AGL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with battery recycling start-up, Renewable Metals, to jointly undertake a pre-feasibility study into developing a lithium battery recycling facility at AGL’s planned Hunter Energy Hub in NSW. The pre-feasibility study will outline key indicative project infrastructure and engineering requirements and identify regulatory approvals and licences necessary for the development, construction, and operation […]
AusNet has announced that construction on the Latrobe Valley Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project has commenced. Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, attended the official commencement of the project, which is to be delivered by AusNet and Tilt Renewables. AusNet Chief Executive Officer, David Smales, said the project is another great example of how AusNet and delivery […]
As its first investment since being recreated, the State Electricity Commission (SEC) is set to provide $245 million in funding to the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub near Melton – which is expected to store enough energy to power up to 200,00 homes during peak periods. This is the first investment from the SEC’s initial $1 billion towards building 4.5GW of […]
A new centralised solar farm and Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is now in operation at Cue in Western Australia. Cue is the fourth regional Western Australian town to receive a centralised solar farm as part of Horizon Power’s Major Project’s Midwest Solar Program, following the successful completion of projects in Wiluna, Yalgoo and Sandstone. Horizon Power is installing centralised […]
Synergy has awarded the contract for the Western Australia Kwinana Battery Stage Two, which will include the commission and installation of approximately 300 battery container units and 72 inverters. GenusPlus Group has been granted the contract for the provision of the civil and electrical balance of plant works, as well as installation and commissioning of the battery container units and […]
Community batteries are flexible and scalable energy solutions that benefit both the local communities they are built in and the wider energy system. Ausgrid is collaborating with the Federal Government to deliver a major community battery rollout, which will see as many as 400 batteries powering neighbourhoods across Australia. The Community Batteries for Household Solar Program will support power quality […]
The Bouldercombe Battery Project (BBP) will be one of the first standalone large-scale Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in Queensland and is the first fully commercial project financed battery in Australia. Australian company Genex has partnered with Tesla and Powerlink to operate the battery. We spoke to Genex Chief Executive Officer, Craig Francis, to hear more about the project’s funding, […]
More than $1 billion has been awarded in contracts by the Western Australian Government for the Kwinana and Collie big battery storage systems. Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) has been contracted to supply about 300 EnerC Plus, containerised liquid-cooling battery systems for Kwinana Battery Stage Two, and about 650 EnerC Plus for Collie. Power Electronics will deliver 72 inverters […]
AGL has appointed a demolition services company to engage in the first phase of demolition for its Torrens Island ‘A’ power station in Adelaide, expected to begin in October 2023. The McMahon Group has been granted the demolition contract with AGL for the first phase, with the contract involving the removal of turbine hall equipment and demolition works to flue […]
RayGen, in partnership with AGL, has opened its solar-plus-storage plant in Carwarp, Victoria, which is expected to add 4MW of solar and 2.8MW/50MWh of storage capacity to the West Murray grid. The plant is powered by a field of smart, rotational mirrors whose concentrated solar energy is combined with the energy stored across two water reservoirs to create a ‘hot […]
The Treasurer of Australia has released the Intergenerational Report 2023, which predicts a long-term increase in utility expenditure, particularly in the energy sector. The report analyses global effects on the Australian economy and predicts future expenditure all the way up to 2063. The report states that renewable energy is already the cheapest form of new energy in Australia, with onshore […]
As new transport and energy solutions move us towards a decarbonised society, the batteries used need to support this new technology and drive the future. Lithium titanium oxide batteries are the latest advancement, offering improved safety, longevity and fast charging/discharging capabilities that are perfectly suited to a wide-range of sustainable projects. Batteries that are based on lithium titanium oxide technology […]
Regional energy supplier for Western Australia, Horizon Energy, has purchased a vanadium redox flow battery for an energy storage pilot situated in Kununurra. Horizon Power is the first Australian regional energy utility to purchase a vanadium redox flow battery and has signed an agreement with VSUN Energy, a subsidiary of Australian Vanadium Limited, for the purchase, installation and commissioning of […]
Leading provider of security, safety and environmental monitoring, AI solutions and platforms, Spectur has launched its latest product, the STA-Power, a modular solar-battery and communications system that provides power for technology anywhere the sun shines. The STA-Power is the first member of a new generation of power platforms for Spectur and third-party technology products. This platform will support existing and […]
By Steph Barker, Journalist, Utility Magazine The Alice Springs Future Grid Project is a whole-of-systems project that aims to roadmap how Alice Springs can achieve 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030. The $12.5 million project involves collaboration by multiple organisations from across the Northern Territory and Australia, and its purpose is to identify and overcome barriers to further renewable […]
Endeavour Energy has switched on the first community battery in Western Sydney, with residents in Bungarribee Blacktown invited to participate in the community battery trial. Endeavour Energy Chief Executive Officer, Guy Chalkley, joined New South Wales Minister for Climate Change and Minister for Energy, Penny Sharpe, Member for Blacktown Stephen Bali, Blacktown City Mayor, Tony Bleasdale, and Origin Energy Chief […]
The first multi-million dollar international data cable based in Northern Australia has been switched on by the country’s specialist fibre and network solutions provider, Vocus, solidifying the state as the new international data entry point for Asia Pacific. The cable connects with the company’s pre-existing North-West Cable System which runs from Darwin to Port Hedland with their Australian Singapore Cable […]
Western Power has officially opened its new $123 million energy hub in Forrestdale, Western Australia, which includes multiple clean energy technologies to accommodate growing energy demand. Built by ADCO Constructions, and designed by SPH Architects, the facility includes 10,000m2 of solar panels and 34 electric vehicle (EV) chargers, providing improved services to the community as well as consolidating the Kewdale, […]
Transgrid is set to hit the market, seeking contracts with battery operators to maintain electricity reliability in parts of New South Wales. Grid-scale batteries have been identified as part of the preferred options for maintaining a reliable supply to the Bathurst, Orange and Parkes areas and the NSW North West Slopes region. By entering the market, Transgrid hopes to gain […]
The New South Wales Government has approved two new batteries for the Central-West Orana and Upper Hunter regions, which are set to future-proof the power supply for more than 100,000 homes. The projects will be constructed in two of the state’s Renewable Energy Zones (REZs). The projects in Apsley (Central-West Orana REZ) and Muswellbrook (Hunter Central Coast REZ) involve building […]
The Queensland Government has announced the official activation of the Bouldercombe 50MW grid-scale battery just outside of Rockhampton, which is intended to store the network’s excess solar energy. The battery, nicknamed ‘Big Bessie’, is part of the Queensland Government’s Energy and Jobs Plan, and will take Central Queensland’s role in generating the state’s energy and supercharge local energy affordability. The […]
Ausgrid has announced that it is partnering with the Federal Government to deliver six new community batteries for Sydney and Central Coast communities. The projects are being jointly funded and planned in partnership with Ausgrid and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water’s Community Batteries for Household Solar Program. The batteries will be installed in Bondi, Cabarita, […]
Powerlink’s CopperString 2032 project is set to receive $1 billion in funding from the Queensland Government, with $594 million allocated to start construction over the 2023-24 financial year. The announcement was made at the official opening of Vecco Group’s $26 million Townsville Vanadium Battery Manufacturing Facility, which also received support through the Queensland Jobs Fund. A $20 million early works […]
A contract has been awarded for the latest big battery to be connected to the South West Interconnected System (SWIS), which will be built at Collie in Western Australia. The contract to build the 197MW battery was awarded to Neoen by the Australian Energy Market Operator, following a competitive process initiated with the State Government through Energy Policy Western Australia’s […]
Phillip Island has switched on the Phillip Island Community Energy Storage System (PICESS), a joint $10 million 5MW/10MWh project which can power 8,000 homes and secure energy supply during peak periods. The PICESS is located in a 38m x 34m fenced high voltage compound and is connected to the electricity grid via underground cables. The battery will replace diesel generators […]
EnergyAustralia has announced it is seeking approval to extend geological exploration work at the site of its proposed Lake Lyell Pumped Hydro Project, in order to support the technical and environmental feasibility assessment of the project. In addition, the company – which owns the Mt Piper Power Station – has made a separate development application for subsurface site investigation works […]
By Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction ACT has become a leader in energy storage with the successful completion of the Next Generation Energy Storage program and investment in large-scale batteries. The ACT is electrifying and shifting to a zero emissions future. Creating a strong and stable distributed energy system is a critical focus for this work. […]
The Victoria State Government has announced it is bringing back the State Electricity Commission (SEC), designed to drive down power bills and create thousands of jobs in renewable, government-owned energy. The Victorian Budget 2023/24 allocates investment in the SEC to drive jobs in renewable energy, while also investing to protect Victoria’s natural environment and help Victorian families with cost of […]
The Northern Territory’s $45 million big battery – known as the Darwin-Katherine Battery Energy Storage System (DK BESS) – has reached a key milestone with the successful installation of all batteries and progression to the first stages of pre-commissioning. Once commissioned, the 35MVA battery is intended to replace some gas-fired generation at the Channel Island Power Station and strengthen the […]
The first large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) has been completed at Kwinana, Western Australia – with a capacity of 100MW/200MWh – as planning begins for a second, larger battery at the site. Through Synergy, the Western Australian Government has delivered the battery at Kwinana, which can store enough energy in reserve to power 160,000 homes for up to two […]
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