheaper than petrol cars for fleet owners

New research by ClimateWorks shows that although there is limited choice of EVs currently in Australia, this doesn’t mean councils and organisations need to keep waiting.

Consumer interest in EVs doubles in Australia

New data has revealed that consumer interest in EVs in Australia has doubled over the past year, marking a possible turning point for the local market and the battle to reduce transport-related emissions.

EVs and robo-taxis could deliver $92bn boost to Australia’s economy

The transition to EVs could deliver a massive boost to Australia’s economy, a new report has found, as innovative technologies and mobility options like robo-taxis drive productivity, and slash the costs of pollution and road accidents.

Tesla's model 3 hits Australian streets

Deliveries of Tesla’s Model 3 sedan have started in Australia, over 18 months after the EV’s first launch in the United States. The belated runout is another boost to the accelerating EV industry in Australia.

Plug-in hybrid firetruck for Canberra, a first for Australia

ACT Emergency Services Agency will work with the manufacturer to engineer the ‘Concept Fire Truck’ for Australian conditions. Just one of the new fire trucks would see a reduction in diesel fuel use of 185,000L per year.

Lots of lithium leads to cheaper batteries

Six lithium mines have commenced in Australia since 2017, in the lead-up to the electric vehicle boom. That boom is still to come. This has meant an over-supply of lithium in the medium term, which is driving lower battery prices.

New round of home battery testing to review eight new technologies

ITP Renewables has announced that its Battery Testing Centre program will be extended for a third phase out to 2022, off the back of an additional $420,000 from ARENA.

Renewable solution reaches remote Indigenous communities

Renewable energy is creating jobs and reducing costs and emissions for isolated indigenous communities in Queensland’s far north. The state government will continue to roll out renewable energy to Bamaga, Mapoon, Pormpuraaaw and Doomadgee.

Renewable sources for hydrogen production

The cost of producing hydrogen gas with renewable energy is likely to plummet in the coming decades, making one of the most radical technologies for reducing greenhouse gases economical.

Nuclear inquiry told ‘firmed renewables’ cheapest and best option for future

Experts have told the Australian Government’s inquiry into nuclear power that a mix of distributed renewable energy generation and firming technologies, including battery storage and pumped hydro, remains the best path forward for Australia’s grid.

Victoria introduces bill to lock 50% renewables into law

The Government of Victoria has introduced a bill into parliament that will lock-in the state’s renewable energy target of 50% by 2030.

Newcastle aims for 100% renewables

The New South Wales coal city of Newcastle is honing plans to make local government operations 100% renewable, after a study showed the move would deliver millions in savings.

Unprecedented emissions targets for Aussie air and sea ports

Several major air and sea ports will for the first time have emissions reduction targets through to 2030 and beyond. The targets will reduce emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes CO2 equivalent per year.

New Canberra lab aims to cut energy bills and emissions

A state-of-the art laboratory is to be created in Canberra to test the way all kinds of electrical devices, from air-conditioners to electric cars to pool pumps, could be co-ordinated to cut how much electricity the nation uses.

NSW manufacturer signs major PPA with energy retailer

The Australian arm of global industrial products manufacturer Molycop has signed a renewable energy off-take deal to source more than half of its New South Wales electricity needs from locally generated solar and wind power.

Improved data centre management and energy efficiency

Companies are providing real-time power, thermal and health monitoring and management for individual servers, group of servers, racks and IT equipment. These capabilities allow IT and facility administrators to work collaboratively to increase data center efficiency and uptime.

Renovation greenwashing – ‘eco-friendly’ scams

Greenwashing is a deceptive sales technique manufacturers use to cash in on growing consumer concerns about the environment. Not-so-sustainable products are advertised as 'green', sustainable and eco-friendly. 

Perth home achieves award-winning passive design and sustainability features

Winner of 4 awards, Western Australia’s The Malbec is a showcase of sustainability and innovation.

Lofty energy efficiency conversions

Converting a loft/attic can be an ideal opportunity to tackle energy efficiency in the home, with considerations around lighting, insulation and HVAC needs.

Coating developed by Stanford researchers brings lithium metal battery closer to reality

A new coating developed by a team of researchers at Stanford University could make lightweight lithium metal batteries safe and long lasting, a boon for the development of next-generation EVs.

Solar now cheaper than grid electricity in every Chinese city

Solar power has become cheaper than grid electricity across China, a development that could boost the prospects of industrial and commercial solar, according to a new study.

Solar-powered trains for the UK

Getting the railways off fossil fuels will cut running costs and benefit local communities at the same time as helping to tackle the climate crisis.

Automically thin minerals for green technologies

Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that atomically thin mica, a common mineral found in soil, are excellent proton conductors. This surprising result is important for the use of 2D materials in applications such as fuel cells and other hydrogen-related technologies.

Ellen the electric ferry completes maiden voyage

Ellen is reported to be the world's largest all-electric ferry. The vessel made its first commercial trip earlier in August between two Danish islands.