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Sep 22, 2020
Taylor outlines technology investment priorities

Taylor outlines technology investment priorities

Hydrogen, energy storage and carbon capture and storage are key planks of the Federal Government’s new Low Emissions Technology Statement. Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor released the statement, described as the first milestone in Australia’s Technology Investment Roadmap. It outlines five priority technologies and economic stretch goals to make new technologies a...

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Sep 03, 2020
Emerald coal mine in biomass trials

Emerald coal mine in biomass trials

The Ensham coal mine near Emerald may host a ‘biomass hub’ under a renewable energy initiative by owner Idemitsu Australia Resources. Idemitsu Renewable Developments Australia (IRDA) is investing $200,000 in a trial to assess the viability of producing a fully renewable biomass product that could be used with coal to reduce carbon emissions from power stations. The trial will id...

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Sep 02, 2020
Coal company signs up for renewable power supply

Coal company signs up for renewable power supply

BHP has signed a deal that will see it meet half of the electricity needs across its Queensland coal mines from low-emissions sources, including solar and wind. The company says the renewable power purchasing agreement will help it halve emissions from electricity use in its Queensland operations by 2025, based on FY2020 levels. The agreement, with state-owned clean energy generator and re...

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Aug 28, 2020
Columboola solar farm construction sparks up

Columboola solar farm construction sparks up

Construction is kicking off on a multimillion-dollar solar farm between Chinchilla and Miles, creating 400 jobs from this month. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham today announced that Hana Financial Investment would build the 162 megawatt Columboola Solar Farm. It came as UK-based project developers Luminous Energy announced financial close on the solar farm project and its concurrent sale...

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Aug 25, 2020
Sales deal to bring lift-off for CQ wind farm

Sales deal to bring lift-off for CQ wind farm

A sales deal with Stanwell Corporation has opened the way for construction to kick off next year on the $1.5 billion Clarke Creek wind farm. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the project was expected to create 350 jobs. Partners Lacour Energy and Goldwind are behind the planned wind farm, to be built about 150 km north-west of Rockhampton near Marlborough. They have sealed an agree...

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Aug 20, 2020
Renewable Energy Zones to help recharge economy

Renewable Energy Zones to help recharge economy

The State Government has committed $145 million for the creation of three Queensland Renewable Energy Zones located in southern, central and northern Queensland. “With the right support from governments, these zones will help connect new renewable energy to our power network, and attract industries wanting new energy to a series of connected commercial and industrial power hubs across the stat...

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Aug 04, 2020
Genex to bring big battery project to Rockhampton

Genex to bring big battery project to Rockhampton

Genex Power has revealed plans for a big battery project in Central Queensland, with construction planned to begin next year. The 50MW/75MWh Como battery storage project will be built near Rockhamption and is expected to cost around $50 million to bring online. Genex Power is also continuing to advance its Kidston pumped hydro project south-west of Cairns, with an expected cost of $700 mill...

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Jul 21, 2020
Mount Isa earmarked for $600m energy project

Mount Isa earmarked for $600m energy project

Renewable energy company Vast Solar has identified Mount Isa as the preferred site for a $600 million dispatchable power project. The 50MW power plant would combine a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, large-scale battery storage and gas engines with solar-thermal power technology developed by the company. The project is expected to create hundreds of jobs during a two-year construction phase...

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Jul 14, 2020
Santos launches hydrogen study for zero-emission future

Santos launches hydrogen study for zero-emission future

GHD is carrying out a concept study for Santos on the potential to de-carbonise natural gas at the source to make “zero-emissions” or “blue” hydrogen. The aim would be for the carbon dioxide produced as a result to be safely captured and stored in the same reservoirs that the gas came from. Santos managing director and chief executive officer Kevin Gallagher said the Cooper Basin hydrogen ...

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