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Canberra Funding Aussie CCUS Hubs (Int'l., Funding)
Australia CCS
Date: 2021-10-01
In Canberra, the Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction , Hon. Angus Taylor, reports the government is providing $250 million (US$180 million) to fund a new programme to "turbocharge" the development of commercial-scale Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) hubs across the country, before the end of the decade.

Of the total, $100 million will support the design and construction of carbon capture hubs and shared infrastructure, with $150 million earmarked for research and commercialization of CCUS technologies and identifying viable carbon storage sites.

The Minister noted the programme would help drive down the cost of CCUS, reduce carbon emissions, create significant employment, and had the potential to support the ongoing use of Australia's resources, including coal. (Source: Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction , PR, upstream, 30 Sept., 2021) Contact: Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction , Hon. Angus Taylor, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au, www.minister.industry.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


GIG Acquires Swedish Offshore Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
Macquarie Group
Date: 2021-10-01
Australian investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd reports its Green Investment Group Ltd has acquired the rights for the 260 MW, Kattegatt Offshore Wind project, off the coast of the Falkenberg, from Lundsbrunn, Sweden-based engineering firm Agrivind AB on undisclosed terms. The project, which is consented and currently in the development stage.

Sweden currently has 191 MW of operational offshore wind power capacity. By 2035, this figure could reach 4 GW, according to the Green Investment Group release. (Source: Macquarie Green Investment Group, PR, 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: Macquarie Green Investment Group, www.greeninvestmentgroup.com/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie Group,  Agrivind,  Offshore Wind,  


TransAlta Targets 2 GW Renewables by 2025 (Ind. Report)
TransAlta
Date: 2021-09-29
Calgary, Alberta-based power generator TransAlta Corp reports it plans to invest $3 billion ($2.4 billion) in developing, building and acquiring 2 GW of new renewable energy and energy storage assets to its fleet by the end of 2025. The company will also work to execute its 3-GW development pipeline by 2025.

Additionally, TransAlta plans to suspend its Sundance Unit 5 coal power plant repowering project, as well as retire Keephills Unit 1 from December 31, 2021 and Sundance Unit 4 from April 1, 2022.

The company's development pipeline stands at 1.2 GW in the US, up to 2 GW in Canada and 270 MW in Australia. (Source: Transalta, PR, 28 Sept., 2021) Contact: Transalta, (855) 255-9184, www.transalta,com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TransAlta,  Renewable Energy,  


Tesla Touting Aussie Powerwall Energy Plan (Int'l. Report)
Tesla Powerwall
Date: 2021-09-22
In the Land Down Under, , Tesla reports it is expanding its Virtual Power Plant and Tesla Energy Plan. The Virtual Power Plant allows Tesla Powerwall owners to maximise energy savings through flexible time of use rates by monitoring and managing Powerwall usage patterns to help ensure the home is powered by the most efficient source.

The Tesla energy plan offers: Monthly Grid Support Credits; Limit of 50 Powerwall discharge cycles per year; Extended warranty, up to 15 years on new Powerwalls; Virtual Power Plant that is purpose built for Powerwall; No Lock in contract energy plan; Minimum 20 pct Back-up reserve during a grid outage, and an Australian Based Customer Service Team Current Tesla Powerwall owners can now join the program or homeowners can buy new Powerwalls to join the program. (Source: Tesla, 17 Sept., 2021) Contact: Tesla, www.save.energylocals.com.au/TeslaEnergyPlan-TOU

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla Powerwall,  Energy Storage,  


Photon Delivers Aussie Island Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
Photon Energy
Date: 2021-09-20
In the Land Down Under, Amsterdam, Netherlands-headquartered Photon Energy N.V. is reporting its subsidiary Photon Energy Engineering Australia Pty Ltd has completed and delivered an EPC-contracted hybrid solar PV energy project to the Lord Howe Island Board -- the management agency of Lord Howe Island, New South Wales.

The ground-mounted system, which incorporates 3,240 photovoltaic modules totaling 1.328 MWp connected to a 3.712 MWh Tesla Powerpack controlled by a Tesla Microgrid Controller, has been online and producing power for the past six months. ARENA provided $4.5 million im support of the $11.1 million (AUS) project. The Lord Howe Island Board arranged $5.9 million loan for the project and covered the balance of funds from its own capital. (Source: Photon Energy Group, Website, PR, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Photon Energy Group (Australia), Michael Gartner, CTO, Managing Director, www.photonenergy.com/en; Lord Howe Island Board, Mick Pettitt, Acting CEO, www.lhib.nsw.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage news,  Photon Energy news,  


Vestas Confirms 181 MW Australian Wind Farm Order (Int'l.)
Vestas
Date: 2021-09-01
German wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports receipt of a 181 MW wind turbine supply and installation deal that includes a 30-year service agreement from RES for the Dulacca Wind Farm in Queensland, Australia. The project will incorporate 43 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines that will generate sufficient energy for roughly 124,000 homes. (Source: Vesta Asia Pacific, PR, 30 Aug., 2021)Contact: Vestas, John Wawer, External Communications. +44 (0) 73 9792 9959, jowaw@vestas.com, www.vestsa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


Aussie GBC Promotes Home Green Star Energy Standard (Int'l. )
Australian Green Building Council
Date: 2021-09-01
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Green Building Council (GBCA) is touting a new Green Star Home Standard certification system that it says could cut residential energy bills by up to 75 pct.

The certification system, the world's first mass-market residential climate-positive certification, will see new homes throughout Australia constructed to withstand the effects of climate change with: solar power systems; water and energy efficiency features mitigating a number of potential emission or toxicity issues; smarter HVAC; energy efficient appliances: LED lighting; increased insulation and ventilation, all of which help drive down energy costs. The GBCA is presently collaborating with the Federal Government to usher the system into the current National Construction Code which presently only accounts for insulation levels.

Download Green Star Home Standard certification system details HERE . (Source: Green Building Council of Australia, PR, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Green Building Council of Australia, Davina Rooney, CEO, www.gbca.org.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australian Green Building Council news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Energy Vault Touts Gravity Energy Storage Platform (Ind. Report)
Energy Vault
Date: 2021-08-27
In the Land Down Under, Energy Vault Inc. reports it raised $137 million (AUS) ($100 million US) in Series C funding for its EVx tower which stores gravitational potential energy for grid dispatch. The funds will support the ramp up of EVx platform deployments in the Middle East, Europe, Australia and the US where the first project is slated to get underway before the year end.

Energy Vault's EVx platform is a six-arm crane tower designed to be charged by grid-scale renewable energy. The crane lifts large composite blocks that discharge kinetic energy to the grid when lowered. There is zero degradation in the storage capacity of the raised blocks, which can remain in the raised position for unlimited periods of time. (Source: Energy Vault, Website, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Energy Vault Inc., www.youtube.com/c/EnergyVaultInc, www.energyvault.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Vault,  Energy Storage,  Gravity Energy STorage,  


Itochu Backs Aussie Carbon Utilization Start-up (Int'l.)
Itochu Corporation,Mineral Carbonation International
Date: 2021-08-27
Japan's Itochu Corporation reports it has invested in Canberra, Australia-based start-up Mineral Carbonation International (MCI), developer of a scalable carbon platform technology that converts industrial CO2 emissions into solid bulk materials used in new low-carbon products for construction, industrial and consumer markets.

MCI builds carbon plants that enable CO2 emissions reduction, avoidance and removal and creates high quality permanent carbon offsets. the company recently raised $14.6 million from the Australian Federal government to help fund construction of a demonstration plant near Newcastle. (Source: Itochu Corporation, Financial Review, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: Mineral Carbonation International, Marcus Dawe, CEO, contactus@mineralcarbonation.com, www.mineralcarbonation.com; Itochu Corporation, www.itochu.co.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Itochu Corporation,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Utilization,  


"Act NOW, You Idiots" -- Aussie Green Groups Respond to IPCC Climate Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
IPCC
Date: 2021-08-11
"No more excuses and no more delays on climate change. This is decision time for every political and business leader in Australia. This is the issue on which you will be judged by history and by the children of Australia, whose futures are on the line.

"The IPCC Working Group 1 report makes it clear that we are out of control and accelerating towards disaster. Only if we make deep, rapid emissions cuts including the complete phase out of climate-destroying coal, oil and gas do we have a chance of making it to a safer, habitable future powered by clean energy. We could have made emissions cuts decades ago that would have put us on a path to a safer future, but this was blocked by the vested interests of coal, oil and gas and the politicians who have subsidized and protected these big polluters." -- David Ritter, CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

The Australian Greens political party noted the IPCC report made it clear the Australian government's current target of reducing emissions by 26 pct -- 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 were "a death sentence" and "amounts to criminal negligence" and called on the government to double or even triple its target.

"Exceeding 1.5 degrees of warming means that we will lose the Great Barrier Reef, have widespread and sustained drought, more extreme weather events, and catastrophic bush fires will become the norm. The rest of the world understands that if we don't do more by 2030, we all go over the climate cliff," the Green Party warned.

Not to worry! The the Australian Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, noted the (Australian) government remains committed to achieving net zero emissions "as soon as possible -- preferably by 2050." (Source: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Various Media, upstream, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, www.greenpeace.org.au

Editor's Note --Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate accord. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

The 2015 Paris Agreement was "reluctantly" signed by former Aussie PM Tony Abbott who is best remembered for his colorful description of climate change science as "a load of crap!"

More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  Australia Climate Change,  


MGA Thermal Raises $8Mn for Energy Storage Block Expansion (Int'l)
MGA Thermal
Date: 2021-08-04
In the Land Down Under, MGA Thermal reports raising $8 million (AUS) ($5.8 million US) to expand manufacturing capacity and MGA thermal energy storage exports globally.

The funding was led by Main Sequence, Australia's deep tech investment fund founded by CSIRO, New Zealand's Climate Venture Capital Fund and other investors.

MGA Thermal's core technology Miscibility Gap Alloys (MGA) modular blocks are stacked into insulated storage tanks and store hundreds to millions of kilowatt hours of energy. MGA systems can be custom made to suit a wide range of operating temperatures with multiple systems under development for temperatures between 200 degrees C and 1400 degrees C. (Source: MGA Thermal, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: MGA Thermal, Erich Kisis, CEO, Arden Jarrett, arden.j@mgathermal.com, www.mgathermalstorage.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MGA Thermal,  Thermal Energy STorage,  Energy STorage,  


Novozymes Touts Innova Yeast to Boost Ethanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
Novozymes,Microbiogen
Date: 2021-07-21
Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes is touting "Innova Element", the latest addition to the company's Innova yeast platform. Element specifically targets ethanol plants seeking the highest level of starch and glucose conversion.

Element is tolerant of high ethanol concentrations, powers through high organic acid and fermentation temperature excursions -- delivering the lowest residual starch. This allows producers to push for new ethanol yield targets while minimizing losses to common stressors such as high temperature and organic acids. Element enables plants to improve throughput by raising solids and improving plant efficiency -- or finish fermentations as needed because of its flexibility in speed, according to the release.

By leveraging the biological synergies and sustainability of Novozymes' enzymes, yeast, and technical service platforms all together, ethanol producers can unlock more of their inputs to generate the highest levels of ethanol, expand diversification, lower input costs and achieve significant process efficiency gains, according to the release. Novozymes' Innova yeast products are the result of a dedicated development partnership with Sydney, Australia-based Microbiogen to bring new yeast technology to the market (Source: Novozymes, Website, PR, July, 2021) Contact: MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com; Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Microbiogen,  Novozymes,  Ethanol,  Yeast,  


MicroBioGen Touts 2G Biofuels Technology Success (Int'l. Report)
MicroBioGen,Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2021-07-12
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based MicroBioGen reports the successfull demo-scale production of both high-protein food and low carbon bioethanol from non-food material using a single biological agent -- a genetically-modified version of the common yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae -- developed in Australia in collaboration with Novozymes

Funded in part with a $4 million grant from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), MicroBioGen's work will boost the role of second-generation (2G) biofuels in reducing carbon emissions and improving food security by enabling food and fuel production from abundant, low-value waste plant material. (Source: MicroBioGen, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy Commercial, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America,(919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com; MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MicroBioGen,  Biofuel,  Novozymes,  


CSIRO Leading Program to Boost Hydrogen Capabilities (Int'l.)
CSIRO
Date: 2021-07-09
In the Land Down Under, Australia's national science agency (CSIRO) reports it is leading a new $5-million Hydrogen RD&D International Collaboration Program aimed at strengthening development of Australia's hydrogen industry by supporting research, development and demonstration (RD&D) collaborations with international research organizations.

The 2-year program will support collaboration between Australia's research institutions and leading international research organizations for the benefit of the domestic hydrogen RD&D community, as well as enabling RD&D linkages with partner countries. The program will seek to:

  • Increase collaboration within Australia between industry and the research community to realize transformative clean hydrogen industry solutions;

  • Build and strengthen national and international research and industry partnerships to support efforts to build clean hydrogen export pathways;

  • Advance low emission technology development within Australia in order to add value and reduce costs in all stages of the hydrogen value chain; and

  • Develop capability and solutions to respond to domestic and global clean hydrogen industry opportunities.

    The Hydrogen RD&D International Collaboration Program is funded by the Australian Government, and follows partnerships signed with Germany, Singapore and Japan to accelerate the development of low emissions technologies, including hydrogen, that will drive investment and job creation in Australia. (Source: CSIRO, PR, Website, Green Car Congress, 8 July, 2021) Contact: CSIRO, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  Hydrogen,  Australia Hydrogen,  


  • Fertoz Launching Carbon Sequestration Division (Int'l. Report)
    Fertoz
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Melbourne, Australia-based phosphate developer and organic fertilizer manufacturer and supplier Fertoz reports it plans to raise $5 million (AUS) in a share placement to accelerate the development of its Fertoz Carbon division.

    The new division will focus on carbon sequestration, consulting activities, trading and carbon implementation strategies using the company's organic fertilisers as a key input in improving soil health and carbon accretion. (Source: Fertoz, PR, Website, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Fertoz, +61 3 8 395 5446, (720) 413-4520 -- US Office, www.fertoz.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    AMTE JV Plans Aussie Li-Ion Battery Gigafactory (Int'l. Report)
    AMTE Power
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Caithness, Scotland-headquartered lithium-ion battery specialist AMTE Power is reporting a joint venture agreement with Perth-based Australian infrastructure developer InfraNomics to form Bardan Cells Pty and the construction of a new battery plant in Western Australia.

    The JV will develop the manufacturing, sales and distribution business using AMTE's licensed technology and manufacturing expertise to build cells for use in power storage systems. The company plans an initial manufacturing microcline plant leading to a major "gigafactory" facility. Off-take agreements are being finalised to support the factory build out. (Source: AMTE Power, PR, Website, 2 July, 2021) Contact: AMTE Power, Dave Pell, CCO, +44 (0) 1847 867200, hello@amtepower.com, www. amtepower.com; InfraNomics, Cameron Edwards, +61 434 714 377, www.infranomics.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AMTE Power,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion,  Energy Storage,  


    Capstone Green Claims Aussie Microturbine Orders (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Green Energy
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Van Nuys, California-headquartered Capstone Green Energy Corporation -- fka Capstone Turbine Corporation -- a global leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green energy solutions, reports it will supply, through its Australian distributor, Optimal Group, two C600S microturbine systems and one C800S microturbine system in support of several oil and gas projects in Australia.

    All three systems are expected to be delivered between June to December this year and installed at multiple locations and will use high-pressure natural gas. The dual-mode turbines will be operating in a standalone configuration, supplying all of the site's electrical demand.

    Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, Capstone offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems, comprehensive Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs, as well as aftermarket parts. Energy Conversion Products are driven by the Company's microturbine energy systems offering scalable solutions in addition to a broad range of customer-tailored solutions, including hybrid energy systems and larger frame industrial turbines. The Energy Storage Products business line designs and installs microgrid storage systems creating customized solutions using a combination of battery technologies and monitoring software. Through Hydrogen Energy Solutions, Capstone Green Energy offers a variety of hydrogen products, including the Company's microturbine energy systems.

    To date in 2021, Capstone has shipped more than 10,000 units to 83 countries and saved customers an estimated $217 million in annual energy costs and approximately 397,000 tons of carbon. Total savings over the last three years are estimated at 1,115,100 tons of carbon and $698 million in annual energy savings. (Source: Capstone Green Energy, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Capstone Green Energy Corp., Darren Jamison, CEO, www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Green Energy ,  Capstone Turbine,  


    Canada Joins Climate Disaster Coalition (Ind. Report)
    Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
    Date: 2021-06-30
    In Ottawa, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, reports Canada has joined the Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, endorsing its Charter with a goal to promote the resilience of infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks.

    The Coalition on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2019, building on discussions on the need for multi-stakeholder approach to improve disaster resilient infrastructure at the G20 since 2017. The Coalition's 22 member countries include the UK, the United States, France, Germany, Japan, Chile, and Australia along with seven member organizations including the European Union and the World Bank Group.

    The Government of Canada's Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience included the following new funding for climate resilient infrastructure:

  • $1.4 billion over 12 years, starting in 2021-2022, to top up the Disaster and Mitigation Fund to mitigate the economic, social, and environmental impacts of climate change, and strengthen resilience.

  • $200 million over three years, starting in 2021-2022, to establish a standalone Natural Infrastructure Fund in recognition of the resilience and economic investments.

  • $11.7 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, to renew the Standards to Support Resilience in Infrastructure Program, so that the Standards Council of Canada can continue updating standards and guidance in priority areas to help communities to plan and build infrastructure that is more durable and resilient to a changing climate. (Source: Infrastructure Canada, PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Infrastructure Canada, (613) 948-1148, www.infrastructure.gc.sa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


  • Singapore Airlines Launches Voluntary Carbon Offsets (Int'l.)
    Singapore Airlines
    Date: 2021-06-28
    The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme that allows passengers on both Singapore Airlines and Scoot to offset their carbon emissions via dedicated microsites beginning in late July, this year. Passengers will also be able to use "frequent flyer" points to offset emissions, starting in Q4, 2021.

    The offset projects selected include: protecting forests in Indonesia; supporting renewable solar energy projects in India ; and providing efficient, clean burning cook stoves for rural families in Nepal. The offsets will be provided via the BlueHalo digital solution, which has been developed by Australia-based Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM). This allows passengers to immediately calculate and offset the emissions associated with their journey.

    As previously reported, the SIA has committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by: increased investments in new-generation aircraft; achieving higher operational efficiency; adopting low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and sourcing high quality carbon offsets.

    SIA is a participant in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). (Source: Singapore Airlines, Business Traveler, 27 June, 2021) Contact: Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  Singapore Airlines,  Carbon Offsets ,  


    Fortescue Plans Tasmanian Green Hydrogen Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Fortescue
    Date: 2021-06-23
    In the Land Down Under, East Perth-headquartered iron ore mining giant Fortescue Metals Group reports it plans to construct a 250-mw green hydrogen plant at Bell Bay in northern Tasmania.

    Fortescue's wholly owned subsidiary Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has entered into an option agreement with Tasmanian Ports Corporation to exclusively negotiate all land and operating access requirements for the proposed plant which could cost as much as $500 million to construct. (Source: Fortescue Metals Group, PR, Australian Financial Review, 21 June, 2021) Contact: Fortescue Metals Group, +61 8 6218 8888, www.fmgl.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortescue,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  


    ARENA CCS, Blue Hydrogen Funding Nixed (Int'l. Report)
    ARENA
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Yesterday in Canberra, the Australian Senate rejected a government regulation that would have allowed the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to invest in blue hydrogen projects andcarbon capture and storage (CCS).

    If passed into law, the regulation would have enabled ARENA to support: energy efficiency projects, carbon capture technologies, blue hydrogen from gas using CCS, energy storage technologies to back up renewable energy and technologies that reduce emissions from aluminium and steel, and soil carbon. (Source: ARENA, The Conversation, 22 June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  ARENA,  Blue Hydrogen,  


    Soltec Touts New SFOne Solar Tracker (Ind. Report)
    Soltec
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Global solar tracker specialist Soltec is touting its SFOne, a new solar tracker with a double row 1P configuration. SFOne includes "Dy-Wind" technology design for wind-resistant tracking structures, and the optimization of the "Diffuse Booster" system for low-light conditions. Additionally, SFOne's low height profile provides greater ease and speed of installation.

    Soltec has manufacturing facilities in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Spain and the United States. (Source: Soltec, Website, PR, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Soltec, Raul Morales, CEO, www.soltec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Soltec,  Solar Tracker,  


    Prime Capital Nordic Wind Fund Tops €342Mn (Int'l.)
    Prime Capital
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Australian mortgage lender Prime Capital reports its Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund (PGEIF) focused on late development stage Nordic wind energy assets has reached total commitments of €342 million.

    The fund is the first infrastructure equity fund that received a Second Party Opinion from Sustainalytics, a provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, ratings and analysis. Prime Capital "identifies and secures attractive opportunities at an early stage, optimizing all technical and commercial aspects of the projects, including financing and power purchase agreements," according to the company.

    According to Sustainalytics, the fund aligns with its principles for green and responsible investments and "creates significant positive impact" with respect to the EU's climate change mitigation target. (Source: Prime Capital, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact:Prime Capital, Mathias Bimberg, 1300 766 075, info@primecapital.com, www.primecapital.com, www. primecapital-ag.com/product/prime-green-energy-infrastructure-fund-s-a/?lang=en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    ARENA Supports Aussie Solar-Hydro Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
    ARENA, RayGen Resources
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is providing $15 million in funding to Victoria-based RayGen Resources Pty Ltd to construct a "first of its kind" $30 million solar-hydro power plant that incorporates 4 MW of solar PV generation and 3 MW / 50 MWh of dispatchable energy storage capacity in north-west Victoria.

    RayGen's solar-hydro power plant consists of RayGen's proprietary PV Ultra, a concentrating photovoltaic solar co-generation tower, combined with its patented electro-thermal storage. The technology generates heat as a by-product which is captured and used for thermal storage. The electro-thermal storage system consists of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine, industrial chillers and two insulated water-based thermal storage pits or reservoirs, each roughly the size of four Olympic size swimming pools. One of the reservoirs is kept at a temperature of 90 degrees and the other at close to 0 degrees, and the temperature difference is used to generate dispatchable electricity using ORC turbines, according to RayGen.

    The project builds on a feasibility study and development work supported by a $3 million ARENA grant in March 2020. ARENA also supported RayGen with $8.67 million in funding to develop and construct its 1-MW PV Ultra pilot project in Newbridge, Victoria. (Source: ARENA, PR, June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au; RayGen Resources, +61 3 8669 0380, enquiries@raygen.com, www.raygen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  RayGen Resources,  Solat,  Hydro,  Energy Storage,  


    Lightsource BP Secures $330Mn for Aussie Solar Projects (Int'l.)
    Lightsource BP
    Date: 2021-06-04
    London-headquartered Lightsource bp, a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects, is reporting closing on a $330 million (AUS) financing package and begun construction on its West Wyalong and Woolooga solar projects located in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Financing for the projects was secured from EDC, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo and Westpac.

    Combined, West Wyalong and Woolooga will produce approximately 673GWh of renewable electricity a year -- sufficient power for 100,000 Australian homes and cut carbon emissions by 540,000 metric tpy. The projects are expected to come online in mid-2022.

    Queensland is aiming to have 50 pct of energy generation from renewable sources by 2030 and New South Wale has pledged to construct 12GW of clean energy over the next ten years. (Source: LighthouseBP, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Lighthouse BP, Adam Pegg, Country Manager, Australia (732) 429-3906, asam.pegg@lightsourcebp.com, www.lightsourcebp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsource BP ,  Solar,  


    Bright to Build Aussie Biomethane-to-Grid Facility (Int'l.)
    Bright Biomethane,
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Netherlands-based Bright Biomethane reports it is joining forces with Brisbane,Australia-headquartered clean energy infrastructure and equipment provider Eneraque, to construct its first biogas upgrader in Australia for energy company Jemena at the Sydney Malabar wastewater treatment site.

    Biogas from Sydney Water will be purified to biomethane for distribution through the grid. The project is expected to be completed in 2022 and is claimed to be Australia's first biomethane gas grid injection project. (Source: Bright Biomethane, Website, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: Bright Biomethane, +31 53 460 9088, info@brightbiomethane.com, www.brightbiomethane.com; Eneraque, +61 7 3434 3593 -- fax, www.eneraque.com; Jemena, www.jemena.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bright Biomethane,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  Eneraque,  


    Vestas Claims157 MW Australian Project Order (Int'l Report)
    Vestas,Neoen
    Date: 2021-05-24
    Vestas has secured a 157 MW order from Neoen to deliver the engineering, procurement and construction of Kaban Green Power Hub in Far North Queensland, Australia.

    The project will feature 28 Vestas V162-5.6 MW turbines from the EnVentus platform and is Vestas' first EnVentus order for Asia Pacific and Australia, as well as Neoen's first Australian project with Vestas. Delivery is slated for Q1, 2022 for commissioning in Q4, 2022.

    Vestas designs, manufactures, installs, and services onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe and has more than 136 GW of wind turbines and more than 117 GW of wind turbines under service in 84 countries, according to the company website. (Source: Vestas, Website PR, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Vestas, www.vestas.com ; Neoen, Louis de Sambucy, Neoen Australia MD, www.neoen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Neoen,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


    J-Power Takes Stake in Aussie Renewables Developer (Int'l.)
    J-Power, Genex Power
    Date: 2021-05-21
    In Tokyo, Electric Power Development Co. Ltd (J-Power) reports its subsidiary JPGA Partners has taken a 10 pct stake in Australian renewables and pumped hydro developer Genex Power. Genex has three Australian solar assets in Australia ranging from feasibility to operational.

    J-Power is hoping to further expand renewable power generation and pumped hydro projects energy storage projects with Genex across Australia. (Source: J-Power, PR, May, 2021) Contact: J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english; Genex Power, www.genexpower.com.au

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    AMP Energy Invests $2Bn In Aussie Renewable Energy Hub (Int'l.)
    Amp Energy
    Date: 2021-05-17
    Mississauga, Ontario-based global clean energy developer Amp Energy (Amp) reports it has invested over $2 billion in establishing the 1.3 GW Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia (REHSA).

    The REHSA facility will integrate large-scale wind, at least three solar PV, Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) assets and incorporate the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex. The PV projects will total 1,360 MW with BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio. Overall, the projects will create sufficient electricity to power 230,000 homes annually. Amp also plans to generate hydrogen for domestic and export markets from the Spencer facility to ports in Asia. (Source: AMP Energy, PR, Website, 15 May, 2021) Contact: AMP Energy, 905-271-7800, www.amp.energy

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    Habitat, Canadian Solar Partner on Grid-Scale Energy Storage (Int'l)
    Canadian Solar,Habitat Energy
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports it is partnering with Oxford, UK-headquartered energy storage optimisation specialist Habitat Energy and will offer Habitat's optimisation services for grid-scale battery storage assets, including its trading platform with route-to-market capabilities for wholesale and balancing markets to developers and battery storage owners.

    Habitat Energy's services are based on its proprietary software PowerIQ . It has been used in the UK to bring London-based Gresham House's storage assets into the Balancing Mechanism for example. Habitat has also established a presence in Australia, according to the release. (Source: Canadian Solar, Habitat Energy, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Habitat Energy, Andrew Luers, CEO, +44 1865 261470, www.habitat.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Sola,  Energy Storage,  Habitat Energy,  


    Canberra Commits to $100Mn Ocean, Blue Carbon Initiative (Int'l.)
    Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In Canberra, the Australian Government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Lib.) last week committed $100 million to ocean conservation in an effort to protect 'blue carbon' environments and reduce emissions.

    Of the total, $30.6 million will be invested in practical action to restore and account for blue carbon ecosystems to improve the health of coastal environments in Australia and regionally:

  • Almost $19 million will go to four major on-ground projects restoring coastal ecosystems across the country, including tidal marshes, mangroves and seagrasses;

  • $10 million will provide four major on-ground projects to assist developing countries in the region restore and protect their blue carbon ecosystems;

  • Over $1 million will help to solidify Australia as a leader in ocean and natural capital accounting assistance enabling Australia to understand and account for the environmental and economic benefits of protecting these critical ecosystems.

    The Government has also newly pledged $59.9 million to develop a high-integrity carbon offset scheme in its Indo-Pacific region to stimulate investment in high-quality projects that deliver carbon offsets that meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement.

    The investments are in addition to more than $1.1 billion the Morrison Government previously announced it will invest in low emissions energy technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture and storage and is in addition to the $18 billion of investment the Government is making alongside the Technology Investment Roadmap over the next 10 years to drive at least $70 billion of total new investment in low emissions technologies in Australia by 2030. (Source: Gov. of Australia, PR, Good News Network, 2 May, 2021) Contact: Gov. of Australia, www.Australia.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCSAustralia Climate Change,  Blue Carbon,  Mangrove,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Prime Super Snares Victorian Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    Prime Super
    Date: 2021-04-30
    In the Land Down Under, independent profit-to-members superannuation fund Prime Super has boosted its investment in renewable infrastructure with the purchase of the 19.5-mw Mortons Lane Wind Farm in Woodhouse, Victoria, from Hong Kong-headquartered holding company CGN New Energy.

    Mortons Lane Wind Farm incorporates 13 Goldwind GW82/1500 wind turbines and generates sufficient power for more than 4,000 homes while reducing up to 40,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Prime Super, PR, Inv. Daily, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Prime Super, 1800 675 839, www.primesuper.com.au; Mortons Lane Windfarm, www.mortonslanewindfarm.com.au

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    BayWa's Yatpool Solar Farm Finally on Line (Int'l. Report)
    BayWa r.e.
    Date: 2021-04-30
    German developer BayWa r.e. reports its 106MW, 350,000 panel Yatpool Solar Farm in northern Victoria, Australia, has finally connected to the grid after 18 months of "complicated grid congestion challenges."

    According to BayWa, "This is our third major solar development in Australia and marks another step forward in supporting the country's renewable energy goals. We have an offtake agreement for Yatpool's output with business energy retailer Flow Power, a reflection of the growing appetite for corporate renewable power purchase agreements." (Source: BayWa r.e., renews, 29 April 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC, Jam Attari, CEO, Christine Owens, VP Marketing, www.us.baywa-re.com

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    Hydrostor Advancing Calif. Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Hydrostor
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Hydrostor reports work is well underway on its two major Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) projects in California -- one in southern Kern County and one in Central California -- representing a combined investment of over $1.5 billion and supporting the Golden State's transition to a carbon-free and renewable energy grid.

    Hydrostor's patented and commercially proven A-CAES technology provides 8-12+ hours of energy storage, versus the 1-4 hours that current battery technologies can feasibly provide. This long duration energy storage is essential for establishing the pathway to California's decarbonized electricity grid. A CAES also has a longer lifespan, of more than 50 years, with zero degradation and a lower environmental impact than conventional alternatives available today, according to the company. Hydrostor is advancing a pipeline of large-scale A-CAES facilities that represent over 2,000 MW and 20,000 MWh of near-term project deployment potential in the USA, Canada, Chile and Australia. (Source: hydrostor, PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Hydrostor, Curtis VanWalleghem, CEO , Curt Hildebrand, curt.hildebrand@hydrostor.ca. www.hydrostor.ca/technology

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CAES news,  Energy Storage news,  Hydrostor news,  


    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-04-30
    For greater clarity, the Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:

  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 pct of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia)

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  • ACT Aiming for 100 pct Renewables, 250MW Battery Storage (Int'l.)
    Australia
    Date: 2021-04-19
    In the Land Down Under, the Australia Capital Territory (ACT) Government reports it aims to add 250MW of battery storage within its boundaries, to help it achieve its 100 pct renewable energy and net zero emissions goals.

    The first stage of the project, for which Act has earmarked $100 million, will begin with a "market sounding" pre-procurement process to understand how a large-scale battery can be incorporated in the territory. The storage capacity will be shared among a variously-sized assets at different locations and provide power to reduce pressure on the grid, reduce electric power prices and generate new revenue opportunities for the territory government.

    The project may deliver several batteries with a variety of capacities through one or many organisations and may include a small number of large-scale batteries (50MW-plus), as well as a larger number of smaller, "precinct-scale" batteries. Batteries could be connected to the ACT's transmission or distribution network, located at government sites such as bus depots or co-located with large-scale renewable generation facilities, according to the release.

    The new battery capacity will be additional to the storage included in the territory's renewable electricity reverse auction last year, where 200MW of new generation will flow from Neoen's Stage 1 Goyder South Wind Farm in South Australia and GPG's Stage 2 Berrybank Wind Farm in Victoria. Neoen and GPG will build large-scale batteries located in Canberra, with the Neoen battery expected to be capable of powering about 15,000 typical homes for an hour in the event of a blackout. (Source: ACT PR, 19 Apr,, 2021) Contact: ACT, Sam Engele, Climate Action Coordinator, www.act.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neoen,  Australia Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Aussie Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park Const. Underway (Int'l)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Spanish wind energy giant Iberdrola reports installation of the first wind turbine at its $500 million (Aus), 317 MW hybrid wind and solar Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park in South Australia.

    Upon completion, the project will incorporate 50, 4.2-NW Vestas wind turbines and roughly 250 000 Longi solar PV panels, all of which are slated for installation before the year end. When fully operational, the facility is expected to generate sufficient electricity to power 180 000 households each year. (Iberdrola, PR, Energy Global, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

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    Rio Tinto Looks to Cut California Mine Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Rio Tinto, Heliogen
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Australian mining giant Rio Tinto reports it will seek California state regulatory approval to install a concentrated solar power (CSP) facility provided by Pasadena-based Heliogen at Tinto's borates mine and processing hub in the US desert town of Boron.

    The facility could complement the gas-fired power at the Boron site and reduce emissions by about 7 pct. Rio Tinto will also consider the potential for larger scale use of the Heliogen CSP technology at Boron to reduce the site's carbon footprint by up to 24 pct, according to the release. The mining giant is also considering Heliogen's technology at its other operations around the world which accounted for 14 pct of Scope 1 and 2 emissions from the group's managed operations in 2020, the release noted.

    In 2020, Rio Tinto Rio pledged to cut its total Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions 15 pct lower than 2018 levels by 2030 and its emissions intensity to 30 pct below 2018 levels by 2030.

    Haliogen counts Bill Gates and Steve Case among its early backers. (Source: Rio Tinto, PR, Website, Financial Review, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: Heliogen, Bill Gross, CEO, 626.720.4530, hello@heliogen.com, www.heliogen.com; Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rio Tinto,  CSP,  Heliogen,  Concentrated Solar,  Solar,  


    ACCIONA, Korea Zinc Partner on 923-MW Aussie Wind Farm (Int.l)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Madrid-based ACCIONA and international metals group Korea Zinc Co. have reached an agreement to jointly develop the 923-MW MacIntyre Wind Farm in Queensland, Australia. Under the agreement Ark Energy, a subsidiary of Korea Zinc Co., will take a 30 pct stake in the project with ACCIONA retaining 70 pct. The project will incorporate 180 Nordex Delta 4000 turbines. ACCIONA will manage the project through its development, construction, operations and maintenance stages.

    ACCIONA has secured a 10-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with CleanCo, Queensland's newest public electricity company, for 400MW of the MacIntyre Wind Farm's power production. The project will also power Sun Metals Corporation, a Korea Zinc Co. subsidiary in Australia. helping the metals group meet its target of obtaining 1

    In addition to the MacIntyre Wind Farm, ACCIONA will build the 103-MW Karara Wind Farm, owned by CleanCo. Together, the MacIntyre and Karara complex will generate sufficient power for nearly 700,000 homes and avoid roughly 3 million tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, 16 March, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, +39 91 663 2850, www.acciona.com

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    Australian Battery Industry Gets Funding Boost (Int'l. Funding)
    Battery
    Date: 2021-03-08
    Last week in the Land Down Under, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled his government’s technology investment roadmap last week as part of its $1.5 billion (Aus.) modern manufacturing strategy, which aims to position the country as a world leader in the renewable energy transition.

    A key element in that transition is energy storage, which the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) identified as a "critical enabler" of cost-effective and reliable low-emission electricity in its 2020 Integrated System Plan. AEMO suggested that up to 19 GW of new dispatchable resources, including battery storage, will be needed to back up renewables in the National Electricity Market (NEM) to 2040. (Source: Australian Energy Market Operator, PV Australia, Mar., 2021) Contact: Australian Energy Market Operator, www.aemo.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  


    NextGen Biomass Comments on Japan's Hydrogen Plans (Opinions, Editorials & Asides
    Zilkha Black Pellets,NextGen Biomass Technologies
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Houston, Texas-based Zilkha Black® (biomass) Pellet producer NextGen Biomass Technologies comments on Japan's hydrogen fuel plans: "In March 2019, Japan released its third Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. The plan targets reduction in hydrogen production costs and leadership in carbon capture strategies to convert hydrogen from fossil fuels. Investments are flooding in on this plan's strength.

    "We (NextGen) are optimistic about the courage and vision that the Japanese nation is showing in the hydrogen economy. Here in the U.S., officials are projecting a 2028 timeline to commercialize hydrogen as a fuel. It is obvious that Japan is much more aggressive and pushes the envelope in research, development and full-scale production operations. One recent example is the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries steel plant project in Australia, which is using hydrogen instead of coal.

    "Japan's top two carmakers have been steadily selling hydrogen fuel cell cars at a loss in California for more than a decade. This business model has been valuable to both companies and the Japanese government, based on customer feedback and increased interest in supporting the U.S.'s build-out of a hydrogen infrastructure. These are cars limited to use only in California, where the U.S. has 44 of its 47 hydrogen fueling stations.

    "We (NextGen) have worked with others in the biofuel and biofuel derivatives market to see how our Zilkha Black Pellets work in biosyngas reactors, where companies typically generate methane and other heavier petroleum replacements that can be converted to hydrogen. Most of these processes are not currently at full production scale. The factor holding many of them back is the variability of feedstock. When different feedstocks, or even the same feedstock with varying particle or different moisture contents are added, the process must sometimes be adjusted significantly to avoid loss of product, equipment and other hazards. Using Zilkha Black Pellets as a base for bioreactors ensures a stable, uniform size, moisture and makeup feedstock to which smaller amounts of varied feedstocks can be added. These pellets cost significantly less to transport than raw biomass ever will.

    "Hydrogen from biomass is a viable, low-cost electricity solution, and we are excited to work with companies operating in this space. Using a stable uniform feedstock, especially in the initial full-scale production phases, can mean the difference between a successful project and one that never reaches its goal." (Source: NextGen Biomass Technologies, Larry Price, (713) 979-9961, info@nextgenbiomass.com, lprice@nextgenbiomass.com, nextgenbiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zilkha Black Pellets,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  NextGen Biomass Technologies,  


    Tesla Tapped for Aussie Big Battery Project (Int'l. Report)
    Tesla, Neoen
    Date: 2021-03-01
    In the Land Down Under, Neoen is reporting Tesla will supply its Megapack batteries and software for the new 300 MW/450 MWh Victoria Big Battery energy storage project.

    Neoen also reports its total capacity in operation and under construction is currently over 3 GW but expected to reach 5 GW before the year end. (Source: Neoen, PR, TechAu, 27 Feb., 2021) Contact: Neoen, Louis de Sambucy, Neoen Australia MD, www.neoen.com; Tesla, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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    Canberra Launches $50Mn CCUS Fund (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    Mineral Carbonisation International
    Date: 2021-03-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian federal government is reporting the launch of its $50 million (Aus.) Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Fund.

    The announcement was made by Energy Minister Angus Taylor at Mineral Carbonisation International's (MCI) pilot plant in Newcastle. The company is using carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from a nearby ammonia plant to make building products like plasterboard and cement.

    The fund will be open to a broad spectrum of players including other CCU projects looking to produce fuels and chemical from CO2, as well as those in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Contact: Mineral Carbonisation International, Sophia Hamblin Wang, CEO, +61 419 722 386, contactus@mineralcarbonation.com, www.mineralcarbonation.com

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    Aussie 20-tpd Hydrogen Hub Project Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Real Energy Corporation
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the Land Down Under, oil and gas exploration and development company Real Energy reports its is partnering with hydrogen project developer Port Anthony Renewables to develop and construct a 20-tpd hydrogen production facility at Port Anthony, 200 km southeast of Melbourne in Victoria State.

    The Pure Hydrogen International joint venture is comprised of Real Energy's wholly owned offshoot Pure Hydrogen and Liberty Hydrogen.

    The Port Anthony project, which was originally being developed by Liberty Hydrogen, is expected to use an electrolyser to produce hydrogen, powered by electricity sourced through either "blue" or "green" power purchase agreements. The project is one of four hydrogen manufacturing and distribution hubs Pure Hydrogen is planning for Australia's East Coast, according to the release. (Source: Real Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Real Energy Corp., 61 (02) 9955 4008, Fax -- +61 (02) 9954 6408, admin@realenergy.com.au,www.realenergy.com.au

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    LAVO Offers Hybrid Hydrogen Green Energy Storage System (Int'l.)
    LAVO
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Australia-based LAVO is touting its hybrid hydrogen Green Energy Storage System as a replacement for lithium-ion battery units, which leave a massive carbon footprint during production.

    The Green Energy Storage System for residential solar systems can store more than 40 kWh of electricity which is supposedly enough for days of off-grid power for an average household. Measuring 66 x 49 x 15.7 inches and weighing 714 lbs, the system's Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to monitor and control energy usage remotely. (Source: LAVO, Website, PR, Men Gear, Jan., 2021) Contact: LAVO, Alan Yu, Pres. www.lavo.com.au

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    Wartsila, Fluence Supplying Battery Storage to AGL (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila, Fluence,AGL
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In the Land Down Under, Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila and Washington, DC-based Fluence Energy are reporting receipt of contracts from Australia's largest private renewable energy investor AGL to supply up to 1000MW of grid-scale battery storage between them.

    As previously reported, AGL, has committed to build 850MW of grid-scale battery storage by FY2024. In 2020, AGL announced plans to build batteries at Loy Yang A power station in Victoria (200MW), Liddell power station (150MW) and Broken Hill (50MW) in New South Wales and Torrens Island (250MW) in South Australia. (Source: Wartsila, Fluence, renews, Jan., 2021)Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831, gwest@agl.com.au, www.agl.com.au; Fluence Energy, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com; Wartsila, www.wartsila.com

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    Landfill Gas to Fuel San Antonio Bus Fleet (Ind. Report)
    CPS Energy,EDL
    Date: 2021-01-04
    In the Lone Star State, San Antonio Transit Bus fleet operator VIA, CPS Energy and Australian energy company EDL are reporting an initiative that will provide CPS Energy with natural gas from the San Antonio Tessman Road landfill as part of a renewable fuel credit swap.

    For the project, EDL will convert its existing landfill gas power plant at the Tessman Road landfill in San Antonio to a plant that can inject pipeline-quality gas into CPS Energy's system. Although the landfill methane will make up only 1 to 2 pct of the entire supply in CPS Energy's distribution system, it is expected to offset the fossil fuel-derived natural gas needed for an estimated 75 pct of VIA's fleet of 502 buses.

    The RNG plant is expected to begin operations in Q3 2021. According to the EPA, there were 67 active landfill RNG projects across the U.S. in 2020. (Source: San Antonio Report, 3 Jan., 2021) Contact: CPS Energy, Richard Lujan, Dir. Gas Delivery, CEO, www.cpsenergy.com; VIA, Jeff Arndt, (210) 362-2020, www.viainfo.net; EDL Energy, +61 7 3275 5555, www.edlenergy.com

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    GE, BE Power Agree on Aussie Pumped Hydro Storage Project (Int'l.)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-12-18
    In the Land Down Under, GE Renewable Energy is reporting an agreement with Melbourne-based BE Power to co-develop a 400MW pumped hydro storage project in Toowoomba, Australia.

    GE's Hydro Solutions business unit will provide design, technical and commercial support as well as help secure necessary financing for the project which, when fully operational, will generate sufficient power for 200,000 households in the state of Queensland. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: BE Power, Scott Walkem, Managing Dir., enquiries@bepower.com.au, www.bepower.com.au; GE Hydro Solutions, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/hydro-power

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    Aussie Researcher Scores $19Mn in Solar R&D Funding (Int'l. R&D)
    Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics
    Date: 2020-12-14
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics at the University of NSW is reporting receipt of $19 million in grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support research into new solar cell and fuel materials, boost cell efficiency, and develop new storage products.

    The ARENA funds will support the development of new combinations of materials that can be used to generate energy more efficiently and to place the energy generation devices in more places than rooftop panels or solar farms. (Source: Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics, Brisban Times, 12 Dec., 2020) Contact: University of Melbourne, Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics , Dr Renata Egan, research facility Chairperson, +61 3 9035 5511, www.science.unimelb.edu.au; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

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    Amazon Touts New Renewable Energy Project Backing (Ind. Report)
    Amazon, Climate Change
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Technology and online retailing giant Amazon.com Inc. reports it is backing 26 new wind and solar utility-scale projects totaling 3.4 GW capacity in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S., making it the world's largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

    Amazon previously announced it aims to power all of its operations with renewable energy sources by 2025, five years ahead of an earlier target, and to become carbon-neutral 15 years later. Including the new deals, Amazon has backed 127 wind and solar projects, with 6.5 gigawatts of capacity. (Source: Amazon, PR, 10 Dec., 2020) Contact: Amazon, amazon-pr@amazon.com, www.amazon.com/pr

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