Marginal Loss Factors: final determination

10 May

AEMO has today released the final marginal electricity loss factors (MLFs) that will apply from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 for electricity generation and loads connected to the National Electricity Market (NEM).

The final determination follows the publication of draft MLFs in March and April, and incorporates new information subsequently received by AEMO.

AEMO calculates MLFs for the NEM transmission grid every year. After publishing initial draft electricity loss factors for 2019–20 in March 2019, AEMO became aware that some information previously received by AEMO no longer reflected expected commissioning schedules for several new generation projects.

AEMO deferred finalisation of the 2019–20 MLFs to give proponents an opportunity to provide the most recent and accurate information for AEMO to use in the MLF calculations. Updates were requested for 46 projects, with 29 providing AEMO with updated generation profiles. 

AEMO has recalculated all MLFs based on this updated information from proponents. This has resulted in changes to the MLFs from the draft factors published on 1 April 2019, including material changes for areas of Northern Queensland, South West New South Wales and North Western Victoria.

The location of new generation has a significant impact on the size of loss factors. In the near term, AEMO is committed to providing the market with as much transparency as possible about where new generation is expected to connect to the grid. AEMO is also considering more frequent MLF update publications which may assist in identifying changes and trends, as well as working with industry and the AEMC on possible options to reduce the impact of large year on year changes in MLFs.

In the longer term, Australia will need a stronger energy system to transport energy from where it is produced with fewer losses, to where it is consumed, minimising costs to consumers. AEMO’s Integrated System Plan is a blueprint for Australia to do just that. We need to start implementing this now.

We look forward to working with the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and market participants to find improvements in how losses in the system are accounted for.

Source: AEMO

 

IPCC updates methodology for greenhouse gas inventories

13 May

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on Monday an update to its methodology used by governments to estimate their greenhouse gas emissions and removals.

Governments are required to report their national greenhouse gas inventories — comprising estimates of greenhouse gas emissions and removals — to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) including under processes such as the Kyoto Protocol and Paris Agreement.

The updated IPCC methodology improves this transparency and reporting process by ensuring that the methodology used to determine these inventories is based on the latest science.

The new report, the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (2019 Refinement), was prepared by the IPCC’s Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI). A plenary session of the IPCC Panel in Kyoto, Japan, adopted the report’s Overview Chapter and accepted the main report.

“The 2019 Refinement provides an updated and sound scientific basis for supporting the preparation and continuous improvement of national greenhouse gas inventories,” said Kiyoto Tanabe, Co-Chair of the TFI.

The 2019 Refinement provides supplementary methodologies to estimate sources that produce emissions of greenhouse gases and sinks that absorb these gases. It also addresses gaps in the science that were identified, new technologies and production processes have emerged, or for sources and sinks that were not included in the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.

It also provides updated values of some emission factors used to link the emission of a greenhouse gas for a particular source to the amount of activity causing the emission. Updates are provided where authors identified significant differences from values in the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.

Over 280 scientists and experts worked on the 2019 Refinement to produce many changes to the general guidance as well as methodologies for four sectors: energy; industrial processes and product use; agriculture, forestry and other land use; and waste.

“Our authors have examined a wide range of inventory methodologies and updated them where scientific advances and new knowledge made this necessary, following the IPCC decision,” said Eduardo Calvo, Co-Chair of the TFI.

The 2006 IPCC Guidelines continue to provide a technically sound methodological basis for measuring national greenhouse gas inventories. The 2019 Refinement updates, supplements and elaborates them where the authors identified gaps or out-of-date science. The 2019 Refinement is to be used in conjunction with the 2006 IPCC Guidelines.

The meeting of the UNFCCC’s subsidiary bodies in June 2019 will provide a first opportunity for Governments in the UNFCCC to receive and review the updated methodology, and determine the best pathway towards implementing the 2019 Refinement.

“The 2019 Refinement is to provide an updated scientific basis for supporting the preparation of national greenhouse gas inventories. I would like to thank the authors of the 2019 Refinement for their dedication and diligent work updating this methodology, which provides transparency that is vital to international efforts addressing dangerous climate change,” said IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee.

The IPCC’s 49th Session in Kyoto also transacted other business, including consideration of a report from the IPCC Task Group on Gender.

Source: IPCC

 

EnviroMission Limited – removal from Official List

13 May

EnviroMission Limited (ASX: EVM) (“the Company”) wishes to advise that it has been unable to meet the requirements for relisting on the ASX and will be removed from the Official List of the ASX from the commencement of trading on Tuesday,14 May 2019.

As an unlisted public company EnviroMission will continue a “business as usual” approach, concentrating on current capital raising negotiations and the ongoing development of solar tower technology. EnviroMission will continue to examine opportunities to list the company in another jurisdiction, as discussed at the recent AGM.

EnviroMission will continue to communicate through emails to subscribers of the EnviroMission website. Information via media releases will also be used for broader communication to the public domain.

Source: EnviroMission

 

PROJECT NEWS

Orange Grove Solar Farm

Orange Grove Solar Farm Public Meeting

09.00am Tuesday 04 June 2019

VENUE

Smithurst Theatre, Gunnedah Civic Centre

83 Chandos Street, Gunnedah

CONTACT INFORMATION

Philippa Vale 02 9383 2115

SPEAKER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

05.00pm Friday 24 May 2019

The meeting will be open to the public to observe the proceedings; however, if you would like to apply to speak at the meeting you must register before 5 pm on Friday 24 May 2019, by:

Completing the Registration Form and emailing it to ipcn@ipcn.nsw.gov.au. We will then notify you if your request to speak has been accepted. 

Because we know some people find public speaking trying, and there will be others who cannot attend on the day, we will accept written comments up to one week after the public meeting. Written comments are weighed the same as spoken presentations.

For further details, please see the Notice for the Public meeting.

This public meeting will be recorded, and a written transcript published on our website. Speakers should familiarise themselves with the Commission’s ‘Public Meeting Guidelines’ prior to presenting to the Panel.

The Commission reserves the right to cancel or postpone a public meeting without prior notice at its discretion, including on the advertised day of the public hearing. Where a public meeting is postponed or cancelled, the Commission will publish a statement to this effect on its website as soon as is reasonably practicable after the decision to postpone or cancel the public meeting has been made

If you have any questions about the public meeting process or Commission's role with the project, please contact the officer assisting the Commission, Bradley James, on (02) 9383 2100.

 

PROJECT NEWS

West Wyalong Solar Farm

The federal Department of the Environment & Energy has declared Lightsource Development Services Australia’s proposed West Wyalong Solar Farm in NSW “not a controlled action” under the EPBC Act. The proposal is to develop, construct, operate and eventually decommission a 90 MW solar farm and associated infrastructure north of the township of West Wyalong within the Bland Local Government Area.

 

Solar labourers to down tools as absurd new Queensland regulations kill local jobs

13 May

Many labourers and trades assistants on solar farms and commercial solar installations across Queensland will need to down tools today, as a rushed new regulation from the Palaszczuk Government hits home.

Anna Freeman, the Clean Energy Council’s Director of Energy Generation, said the new regulation –which will apply to projects of 100kW or more – had been brought in with virtually no consultation and very little warning.

“Across Queensland in the last few days, businesses have been asking labourers to down tools, and scrambling to source electricians to take over the straightforward task of panel mounting,” she said.

“The affected workers were trained, experienced and entirely capable of doing the mechanical tasks of mounting unconnected solar panels. The mounting of electrical equipment is not even classed as electrical work under the state Electrical Safety Act (2002), and it could easily be performed by local labourers and trades assistants as it has to date.

“This new regulation is like requiring university librarians to be fully qualified professors, or cafe wait staff to be qualified chefs. It’s absurd,” she said.

Ms Freeman said projects will be delayed where electricians cannot be found to do the work, exposing businesses to hefty penalty payments.

“The higher costs associated with imposing this change mean that investment in Queensland will slow and some investment decisions will be shelved. We have already been told by a number of our members that their projects now look more uncertain due to this new regulation,” she said.

“We are particularly concerned about this regulation locking communities out of many employment opportunities at solar farms in regional parts of the state, in return for expensive fly-in fly-out arrangements with electricians from metro areas. We need to be doing more – not less – to maximise the local employment opportunities from the clean energy transition.

“In the short term, Queenslanders can expect the asking price of electricians to increase, due to the sharp increase in electricians that will be required to complete large-scale solar projects.”

Ms Freeman said that the industry was deeply disappointed that the Palaszczuk Government, which had otherwise been very supportive of clean energy, would impose such a costly change without consultation, and without a single safety incident or breach demonstrating the need for the change.

“We think that this puts Queensland’s chances of reaching its 50 per cent renewable energy target at risk. We are calling on the government to rethink this costly and pointless regulation and come back to the table to find an alternative approach to dealing with its stated safety concerns.”

Source: Clean Energy Council

 

Hydro Energy Joint Venture

14 May

Highlights

Pacific American Coal Limited (ASX: PAK) is pleased to announce that it has identified a significant opportunity in alternate energy projects in the Pacific Region and entered into a joint venture agreement with a leading Austrian hydropower turbine manufacturer Global Hydro Energy GmbH (“Global Hydro”).

Key elements of the comprehensive joint venture agreement, signed with world class technology partner Global Hydro, include:

  • PAK and Global Hydro are to form a new Singaporean based joint venture company to be called Global Pacific Hydro (“GP Hydro”).
  • PAK and Global Hydro are to each own 50% of GP Hydro.
  • PAK’s minimum investment in the new venture is US$50,000 with additional investment tied to achieving specific milestones.
  • GP Hydro will be focused on micro hydro and hybrid projects in the Pacific Region including Australia.

Commenting on the signing of the joint venture agreement with Global Hydro, PAK Chairman Geoff Hill said:

“This is a very exciting initiative for PAK and our shareholders. The board has been reviewing additional investment opportunities for some time and identified renewable energy as a priority due to its high growth potential. We now have a leading technology partner and clear business strategy to grow an alternative energy business focussed on hydro and hybrid projects with a low risk, high impact, entry strategy.”

Hydro Investment Opportunity

Pacific American Coal (ASX: PAK) has been actively reviewing additional investment opportunities over the last 12 months. As part of the rigorous assessment process, the board identified renewable energy as being an area of interest due to the significant levels of global investment in the sector, including in the Asia Pacific region. Hydro-electricity and hybrid energy developments on the back of micro hydro power plants offer a significant opportunity for PAK, due to a number of factors including:

- Hydro is a mature alternate energy power source

- Hydro is a stable technology with a long-life cycle

- Micro plants can be used with solar and battery technology for hybrid projects

- There are numerous opportunities for off grid projects in the Australian and Pacific regions

Joint Venture with Global Hydro Energy GmbH

PAK has been working with Global Hydro to develop a joint business plan which can take advantage of Global Hydro’s world class micro hydro technology (SmarT) and PAK’s project development and regional knowledge.

The parties have signed a joint venture agreement. Key elements of the joint venture arrangement and business plan are:

- A 50/50 joint venture company is to be established in Singapore and called Global Pacific Hydro (“GP Hydro")

- GP Hydro is to be focused on micro hydro and hybrid projects in the Pacific Region, including Australia, through the introduction of Global Hydro products to these markets.

- Develop and adapt Global Hydro’s technology for local environmental situations

- Explore the addition of accessory products such as battery storage, wind or solar power with Global Hydro products

Source: Pacific American Coal

 

PROJECT NEWS

Cultana Solar Farm

The South Australian government has granted development approval to Simec Zen Energy’s Cultana Solar Farm near Whyalla. Approval was granted for  a total 280MW solar farm (approximately 925,000 solar photovoltaic panels mounted on single axis tracker structures) and ancillary structures (including inverters, transformers, underground cabling and security fencing); operations and maintenance building; storage buildings; 33kV switching station (south site); switchyard comprising 275kV/33kV substation and 33kV switchroom (north site); 33kV overhead transmission line connecting the south and north sites; 275kV overhead transmission line connecting the north site to the Cultana substation; and site laydown areas.

 

PROJECT NEWS

Asian Renewable Energy Hub - public environmental review

Overview

NW Interconnected Power Pty Ltd is seeking to develop the Asian Renewable Energy Hub. The proposal is to construct and operate a large-scale wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project, approximately 220 km east of Port Hedland, WA. The renewable energy will be exported via a subsea power cable to Indonesia and Singapore.

Onshore components comprise a series of linear arrays of wind turbines (up to 1,743 turbines) and solar panels distributed across a 662,400 ha development envelope, with a transmission cable corridor to the coast. Clearing of 11,962 ha of vegetation is proposed.

The offshore component comprises four inert subsea power cables extending to the limit of State Waters (Commonwealth Waters and international permitting will require separate assessments). The cable route passes through State Waters vested as the Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park.

The WA Environmental Protection Authority has opened the project for public consultation until 24 June 2019.

Contact: info.epa@dwer.wa.gov.au

More information available at https://consultation.epa.wa.gov.au/open-for-submissions/asian-renewable-energy-hub-per/

 

Photon Energy reports 13% revenue growth in 2019Q1      

14 May

- Revenues of EUR 4.198 Million and Total Comprehensive Income of EUR 1.174 million

- PV Power Plant Portfolio Expanded by 5.5 MWp to 37.1 MWp and New Projects of 4.2 MWp acquired

- Development Approval Granted for 150 MWp Solar Farm at Gunnedah

Photon Energy N.V. (WSE: PEN, the 'Company') today announced financial results for its fiscal 2019 first quarter, ended 31 March 2019, posting consolidated revenues of EUR 4.198 million, representing a 13% year-on-year increase.

In the reporting period, Photon Energy continued the implementation of its growth strategy by expanding its proprietary PV power plant portfolio by 5.5 MWp and by securing long-term project financing for its 11.5 MWp PV power plant portfolio in Hungary. In 2019Q1, the Company acquired six projects with a planned installed capacity of 4.2 MWp and another 14.2 MWp after the reporting period. In Australia, Photon Energy has been granted development approval to build 150 MWp at Gunnedah Solar Farm and won a contract to install 4.6 MWp of solar rooftops across 30 stores and a distribution centre for the supermarket chain ALDI.

Consolidated revenues rose by 13% YoY to EUR 4.198 million, driven by outstanding electricity production and a solid increase in other revenue streams. This led to a consolidated EBITDA improvement by 5.3% to EUR 1.079 million.

Increased project development costs led to an EBIT decline of EUR 0.093 million compared to EUR 0.180 million in the prior-year period in 2018 and a loss before taxation of EUR 0.955 million compared to a profit before tax of EUR 1.886 million last year. The difference is fully attributable to the EUR 3.07 million capital gain realized in the Canadian Solar transaction in 2018Q1 as well as the difference in interest costs relating to the respective issued volumes of the Company’s corporate bonds.

As an addition to Photon Energy’s proprietary portfolio, the commissioning of eight PV power plants with a total installed capacity of 5.5 MWp in Almásfüzitő, Hungary, led to other comprehensive income of EUR 2.453 million in 2019Q1. As a result, the Company recorded total comprehensive income of EUR 1.174 million for the period, compared to EUR 2.041 million in 2018Q1, which was mainly driven by the EUR 3.07 million capital gain realized in the transaction with Canadian Solar.

“We are pleased with the strong start of 2019 with robust electricity generation in our portfolio, the expansion of our PV power plant portfolio and Hungarian PV project pipeline and other important milestones in our Australian project development pipeline. Winning the trust of ALDI in Australia underscores our capabilities and market position in our core market Down Under. We are looking with great confidence towards the upcoming quarters of 2019 and beyond,” commented Georg Hotar, CEO of Photon Energy N.V.

Source: Photon Energy

 

Electricians support Parliamentary move against new solar farm laws

14 May

Master Electricians Australia endorses moves by the Queensland Opposition to have State Parliament disallow new regulations covering solar farm installations.

MEA Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Richards said the while the Government had spoken with industry about the changes, the final regulation was vastly different to what industry had been told would be implemented.

“These new regulations add nothing but red tape to solar farm installations. They don’t enhance safety, they don’t improve performance and they don’t boost clean energy production,” Mr Richards said.

“What they will do is drive up the cost of building a new solar farm, and tie up electrical businesses in unnecessary regulation.

“And by requiring electricians to perform work that has traditionally been done by trades assistants – lifting solar panels into place – they are already leading to job losses in some sectors off the industry.”

Mr Richards said although it was in the short-term commercial interests of electricians to have exclusive rights to lift solar panels, it was not in the long-term interest of the wider industry.

“Our members didn’t do a four-year electrical apprenticeship so they could lift heavy solar panels.  They want to be part of an efficient and productive solar industry in Queensland.

“The Government promised to consult with the industry, and paid lip service to that idea.  But the devil is always in the detail, and now we can see the detail is no good.

Master Electricians Australia supports the disallowance motion.  Parliament should scrap this regulation and start again.”

Source: Master Electricians Australia

 

US company chooses Sydney for Australian HQ

14 May

US company Signal Energy, LLC has chosen Sydney for its Australian headquarters secured with the assistance of the NSW Government, creating more than 40 jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs in the renewable energy sector.

Minister for Investment Stuart Ayres said the Tennessee-based company has established an Australian subsidiary, Signal Energy Australia Pty Ltd, based at Barangaroo.

“Signal Energy is a major engineering, procurement and construction services company and its choice of Sydney is a vote of confidence in our industry’s future,” Mr Ayres said.

“As well as its more than 40 direct jobs, Signal Energy Australia has also secured work on two major NSW solar farm projects being built at Finley and Darlington Point which will support about 400 construction jobs. These projects will have positive economic spin-offs for the Riverina.”

Signal Energy Australia General Manager Robbin Russell Signal Energy Australia General Manager Robbin Russell said the NSW Government had helped the company enter the Australian market.

“The NSW Government has been a tremendous help in getting our company established in Australia by providing market and regulatory information and introductions to potential clients and suppliers,” Mr Russell said.

“The Australian renewable energy market is growing and we have chosen Sydney as our base as it is the nation’s business capital and close to the majority of our potential customers and partners.”

Mr Russell said Signal Energy Australia has secured two major solar plant construction projects comprising over one million solar panels – a 175 megawatt farm at Finley and a 333 megawatt farm at Darlington Point which also includes provisions for a future battery energy storage.

“ESCO Pacific and John Laing chose Signal Energy for the Finley Solar Farm which will be built on about 1,000 acres and produce enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 90,000 homes, displacing more than 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

“Signal Energy Australia has been selected by Edify Energy and Octopus Investments to build the Darlington Point Solar Plant which will provide power for more than 115,000 NSW homes and displace over 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.”

Source: NSW Government

 

CellCube and Pangea Energy signed LOI for 50MW/200MWh in Australia

14 May

Cellcube Energy Storage Systems Inc. (“CellCube” or the “Company”) (CSE CUBE) (OTCQB CECBF) (Frankfurt 01X,WKN A2JMGP) is pleased to announce Pangea Energy Pty Ltd. (“Pangea Energy”) and CellCube’s 100% subsidiary Enerox GmbH in Wiener Neudorf, Austria, have signed a Letter of Intent on May 13, 2019 to build a 50MW / 200MWh Energy Storage System on grid scale level in Port Augusta, South Australia. The aim is not only to offer multiple grid services such as voltage compensation, reactive power and frequency regulation services but offering renewable baseload to the Australian market which goes hand-in-hand with a planned 50MW solar project at the same site.

“The Pangea Storage Project is a wonderful example on how renewable power generation and a safe, reliable and sustainable energy storage technology such as the Vanadium Redox-Flow battery are a perfect symbiosis to provide renewable baseload today”, says Stefan Schauss, CEO of CellCube, “Our new high performing CellCube is three times more efficient than any Power-2-X or Hydrogen technology which will not be available at this scale in the next 3 years. CellCube also offers a lifetime support of 25 years with no degradation or augmentation like needed for lithium. This is real true value for money.”  

Due to issues with network stability, Australia has realigned its focus on the development of grid scale energy storage projects to complement its growing renewable energy mix. Following a series of large scale projects based on lithium technology the authorities in Australia have re-enforced project developers and IPP’s to consider long duration storage as base technology to allow for a more sustainable and green baseload alternative in the gigawatt-hour range.

“From the beginning we had always considered the Vanadium Redox-Flow technology in mind”, Luis Chiang Lin, CEO of Pangea explained, “Australia has massive Vanadium resources and the exploration of vanadium is pretty simple, cheap and does not have the impact on nature and labor conditions such as cobalt or other rare earths in the lithium industry. As such, choosing Vanadium and working with CellCube as market leader in the vanadium related storage industry is a perfect match for our project.”

The Pangea Storage Project (www.pangeastorageproject.com) was initiated in 2016 and after securing requisite regulatory approvals, is on the later stages of pre-development. Developed over 79 hectares in Port Augusta, South Australia, Pangea will invest around USD $200 million dollars into the project, stimulating the local economy, creating direct and indirect jobs, and supporting the aspirations of Port Augusta to be a renewable energy hub. 

Pangea Energy will build, own and operate the site and procure from CellCube products and services which may include an electrolyte service as a co-funding mechanism.

“Following several market and technology evaluations we have seen significant improvements in flow-battery technology”, Leo Chiang Lin, Director of Project Development of Pangea Energy gives the background, “and commercial-wise, indeed lithium is attractive from an initial CAPEX perspective and with the right market conditions, but our company is committed to long-term and sustainable business. This requires a holistic approach to both CAPEX and OPEX that must be balanced over a lifetime of 20 to 30 years.

”Alexander Schoenfeldt, COO & Managing Director of Enerox adds: “With our new overrating feature for the CellCube we can actually operate the 50MW/200MWh system in a broad range from 2 to 12 hours which offers Pangea Energy a future proof system, that will not need technology updating and will be capable of maximizing revenues specifically when regulation or merchant products change over time.”

The companies are currently conducting the due diligence and reviewing the offtake conditions for starting constructions in late 2019 with plans to be operational in 2020.

Source: CellCube

 

Update on Voluntary Administration

15 May

The Deed Administrators announce that Carnegie executed a Deed of Company Arrangement (‘DoCA’) with Mooney & Partners Pty Ltd and Asymmetric Investment Management on 13 May 2019. This follows the unanimous creditor support received for the DoCA at a meeting of creditors held on 17 April 2019.

The DoCA is materially in line with our Report to Creditors dated 10 April 2019 (available for download from KordaMentha’s website at: www.kordamentha.com/creditors).

The DoCA extinguishes certain pre-administration creditor claims and converts a proportion of Carnegie's debt to equity, with a portion of residual debt being restructured and carrying over to the recapitalised Carnegie in the form of new convertible notes maturing in 2021.

Carnegie’s loss-making subsidiary Energy Made Clean Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) has been placed into liquidation, and no further funding for that business will be made by Carnegie.

Following completion of the DoCA, Carnegie will emerge with a restructured balance sheet, holding its CETO Intellectual Property and the Garden Island Microgrid, and be well placed to continue its core business of transforming the global renewable energy market through its wave energy technology.

To recapitalise Carnegie and to fund the DoCA, Carnegie will shortly be issuing its prospectus to complete a capital raising of not less than $5 million. Of the funds raised, up to $1.4 million is to be contributed towards the DoCA for:

  • the costs of the administration
  • priority (employee) creditors in full (100c/$)
  • Participating Creditors up to 10c/$.

The prospectus will appropriately detail the terms of the offer.

Source: KordaMentha

 

TECHNOLOGY

LONGi releases new series of high-power modules

15 May

Highlighting its growing strength in the industry, LONGi has released a new series of modules that set an industry benchmark – the new generation Hi-MO4 and REAL BLACK high efficiency modules.

Hi-MO4 has all the advantages of the previous series of Hi-MO modules, but enhanced with a new generation of advanced monocrystalline PERC cell and the encapsulation technology of half-cell and bifacial construction. With Hi-MO4, the industry now has with a new higher power and more reliable choice in PV module.

Compared to the Hi-MO3 half-cell bifacial module released in 2018, Hi-MO4 retains Hi-MO3 characteristics of bifacial power generation, achieving 8-20% gain in back power generation in various ground-surface environments with high reliability and low attenuation. Highlights of Hi-MO4:

Hi-MO4 deploys upgraded PERC technology based on 6 busbars, with cell efficiency reaching 22.5%. While the front-side power Hi-MO3 is 380W (72 cells), Hi-MO4 increases this to more than 420W,  peaking at 430W.

When compared to Hi-MO3, BOS cost – when Hi-MO4 is deployed – can be reduced by approximately 7%, and LCOE by 1.4%. Combined with tracking systems, LCOE can be further reduced.

With its advanced product technology, LONGi has ranked first in global monocrystalline cell and module shipment for four consecutive years. Total shipment of bifacial modules reached 1.5GW.

Released together with Hi-MO4 is an all new, all-black series module – REAL BLACK. Designed with the advantages of “good looks, high power and high reliability”, REAL BLACK will be available for rooftop PV applications. With its all-black appearance and consistent color, REAL BLACK can be perfectly matched with the roof and local ecology, maximizing aesthetics and high power.

Introducing the new products, Li Zhenguo, President of LONGi, said, “Efficiently wins and producing cost-effective and high-quality products is the technological innovation of LONGi. We expect the release of Hi-MO4 will play an important role in reducing the cost of electricity and promoting grid parity. REAL BLACK will bring a new aesthetics and high power to rooftop PV users. LONGi will continue to invest in R&D to develop reliable high efficiency products and helping the PV industry upgrade its technology.”

The release of the new generation Hi-MO4 and REAL BLACK will lead a new trend of module technology development and support the realization of grid parity.

Source: LONGi

 

Green light for hydrogen mix in gas networks

17 May 

Energy Networks Australia has today released a report confirming that injection of hydrogen into the gas distribution network can be done under current gas legislation.

The report, conducted by law firm Johnson Winter & Slattery, details the results of analysis of existing Commonwealth, state and territory legislative instruments and regulations.

Energy Networks Australia CEO Andrew Dillon said the findings would help inform work on the National Hydrogen Strategy.

“There are already trials under development by gas distributors that aim to blend renewable hydrogen into existing gas networks,” Mr Dillon said.

“Hydrogen can play an important role in not only helping Australia’s gas networks decarbonise, but as energy storage. Flexible hydrogen production can help soak up excess renewable electricity on sunny and windy days, then fuel cells can generate emissions-free power on still evenings.”

As demonstrated in Energy Networks Australia’s Gas Vision 2050 report, hydrogen’s scope is impressive, with potential to widen customers’ power options, improve and increase renewable generation, provide options for mobility and even create a new energy export market.

“Funding for research and development, backed by bipartisan national support, will drive the commercialisation of hydrogen technologies,” Mr Dillon said.

“Establishing a strong, domestic hydrogen industry will allow for the development and acceleration of Australia’s hydrogen export industry.”

Energy Networks Australia is supporting the Future Fuels CRC and is working with Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, who is leading the development of the National Hydrogen Strategy.

Source: Energy Networks Australia

 

NEW PROJECT

Aatlis Hybrid Microgrid Power Project

Location: Charlton, approximately 15km west of Toowoomba in Queensland

Developer: Aatlis Utilities

Capacity: 10 MW (solar)

Description: Aatlis Utilities has applied for a generation authority for a proposed hybrid gas and solar power plant consisting of approximately 22, 500 x 445 watt (W) solar panels and with 4 x 2.5 megawatt (MW) inverters representing 10 megawatts (MW). The gas component, representing 30MW, will be via 15 x 2MW Siemens-supplied gas engines. The plant will have an overall nameplate rating of 40 MW DC. The applicant proposes to run a non-grid connected microgrid, servicing existing and proposed customers and power loads including data centres. A special approval is required for this microgrid and this will be the subject of a separate application.

Contact: Mark Foley

Chief Operations Manager

FKG Group

Tel: (07) 4620 0500

Email: info@fkg.com.au

 

Genesis and Tilt Renewables move forward with the 130MW Waverley Wind Farm

17 May 

Genesis and Tilt Renewables today announce the finalisation of a 20-year electricity offtake agreement, which will provide the foundation for the construction of the approximately 130MW Waverley Wind Farm in South Taranaki.

“Tilt Renewables is pleased to have finalised this long-term offtake agreement with Genesis, which will underpin the delivery of this exciting renewable energy project,” says Deion Campbell, Tilt Renewables CEO.

Marc England, Genesis CEO, says finalisation of this deal with Tilt Renewables sits within its Future-gen framework which is aimed at identifying opportunities to decarbonise New Zealand’s energy sector while continuing to supply reliable, affordable electricity.

“Through this lens we will continue our track record of reducing carbon emissions in the electricity sector whilst not materially impacting the cost of electricity for New Zealand homes and businesses. The Waverley Wind Farm comes at a price that is competitive with other forms of baseload electricity, which is particularly important as we meet demand from the transport and industrial heating sectors looking to electrify in the coming years,” says Marc.

In October last year Genesis and Tilt Renewables announced a strategic relationship between the parties for the development of more renewable energy for the New Zealand market, and the Waverley Wind Farm will be the first project brought to fruition under this partnership.

The finalised offtake agreement will allow Tilt Renewables to complete the remaining development activities, take the final investment decision and commence construction of the wind farm within the next 6-9 months.

The Waverley Wind Farm, which will be owned and operated by Tilt Renewables, is a wind powered electricity generation project located between Patea and Waverley in South Taranaki. Resource consent for the project was granted in July 2017 and the latest design will include 31 turbines installed on the 980 hectare site.

New Zealand has 17 operating wind farms with a capacity of 690 megawatts. Genesis’ Hau Nui (te reo Māori for “big wind”) was the first wind farm built in New Zealand. The Hau Nui Wind Farm is a 15-turbine wind farm located in the South Wairarapa District of New Zealand. Tilt Renewables already owns and operates wind farms in New Zealand at Tararua (134 turbines, 161MW) and Mahinerangi (12 turbines, 36MW).

Source: Genesis Energy & Tilt Renewables

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