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S.A. calls tender for “next generation” renewables and storage

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South Australia has announced plans to hold a tender for the “next generation” of renewable energy technologies, including projects that provide “firming” for current and pending wind and solar projects, bulk energy storage, and bio-energy.

Premier Jay Weatherill says developers will be invited to apply for a share of the $150 million Renewable Technology Fund, or at least the estimated $130 million that is left after the commitment to the Tesla big battery to be built in Jamestown by December 1.

The projects being sought by the government have been stripped down to three different categories, although it is not clear how much is reserved for each.

They are:

Firming renewable generation, such as  providing storage, synchronous inertia or fast frequency response to existing or pending wind or solar developments to increase system security:

Bulk energy storage, such as pumped hydro, compressed air, thermal storage (including solar towers) or virtual power plants;

Bioenergy, such as that produced  from agricultural wastes or by-products.

“South Australia is now firmly positioned as a world-leader in renewable energy technology,” Weatherill said in a statement.

 “We’ll soon be home to the world’s largest lithium-ion battery at Jamestown and the ground-breaking solar thermal project at Port Augusta.

“Now we’re looking for the next generation of renewable technologies and demand management technologies to maintain our global leadership.”

The first category is designed to incorporates technologies to firm-up intermittent renewable generation an and contribute to making South Australian renewable energy available on demand; and will lead to lower costs for similar subsequent investments in the industry.

The second category is focused on “substantial energy storage” and is looking for projects that can add at least 400MWh of new energy storage and/or substantial synchronous inertia capability to the South Australian electricity network.

This might include solar tower and storage proposals such as that promoted by John Hewson, or the pumped hydro plants currently being contemplated by EnergyAustralia and by the new owners of the Whyalla Steel plant, among others.

The third category is focused on bioenergy, and is looking for projects that can provide “synchronous inertia” and a minimum of 15MW of generation capacity, and are in advanced stages of development.

“Our solar and wind resources are extraordinary,” Weatherill later told a news conference in Adelaide. “We are now moving to the next stage …. and there are a range of other technologies just behind the (Tesla big battery and the Aurora solar tower and molten salt storage plant).

“Everyone knows the future lies in renewable energy,” he said. “The big question was storage. Storage is now here and is capable of being unlocked.”

He said some of the projects that bid into the government’s two tenders for its own electricity needs would be expected to bid into this new tender, and presumably that would be the case for those pipped by Tesla and Neoen for the 100MW battery storage tender.

This suggests that of the projects that could be eligible include the Bungala solar project, which is looking to add solar, the numerous storage projects proposed by Lyon Group, Zen Energy, Carnegie Energy, the 1414 silicon storage project, as well as the Yorke biomass project.

Applications are open until 5pm on Thursday September 28, 2017, with successful applicants expected to be advised before summer, and the Investment Guidelines and call documents are available at www.ourenergyplan.sa.gov.au/opportunities.

  

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  • Peter F

    He could throw in the $360m he has reserved for the new gas plant. That will not be necessary so he has money in the budget for these other projects

  • Joe

    ..the future is Premier Jay…and go you good thing!!!!!

    • solarguy

      With ya mate!!!!!!!

  • “Now we’re looking for the next generation of renewable technologies and demand management technologies to maintain our global leadership.”

    The first category is designed to incorporates technologies to firm-up intermittent renewable generation an and contribute to making South Australian renewable energy available on demand…”

    The next generation for renewable technologies are on the way…
    For a “battery” with unlimited storage capacity, conversion of renewable energy to chemical fuels is a reasonable solution. If one of the chemical fuels is methane then South Australia can pump it into disused natural gas pipelines. Saves the cost of building new pipelines, and makes use of stranded assets.

    The methane made from renewable energy can be used to power gas turbines, addressing Jay Weatherill’s goal of making renewable energy available on demand.

    The technology developed by Sunfire in Germany converts renewable energy into chemical fuels, and when more electricity is needed, can be quickly reversed to provide reliable supply of renewable energy.

    Chemical engineer Rose Amal at the University of NSW is doing ground-breaking research on direct conversion of solar energy to chemical fuels. This technology could form the basis of a new agricultural industry. Drought-hit areas of South Australia may become viable energy farms when water is in short supply.

    https://twitter.com/la_warren/status/899419839369945088

    • solarguy

      I strongly agree, but your stealing my thunder .LOL.

  • solarguy

    Surely everyone has give Jay credit. Biogas is in every sewage treatment plant, every green waste depository. That waste is going to waste and letting methane, which is 20 times more potent a CHG than CO2.

    USE IT!

    • Joe

      Spot on Solarguy. How dumb is this country that we don’t use an everlasting resource…our poop! Instead we keep ‘dumping’ into our waterways and oceans .Dispatchable Power, Big Battery…every sewage plant is just that and they are already in every city.

  • Kevfromspace

    Weatherill was quoted as saying that the Tesla battery project cost “less than $50m”, FYI

  • For energy storage you need about 5 hours times your wind power capacity.

    If South Australia now has 1600 MW of wind power capacity then S.A. needs now about 5 hours x 1,600MW = 8,000 MWh of energy storage capacity.

    See the Wind, storage and back-up system designer / Wind Generation Capacity Focus Table with wind power set to 1600 MW
    http://scottish.scienceontheweb.net/Wind%20power%20storage%20back-up%20calculator.htm?wind=1600#wind

    If in future S.A. increases its wind power capacity to 2000MW then it will need about 5 hours x 2000MW = 10,000MWh of energy storage capacity.

    See the Wind, storage and back-up system designer / Wind Generation Capacity Focus Table with wind power set to 2000 MW
    http://scottish.scienceontheweb.net/Wind%20power%20storage%20back-up%20calculator.htm?wind=2000#wind

    Here’s what you should see –
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2539e7bd102d8d3ccc23d2b2b5e0ec69980d7f5e1e816217d48fb227837df651.jpg

    Musk’s tiny battery of only 100MWh is neither here nor there.

    Whatever system you are designing for, big or small, for your national grid or your own house’s off-grid system, to make it easy to design reliable 100% renewable energy systems, I have provided this system design tool.

    Wind, storage and back-up system designer
    http://scottish.scienceontheweb.net/Wind%20power%20storage%20back-up%20calculator.htm

    Peak demand, wind and back-up power / energy usage and storage capacity calculator

    For the specification and design of renewable energy electricity generation systems which successfully smooth intermittent wind generation to serve customer demand, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 52 weeks a year.

    Adopting the recommendation derived from scientific computer modelling that the energy storage capacity be about 5 hours times the wind power capacity, the tables offer rows of previously successful modelled system configurations – row A, a configuration with no back-up power and rows B to G offering alternative ratios of wind power to back-up power. Columns consist of adjustable power and energy values in proportion to fixed multiplier factors.

    Replies, comments and questions about using the Wind, storage and back-up system designer at this link please.
    https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/wind-storage-and-back-up-system-designer

  • Ray Miller

    This is truly a refreshing project line up, finally leadership. Well done Jay and his team.

  • For energy storage you need about 5 hours times your wind power capacity.

    If South Australia now has 1600 MW of wind power capacity then S.A. needs now about 5 hours x 1,600MW = 8,000 MWh of energy storage capacity.

    See the Wind, storage and back-up system designer / Wind Generation Capacity Focus Table with wind power set to 1600 MW
    http://scottish.scienceontheweb.net/Wind%20power%20storage%20back-up%20calculator.htm?wind=1600#wind

  • If in future S.A. increases its wind power capacity to 2000MW then it will need about 5 hours x 2000MW = 10,000MWh of energy storage capacity.

    See the Wind, storage and back-up system designer / Wind Generation Capacity Focus Table with wind power set to 2000 MW
    http://scottish.scienceontheweb.net/Wind%20power%20storage%20back-up%20calculator.htm?wind=2000#wind

  • Whatever system you are designing for, big or small, for your national grid or your own house’s off-grid system, to make it easy to design reliable 100% renewable energy systems, I have provided this system design tool.

    Wind, storage and back-up system designer
    http://scottish.scienceontheweb.net/Wind%20power%20storage%20back-up%20calculator.htm

    Peak demand, wind and back-up power / energy usage and storage capacity calculator
    For the specification and design of renewable energy electricity generation systems which successfully smooth intermittent wind generation to serve customer demand, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 52 weeks a year.
    Adopting the recommendation derived from scientific computer modelling that the energy storage capacity be about 5 hours times the wind power capacity, the tables offer rows of previously successful modelled system configurations – row A, a configuration with no back-up power and rows B to G offering alternative ratios of wind power to back-up power. Columns consist of adjustable power and energy values in proportion to fixed multiplier factors.

    Replies, comments and questions about using the Wind, storage and back-up system designer at this link please.
    https://scottishscientist.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/wind-storage-and-back-up-system-designer/

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