BYD signed the largest 75MW PV project in Australia

27 March

Recently, BYD signed with Biosar a 75MW PV project which is almost 30 million USD (about 200 million RMB).

The project uses BYD’s half-cell solar panel with 18.8% average power which is 3% higher than the conventional module’s power output.

Biosar, the subsidiary of the largest EPC AKTOR in Greece, is mainly responsible for the EPC of PV project all over the world, and it has about 1GW PV projects in Brazil, Argentina, UK and other countries.

This 75MW PV project is the largest one after the cooperation with Biosar in Argentina and Brazil. It is the largest PV project in Australia with Biosar as EPC and Elliot, the largest Monetary Fund in England. And it is also the largest project of BYD in Australia, which prepares for the integration strategy of PV and storage in the future.

After the project finished, it can generate about 13.6 million Kwh per year to Queensland, and provide sustainable green power to 65,000 families per day.

Source: BYD

 

TECHNOLOGY

1414 Degrees TESS

1414 Degrees is aiming to fill the critical gap for low cost, environmentally friendly energy storage.

Our patented Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS) takes electricity from any source, the grid or renewables, and stores is as latent heat in molten silicon at 1414° Celsius.

Latent heat is energy that is held in a phase change material when it becomes molten. Silicon’s very high melting point, 1414° Celsius, means it can hold much more energy than other phase change materials. It delivers maximum energy efficiency.

The energy from the latent heat is passed through an energy recovery system and a turbine to dispatch heat and electricity when required. It transforms intermittent renewable electricity by providing reliability and stability identical to that of a coal or gas fired power station.

The system will last at least 20-30 years and works at its optimal capacity when constantly active. It is designed for minimal maintenance and is environmentally benign.

The result is low cost and clean storage of energy providing a stable supply for heat consumers and to the grid – a critical requirement as renewable generation increases. Following a detailed submission to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), 1414 Degrees has received approval in-principle to proceed with submitting an ASX Listing application. Accordingly, we are drafting a prospectus and aim to submit it to ASIC in March 2018. The ASX code ‘14D’ has been reserved with ASX.

More information available at https://1414degrees.com.au/

 

Genex secures development approval for Kidston Stage 2 solar and moves towards financial close

3 April

  • Genex secures Development Approval for Kidston Stage 2 Solar
  • Contract negotiations with EPC contractors including EPC pricing well advanced
  • Financial close on track for 2018

Genex Power Limited (ASX: GNX) (Genex or Company) is pleased to provide shareholders with an update in relation to the development of the Company’s Kidston Stage 2 (K2) projects, comprising the Pumped Storage Hydro (K2-Hydro) project and the Stage 2 Solar (K2-Solar) project, at the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub in North Queensland.

K2-Solar Development Approval

Genex is pleased to advise that it has received Development Approval (DA) from the Etheridge Shire Council in respect of the K2-Solar project. The DA is for a maximum of 270MW but Genex has the potential to build K2-Solar in stages to match energy offtake and energy transfer capabilities. This represents a significant milestone for the K2 projects. As with KS1, K2-Solar will benefit from being located within the highest solar radiation zone in Australia.

Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process

Genex continues to advance the ECI process toward agreeing full fixed price Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) wrap contracts with UGL for K2-Solar and with McConnell Dowell/John Holland Joint Venture (JV) for K2-Hydro. EPC contracts are expected to be finalised by the end of June.

As part of the ECI process for K2-Hydro, the JV has selected ANDRITZ, an international tier-one supplier and global leader in hydraulic power generation, as the preferred electromechanical equipment supplier (including the reversible Francis pump-turbines). The JV, together with ANDRITZ, has continued to optimise the design for K2-Hydro as the EPC contracts are finalised, with a selection of 3D images of the optimised design detailed below.

National Energy Guarantee

Genex recently provided a submission in response to the draft design consultation paper published by the Energy Security Board (ESB) relating to the proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG). Genex is supportive of the NEG, which it believes should deliver on Australia’s emissions reduction targets while maintaining the security of the National Electricity Market through promoting investment in low emissions and dispatchable capacity. Importantly, Genex believes that the Reliability Guarantee being considered by the ESB should embrace dispatchability, availability, synchronous capabilities and the ability to ramp up & down (responsiveness). Genex looks forward to contributing further on the consultation process.

A copy of the Company’s submission can be found on the Company’ website.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Managing Director of Genex Power, Michael Addison stated: “After several months of detailed market engagement, we are now in negotiations in regards to securing debt funding for our Kidston Stage 2 projects with a select group of partners. Genex’s main focus remains on progressing the Kidston Stage 2 projects to financial close in calendar year 2018. Concurrently, Genex continues to consider further renewable opportunities to broaden its project pipeline, as the Company evolves into a broader renewable energy generation and storage developer.”

ARENA

The Federal Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), has provided $8.9 million in funding to support the construction of Genex’s KS1 Project, and up to $9 million in funding to support the development of K2-Solar and K2-Hydro.

Queensland State Government

The Queensland State Government has continued to support the development of the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub, providing a 20-year revenue support deed for KS1 through the Solar 150 Program, and designating the Hub as ‘Critical Infrastructure’ to the State.

Source: Genex Power

 

Liverpool Range Wind Farm achieves planning consent

3 April

The NSW Minister for Planning has today announced approval for the Liverpool Range Wind Farm, Australia’s largest wind farm at over 1,000 megawatts (MW).

Liverpool Range wind farm will be a major part of the electricity transition in NSW as older coal-fired power stations are retired. It will materially reduce the State’s greenhouse gas emissions as well as save millions of litres of water currently used in coal-fired power stations.

This will help keep NSW energy costs low and the lights on.

The Liverpool Range Wind Farm, located between Coolah and Cassilis around 100km north east of Mudgee, will consist of up to 267 wind turbines. The wind farm will make use of an excellent wind resource and has a strong grid connection into the Wellington Wollar 330kV power network 30km south of the site.

The wind farm will provide direct benefits to the communities of Coolah and Cassilis through increased employment, investment, economic benefits and a significant Community Enhancement Fund.

Martin Poole, Executive Director, said “Epuron thanks the community for coming on board with this wind farm. We particularly thank the Community Consultative Committee, involved landowners, neighbours, local businesses and other community members, and both Warrumbungle and Upper Hunter Shire Councils, with whom we have worked over the years to progress the project to this point”.

After almost 15 years working on wind and solar projects around Australia, Epuron continues to be committed to the clean, new energy system that Australians, and importantly our children, expect and demand” said Mr Poole.

The Liverpool Range Wind Farm could power around 380,000 homes, generating clean electricity, and will

  • bring jobs and opportunity with the injection of up to $250 million into the local economy;
  • provide local community benefits via a Community Enhancement Fund of up to $800,000 per annum (based on $3,000 per wind turbine built);
  • save the equivalent of over 6,000 Olympic sized swimming pools of water per annum which would otherwise be used by coal generation;
  • save up to 2.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year and over 47 million tonnes over the life of the project.

Epuron looks forward to the Liverpool Range Wind Farm progressing to construction to capture the full benefits it will bring to the Coolah-Cassilis region.

Source: Epuron

 

Liverpool Range Wind Farm brings jobs, economic growth to NSW

3 April

The approval by the NSW Government of the Liverpool Range Wind Farm in the Upper Hunter region is set to deliver 800 new jobs and significantly boost the local economy.

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the State Significant Development east of Coolah and northwest of Cassilis would generate enormous amounts of power with large amounts of money would be poured back into the local community.

“This $643 million wind farm will generate almost one gigawatt of power, enough to power nearly 500,000 homes, and supports NSW’s Renewable Energy Action Plan of reducing greenhouse gases,” Mr Roberts said.

“It will also offer community funding contributions of up to $800,000 a year through a voluntary planning agreement with Warrumbungle and Upper Hunter Shire Councils.”

“Local communities had a major say in the project since the Department’s public exhibition of the Environmental Impact Statement and the Response to Submissions report.

“The key issues raised in submissions included noise and visual impacts, biodiversity, and the impacts of construction traffic on the local and regional road network.

“The consultation has resulted in changes to the project that have led to better outcomes for the community and the environment.”

Changes included cutting 16 turbines to reduce the total number of turbines to 272, increasing setbacks of turbines from property boundaries, changing the alignment of the electricity transmission line to reduce clearing of native vegetation, and reducing the number of proposed substations from six to four.

Epuron, the company developing the windfarm, has also agreed to road upgrades with both Roads and Maritime Services and the local Councils, which includes 143 km of regional and local roads.

Other conditions include strict noise criteria, visual screening for nearby residents, and biodiversity offsets to compensate for clearing of native vegetation.

The wind farm, which spans 36km from north to south and 20km east to west, will become one of the largest in Australia, and will take three years to build.

Source: NSW Government

 

VSUN Energy targets stand-alone power systems project

4 April

Highlights:

  • VSUN Energy has submitted a registration of interest to Western Power for its Stand-alone Power Systems project
  • 60 locations in regional Western Australia have been identified by Western Power
  • Western Australian Energy Minister, Ben Wyatt, has given permission for Western Power to conduct this large demonstration project
  • Vanadium redox flow batteries are becoming a key technology in the global energy story

Australian Vanadium Limited (ASX: AVL, “the Company” or “AVL”) is pleased to announce that its 100% owned subsidiary, VSUN Energy, has submitted a registration of interest for Western Power’s Standalone Power Systems (SPS) project.

Western Power has been authorised by the Western Australian Energy Minister, the Hon. Ben Wyatt MLA, to conduct a large demonstration of SPS within part of the South West Interconnected Network. 60 locations within the state have been identified by Western Power. This project will build upon the previous SPS trial in 2017, where 6 properties in the Great Southern were provided with SPS. Lessons learnt from this initial rollout will be integrated into the larger project.

SPS are hybrid systems which are not physically connected to the existing network. The systems use a combination of renewable energy, batteries and back-up diesel generators, enabling generation, storage and reliable delivery of power. They are particularly useful in areas on the fringe of the existing grid where power is not as stable, or in remote, off-grid locations.

Vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) have particular strengths which are useful in SPS. The ability to store large amounts of energy means that there is a reduced reliance on diesel, if sized correctly diesel can be removed altogether. VRFB are non-flammable, meaning that they are ideally suited to the many bushfire prone areas in Western Australia. The systems can be cycled as many times as the customer wants, without degradation to performance and be charged and discharged at the same time, allowing them to form the basis of the grid with their integrated inverters. They provide 4+ hours of energy, the battery VSUN Energy installed at a native tree nursery in Busselton in late 2016 (see ASX Announcement dated 18th May 2016) is a 10kW power system with 100kWh of energy storage, meaning that it can deliver 10kW for 10 hours, or with a smaller load, provide 5kW continuously for 20 hours. The system in Busselton has not needed to draw energy at all from the grid in over a year and a half of operation, in spite of cloudy periods during the winter. It is still performing in the same manner as it was when it was installed.

VSUN Energy has relationships with a variety of manufacturers of VRFB around the world and is able to provide solutions ranging from the small domestic through to multi-megawatt systems. The growing number of manufacturers and general interest in the vanadium market is testament to a growing knowledge and understanding of the systems and their strengths.

Source: Australian Vanadium Limited

 

AGL response to media speculation about Liddell

4 April

“AGL is relying on Liddell to generate power for our customers until 2022 and we will require its infrastructure for our replacement plans into the future.

AGL received an approach from Alinta last night expressing an interest in entering negotiations to acquire the Liddell Power Station. No formal offer has been received.

Should a formal offer for Liddell be received, it would be given consideration in order to meet our obligations to customers and shareholders.”

Source: AGL

 

Broken Hill Solar Plant viewing platform opens

4 April

Yesterday was the official opening of the viewing platform for the Broken Hill Solar Plant.

The viewing platform was designed by recognised Birrell Scholar and Architect, Timothy Bauer, who participated in the global design competition facilitated by AGL and the Broken Hill Art Exchange.

Timothy’s design not only makes a valuable and lasting contribution to the artistic and cultural landscape of Broken Hill, but also helps to showcase the importance of renewables in the NSW energy mix.

His design is based on the concept of earth and sky – the structure represents the earth as Broken Hill’s heritage as a rich mining community; and the sky as the possibility of transitioning to an enlightened future. The dynamic façade produces an ever-changing interplay of light and shadow as a poetic notion of sunlight, and as the viewer moves up the ramped pathway, a multitude of perspectives offer connection with the red earth and boundless sky surrounding the vast expanse of the solar installation.

The 140-hectare 53 MW solar plant, owned by the Powering Australian Renewables Fund and operated by AGL, produces enough renewable energy to power 22,000 average Australian homes.

Source: AGL Energy

 

NEW PROJECT

Australian Paper Energy from Waste

Australian Paper is seeking state development approvals for an Energy from Waste project at its existing Maryvale Pulp and Paper Mill site, within the City of Latrobe Local Government Area. The EfW plant will use moving grate boiler technology to recover energy by combusting an estimated 650,000 tonnes per annum of non-hazardous Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and Commercial and

Industrial Waste (C&I) sourced from the Gippsland region and the south east Melbourne metropolitan area. The plant will be a cogeneration system, providing both steam and electricity to the existing Maryvale mill operations of the order of 25 Megawatts electric (MWe) and 130 tonnes per hour of intermediate pressure (IP) steam.

Contact:

David Jettner

General Manager Corporate Development

Paper Australia

Tel: (03) 8540 2300

Email: David.Jettner@australianpaper.com.au

 

NEW PROJECT

Genex secures exclusive option to develop new wind project as stage 3 of the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub

  • Genex secures land option to develop wind farm up to 150MW as Stage 3 of the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub
  • Genex to expand development pipeline portfolio at Kidston

Genex Power Limited (ASX: GNX) (Genex or Company) is pleased to announce the signing of a binding heads of agreement with local landholders with the exclusive option for Genex to develop a new wind farm project (K3-Wind or the Project) comprising Stage 3 of the Company’s Kidston Renewable Energy Hub in North Queensland.

The Company believes that the Project will benefit from naturally elevated topography, along an escarpment of approximately 21km in length. Genex estimates that the Project area has the potential to be developed into a wind farm up to 150MW. Subject to completion of a feasibility study including transmission requirements and capabilities, it is envisaged that the Project will connect into the National Electricity Market (NEM) via the proposed new 275kV transmission line at Kidston to be developed as part of the Kidston Stage 2 projects.

The K3-Wind Project represents Genex’s fourth project in its development pipeline, with the Renewable Energy Hub now potentially comprising:

KS1 Solar 50MW: Commercial operations

K2-Solar Solar 270MW: Feasibility complete, targeting financial close 2018

K2-Hydro Pumped Storage Hydro 250MW: Feasibility complete, targeting financial close 2018

K3-Wind Wind 150MW (1): Feasibility study commencing

(1) Genex estimate and subject to outcomes of the feasibility study

The proposed K3-Wind Project could not only provide Genex with significant additional generation capacity for dispatch into the NEM, but in combination with the existing Stage 1 solar and planned Stage 2 solar and hydro projects, provide inversely correlated generation which could enable the dispatch of firm clean renewable electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Genex now intends to commence a detailed feasibility study to assess and determine the technical and economic feasibility of constructing and operating a wind farm of up to 150MW at Kidston, which will include; a full assessment of the wind resource at the Project site, transmission requirements, capital and operating costs and firming up of anticipated capacity factors. The feasibility study may take up to 18 months and the nominal cost will be funded from Genex’s existing cash resources.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Genex’s Managing Director, Michael Addison said: “Whilst our immediate focus as a Company is to secure project financing for Stage Two of the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub (K2-Hydro and K2-Solar), the proposed wind farm should give us diversity across three renewable energy sources at the one site, and would be a world first development of integrated solar, wind and pumped storage hydro technology – potentially allowing Genex to provide firm renewable clean energy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We view K3-Wind as the first of a number of diversified future projects that will selectively expand our corporate portfolio, and place Genex as one of the key renewable energy and energy storage developers in Australia.

We will continue to seek to develop innovative projects that expand and complement the Company’s portfolio and take advantage of significant existing infrastructure, to minimise capital costs and development timeframes, and enhance returns to shareholders.”

Source: Genex Power

 

The world’s largest battery – it’s not just to help keep the lights on

6 April

Even before it was built in 2017, much was being written and said about the world’s largest battery – the Hornsdale Power Reserve Battery Energy Storage System (HPR), located near Jamestown in South Australia.

Now the HPR battery system has been operating for a few months, AEMO has released a paper presenting an overview of the initial period of operation and lessons for the future of the HPR and other battery storage systems.

Initial observations show that the HPR is capable of providing a range of valuable power system services, including rapid, accurate frequency response and control.

Rated at 100 megawatts (MW) discharge and 80 MW charge, the HPR battery has an energy storage capacity of 129 megawatt hours (MWh). This means the HPR battery is able to provide 100 MW of services into the NEM, for a duration of 1.29 megawatt hours (MWh).

The HPR is registered to provide all eight Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS) markets and the paper summarises its performance in these markets so far. We have also highlighted potential learnings for future battery storage developments and their participation in frequency response markets. 

This is the first time regulation FCAS has been provided in the NEM by any technology other than conventional synchronous generation, and AEMO has found that it is both rapid and precise.

The HPR is also included in a new control scheme intended to prevent the likelihood of the South Australian power system separating from the rest of the NEM as a result of a sudden increase in flow on the Heywood Interconnector. The control scheme is expected to be fully commissioned in the second quarter of 2018, and this paper summarises how it is designed to work. 

To view the full paper please click here (pdf, 322 KB).

Source: AEMO

 

PROJECT UPDATE

Collie Solar Farm

Hadouken Pty Ltd’s proposed 20 MW solar farm in Collie, south-west Western Australia, has been declared not a controlled action by the federal Department of the Environment & Energy. The referral submitted was for a solar farm comprised of 69,000 PV panels on a piled-framework of a fixed-tilt arrangement covering an area of approximately 18 ha, with an option to install a battery (Li-ion) energy storage system. Construction is expected to take between three and six months to complete and was scheduled to begin in Q3 2018, but this may change depending on when components are available. The solar farm will be controlled and monitored remotely from Perth.

 

PROJECT UPDATE

Jung Wind Farm

BayWa r.e. submits a planning application for its 2-turbine Jung Wind Farm to Victorian state planning authority. The project site is approximately 19 km north east of Horsham in western Victoria. The wind farm will have a capacity of up to 8.4 MW and will connect to the existing 22 kV electricity network in the area. If the project is approved without delay construction is expected to commence in Q3 of 2018.

 

NEW PROJECT

Gladstone Abattoir Solar Farm

Asia Pacific Agri-Corp (APAC) is proposing to develop a renewable energy facility (solar, biogas and hydrogen) in conjunction with a new abattoir and processing facility Gladstone State Development Area at Aldoga, Queensland.

The development proposal includes the following project components:

- A 2400 head per day (at peak) abattoir facility;

- Associated beef and hide processing plants, packing, freezing and storage rooms together with ancillary Service Areas;

- 12 holding pens, with the ability to house 375 animals at a rate of 4m2 per head, resulting in a total capacity of 4,500 animals at any one time (note however that feedlots are not proposed);

- 12 lairage corrals will be constructed. Each corral will house 70 animals with 2.5 m2 for each animal, with a total capacity calculated to be 840 animals;

- Bio-gas plant and hydrogen plant;

- Renewable Energy Facility (Solar Farm) that will provide power for the proposed abattoir and processing plant

At full operational capacity, the abattoir facility will provide approximately 335 jobs for the locality, while the solar facilities are likely to generate approximately 6 jobs once operational.

The proposed Solar PV arrays planned to be constructed at the Euroa - Livestock Export & Processing Facility total 77.9 MWp at an investment exceeding $100 million. Annual electricity generation from the solar PV arrays is estimated to be 138,818 MWh annually.

Utilising the electricity generated by the solar PV arrays to accommodate estimated the 6 MW peak at the meat processing plant will see approximately 13.9GWh of electricity fed directly from the solar to the plant via the site services network. This will account for approximately 27.5% of the site’s total electricity needs leaving a surplus of available electricity of 125GWh of which a further 30GWh will be used in storage.

The addition of large scale battery storage will assist in facilitating a higher renewable energy utilisation. It is proposed to install a further 14MW of battery storage at the site to make available a further 30,642MWh of electricity annually for the facility reducing grid reliance and securing potentially 100% of the total facility’s energy use from renewable energy.

The battery storage facility will be housed in the general site services area and a space allocation of 4,000 square metres has been made for the battery storage facility. This will be one of the largest battery storage facilities in Australia and set the standard for large scale industrial energy storage adaptation.

The proposed Biogas Plan Treatment Plant planned to be constructed at the Euroa - Livestock Export & Processing Facility is expected to generate 116876GJ of Methane gas which is equal to 33% of net annual consumption gas required to run the facility. Methane gas is created from the Wastewater Treatment facility adjoining the plant which consist of primary treatment devices, removing solids from waste and a high rate anaerobic digester (HRAD).

The planned construction of a Hydrogen Electrolyser Plant (H2 Plant) will provide multiple business benefits to the APAC facility and adds value over both the immediate and long-term to ensure the business is capable of maximising future technological opportunities.

APAC are proposing to use hydrogen generated at Euroa for:

  1. Supplementary gas for the abattoir boiler;
  2. Industrial sales;
  3. Heavy vehicle fuel; and
  4. Possible export.

The production and storage of renewable hydrogen at Euroa will be achieved via the installation of a scalable 33 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser, storage and compression system from ITM Power. The system is provided in containerised format for outdoor use incorporating all essential subsystems such as water purification, hydrogen purification, thermal control, power conversion and system control and safety systems.

Contact

Dan Daly

Managing Director

Tel: 0416 234 246

Email: dan@apacificprojects.com

Source: Asia Pacific Agri-Corp

 

Making wind energy dispatchable energy

6 April

Today our CEO, Andy Vesey announced a new product to give wind energy a way in which it can be contracted. That’s a big deal because the big problem for renewables is that energy generation is unpredictable, and that’s meant you can’t promise it will be available as a part of a forward contract.

The announcement of the National Energy Guarantee got us thinking though, how could we best provide dispatchable energy which also reduces emissions intensity, at least cost?

While the NEG has its detractors, we’ve been trying to think through how we can make it work, and with a little innovation we think it can.

There is an opportunity to bundle a firm and dispatchable energy source such as gas peaking generation with a non-dispatchable source such as wind, allowing wind to be a part of the contract market.

We didn’t want to wait for the NEG to be finalised so on Wednesday we offered a new product in South Australia and Victoria. It’s called a Wind Product Firming Unit and is listed by High Voltage Brokers via Reuters.

It means a wind farm can contract with us so that when they produce less energy than their forecast capacity and prices are high, we will give them the energy at the spot price, so they can still honour their contract.

It’s a swap deal that firms up variable supply sources to allow those sources to be contracted and we think it will help create liquidity in the market which is a key focus of the National Energy Guarantee.

We think it’s innovative and we think innovation is the only way to make a successful transition to a carbon constrained future.

Source: AGL Energy