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Finkel’s national hydrogen strategy gets green light, but could be lifeline for coal

Fri, 2019-11-22 16:41

finkel national hydrogen strategy clean energy summit coag energy council - optimisedFinkel national hydrogen strategy gets green light from COAG, but there are fears it will provide a lifeline to prop up the coal industry and dreams of "carbon capture".

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City of Melbourne leads second “bulk-buy” renewables auction

Fri, 2019-11-22 15:12

wind farm aer court proceedings south australia blackoutMelbourne Renewable Energy Project releases second tender, combining purchasing power of seven large energy users to source 113GWh a year of Victorian solar or wind.

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Calix launches advanced battery reactor in Victoria

Fri, 2019-11-22 13:50

Calix launches $2.7m proprietary BATMn electric reactor for producing advanced battery materials, in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.

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Energy Insiders Podcast: World’s biggest solar farm, and biggest battery

Fri, 2019-11-22 11:30

MIke Cannon Brookes Cannon-Brookes - Jon Dee - optimised RE100 singapore exports altassianIn a week of “world’s biggest projects”, billionaires Mike Cannon Brookes and Twiggy Forrest back huge project in Northern Territory, while Tesla big battery in South Australia gets an upgrade.

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J-Power recommits to Kidston pumped hydro plan, pending new off-take deal

Fri, 2019-11-22 10:31

genex kidston pumped hydro storage solar queensland - optimisedJ-Power reaffirms commitment to Genex Kidston pumped hydro project following project delays.

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NSW announces 3,000MW renewable energy zone, and energy security target

Fri, 2019-11-22 08:14

NSW unveils plans for 3,000MW renewable energy zone and "security target" as it admits "firm wind and solar" its cheapest energy option.

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Jinko Solar plans PV module shipments of 20GW in 2020

Thu, 2019-11-21 21:18

Jinko Solar bolsters strong Q3 earnings result with bullish forecast of solar panel shipments between 18-20GW in 2020.

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COGATI: A tax on renewables paid to fossil fuels

Thu, 2019-11-21 14:50

COGATI is an extraordinarily complex beast, but its effect would be real and immediate – it would significantly reduce investment in large-scale renewables.

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Australia’s first national environmental law watchdog puts polluters on notice

Thu, 2019-11-21 14:26

Australia’s first national, not for profit legal watchdog for the environment launches today with a mandate to ensure environmental laws are observed and properly enforced.

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Smoke and mirrors: Taylor meets states as global expert laments Australia “tragedy”

Thu, 2019-11-21 14:24

Angus Taylor COAG Energy Council agenda - optimisedEnergy ministers head to Perth for the first COAG energy council meeting in almost a year, with frustrations amongst State and Territory ministers high.

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Trials to test solar and storage technologies for industrial cooling systems

Thu, 2019-11-21 14:05

Industrial cooling systems that utilise solar energy, thermal storage, smart technology and non-toxic refrigerants will be trialled at three major commercial sites.

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Australia’s first offshore wind project heads to “next phase” with new CEO

Thu, 2019-11-21 14:01

Star of the South names Danish wind power exectuive Casper Frost Thorhauge to head up the 2000MW wind farm proposed for waters off the south coast of Gippsland.

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This is no time for energy ministers to panic over reliability standards

Thu, 2019-11-21 12:43

NetworkAn unlikely alliance of the federal minister and his Victoria counter-part pushes for Australia's reliability standard to be tightened further. It makes no sense.

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Cannon-Brookes says $20bn solar project will be “lighthouse” to world

Thu, 2019-11-21 12:16

MIke Cannon Brookes Cannon-Brookes - Jon Dee - optimised RE100 singapore exports altassianMike Cannon-Brookes says huge solar and storage project will test the limits of engineering, but serve as a "lighthouse" project to the world.

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Bill Gates’ secret energy company unveils solar breakthrough for industrial heat

Thu, 2019-11-21 10:49

Bill Gates and co-investors hail new solar technology that can revolutionise - and displace fossil fuels - in production of cement and steel.

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Origin mulls five different big battery projects, as hydro costs disappoint

Wed, 2019-11-20 14:35

Leading utility Origin Energy has revealed it is contemplating five different big battery storage projects in four different states, as an early feasibility study for an expanded pumped hydro project indicated higher-than-expected costs. Origin, in its annual investor day briefing for analysts in Sydney, said battery storage was being considered as an addition and co-location...

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Cannon-Brookes, “Twiggy” Forrest lead capital raise for world’s biggest solar project

Wed, 2019-11-20 14:29

Australian billionaires back early funding for "world's largest" solar project, and the 3000km cable that will link it to customers in Singapore.

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Dalrymple battery wins S.A. Premier award for excellence in energy and mining

Wed, 2019-11-20 14:14

A meat processing plant generating electricity from waste water, a company transforming landfill into fuel and a global geoscience data competition accelerating the process of mineral discovery are just some of the innovative projects recognised in this year’s Premier Awards.

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Renewable investors fear new AEMC rules will prop up fossil fuels

Wed, 2019-11-20 14:13

Renewable energy sector calls on COAG meeting to reject AEMC's proposed rules, saying they will prop up fossil fuels.

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First stage of unique solar-wind-battery hybrid project opens at Agnew gold mine

Wed, 2019-11-20 13:13

EDL hybrid plant solar biogas - optimisedEDL launches first stage of hybrid micro-grid project that will integrate solar, wind and battery storage to power remote gold mine in WA.

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