Projects

  • PROJECTS

    AGL and Idemitsu prepare for next stage of feasibility on Bells Mountain

    AGL and Idemitsu Australia Resources (IAR) have today announced the preliminary phase of the feasibility study for the proposed 250 megawatt Bells Mountain pumped hydro project at Muswellbrook is nearing comple... more

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    Big Canberra Battery market sounding opens

    The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has formally commenced market sounding for the Big Canberra Battery ecosystem. Battery storage technology varies in size, location and core use. The market sounding pro... more

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    Council powers up with renewable energy

    The Renewable Energy Hub has announced the signing of a long-term renewable energy power-purchase agreement (PPA) with Eurobodalla Shire Council and Engie. This 10-year agreement, commencing in July 2021, se... more

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    Kingsfield estate to use recycled content in its roads

    At a time when leadership in sustainable innovations has never been more crucial, Melbourne-based property group, Moremac, is paving the way for developers with the first residential estate in Victoria to use r... more

  • AGL and Idemitsu prepare for next stage of feasibility on Bells Mountain
  • Big Canberra Battery market sounding opens
  • Council powers up with renewable energy
  • Kingsfield estate to use recycled content in its roads

Big Canberra Battery market sounding opens

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has formally commenced market sounding for the Big Canberra Battery ecosystem. Battery storage technology varies in size, location and core use. The market sounding process will allow industry and key stakeholder input on the range of possible services and infrastructure ahead of the procurement phase of the project. Interested parties can register to be involved in the market sounding process and receive updates as they become available. They will also be invited to provide written input through a confidential submissions process which will ask industry for sugges... more

NAIF reaches contractual close on pumped storage hydro project at Kidston

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has reached contractual close on $610 million in investment, its largest financing commitment to date. NAIF’s loan to Genex Power’s Kidston 250 MW Pumped Storage Hydro Project (K2-Hydro) will help to create more than 500 construction jobs and deliver affordable, reliable electricity for north Queensland. Genex will be delivering the first pumped storage hydro project in Australia since 1984 and the first to be used solely for energy storage and generation rather than water management. NAIF were early supporters of K2-Hydro – which utilises the ... more

Green hydrogen project signs port MOU

Origin Energy’s export-scale liquid hydrogen project has reached an important milestone today, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Port of Townsville to collaborate on the potential expansion of the port, as well as the development of a liquefaction facility, new berth and associated infrastructure. Origin is collaborating with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) on a 300 megawatt (MW) early export project that would produce 36,500 tonnes per annum of green liquid hydrogen using renewable energy and sustainable water. The three parties will now focus on work require... more

AGL and Wärtsilä to develop hybrid energy systems for businesses

AGL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Finnish manufacturing and services company, Wärtsilä, to collaborate on the delivery of large-scale hybrid energy systems to commercial and industrial customers in Australia. The agreement will allow the development of systems that integrate renewable behind-the-meter and off-grid technologies to improve energy efficiencies and supply. AGL’s Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said that AGL is excited to be developing these innovative systems with Wärtsilä, which will provide customers with a broader range of options on their energy. “... more

Council powers up with renewable energy

The Renewable Energy Hub has announced the signing of a long-term renewable energy power-purchase agreement (PPA) with Eurobodalla Shire Council and Engie. This 10-year agreement, commencing in July 2021, sets Eurobodalla Council on course to achieving its aim of sourcing 100 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2030. The terms of this agreement will see 80 per cent of Eurobodalla Council's total electricity load derived from two solar farms at Parkes and Griffith contributing energy from the first year and from the Hills of Gold wind farm located at Nundle in the New England region of NSW which is to... more

Kingsfield estate to use recycled content in its roads

At a time when leadership in sustainable innovations has never been more crucial, Melbourne-based property group, Moremac, is paving the way for developers with the first residential estate in Victoria to use recycled, post-consumer materials in its roads. Located in the booming growth corridor of Sunbury in Melbourne’s North-West, Moremac’s Kingsfield estate is setting the benchmark for community-focused, sustainable living with a bold commitment that is seeing recycled materials melted down and used for bitumen. Made from repurposed goods like glass, soft plastics, tyres and cartridges, Reconophalt i... more

Australia’s largest, most efficient, vertical solar panel system now at Paragon

Melbourne property developer, Beulah, has announced its mixed-use, 48 storey tower, Paragon, will be home to Australia’s largest, most efficient vertical solar panel system. Boasting 128 panels spanning an impressive 158 square metres, the 42kW system is installed on the core walls of the tower and outperforms similar developments in terms of emission reduction, cost reduction and green energy sustainability. Beulah appointed b.energy to be responsible for the design construction, operations and maintenance from its invested capital to integrate renewables into the building aesthetics, to maximise renewa... more

Design unveiled for Dogger Bank Wind Farm O&M Base

The developers of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm have revealed the design for the multi-million-pound Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Base, that will serve the world’s biggest offshore wind farm. Subject to planning approval, the base will be constructed in the Port of Tyne. It will serve as the main hub for operating the wind farm which when complete will be capable of providing around 5 per cent of the UK’s electricity demand. SSE Renewables is leading on construction of the wind farm and Equinor will operate the wind farm for its lifetime of up to 35 years, creating over 200 direct jobs in the North... more

AGL and Idemitsu prepare for next stage of feasibility on Bells Mountain

AGL and Idemitsu Australia Resources (IAR) have today announced the preliminary phase of the feasibility study for the proposed 250 megawatt Bells Mountain pumped hydro project at Muswellbrook is nearing completion. The preliminary engineering study began in 2019 to determine whether the project is technically feasible, provide cost estimates for both construction and operation, and assess the required planning and approval processes. AGL Chief Operating Officer, Markus Brokhof, said AGL views the project as potentially beneficial to the community and Australia’s energy transition. “As we transitio... more

BHP, Oldendorff and GoodFuels complete marine biofuel trial in Singapore

Global resources company, BHP, German shipping company, Oldendorff Carriers, and advanced biofuels pioneer, GoodFuels, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), conducted the first marine biofuel trial involving an ocean-going vessel bunkered in Singapore on 4 April 2021. As part of the trial, the 2020-built 81,290 deadweight tonne dry bulk carrier Kira Oldendorff was refuelled with “drop-in” advanced biofuel blended with conventional fossil fuels. The key objectives of the biofuel bunkering trial include understanding the behaviour of the fuel (such as emissions), asses... more

Toyota unveils Victoria’s first hydrogen production and refuelling facility

Toyota has commissioned Victoria’s first commercial-grade permanent hydrogen production, storage and refuelling facility at its former manufacturing site at Altona in Melbourne’s west. Toyota Australia President and CEO, Matthew Callachor, shared that the Toyota Hydrogen Centre was built to showcase the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology as part of its commitment to developing sustainable technologies for future mobility and energy needs. “Globally, Toyota is committed to achieving zero CO2 emissions from its vehicles and plants under the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 and the commissioni... more

NBIM makes first investment in unlisted renewable energy infrastructure

Norwegian oil fund, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), has signed an agreement to acquire a 50 per cent interest in Ørsted’s 752 megawatt Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm located in the Netherlands. The agreement was signed on 7 April 2021, with completion expected in the second or third quarter of 2021. NBIM will pay 1,375 million euros for its 50 per cent interest in the offshore wind farm. No external debt financing will be involved in the transaction. Ørsted will remain co-owner and operator of the project, which is expected to produce green energy equivalent to the annual electricit... more

Flying start for renewable fuels project

A $2 billion Australia-first project that aims to turn agricultural crop waste into renewable energy and fuels is off to a flying start in maize fields in northern Victoria. The project, a partnership between renewable energy company AgBioEn, La Trobe University and technology company LAB3, will see grains grown for food, and their stalks and waste converted to renewable fuels at a new facility at Katunga near Shepparton. The first trial maize crop was planted in December and benefited strongly from organic fertilisers including chicken litter, green waste and biochar, which improved yield and soil quality... more

Carbon farming project to create jobs and benefits across Queensland

The Queensland Government’s investment in multi-million dollar carbon farming projects this year will see up to 1.9 million tonnes of carbon out of the atmosphere and 1.8 million hectares of land restored. Carbon farming presents an opportunity to restore balance, using the Earth’s land-based plant life and wetlands to naturally reabsorb excess carbon dioxide or change land management practices to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted from human activities [1]. Minister for the Environment, Meaghan Scanlon, said the $2.1 million partnership between the State Government, GreenCollar and the Goon... more

New facility in WA to tackle complex ocean engineering challenges

A new facility at The University of Western Australia (UWA) will enable research and testing of solutions to some of WA’s most significant ocean engineering challenges, including protecting coastlines from flooding and erosion, finding new ways to harness renewable energy resources and gaining insights critical to protect and rehabilitate coral reefs.  Launched this month, the Coastal and Offshore Engineering Laboratory (COEL) comprises a 1900 square metre hydraulics laboratory. It includes a 50-metre long wave flume to analyse deep and shallow water wave conditions, an ‘O’Tube’ flume that repl... more

Methane-busting seaweed farms on track for 2021 production

Construction on the first farm and processing plant to turn red seaweed into a feed supplement for cows to reduce their methane production by 90 per cent is expected to start mid next year in South Australia. The first site is likely to be on the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia as part of a partnership with the First Nations Narungga people with the second site in Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula of the state. Each farm will be capable of producing approximately 400 tonnes of dry weight milled seaweed a year – enough to feed up to 20,000 cows. Cattle are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emis... more