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May 08, 2020
Methane in the mix

Methane in the mix

Methane may be the next renewable energy source. A modular renewable production demonstration plant will be built at the APA Group’s Wallumbilla plant with the help of a $1.1 million Federal Government grant. The renewable methane process involves the production of renewable hydrogen from an Anion Exchange Membrane (AEM) electrolyser. The electrolyser uses water extracted from the...

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May 06, 2020
Powerlink study tackles system strength constraints

Powerlink study tackles system strength constraints

A Powerlink Queensland study looking to tackle a key challenge for renewable energy projects connecting to the grid has attracted $490,629 in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The $922,000 Powerlink Cost-Effective System Strength Study kicked off in August 2019 and is expected to be complete this year. It is focused on at addressing system strength challenges by e...

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May 06, 2020
Neoen plans July start for $570m solar farm build

Neoen plans July start for $570m solar farm build

Renewable energy company Neoen has signed a deal paving the way for it to build Australia’s largest solar farm near Chinchilla. Construction of the 460-480mWp Western Downs Green Power Hub is expected to begin in July and create more than 400 jobs. Neon announced today that it had signed a 352 MWp power purchase agreement with CleanCo Queensland for energy from the $570 million projec...

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May 05, 2020
Major boost for Australian hydrogen industry

Major boost for Australian hydrogen industry

The Federal Government has set up a $300 million fund to back projects focused on growing a clean and competitive hydrogen industry in Australia. The Advancing Hydrogen Fund will be administered by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and will provide concessional finance for projects that support a national hydrogen industry. It comes at a time that the Queensland Government has bee...

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May 01, 2020
Uplifting milestone for $850m wind farm project

Uplifting milestone for $850m wind farm project

Australia’s largest wind farm has passed a major milestone, with construction of the final turbine completed at Coopers Gap, near Kingaroy. AGL head of construction Brian McEvoy said the final blade on the 123rd wind turbine was hoisted into place by crane and fitted to the turbine hub by the rigging crew on Friday last week. He said the entire $850 million project was expected to be comple...

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Apr 28, 2020
FNQ wind farm plan gains Federal approval

FNQ wind farm plan gains Federal approval

Construction of a $300 million wind farm near Ravenshoe in Far North Queensland is expected to kick off by early 2021 after winning Federal environmental approval. Neoen’s Green Power Hub at Kaban is proposed to include up to 29 turbines and additional infrastructure, including a substation and battery storage facility. Neoen Australia managing director Louis de Sambucy said the site ...

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Apr 21, 2020
Clear path for future of solar technology

Clear path for future of solar technology

Australian researchers have developed semi-transparent solar cells that can be incorporated into window glass. The results are a ‘game-changer’ that could transform architecture, urban planning and electricity generation, they say. The researchers – led by Professor Jacek Jasieniak from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science (Exciton Science) and Monash University – hav...

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Apr 16, 2020
Lightweight contender in solar tech race

Lightweight contender in solar tech race

Researchers have developed an ultralight flexible solar cell, 10 times thinner than the width of a human hair, that is showing good results for power conversion. At a size of just 2cm squared – roughly the same as an Australian 5c piece – each solar cell is light enough to be supported by a flower petal and can generate 9.9 watts of power per gram. The low-cost solar cells can be reproduced...

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Mar 30, 2020
Offtake deal breakthrough for FNQ power project

Offtake deal breakthrough for FNQ power project

Genex Power has secured the energy offtake deal needed to push ahead with the Kidston hydro project in Far North Queensland. EnergyAustralia has agreed to an Energy Storage Services Agreement for up to 30 years for full dispatch rights from the planned 250MW plant. Genex expects to begin construction in the third quarter of this year, creating about 500 jobs over a build time of more than...

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