Sandfire Degrussa hybrid project delivers record production

14 June

juwi Australia is pleased to announce that the Sandfire DeGrussa Hybrid Project in Western Australia recently achieved its annual generation targets one month ahead of schedule.

The project consists of a 10.6MW tracking PV Project together with a 6MW battery coupled with a hybrid control system which juwi developed, constructed and has been operating and maintaining since 2016.

Through effective hybrid system optimization achieved in partnership with project owner Neoen, mine owner Sandfire Resources NL and the thermal power station provider Pacific Energy (KPS) Pty Ltd, juwi’s team has been able to materially increase solar power production and reduce diesel consumption.

This is a great milestone for juwi Australia once again confirming that our hybrid systems reliably power off-grid sites reducing both diesel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Source: juwi Australia

 

Windlab Limited extends and expands corporate finance facility with the CEFC

17 June

Windlab Limited (“WND” or “the Company”) today entered into a deed of amendment to extend and expand its corporate debt facility with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).

The size of the facility has been increased from its current $3m limit to $10m. In addition, the deed of amendment extends the maturity date of the facility to June 2022 with progress repayments and annual limit reductions of $3m on each of 30 June 2020 and 30 June 2021. The revised facility provides the Company with additional working capital to further the development of its Australian portfolio, with particular focus on additional high hub height turbine opportunities identified using WindScape™.

Windlab also provides the following updates on progress of key projects:

Lakeland Wind Farm

Windlab previously announced a new tender process for the EPC contract for Lakeland Wind Farm. Competitive bids have been received from multiple suppliers of next generation turbines with larger capacities than previously planned. Windlab’s technical team is evaluating the responses and will shortlist preferred suppliers in coming weeks before recommencing negotiations with equity providers, lenders and the grid operator.

Kennedy Energy Park

Kennedy Energy Park construction has now been completed for a number of months however the project is experiencing delays in completion of its generator performance standards and subsequent registration as a generator. This is delaying energisation and commissioning.

Negotiations are progressing with the grid operator and the project’s EPC contractor to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. First energisation is now expected in the third quarter of this year, with commercial operations to follow.

Source: Windlab

 

PROJECT NEWS

Warhook Solar Farm

Engie Renewables submitted a referral for its proposed Warhook Solar Farm in Hookswood, in the Western Downs Region of Queensland, to the Federal Department of the Environment & Energy for assessment under the EPBC Act. Engie is seeking to construct and operate a photovoltaic solar farm and battery energy storage facility with a potential peak power of 200 MW. The 555ha site for the proposed solar farm development is located on cleared grazing land and is 2km from Powerlink’s Columboola Substation. Battery storage units, are proposed to be installed as part of solar farm development. The batteries storage “park”, comprising rows of containerised battery units, will nominally occupy up to 5 ha of the development footprint and will likely adjoin the site substation.

 

Australia 2060: Our crossroads today - future prosperity or slow decline

18 June

The Australian National Outlook 2019 (ANO), a new report from the CSIRO, NAB and more than 20 partners which looks out to 2060, signals Australia may face a Slow Decline if it takes no action on the most significant economic, social and environmental challenges.

But, if these challenges are tackled head on, that Australia could look forward to a positive Outlook Vision, with strong economic growth, ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, affordable energy, and more liveable major cities.

ANO 2019 draws on the latest scientific data and modelling from leading experts at CSIRO and input from more than 50 senior leaders from across industry, non-profit and university sectors.

"The ANO is a unique way of uniting the power of science with the lived and hoped-for experiences of Australia’s industry leaders and chart a path to prosperity that gives all Australians a better quality of life," CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall said.

"To put Australia on the path to the most prosperous future though requires a new way of thinking and a new type of leadership which cuts across all walks of life in our great country."

NAB Chief Customer Officer Business and Private Banking, Anthony Healy, said Australia’s largest businesses have a responsibility to make decisions that create a better and stronger nation, to take a long-term view and invest now for a better future.

"A key outcome of the ANO 2019 must be leadership and action," Mr Healy said.

"NAB will be making commitments to drive positive change that helps customers take advantage of new opportunities and encourages growth in Australia."

Achieving a positive Outlook Vision future - by numbers what’s possible for Australia by 2060

- Our living standards in 2060 – as measured by GDP per capita – could be as much as 36 per cent higher in the Outlook Visioncompared with the Slow Decline scenario

- Average real wages (adjusted for inflation) could be 90 per cent higher than today

- Passenger vehicle travel per capita could decline by up to 45 per cent in our major cities, with more people living closer to work, school, services and recreation

- Household spending on electricity – relative to incomes – could decrease by up to 64 per cent

- Greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced to "net zero" by 2050.

Five key shifts required to Australia achieving a positive Outlook Vision

The report identifies five key shifts needed to achieve the Outlook Vision:

- Industry shift - Boost productivity in established industries, prepare our workforce for jobs of the future, and invest in innovative, high-growth industries

- Urban shift -Increase the density of our major cities, create a wider mix of housing options, and improve our transportation infrastructure

- Energy shift - Adopt low-emissions technologies in electricity and transport, triple energy productivity, and pursue opportunities for low-emissions energy export

- Land shift - Invest in food and fibre industries, find new and profitable ways to use our land, and build resilience to climate change

- Culture shift - Restore the trust in institutions, companies and politics.

To help solve the challenges raised in the report ANO participants will shortly announce commitments to support the Outlook Vision.

The report was led by the CSIRO Futures team and included over 20 researchers from across nearly every part of CSIRO.

It builds on CSIRO’s 100-year history for shaping and re-shaping Australia’s major industries, environment and society through world-class research.

"We hope the ANO 2019 serves as a clarion call for Australia," CSIRO Futures Director James Deverell said.

"We believe the positive outcomes in this report are all achievable, but they will require bold, concerted action and long-term thinking.

"Emerging technologies will play a key role and Australian companies need to be aware of both the opportunities and challenges they will create."

This is the second Australian National Outlook report.

The first report in 2015 focused on the water-energy-food nexus, and prospects for Australia’s energy, agriculture, and other material intensive industries.

The Australian National Outlook 2019 and the Technical Report can be downloaded at www.csiro.au/ano

Member organisations participating in the Australian National Outlook 2019 include Australian Ethical, Australian National University, Australia Post, Australian Red Cross, ASX, Australian Unity, Baker McKenzie, Birchip Cropping Group, ClimateWorks Australia, Cochlear, CSIRO, Gilbert+Tobin, Global Access Partners, GrainCorp, Lendlease,  Monash University, National Australia Bank, PwC, Shared Value Project, Shell Australia, UnitingCare Australia, and University of Technology Sydney.

Source: CSIRO

 

PROJECT NEWS

Project EnergyConnect

ElectraNet’s proposed Project EnergyConnect, the South Australia – New South Wales Interconnector, has been opened for public comment by the federal Department of the Environment & Energy. Project EnergyConnect is a proposed high voltage electricity interconnector to be constructed between Robertstown in South Australia (SA) and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales (NSW), with an added connection to Red Cliffs in north-western Victoria. The owner and operator of the SA transmission network, ElectraNet, has partnered with TransGrid, the manager and operator of the high voltage electricity transmission network in NSW, to deliver Project EnergyConnect. Project EnergyConnect will ultimately be built, owned, operated and maintained by the two different parties (ElectraNet and TransGrid). The SA and NSW components are being referred separately.

The estimated start date for the proposed action is July 2020.

Background

Australian energy markets are experiencing a time of significant change, driven by the transition to lower carbon emissions, rapidly evolving technologies and changing customer needs. South Australia has abundant and high-quality renewable energy resources that exceed its combined minimum demand and export capability. Greater interconnection between South Australia and the rest of the National Electricity Market (NEM) would allow renewable energy from South Australia to assist the nation to meet carbon emission and renewable energy targets at lowest long-run cost.

Greater interconnection would also enable renewable energy resources in New South Wales, Queensland or Victoria to be unlocked, contributing further to the overall market transition.

 

PLC goes renewable

18 June

Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Melbourne (PLC) is helping lead the way as one of the first schools in Australia to achieve a 100 percent net renewable outcome for electricity use.

PLC has signed on to a Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Flow Power. The agreement will see the College source its power from grid-scale off-site wind and solar farms as well as from the installation of a large-scale, on-campus solar PV system. The 100 percent net renewable electricity outcome will also see surplus renewable electricity shared by the College with the grid.

Direct access to live energy readings and data on the College’s energy usage and savings will also benefit students’ education. This data will be used as an innovative teaching tool and will be integrated into the curriculum across multiple disciplines.

PLC Principal, Dawn Clements said the College is proud to be a leader in this space and is committed to reducing its carbon footprint.

PLC has a long history of leadership and innovation and this project will help inspire and encourage our girls to continue to seek more sustainable solutions for future generations. We are very excited about the project and we look forward to doing our part in achieving a low emissions future,” Ms. Clements said.

PLC School Captain Imashi Iddawela said students are thrilled about the College turning to renewables and are looking forward to learning more about the College’s use of renewable energy.

Climate change is a major issue for our generation so we’re excited that our College is leading the way in making such a change. The real-time data will help us to better understand where our energy is coming from and how much we’re using. It will also help us adopt more energy efficient practices,” Imashi said.

Flow Power Managing Director, Matthew van der Linden applauded PLC on its commitment to renewable energy and welcomed the opportunity for collaboration with the College Community throughout the project.

PLC is showing real leadership in the renewable energy space. Schools are in a great position to take advantage of renewable power from both economic and teaching perspectives, and our partnership with PLC will showcase all that is possible,” Mr van der Linden said.

The College is expected to have achieved this goal with the completion of its infrastructure projects by 2020.

Source: Flow Power

 

ReNu Energy enters into HOA with SCA Property Group for a further 4 solar PV and embedded network projects

18 June

Highlights

  • ReNu Energy has entered into a Heads of Agreement (HOA) with the SCA Property Group to develop solar PV and embedded network systems on an additional four shopping centres.
  • ReNu Energy has commenced viability assessment on the next four centres to determine exact solar PV system design and sizing, and suitability for the establishment of an embedded network.
  • Once finalised, the agreement for each centre will be for a term of 10 years, with a right to renew for 3 further terms of 5 years each.

ReNu Energy (ASX: RNE) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a HOA with Shopping Centres Australasia Property Group RE Limited (SCA Property Group) to roll out a further four solar PV and embedded network systems to shopping centres in the portfolio of the SCA Property Group in Queensland and Victoria. The HOA remains subject to entry into final binding transaction documents for each shopping centre.

The HOA, which has been restructured following the delivery of the initial four solar PV embedded networks, will see ReNu Energy immediately commence viability assessments on two centres in Victoria and two centres in Queensland. The viability assessment will determine the shopping centres’ electrical infrastructure, load profile, solar PV systems design and sizing, and suitability for the establishment of an embedded network.

Once the centres’ viability has been ascertained, ReNu Energy may choose to execute the projects in two stages. Stage One being for the solar PV and electricity supply for the common area and Stage Two being solar PV and electricity for the remaining tenant embedded network. The staged approach will deliver improvements to resource and capital efficiency and has been adopted following the learnings from the delivery of the first four solar PV embedded networks, where issues such as overlapping State and Federal regulatory frameworks and timelines negatively impacted the timely completion.

The proposal for each centre for the installation of solar PV and the operation of the embedded network will be for a term of 10 years, with a right to renew by ReNu Energy for 3 further terms of 5 years each.

ReNu Energy CEO and Managing Director Craig Ricato said: “We are very happy to be continuing our relationship with the SCA Property Group in the delivery of a four further solar PV embedded networks. We have learnt a lot during the delivery of the first four centres and look forward to putting these learnings into practice as we deliver the next four. The option to deliver the projects in a staged approach will ensure we are able to more efficiently deploy our resources as we work with the shopping centre tenants and regulators to secure the necessary approvals to establish embedded networks.”

Source: ReNu Energy

 

OZ Minerals partners with SunSHIFT to build next generation power plant in SA

18 June

The Marshall Liberal Government welcomes today’s announcement that OZ Minerals will begin construction of a hybrid energy generation power station next month at its Carrapeteena Copper-Gold Mine, 160km north of Port Augusta.

The hybrid power plant is a collaboration project initiated by OZ Minerals in partnership with SunSHIFT to develop an off-grid energy solution for remote mining sites.

The project consists of a SunSHIFT power plant comprised of a 250 kW lithium ion battery, 250 kW solar PV system and 10 kW wind turbine generator, integrated with a diesel power plant, demand management technologies and electric light vehicle charging station.

The Carrapeteena Copper-Gold Mine is one of the biggest undeveloped copper projects in Australia and has the potential to produce 65,000t of copper and 67,000oz of gold a year over the mine’s 20-year life.

Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan said the power plant would provide the South Australian mining sector with a commercial model for the use of solar PV and battery storage at off-grid sites integrated with diesel backup.

“Low cost, reliable power is vital for our mining industry and this power plant will help forge the path to a cheaper and cleaner energy future,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

“The remote location of mines often means they operate completely off-grid and are heavily reliant on diesel-fuel powered generators.

“OZ Minerals’ power plant will demonstrate the commercial value of a wind and solar PV asset at a remote mine site, and thereby enhancing the feasibility of mines in the development phase.”

NSW based company SunSHIFT plan to establish an office in South Australia, to explore developing similar energy solutions for major mines in operation and under construction.

They estimated that more than 250MW of energy is required at mines located at fringe-of-grid or off-grid sites in South Australia.

The project is supported by $1M grant made available through the state government’s Renewable Technology Fund, to be paid over the project’s construction.

OZ Minerals CEO Andrew Cole said mining companies can play a critical role in South Australia’s energy transition.

“To do this sustainably, we need to develop solutions which enable us to integrate more renewable energy generation on mine sites, whilst ensuring we can manage our demand,” he said.

As part of the project, OZ Minerals is looking to partner with industry, research institutions, universities, government, start-ups, business incubators and non-government entities to test, trial and pilot new technologies at the Carrapateena site.

“Our vision is to build the first internationally recognised collaboration hub for renewable energy and demand management related activities on a mine site,” said Mr Cole.

Founding partners include Adelaide University, the CSIRO, Department for Energy and Mining, Rocky Mountain Institute, Renewal SA, SunSHIFT and Tonsley Innovation Precinct.

“The Energy and Mining Collaboration is open to all who want to participate – establishing a true partnership model that fosters collaboration towards shared goals in the mining industry and beyond; unlocking transformational value,” he said.

Early site works are expected to commence early July, with commercial operation scheduled for January 2020.

Source: SA Government

 

NSW Government drives investment in clean energy

18 June

The NSW Government is driving investment in modern, reliable and affordable energy to help households with their energy bills and support renewable energy projects.

Minister for Energy Matt Kean said the 2019-20 NSW Budget demonstrates a strategic response to energy security and climate change to ensure NSW can transition to a cleaner energy future.

“This year’s Budget reflects the NSW Liberals & Nationals commitment to meeting our target of net zero emissions by 2050,” Mr Kean said.

“Funding will support communities throughout NSW to tap into clean energy, help homeowners take control of their energy bills, and enable more communities and businesses to adapt to a changing climate.”

Key highlights from the Budget for energy includes:

- $1.1 billion over four years to support around 900,000 low income households to manage cost of living pressures through energy rebates.

- $295.4 million under the $1.4 billion Climate Change Fund to help communities and businesses adapt to a changing climate and minimise climate change impacts.

- $65.4 million over four years to support the roll-out of 300,000 solar panel and battery systems for households under the Empowering Homes Program.

- $30 million for the Regional Community Energy Program to fund community projects in regional NSW to improve reliability and affordability.

- $30 million over four years to co-fund new on-demand clean energy projects with the private sector through the Emerging Energy Program and pilot initiatives to recycle and re-use materials in solar and battery systems.

“NSW is already embracing renewable energy and we want to make sure more households and small business are able to take advantage of this opportunity to bring their energy costs down,” Mr Kean said.

Source: NSW Government

 

Energising South Australia’s economic growth

18 June

The 2019-20 State Budget reinforces the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to providing reliable, affordable energy for South Australian households and businesses as part of its agenda for investment, jobs creation and economic growth.

“The Government’s $100 million Home Battery Scheme, $50 million Grid Scale Storage Fund, $30 million investment in demand management and integrated distributed generation, as well as the conversion of the standby generators into commercially operated generators will deliver more affordable, reliable and cleaner electricity to South Australians,” said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

“The Government’s early works package for the $1.5 billion SA-NSW interconnector will help deliver the projected $66-a-year in savings on household electricity bills as soon as possible.

“It’s encouraging that in the last 12 months electricity prices have turned the corner in South Australia following a series of unacceptable price rises under the previous Government.

“The Marshall Liberal Government’s energy plans will deliver a smoother transition to renewable energy whilst delivering the affordable and reliable energy South Australian households and businesses need.

“The fact that renewable energy is projected to account for 65 per cent of generation capacity in South Australia by the end of the next financial year whilst the price of electricity is moderating is cause for optimism.

“We’re looking to create new jobs and benefits in energy in South Australia, with the Government to deliver a Hydrogen Action Plan and an Electric Vehicle Strategy."

The 2019-20 State Budget will also deliver $10 million to facilitate major new mineral discoveries as part of the Marshall Government’s comprehensive agenda for economic growth.

“South Australia’s resources sector is performing strongly with Carrapateena up and running, BHP proposing potential expansions, and the Oak Dam West discovery offering the tantalizing prospect of a significant future mine,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

Mining and gas production is important for South Australia, accounting for more than 35% of the State’s exports of traded goods and providing royalty revenue to the State that funds services South Australians require.

“The $10 million Accelerated Discovery Fund recognises that vast areas of the State remain under-explored and highly prospective and will attract explorers, developers and investors," said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

The 2019-20 State Budget investment in energy and mining underlines the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to delivering the economic growth necessary to underpin the delivery of the government services South Australia requires.

Source: SA Government

 

NEW PROJECT

New solar project proposed

18 June

Winton Wetlands’ environmental potential is being diversified with expressions of interest now open on a new solar project for the site.

In response to the Australian Government’s initiative to mitigate the risk of climate change and global warming, the purpose of the proposed project is to supply green electricity generated from solar irradiation into the National Energy Market.

“The Committee of Management is capitalising on the site’s natural economic strengths and aligning themselves to add to the State Government’s energy mix, as we work towards the target of 40% renewable energy generation by 2025“ said Dr Dennis O’Brien, Chair of the Winton Wetlands Committee of Management.

“Solar farms are the most direct way to help us reduce carbon emissions that contribute to global warming. Solar farms feed surplus power to the mains grid thereby distributing renewable, clean energy”

After two feasibility studies considering the practicability of developing a solar photovoltaic (PV) facility and associated infrastructure on the Winton Wetlands site, and the preliminary ecological constraints and planning approval matters, it was determined that solar PV projects at the Winton Wetlands site are technically viable at a commercial scale.

“The choice of location for the Mokoan Solar Project is driven by two main factors. Firstly, this location has among the highest levels of solar irradiation in Victoria. Secondly, the site has excellent topography – being very flat, with excellent drainage features.”

The proposed site is up to 800 hectares of crown land, to build and operate 200+MW capacity, equating to a provision of approximately 50,000+ households.

The Expression of Interest process is now open until Friday 12 July 2019 with further information available by contacting Daniel Basham, Chief Executive Officer on 03 5766 4462 or at ceo@wintonwetlands.org.au

Source: Winton Wetlands

 

Solar powering Santos’ Port Bonython plant in SA

19 June

Electricity from solar panels is now helping to power Santos’ Port Bonython processing plant in South Australia.

The 2.12MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system will generate more than three gigawatt hours of emissions-free energy per annum. That represents over six per cent of electricity used at the plant.

Port Bonython is on the western shore of the Spencer Gulf, and processes natural gas liquids and crude oil piped from the Moomba plant for export.

The solar solution was engineered, installed and connected by AGL on time and on budget.

Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Gallagher says Santos now has a proven track record of integrating renewable energy into existing operations.

“This solar installation at Port Bonython is our biggest demonstration yet of how we can work with renewables to not only reduce our carbon emissions but to also free up more gas for the domestic markets,” Mr Gallagher said.

“As a large industrial user of electricity, we’re also doing our bit to reduce the burden on the grid by generating new supply.”

The project was also a win for local jobs, with the installation carried out by workers from Whyalla, and the solar panel mounting system manufactured in Adelaide by Australian company 5B which set up a full production facility in Adelaide.

Santos is investing in carbon reduction across our assets, including converting oil beam pumps in the Cooper Basin to solar and batteries.

“We are also investing $10 million to test the potential for carbon capture, utilisation and storage in the Cooper Basin,” Mr Gallagher said.

“Last month Santos announced the launch of a battery project for Darwin LNG, operated by ConocoPhillips, which will reduce carbon emissions from power generation by 20 per cent, as well as cut fuel gas consumption and operating costs.

“In Western Australia, we’re replacing existing power generation turbines at our Devil Creek plant with more fuel-efficient ones – not only reducing emissions by more than 25% but also generating Australian Carbon Credit Units as a registered project with the Emissions Reduction Fund.

“These initiatives are steps along the way to achieving our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050,” Mr Gallagher said.

Source: Santos

 

PROJECT NEWS

Delga Solar Farm

The Federal Department of the Environment & Energy has declared Shell New Energies’ proposed Delga Solar Farm in Woleebee Queensland not a controlled action under the EPBC Act. The proposed 120 MW solar farm is planned to consist of approximately 400,000 solar panels, connected into the nearby Powerlink Wandoan South substation, installed on 400 hectares of land associated with Shell's QGC onshore natural gas business.  The project has local council approvals.

 

EDL to deliver Australia’s first wind generated electricity in mining as part of hybrid renewable energy solution

19 June

Global distributed energy producer EDL is delivering an innovative hybrid renewable energy solution for Gold Fields’ Agnew Gold Mine in Western Australia’s goldfields region.

In an Australian first, the project will utilise wind generation as part of a large hybrid micro-grid in the mining sector.

EDL CEO James Harman said the company was proud to be part of this ground-breaking project in partnership with Gold Fields, with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

“This project represents a major step in Australia’s journey to sustainable energy and EDL is pleased to be an active contributor in this transition.

“We have leveraged learnings from demonstrated success in other hybrid renewable projects, which will enable us to provide Agnew Gold Mine with greater than 50% renewable energy over the long term, without compromising power quality or reliability.”

EDL is delivering the project under a 10-year agreement with Gold Fields in two stages.

Stage 1 is a new off-grid 23MW power station incorporating 16MW gas and 3MW diesel generation and 4MW photovoltaic solar, which is on track for completion in mid-2019. Stage 2 includes 18MW wind generation, a 13MW battery and an advanced micro-grid control system, with construction recently started and due for completion in 2020.

Source: EDL

 

Port Gregory wind, solar and battery hybrid plant to power mine

19 June

Second-hand wind turbines, solar and a battery will combine to power a remote mine in Western Australia, in a first-of-its kind project supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

On behalf of the Australian Government, ARENA is providing $3 million funding to Port Gregory Wind Farm (PGWF) Pty Ltd to build grid-connected wind, solar and lithium-ion battery project in Port Gregory, near Kalbarri.

The project will consist of a hybrid 2.5 MW wind farm, 1 MW solar farm and a 2 MW / 0.5 MWh battery that will provide power to a garnet mining and processing operation run by GMA Garnet Pty Ltd (GMA).

The $11.2 million project will see the wind and solar farm located adjacent to the garnet mine, providing up to 70 per cent of GMA’s electricity needs. The project was developed by Perth based Advanced Energy Resources (AER), a renewable energy developer, generator and electricity retailer. After developing this project for 13 years, AER will build, own and operate the site, due to be commissioned in December.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said the project could provide a clean energy alternative for other mines in remote locations at the fringe of Western Australia’s electricity grid.

“Fringe-of-grid communities in mid-west Western Australia suffer from network outages, so this is a great step forward in creating a template for other electricity users in similar conditions, to replicate and reduce electricity costs and improve reliability and stability,” he said.

In an Australian-first, this project will also use wind turbines from northern Germany which were decommissioned and refurbished in Australia by AER.

“In Europe, there is a significant market for refurbished wind turbines, as wind farms increase their capacity by upgrading smaller turbines for larger, more powerful ones. Now, AER has brought experience from the European market to enable them to give these turbines a second life in Western Australia,” he said.

The project will also use a novel approach to resolving the challenges of connecting large amounts of renewable energy to weak, fringe-of-grid locations by using ‘back-to-back inverter topology’, a design that decouples the load and renewable energy generators from the grid via a DC link.

“This grid connection design will overcome challenges associated with connections to weak grids, providing backup power, and facilitating high penetrations of customer-side renewable generation. Effectively, this approach allows the solar and wind to operate in a microgrid with the battery and inverters, which avoided the need to upgrade the network,” Mr Miller said.

AER Managing Director Luca Castelli said that the project will build on its 13 year history in owning and operating wind and solar generation assets by demonstrating an alternative approach to renewable energy project development that will commercialise projects previously deemed unfeasible for technical or commercial reasons.

“With ARENA’s support, AER will showcase an innovative way of delivering low cost, reliable renewable energy to large energy users in fringe of grid areas in a project that delivers several Australian-first ideas. By thinking outside the box, we’ve been able to commercialise a new approach to energy storage and renewable energy project delivery which will change the way that renewable energy generators are delivered in weak, fringe of grid areas and by customers who are unable to commit to long term power purchase agreements,” he said.

Source: ARENA

 

METKA EGN acquires solar PV portfolio in Australia

Following the opening of our office in Melbourne in 2018, we are pleased to have closed the acquisition of a first 260MW solar PV portfolio in Australia. This development stage portfolio was acquired from a local developer, who will continue to play a role in finalizing development activities for several of the sites. METKA EGN is also structuring PPA’s for the portfolio.

Australia is a key market for METKA EGN's global renewables development strategy extending across the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America regions.

This portfolio represents a strong platform for building out a pipeline of assets in Australia and the wider APAC region.

Source: METKA EGN

 

Van Oord and Mammoet enter into promising cooperation with scale-up Verton

21 June

Van Oord and Mammoet are joining forces in a partnership with the promising scale-up Verton to develop a new lifting method for installing wind turbine blades. The company was scouted via the maritime innovation platform PortXL.

Creating an efficient and safe way to install wind turbine blades

By sharing knowledge and expertise, international marine contractor Van Oord, heavy lifting and transport specialist Mammoet and Australian tech company Verton, are developing a way to shorten the installation cycle times and make installation safer for operators.

Faster and safer installation

Verton has developed a remote rotating device that uses gyroscopic modules to rotate a suspended load. A new concept has been developed in which this unit is integrated into a lifting yoke for installing wind turbine blades. ‘The system allows operators to rotate and install heavy loads without using tag lines. Not only is this safer for operators, but it also shortens the installation cycle times’, Says Wouter de Wildt, mentor from Van Oord.

Long partnership

Both Van Oord and Mammoet have committed to engage in the first of three phases of the development. The first phase is the kick-off phase, to have the technical assessment and requirements made up. Turbine supplier Vestas will be knowledge partner in this development. Vestas will provide the project partners with the technical information and expertise required for the development of the new product. ‘We are pleased to collaborate with other organisations in the same field, so we can jointly develop new tools and equipment to help the world of renewable energy to work safer and more efficiently’, says Jacques Stoof, Director Market Development and Innovations Mammoet.

PortXL

PortXL is the world’s first maritime and port accelerator platform. This was Van Oord’s fourth year of participation in the initiative, both as a founding partner and mentor. Mammoet entered as a partner and mentor in 2018.

Source: Mammoet

 

Berrybank Wind Farm construction underway

21 June

Work is now underway on the Berrybank Wind Farm, which will generate enough energy to power around 138,000 homes thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET).

Premier Daniel Andrews today joined Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio and Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle to mark the start of major construction on the 43-turbine project.

The $276 million project to be built by Global Power Generation (Naturgy Energy Group) will boost renewable energy supply, as Victoria moves towards the Labor Government’s renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030.

The 180-megawatt wind farm will provide a major boost to the local economy, delivering 213 construction jobs and 24 apprenticeships, with wind turbine assembly set to recommence in Australia for the first time in ten years.

The brand-new Vestas Renewable Energy Hub on the former Ford site in Geelong will build the turbines for this project, which will be underpinned by 64 per cent local content under the Labor Government’s Victorian Industry Participation Policy.

To support ongoing turbine maintenance, wind turbine technician training will also be delivered in Ballarat by Federation University as part of the Ballarat Renewable Training Centre.

Berrybank Wind Farm was made possible thanks to the Labor Government’s VRET reverse auction, which will see more than 900 MW of new clean energy developed – almost 45 percent more generation capacity than anticipated – helping to drive down energy prices for Victorian families.

Together, these projects under the reverse auction will generate over $1.1 billion in economic investment and create more than 900 jobs, including 270 apprenticeships and traineeships in regional Victoria.

It is expected that achieving the VRET 2025 target of 40 per cent alone will drive around $7.2 billion of investment and create more than 10,000 jobs, as we boost the amount of energy generated by renewable sources.

The Berrybank Wind Farm is expected to commence operations in late 2020.

Quotes attributable to the Premier Daniel Andrews

“Victoria is the renewable energy capital of our nation and thanks to this investment, we’ve put Western Victoria right at the centre – this is great for jobs and great for our state.”

“Whether it’s the VRET or our Solar Homes Program, we’re driving down the energy costs for families, supporting local businesses and creating thousands of jobs.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio

“This is an exciting next step in driving down energy prices, reducing carbon emissions and creating jobs as we work towards our renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030.”

Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle

“I’m proud to see the Ballarat region helping to lead the way in Victoria’s renewable energy future, with all the local jobs and economic prosperity that flows from it.”

Source: Victorian Government

 

NEW PROJECT

Sun Cable Solar Farm

Location: Tennant Creek, NT

Capacity: N/A

Developer: Sun Cable

Estimated cost: $20bil

Status: Project announced.

Description: The project is planned to produce approximately one third of Singapore's electricity through solar power, sourced from the Australian desert and transmitted via a 3800km High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) cable. The 15,000 hectare solar array near Tennant Creek in Australia's Northern Territory will generate 3GW be supported by battery storage. The project could start producing power as soon as 2027 and create 2300 jobs in the NT and South Australia (SA). 5B's Maverick pre-fabricated modular panel system will be used.

Contact: David Griffin

Managing Director

Sun Cable

Email: info@suncable.sg

Tel: +65 6226 5566

 

PROJECT NEWS

Majura Community Solar Farm

The latest investment round for the Majura Community Solar Farm in Canberra has closed with over $2.36m raised. Project developer SolarShare also secured an $800,000 loan from CWP Renewables to complete funding for the approved 1 MW project, with construction to start as soon as August. The solar farm will be comprised of 5000 solar modules installed on 3 hectares of land in the Majura Valley on a disused block owned by the Mount Majura Vineyard.

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