Projects

  • PROJECTS

    Installation begins on WA’s biggest battery

    The Western Australian Government - through Synergy - is a step closer to delivering Western Australia's biggest battery, after the first battery units were installed this month. Premier Mark McGowan and Ene... more

  • PROJECTS

    Flagship LNG and hydrogen research facility announces FEED

    The Kwinana Energy Transformation Hub (KETH), a key project being undertaken by the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC), has achieved a significant milestone entering into its Front-En... more

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    PROJECTS

    Proposed Viva gas terminal public hearings come to a close

    Public hearings into the proposed Viva gas terminal in Geelong have closed, with the project receiving more than 2000 written submissions. Viva Energy is seeking approval for the gas terminal to bring natura... more

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    PROJECTS

    Power solution from ocean waves shows robustness

    Harnessing power from ocean waves is a complicated endeavour which a South Australian-Chinese research team is diving deep to take into a new direction.   A prototype system designed by Flinders University... more

  • Installation begins on WA’s biggest battery
  • Flagship LNG and hydrogen research facility announces FEED
  • Proposed Viva gas terminal public hearings come to a close
  • Power solution from ocean waves shows robustness

Installation begins on WA’s biggest battery

The Western Australian Government - through Synergy - is a step closer to delivering Western Australia's biggest battery, after the first battery units were installed this month. Premier Mark McGowan and Energy Minister Bill Johnston visited Synergy's big battery site in Kwinana to see the project milestone. Synergy will operate the 100 megawatt/200 megawatt hour battery, which will have the capacity to power 160,000 homes for up to two hours. The big battery will absorb excess energy from rooftop solar when the sun is shining, and demand is low - then discharge when it is most needed, during the late a... more

Power solution from ocean waves shows robustness

Harnessing power from ocean waves is a complicated endeavour which a South Australian-Chinese research team is diving deep to take into a new direction.   A prototype system designed by Flinders University researchers delivers a robust generator made from recycled material that promises to help address small-scale local energy requirements and environmental pollution issues with further R&D. The ‘green machine’, designed around a wave-driven triboelectric nanogenerator (WD-TENG for short) model, integrates two small generators inside a recyclable tube to make cost-effective electricity in water f... more

Vena Energy to bring South Australian hybrid project online in 2023

Vena Energy has reached financial close for the Tailem Bend 2 Hybrid Project, its first combined solar and battery energy storage system (BESS) project in South Australia. The project is the company’s first operational system to aggregate solar generation and battery storage, following its success of the first stage of the Tailem Bend Solar Project which has been operational since 2019. Upon completion, the project will have a capacity of 128.5 MW derived from the 87 MW solar project and the 41.5 MW BESS. The solar project will be capable of supplying approximately 35,000 homes with clean energy annually... more

150 MW battery at Darlington Point to strengthen NSW grid

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $6.6 million in funding to Edify Energy, on behalf of the Australian Government, to build a 25 MW / 50 MWh battery with advanced inverters adjacent to the 275 MW Darlington Point Solar Farm in southwest New South Wales. ARENA’s funding has enabled Edify to expand the Project to a total of 150 MW / 300 MWh. The entire project will be equipped with advanced inverters to help future-proof the Darlington Point area as renewable energy generation continues to expand in south western NSW. Edify’s battery will be one of the most advanced battery... more

UNStudio completes Echo, the new energy-generating interfaculty teaching building at TU Delft

In light of ever-increasing student numbers, combined with the need for more education space, the new interfaculty building for TU Delft is designed to meet the Dutch university’s need for flexible extra teaching space – now and in the future. Echo is an energy-generating interfaculty building that offers a wide variety of teaching rooms to cater for the diversity of teaching methods and study styles at the university. As the most sustainable building at the TU Delft, Echo is contributing to the university’s ambitions to operate a fully sustainable campus by 2030. UNStudio co-founder Ben van Ber... more

Energy efficiency in a retail commercial building, a case study

The retail sector is undergoing numerous changes to achieve energy efficiency in commercial buildings, being more sustainable and convenient for the consumer. Balancing these factors is not always easy. The comfort of the employees who spend hours in the shop has to be taken into account, as well as the comfort of the customers who come in and out during the day. In addition, generalised energy price rises have a major impact on these establishments, especially when profit margins are tight. In this article we review some characteristics of energy consumption in retail, illustrating it with the success ... more

The first net-zero-energy mass timber civic building in the U.S.

Located in Silicon Valley, the new San Mateo County headquarters will be the first net-zero-energy civic building constructed with mass timber in the U.S. Achieving an 85 per cent reduction in structural embodied carbon, this flexible workplace sets a benchmark for civic architecture. With its structural design that uses cross-laminated timber to reduce embodied carbon, County Office Building 3 (COB3) will stand as a testament to San Mateo County’s environmental stewardship. The design by SOM invites foot traffic from the neighbouring downtown district along tree-lined walkways and into the building’s ... more

Parramatta Square’s 6 star rating delivers high benchmark

Walker Corporation’s 4 Parramatta Square has secured a 6 star NABERS rating for Energy, making it one of the most efficient buildings in Australia. Walker Executive Chairman Lang Walker AO said achieving the 6 star accolade delivers the highest benchmark for businesses seeking the best workplace environment. “The $3.2 billion development at Parramatta Square has sustainability at its core and we pride ourselves on saving energy and being water wise on every floor,” Mr Walker said. “4 Parramatta Square’s state of the art environmental features were carefully designed and delivered to make a big... more

Flagship LNG and hydrogen research facility announces FEED

The Kwinana Energy Transformation Hub (KETH), a key project being undertaken by the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre (FEnEx CRC), has achieved a significant milestone entering into its Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) stage. Luth Eolas Pty Ltd, which has been established to develop and operate the KETH, announced it had awarded the FEED contract to a partnership of Valmec Australia Pty Ltd and Kent. FEnEx CRC Chief Executive Professor Eric May said the FEED process is an essential step ahead of a Final Investment Decision (FID) for the project, which is expected in 2023. May sai... more

Proposed Viva gas terminal public hearings come to a close

Public hearings into the proposed Viva gas terminal in Geelong have closed, with the project receiving more than 2000 written submissions. Viva Energy is seeking approval for the gas terminal to bring natural gas from various locations in Australia and overseas, to meet the projected gas shortage in south-east Australia. The gas terminal would require a floating gas terminal, an extension to Refinery Pier, a Treatment Facility and a new pipeline. Environment Victoria’s Climate and Energy analyst Rai Miralles said the public hearings into Viva’s proposed gas terminal had an overwhelming extent of pub... more

Works begin at Australia’s first hydrogen fuel cell R&D facility

Works have begun at Australia’s first hydrogen fuel cell research and development facility at Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus, with construction expected to be completed in late 2023. Minister for Training and Skills and Higher Education Gayle Tierney today visited Deakin’s Warrnambool campus to turn the first sod on works on the Hycel Technology Hub, a cornerstone facility within Deakin’s $23m hydrogen research and innovation program, including co-funding by the Victorian Government ($9m) and Deakin University ($5m). The Hycel Technology Hub will see the development, assembly, testing, and ... more

Northern Territory university to receive hydrogen-fuelled generator

Charles Darwin University (CDU) will be part of the Northern Territory’s hydrogen-fuelled future with a pilot hydrogen generator, storage, and fuel-cell system to be established in Darwin. The Hydrogen Energy Storage System (HESS) is a first for the Northern Territory. CDU’s Energy and Resources Institute (ERI) will operate the hydrogen-fuelled system for industry partners, students, and researchers to further develop and commercialise hydrogen as an energy source. ERI Director Professor Suresh Thennadil said a green hydrogen future for the NT would need comprehensive research and evaluation and the ... more

Leigh Creek Energy to be carbon neutral from 2022

Leigh Creek Energy Limited has announced that the Leigh Creek Energy Project (LCEP) will be at the forefront of carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and will likely be the first large-scale fertiliser project in the world to be carbon neutral. The LCEP is Leigh Creek Energy’s flagship project to produce urea fertiliser from its site in Leigh Creek, 500 kilometres north of Adelaide, using In Situ Gasification (ISG) technology. The facility is planned to initially produce one million tonnes per annum of urea using Leigh Creek Energy’s 1,153 PJ 2P gas reserves. On August 11, Leigh Creek Energ... more

Renewable energy projects provide green shoots for Gippsland

Octopus Australia and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) are joining forces to develop renewable energy assets that will help the Gippsland region power its transition into a green superpower. The landmark joint venture will help accelerate the delivery of both the proposed 44 MWac Perry Bridge solar farm and 80 MWac Fulham solar farm in Gippsland. The Perry Bridge solar farm received planning approval from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on April 15, 2021, while the Fulham solar farm planning process is currently underway. Octopus Australia and the CEFC have pur... more

Project to investigate opportunities for hydrogen in dairy industry

Deakin University's hydrogen research centre, Hycel, will investigate hydrogen opportunities for dairy industries in Australia and Uruguay thanks to the support of a Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) grant. The landmark COALAR hydrogen dairy project will be led by Hycel, Deakin's Latin American office in Montevideo, Uruguay and delivered in partnership with Food and Fibre Great South Coast. Located at Deakin's Warrnambool campus, Hycel is one of Australia’s first facilities for safely testing, manufacturing, optimising and training in new hydrogen technologies. The project combines... more

Agricultural crop waste to turn into renewable energy and fuels

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