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


    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


    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


    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

CEFC finance delivers green foundations for Perth industrial estate

A landmark Clean Energy Finance Council (CEFC) investment in the property sector aims to drive down emissions and energy costs by using low carbon concrete, solar PV and sector-leading sustainability measures to create Perth’s most sustainable industrial estate.  In its first direct investment to reduce embodied carbon in property construction, the CEFC has committed $95 million on behalf of the Australian Government, to help deliver the 56-hectare Roe Highway Logistics Park (RHLP) as a carbon-neutral development. The project’s environmental initiatives are being led by Hesperia in collabo... more

Project to showcase the green construction site of tomorrow

There hasn’t been much focus on the green transition of construction sites – but there is a lot to be gained. A number of companies and knowledge institutions have now joined forces to establish a full-scale demo construction site as it may look in a greener future. Ambitious climate plans in Denmark and a strong focus on pollution from urban construction sites call for a green transformation of the building and construction sector. The sector accounts for 2.2 per cent of total carbon emissions in Denmark, and is also responsible for a major share of the total particulate pollution from road traffic. ... more

Clean energy to power world’s most ambitious luxury tourism development

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has announced it is creating the world’s largest battery storage facility to enable the entire site to be powered by renewable energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The development, which will be located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, spans 28,000 square kilometres and will include 50 hotels when complete. The development will be powered solely by wind and solar energy and will rely on the world’s largest battery storage facility at 1000 megawatt-hours (MWh). CEO of TRSDC,... more

IKEA Australia to transform stores into clean energy power stations

IKEA Australia has announced the launch of an Australian-first clean energy storage initiative that will support the South Australian power grid, in addition to powering its Adelaide store. The IKEA Australia Clean Energy Transformation Project will transition IKEA Adelaide to operating with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 and will generate low cost and clean energy for the Adelaide community. The project is being run in conjunction with Planet Ark Power, the South Australian Government, SA Power Networks and Epic Energy. Stage 1 of the project will see 1.2 megawatts (MW) of solar panels installed... 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