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Category: Renewables

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Sun Metals, MSF Sugar sign up to Queensland "virtual power plant"

Sun Metals, MSF Sugar sign up to Queensland “virtual power plant”

Major industrials Sun Metals and MSF Sugar join state government-led “virtual power plant”, that will draw electricity from customers around the state to bolster supply during peak demand.

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SA backs second renewables-to-gas hydrogen plant, in Tonsley

SA backs second renewables-to-gas hydrogen plant, in Tonsley

Government-backed power-to-gas plant in Adelaide to store renewable electricity and distribute it in gas network as hydrogen.

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South Australia’s Iron Duchess mine could be given new life as 90MW pumped hydro plant

South Australia’s Iron Duchess mine could be given new life as 90MW pumped hydro plant

The $1.7 million project will investigate if the existing mine pit of “Iron Duchess North” could be utilised as a lower reservoir for a PHES plant creating an estimated capacity of 90 MW and 390 MWh of storage.

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South Australia’s Cultana Seawater Pumped Hydro plant reaches next phase

South Australia’s Cultana Seawater Pumped Hydro plant reaches next phase

On behalf of the Australian Government, ARENA has announced an additional $500,000 in funding to EnergyAustralia for the next stage of the 225 MW Cultana seawater pumped hydro plant in South Australia.

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S.A. Labor shoots for 75% renewables, 25% storage target

S.A. Labor shoots for 75% renewables, 25% storage target

South Australia Labor government says it will lift 2025 renewable energy target to 75% if re-elected at next month’s poll, the most ambitious target for any major grid in the world.

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Frydenberg, IPA trolling renewables on ABC's Q&A – again

Frydenberg, IPA trolling renewables on ABC’s Q&A – again

The Coalition and IPA tag-team were at it again against renewables on Q&A. It’s disappointing enough that the country’s federal energy minister should have such a blind spot on new technology, but it appears to be a party-wide phenomenon. At least Catweazle was funny.

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Tesla ‘virtual power plant’ second best to real people power

Tesla ‘virtual power plant’ second best to real people power

The SA Tesla VPP may not be the most cost-effective solution to our electricity system’s needs.

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Proposed solar farms could meet the RET single-handed

Proposed solar farms could meet the RET single-handed

That’s great news for the Australian solar industry, but points to the RET being dramatically oversubscribed. Which raises a few questions…

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Tesla battery + solar now "significantly cheaper" than grid power

Tesla battery + solar now “significantly cheaper” than grid power

Just 14 months ago, the writing was on the wall for grid-only electricity supply. Turns out the gap between grid only and PV+battery+grid is growing much more quickly than we imagined.

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World’s first floating wind farm performing better than expected

World’s first floating wind farm performing better than expected

Hewing Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, operating at a capacity factor of 65 per cent in first three months.

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Climate change no threat to cheap wind power – except in Sunshine State

Climate change no threat to cheap wind power – except in Sunshine State

Study finds wind power set to become more productive and cheaper in Australia’s southern states, even with climate change. Queensland, however, might want to focus on solar.