SolarReserve teams with Heliostat SA to create South Australian jobs

17 September

Companies form partnership to support manufacture of over 12,000 massive mirror assemblies in South Australia for the Aurora Solar Energy Project.

SolarReserve a leading worldwide developer of large-scale solar power projects and advanced solar thermal technology, announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Heliostat SA, a South Australian company focused on the manufacture and assembly of heliostats and heliostat components.

Bringing manufacture jobs to South Australians

Under the MOU, Heliostat SA and SolarReserve will partner in the development of plans and processes for the supply, fabrication and assembly of more than 12,800 of SolarReserve's proprietary SR96 heliostat assemblies for the Aurora Solar Energy Project near Port Augusta, South Australia.

Heliostats are the large tracking mirrors in a solar thermal power station, which follow the sun throughout the day and precisely reflect and concentrate sunlight onto a receiver. The SR96 heliostat will provide market leading performance, fully integrated with SolarReserve's proprietary molten salt receiver and controls system. Each of the assemblies includes 96 square metres of glass, plus steel supports and electric drives, resulting in a field of mirrors with more than a million square metres of surface area.

Close to 200 jobs could be created in South Australia solely as a result of a deal between Heliostat SA and SolarReserve for the Aurora project, including over 115 unique skilled labor positions related to manufacturing of steel components and heliostat assemblies. The two companies are working together to complete the final agreement, which includes achieving as much local content and labour as possible. The balance of construction of SolarReserve's Aurora project in Port August is anticipated to create an additional 650 full-􀆟me construction jobs on site, and more than 4,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs in the region.

The Aurora project is being developed with the option to add solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in order to maximise electricity genera􀆟on from the CSP facility during peak demand periods, as well as meet the station's own electricity needs. The addition of PV could broaden the scope of Heliostat SA's manufacturing supply to include PV racking systems.

Investing in South Australia's Renewable Energy Future

The Aurora project is part of a much bigger picture for South Australia. SolarReserve hopes to build six solar thermal projects in the State over the next ten years, with their Australian headquarters in Adelaide serving as the development hub. South Australian manufacturing will be well positioned to support these future projects.

Heliostat SA is a South Australian company and part of the Fusion Renewables Group which comprises Precision Components, Fusion Capital, and the University of South Australia. Precision Components is a founder shareholder of Heliostat SA, having historically been tier one supplier to Ford, Toyota and GM Holden.

After auto producers announced their decision to cease manufacturing cars in Australia, Heliostat SA was borne out of Precision's strategic plan to transition from a component hot stamping and metal pressing business to an advanced manufacturing and engineering business with a focus on high value-add, specialized products in emerging markets leveraging collaborative partnerships with like-minded companies and universities. Fusion Capital is the investment arm of Precision Components and looks at investments into advanced manufacturing and engineering opportunities, which have synergies with their existing portfolio of projects and include mass transport solutions and renewables.

Source: SolarReserve

 

juwi: PV hybrid project on the Great Barrier Reef

17 September

On the 30th of August 2018 juwi Renewable Energy signed an agreement with the University of Queensland to deliver a high penetration solar, battery hybrid power solution at the Heron Island Research Station located in the Great Barrier Reef under an EPC contract. The project consists of a 500kW roof top installation combined with a 0.6MWh vanadium flow battery integrated with diesel generators using a microgrid control system. This project is expected to deliver over 80% of the research facilities annual electricity needs and be operational in mid-2019.

The project builds on the success of the world’s largest solar, battery hybrid project delivered by juwi at the Degrussa mine in Western Australia which has been operating now for 3 years during which time it has reduced the diesel consumption at the mine by over 5 million liters per annum.

Dave Manning, Global Head of Hybrid for juwi said: ‘Hybrid power solutions offer the potential to significantly reduce the amount of diesel consumption in often pristine environments whilst maintaining reliability. On top of that hybrid power stations now generate electricity at a lower cost than traditional fossil fuel power stations. We are looking forward to working with the University of Queensland to deliver this landmark project on the Great Barrier Reef.’

Source: juwi Group

 

PROJECT NEWS

Baroota Pumped Hydro & Solar Project

Rise Renewables has submitted a development application to the South Australian State Commission Assessment Planning for its Baroota Pumped Hydro & Solar Project at the Baroota reservoir, north of Port Pirie. The project will comprise:

(a) a pumped hydro component to provide up to 270MW of grid connected power (storage up to 8hrs), consisting of an upper and lower storage connected by 1.2km water pipeline, including powerhouse building, switch yard / substation, ancillary equipment and civil/bulk earthworks;

and (b) a solar farm component to provide up to 300MW of solar PV generation capacity (single axis tracking arrays), internal access tracks, operational facilities, inverters, substation and ancillary works. The development will be connected to a local 275kV transmission line. The application is open for public comment until 19 October 2018.

 

First turbine foundation pour for Stockyard Hill Wind Farm – further progress for Goldwind in Australia

17 September

‘Goldwind Australia is very pleased to have achieved the first wind turbine foundation pour at Stockyard Hill Wind Farm. We have significant ongoing plans in Australia, Goldwind also has the Moorabool Wind Farm in Victoria and Cattle Hill Wind Farm in Tasmania under construction. Further projects are planned, including the Coppabella Wind Farm in NSW.’  said John Titchen, Managing Director for Goldwind Australia.

The first concrete pour for a wind turbine foundation was completed for the Stockyard Hill Wind Farm yesterday. This is the first of 149 wind turbine foundations to be poured on the wind farm site, prior to the installation of 149 Goldwind advanced technology wind turbine generators.

Construction for the project is progressing smoothly with access tracks now constructed to over 15 wind turbine locations and five foundations now prepared for their first concrete pour.

Goldwind Project Director for the wind farm, Andrew Monahan, said ‘With the first foundation poured in the south of the project and winter now behind us, we will continue with the remaining 148 foundations over coming months. The project continues to progress on other fronts with blades and other large infrastructure due to start arriving on site in October.

We would like to thank the local community for their ongoing support of the project. The project team aims to continue to keep local disruption from construction to a minimum. We provide regular updates outlining the construction progress and encourage interested community members to drop into the project information centre in Beaufort if they have any questions.’ said Andrew.

The project is expected to create up to 300 jobs during construction peaks on site and employ up to 25 permanent maintenance staff once the wind farm is complete. Once operational, Stockyard Hill Wind Farm will produce clean energy to power approximately 391,000 Victorian homes.

Source: Goldwind Australia

 

PROJECT NEWS

Bullarah & Kentucky Road Solar Farms

The NSW Government’s Northern Regional Planning Panel has approved two 4.99 MW solar farms in the Moree Plains Shire Council area. The $6mil Bullarah Solar Farm development is located on private rural land in Bullarah, while the Kentucky Road Solar Farm is planned on land 12km north west of Boggabilla adjacent to the existing Chillamurra Solar Farm.

Both developments will consist of:

  • Two solar arrays, 3 blocks wide (east-west) and 8 blocks long (north-south). Each block is made up of 760 PV modules arranged 19 PV modules long (north-south) and 40 PV modules wide (east-west). The PV module will be a Global Tier 1 panel.
  • 2 combined inverter/transformer stations.
  • 8 battery storage containers with a combined storage capacity of 20 MWh (2.5 MWh per container).
  • Overhead 22kV line with MV pole mounted recloser.
  • 1.8m surrounding chain link fence with 2 x 6m double leaf gate.

Both solar farms will be connected to Essential Energy's 22kV distribution network to deliver power to the grid.

Contact: Peter Mailler

Email: pete.mailler@countryminded.org.au

 

Clean energy industry scholarship to help build next generation of board directors

18 September

The Clean Energy Council has opened applications for the fourth annual Women in Renewables Scholarship, a program which aims to strengthen gender diversity at the leadership level across the industry.
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the scholarships offer talented women in the industry the opportunity to complete the Foundations of Directorship course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, along with the opportunity to be paired with a leading industry mentor.
“It’s no secret that diverse organisations see better returns, and there is ample evidence that gender diversity at the board level creates stronger governance,” Mr Thornton said.

“The scholarship program is designed to build a more diverse group of experienced company directors over the long term, through providing female leaders with access to a wealth of information and support. We believe the relationships they can develop through this program will give them the skills and professional confidence needed for continued growth and success.”

Last year’s scholarship was awarded to Vanessa Ratard, a remote area specialist working at Ekistica to develop renewable energy projects. Ms Ratard said the scholarship had helped to open new doors and broaden the range of opportunities available to her.

“It can be tough working in outback regions to stay in touch with what’s happening in the capital cities, and I’ve been grateful for the support and the networks provided by the scholarship I was awarded by the Clean Energy Council in 2017.

“It has been a great honour and an opportunity to learn new skills and meet some really inspiring professionals across the industry,” she said.

Mr Thornton said the inspiration for the program came in 2015, when there was only a single female applicant for multiple positions on the Clean Energy Council Board, compared to nine male nominees.

“Our response to this was the Women in Renewables initiative, and it’s a true pleasure to see it grow and inspire all professionals working in renewables to work towards our shared vision of achieving gender balance across all levels of the industry,” he said.

The Foundations of Directorship course is delivered over three full days and is available in most capital cities. The successful applicant will also receive a one-year membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors, mentoring by a Clean Energy Council Director and the opportunity to make a presentation to the Clean Energy Council Board.

The AICD scholarship is open to nominees from Clean Energy Council member companies. For further details and to submit an application visit the website. Applications close 11.59pm AEDT, 14 October 2018, and the successful applicant will be announced on 30 November 2018.

Source: Clean Energy Council

 

Notification regarding business policies pertaining to sustainability

18 September

Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, “Marubeni”) recognizes that climate change is a major issue shared by all of humanity. It is a problem that threatens the co-existence of the global environment and society, a problem that has an enormous effect on Marubeni’s business and its shareholders, and a problem that Marubeni believes must be dealt with swiftly. Therefore, as part of Marubeni’s promotion of sustainable management, and in order to contribute fight global climate change, Marubeni has established new business policies (hereinafter, “Policies”) regarding its coal-fired power generation business and its renewable energy generation business.

  1. The Process of Pulling Out of Coal-Fired Power Generation

As a global player in the power business, Marubeni will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions volume from its power generation portfolio. By 2030, Marubeni will cut its FY2018 coal-fired power net generation capacity of approximately 3GW in half. Additionally, Marubeni will deploy innovative technologies to increase the efficiency of its portfolio assets, and proactively promote the reduction of its environmental impact.

  1. The Policy on New Coal-Fired Power Generation Business

As a general principle, Marubeni will no longer enter into any new coal-fired power generation business. However, Marubeni might consider pursuing projects that adopt BAT (“Best Available Technology”, which at present is USC: “Ultra-supercritical steam generating technology) and are compliant with the policies and measures of the Japanese government and any country in which the project will be executed (e.g. energy supply stability, poverty and employment measures and economic growth policies). Nevertheless, even if Marubeni does make an exception to take on a project like this, Marubeni will make proposals on the creation of a low-carbon society, efficient power generation systems and the diversification of energy sources; Marubeni will make efforts to contribute to the resolution of local issues in the country and/or region in which the project is executed.

  1. Proactive Involvement in Renewable Energy Generation Business

Looking forward to the expansion of the renewable energy generation business, Marubeni will strive to expand the ratio of power generated by renewable energy sources in its own net power supply from approximately 10% to approximately 20% by 2023. Furthermore, Marubeni will contribute to the transition towards a low-carbon society by promoting the expansion of the handled volume of renewable energy sources pertaining to energy trading. An example of this is SmartestEnergy Ltd.*, a wholly-owned subsidiary located in the United Kingdom that manages approximately 3GW of total energy, which is purchased from independent generators; about 80% of that 3GW is generated by renewable energy sources.

Moving toward the achievement of these Policies, Marubeni will work to properly communicate and cooperate with its diverse stakeholders, and also proactively disclose updates on Marubeni’s progress in reaching these goals. Additionally, given the changes to the external environment, Marubeni will refer to the various international guidelines, beginning with the OECD Export Credits Arrangement, diligently monitor measures taken by different countries in terms of coal-fired and renewable energy generation business, as well as the international state of affairs, and use this information to periodically review and rework its own policies from the standpoint of climate change counter measures.

In April 2018, Marubeni launched the Sustainability Management Committee (hereinafter, “the Committee”) under the supervision of the President and CEO, with the aim to strengthen the company’s sustainability initiatives. Since its launch, and while soliciting the opinions of external parties, the Committee has discussed a number of basic policies and measures pertaining to Marubeni’s sustainability initiatives, beginning with identification and periodic review of the materiality. Policies and measures considered as a result of these discussions will be announced as part of Marubeni’s ESG related data once it has been compiled.

Source: Marubeni Corporation

 

Senvion secures long-term service contract extension in Australia

Further cooperation confirms success of strategic focus on service maintenance

19 September

Senvion Australia has secured a 15-year extension to the Service Contract for Meridian Energy Australia's Mt Mercer Wind Farm. The contract extension will see Senvion continue to provide maintenance services to the wind farm through to 2035.

To look after the wind farm, Senvion has an established local Service Centre that has provided attractive employment opportunities for local people.

Jason Beer, Head of Service for Senvion Australia said: "Around Australia, our service teams work around the clock to ensure that the wind farms we maintain are in peak condition in order to maximise generation for our customers. The extended service contract with Meridian Energy is great news for our business, and a strong endorsement of the performance of our local team. We are very proud to extend our working relationship with Meridian."

Ed McManus, Meridian Energy Australia CEO said: "Safety and excellence are key success factors for our renewable energy assets in Australia. Senvion's professional and established service team has done a great job at the Mt Mercer Wind Farm and we are pleased to continue working with them."

Meridian Energy Australia's Mt Mercer Wind Farm comprises 64 Senvion MM92 wind turbines.

In total, Senvion has installed over 470 megawatts of wind energy generation in Australia, with a further 430 megawatts under construction. In addition to being responsible for project delivery, Senvion also has full-service agreements for all of these wind farms.

Senvion offers a comprehensive range of life-time service options to ensure wind farm owners achieve maximum value out of their wind farm assets. With a sustained focus on optimising wind farm operation, local and experienced teams around Australia provide constant monitoring and regular maintenance to ensure peak turbine performance.

Source: Senvion

 

NEW PROJECT

Monash REWARD Project

Location: Monash Station in the Riverland region of South Australia

Developer: Monash Station Pty Ltd

Capacity: 6 MW standalone solar

Estimated cost: $119.35mil

Description: Construction of a freestanding solar photovoltaic array (6MW); 1.3GL dam with associated irrigation pumps; diesel power plant (6MW); on-site fuel storage (140KL); control and switch rooms, and; underground 11KV power lines for horticultural project. Space provided for future battery energy storage. A 6MW solar solar farm is proposed to generate sufficient renewable energy to service the project irrigation system, comprising the river pump station and various irrigation pumps used to water the horticultural plantings spread across the project site. Single-axis tracking photovoltaic panels to be used to optimise exposure to the sun/power generation potential. The solar farm will be in the order of 12 hectares in area.

Contact: John Gallard

CEO/Director

Monash Station Pty Ltd

Email: john@gallardservices.com.au

 

Eighth Emissions Reduction Fund auction announced

20 September

The Clean Energy Regulator will hold an eighth Emissions Reduction Fund auction on 10–11 December 2018.

With over $249 million in funding remaining, Clean Energy Regulator Chair, David Parker, said these regular purchasing events are important to promote development of the carbon abatement market.

“This is a great opportunity for interested market participants to come forward with competitive bids at auction and secure a contract. As always, our focus is to purchase the best value abatement available,” Mr Parker said.

Each auction is different, with a changing mix of interested parties and project method types. Participants who missed out in previous auctions are encouraged to take part in December.

For the first time, participants can register projects that both reduce emissions and store carbon on land that would otherwise be subject to more intense and higher emitting savanna fires. This may be of particular benefit to indigenous communities.

An innovation being offered for this auction is that, in addition to existing contracting arrangements, the Clean Energy Regulator is open to entering into contracts that are contingent on the participant entering into a further Australian carbon credit unit (ACCUs) contract with a third party. This is intended to help broaden the availability of ACCUs to the private market.

Performance of existing projects and contracts will continue to be taken into account when determining whether project owners are eligible to participate at auction.

Those interested in participating in this auction have until 26 October 2018 to apply to register their project(s), and until 9 November 2018 to qualify to participate in the auction.

More information

The auction guidelines and details about the auction process, including auction eight timeframes, are available on the Clean Energy Regulator website.

More information on Eligibility to participate in the Emissions Reduction Fund is available through our interactive questionnaire.

Source: Clean Energy Regulator

 

PROJECT NEWS

Prairie Solar Farm

Pacific Hydro’s proposed Prairie Solar Farm in Mitiamo, northern Victoria is open for public comment under the EPBC Act. A planning permit application has been lodged with Loddon Shire Council to construct and operate the solar farm which will comprise the installation of approximately one million solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and associated infrastructure (i.e. substation, terminal station, battery storage area, inverters, power cabling, site offices, car parking, new access tracks and temporary construction facilities) and a transmission line extension to connect the solar farm into the electricity grid. The project will have an estimated capacity of approximately 240 megawatts. The final layout and capacity of the solar farm facility will be determined during detailed design stage and subject to the conditions of the planning permit and any other approvals granted. The project seeks to generate electricity from renewable energy and connect into the National Electricity Market (NEM). The project is proposed to connect to the existing Bendigo-Kerang 220kV electricity transmission line located along Bendigo-Pyramid Road via a 4.5 km long dedicated transmission line extension from the solar farm (referred to as the core development area). The core development area is approximately 950 hectares in area.

 

NEW PROJECT

Suntop 2 Solar Farm

Location: Approximately 10km west of the Central West township of Wellington in NSW

Capacity: Up to 230MW (DC)

Developer: Photon Energy

Estimated cost: $250mil

Employment: 400 construction & 10 permanent jobs

LGA: Dubbo Regional Council

Description: Site is approximately 530 ha in area and is used for agricultural purposes. The Proposal would cover approximately 80% of the land available on the Site and would consist of the following elements:

  • Approximately 425 hectares of solar PV modules on mounting structures and associated roads. It is noted there are spaces of approximately 10 metres between the rows of panels which are likely to be grassed areas.
  • 135 central inverters located within the Site
  • Underground cabling
  • A transformer kiosk to connect to existing electrical infrastructure
  • Two maintenance storage containers
  • Cyclone security fencing with 24/7 surveillance cameras
  • Maintenance and access tracks within the Site.

Suntop Stage 1 is a 170 megawatt (MW) solar farm which is currently being assessed by Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) for approval. Suntop 1 is proposed on the 502 hectare site abutting the eastern boundary of the subject site. Suntop 2 is proposed to connect to the substation proposed as part of Stage 1 (should it be approved).

Contact: Nick Guzowski

Project Development Manager

Photon Energy

Tel: (02) 8021 3383

Email: info.aus@photonenergy.com

 

PROJECT NEWS

Rugby Run Solar Farm

Adani applied for a generation licence for its 84.75 MW DC Rugby Run Solar Farm Stage 1A, located approximately 18km south-west of Moranbah, in Central Queensland. The proposed generating plant will consist of approximately 158,688 x 340 watt and 89,262 x 345 watt solar panels with 25 x 3.345 megawatt (MW) inverters. The plant will have a nameplate rating of 84.75 MW DC.

The applicant proposes to connect the solar project to Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited’s (trading as Powerlink) transmission grid via a “tee” connection at Powerlink’s 132 kilovolt (kV) transmission line from Moranbah to Mt Maclaren. There will be a shared Powerlink/Adani 132/33kV substation at the solar farm.

The applicant will be the operator of the solar project and is self-executing the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) functions. The applicant has stated that Operations and Maintenance (O&M) services will be contracted to capable third parties.

The applicant is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Renewable Asset Holdings Pty Ltd, which is in turn wholly-owned by Adani Global Pte Ltd of Singapore. The ultimate owner of the generating plant is Adani Enterprises Ltd (AEL), listed on the Indian National Stock Exchange and the Bombay Stock Exchange. AEL is India’s largest private power and transmission entity with an aim to generate over 10 Gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2022.

Subject to receipt of all necessary approvals (including this generation authority), the applicant anticipates the generating plant will commence commissioning in October 2018.

Source: Queensland Government

 

World-leading waste-to-energy company eyes Ipswich for $400 million project

20 September

World-leading German waste-to-energy company REMONDIS has announced plans to build a $400 million energy-from-waste (EfW) facility in Swanbank, south of Ipswich.

Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick welcomed the news and said it establishes Queensland as a major player in the waste‑to‑energy market.

“The proposed plant will convert between 300,000 and 500,000 tonnes of waste per year to generate up to 50 megawatts of baseload electricity for Queensland households and businesses,” he said.

“This project could create up to 200 jobs during construction and some 70 jobs during operations.

“The introduction of our government’s waste levy provides a real incentive for projects like this, building a new industry as an alternative to landfill.

“This announcement follows the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment of $100 million to the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program, which further attracts resource recovery operations that will divert waste from landfill toward more valuable uses.

“The program is part of our government’s comprehensive waste management strategy, and furthers our aim to make Queensland a world leader in projects involving resource recovery, recycling and the re-manufacturing of materials to turn waste to energy.”

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the 50 megawatts of baseload power the project could generate would be enough to power up to 50,000 homes, equivalent to a city similar in size to Cairns.

“This is an innovative renewable energy project that joins our $4.3 billion pipeline of renewable projects financially committed or underway,” he said.

“Queensland is on target for the Palaszczuk Government’s 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 target, in our managed transition to a renewable future.”

General manager for REMONDIS Queensland Bret Collins said the company has been encouraged by recent comments from governments across Australia that EfW technology could provide some relief to the challenges facing the waste management and recycling industry.

“REMONDIS has 24 years’ experience in building and operating world’s best practice EfW technologies and is the second largest operator of energy-from-waste plants in Europe. Our 52 facilities recover energy from more than 4.2 million tonnes of waste per annum and we trade our own electricity into the European grid,” Mr Collins said.

“There is an opportunity for Australia to benefit from REMONDIS’ global experience, and other successful European and UK facilities, and incorporate energy-from-waste as part of the solution to sustainable, best practice waste management.

“Adopting EfW technology will ensure that wastes with recoverable value are not sent to landfill and, instead, are put to beneficial use.”

Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said, “Building the waste to energy industry is important for Ipswich because it generates jobs and provides opportunities for our community.

“The scale of this project and the benefits it can potentially deliver for Ipswich residents as far as generating power for Queensland homes while reducing landfill and creating local jobs demonstrates just how valuable growing this industry is for our area.”

Mr Dick said REMONDIS Australia is expected to submit an application to Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General to declare the project a 'coordinated project'.

“If the Coordinator-General decides to declare this project a coordinated project it will help streamline approvals and fast-track delivery of this significant project,” he said.

“A coordinated project approach also means that all the potential impacts and benefits of the project are considered in an integrated and comprehensive manner.”

Subject to receiving all approvals from government, it is expected the project would begin construction in 2020.

REMONDIS facilities worldwide are designed to meet the highest environmental standards, as dictated by the European emissions standards and their equivalent Australian requirements.

If approved, the Swanbank facility will incorporate a variety of proven technologies and processes which will enable REMONDIS to meet the strict environmental standards required by licences and approval conditions.

Source: Queensland Government

 

Development approval for Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project

21 September

Genex Power Limited (ASX: GNX) (Genex or Company) is pleased to advise that it has received Development Approval (DA) from the Etheridge Shire Council (ESC) in respect of the Company’s 250MW Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro). The DA process involved referrals to several State Government entities, including the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) for the approval of the Wises Dam structure, the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, and Ergon Energy. The DA represents a significant milestone for the project which remains on track to commence construction in 2019.

Commenting on the approval, James Harding, Genex CEO said:

“The DA is one of the last remaining milestones in the K2-Hydro permitting process which is required prior to financial close and then construction. The receipt of the DA is the culmination of a lot of effort and coordination between Genex and the Etheridge Shire Council over a long period of time and we would like to sincerely acknowledge and thank the Council for their efforts. At the same time we would like to acknowledge the strong support of the Office of the Coordinator General and the Queensland Government in helping us to complete the approvals process.”

Warren Devlin, Mayor of ESC said:

“The Etheridge Shire Council is very supportive of Genex’s pumped storage hydro project and the significant job creation and economic development it will bring to the region.”

Source: Genex Power

 

Suzlon signs 252MW service contract with AGL

21 September

Suzlon Energy Australia (SEA), a subsidiary of Suzlon Energy, has inked a five-year operations and maintenance service (OMS) contract for 252MW with AGL Energy.

Suzlon will operate and maintain 120 wind turbine generators (WTGs) in South Australia and Victoria.

SEA CEO Mukesh Kolhe said the contract expands the company’s portfolio to 410MW in Australia.

“We have had a long and successful association with AGL and are encouraged by the trust and confidence demonstrated by them in Suzlon’s technologically advanced and innovative products and services,” he said.

“We will work towards enhancing value through series of upgrades in product, software and service strategies.

“We will continue to leverage technology for developing next-generation wind turbines for meeting optimised levelised cost of energy (LCOE).”

Suzlon will commission an in-house developed state-of-the-art Global SCADA Integration and Condition Monitoring System and will implement predictive maintenance strategies for effective servicing of the wind turbines and the major components.

The company has been responsible for installing 764MW of Australian wind energy capacity, bringing world-class expertise to every aspect of wind energy production to our customers.

The company has installed and commissioned 364 wind turbine generators (WTGs) across wind farms in SA, NSW and Victoria and has a wealth of experience in executing and managing EPC contracts.

Suzlon CEO International Business Paulo Fernando Soares said the deal marked an important milestone for Suzlon in Australia.

“The renewables market in Australia is evolving rapidly with increased demands on improvement in products and services,” Mr Soares said.

“With more than two decades of experience, proven technologies, comprehensive product portfolio, and end-to-end solutions along with integrated maintenance and services, Suzlon is best positioned to capitalise on the growing market opportunities in Australia.”

The contract will commence by the end of the year and will last until 2023.

Source: Suzlon Australia

 

PROJECT NEWS

45 MWp Gregadoo Solar Farm, NSW

20 September

CTP Scope

Concept Design - design a solar farm maximising kWp /m2

Timeframe

Kick-off Meeting: October 2017

Design Phase I: November - December 2017

Design Phase II: January - March 2018

Development/Environmental Approvals Process: January - July 2018

Construction Phase: Under Power Systems Studies

System Commissioning: TBC

Client

Green Switch

Project Goal

To produce a concept design for power systems studies and development/environmental approvals including:

  • Site Layout
  • DC/LV/HV and Protection SLDs
  • Elevations Drawings
  • PVSyst Analysis
  • General Protection and HV Equipment Specification

Project Challenges

Unique species of frogs and plants were found in that area. CTP had to take this into consideration during the design of the solar farm to minimize the impact of their environment.

Project Results

An optimal design with maximum utilization without harming the endangered species.

Source: Clean Technology Partners

 

CETO and Albany update

21 September

Carnegie Clean Energy (ASX: CCE) is pleased to provide a market update on the progress of the Albany Wave Energy Project (AWEP) and the CETO technology development.

Project Status

Carnegie has submitted an invoice to the WA State Government for the first AWEP project milestone in July 2018 for $5.25m. Carnegie and the State are currently in discussions around the payment which we expect to resolve by the end of September 2018. The procurement activities of the project, and more generally, the timing of the delivery of AWEP is being impacted by the uncertainty associated with the proposed changes to the Federal Government’s R&D Tax Incentive scheme.

Carnegie is currently seeking clarity from the Federal Government on whether these proposed changes are still likely to be implemented and, if so, in what form and with what effective timing.

Any changes to the R&D tax incentive could lead to a delay in AWEP and/or the requirement to seek additional funding. Carnegie’s ability to continue to progress the project is constrained until this uncertainty is resolved. Carnegie is continuing to progress the development of CETO in the meantime.

Project Activities

The offshore geophysical survey highlighted in a previous ASX announcement has now been successfully completed. A high quality dataset has been collected and analysed. This provides measurement of the depth of the granite layer and thickness maps of the younger sedimentary sequences. The survey also recorded accurate bathymetry over the proposed site. It also established that no marine archaeological artefacts are present on the site and the survey was conducted in accordance with all state and federal legislation regarding marine wildlife.

Results of this survey, experience gained during previous projects with similar geological profiles and access to data from onshore boreholes in the Sandpatch area has allowed Carnegie to develop a detailed understanding of the geology in the area. This represents crucial information that feeds into the design of foundations and cable shore-crossing for the CETO Unit and other wave energy technologies to be deployed in Albany.

Carnegie and UWA continue their collaboration through the Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC) on wave resource modelling. This work delivers detailed understanding of the wave conditions in the Torbay area needed for the development of the Project and providing useful data to future wave energy developers deploying at the Albany site. UWA recently deployed two additional data wave buoys, one being approximately 45 kilometres offshore from the Albany wind farm at Sandpatch, where water depth is around 350 metres. The second data wave buoy is located at the CETO 6 Unit future deployment site. The data collected by these instruments helps refine the wave model and improve the accuracy of the wave conditions estimates at the site. The bathymetry data recorded through geophysical survey also helps refine the wave model developed by UWA.

These activities and others previously disclosed such as the grid connection studies, shore crossing design, environmental surveys and permitting and approvals, has now allowed Carnegie to establish the site layout for the project. The proposed site layout includes the towing route during operation and maintenance activities between Albany port and the offshore site, the offshore unit location, the shore crossing and cable route, the onshore substation location and the grid connection point.

With these now defined, Carnegie is able to proceed with securing the required approvals and permits for the project.

Source: Carnegie Clean Energy

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