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First hydrogen tanker to ship test cargo from Australia to Japan

Reuters: A Japanese-Australian venture producing hydrogen from brown coal is set to ship its maiden cargo on the world’s first liquid hydrogen carrier from near Melbourne to Kobe on Friday, in a test delayed by nearly a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Suiso Frontier, built by Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) (7012.T), arrived […]

January 21, 2022 Read More →

Victoria government OKs new 240-megawatt “biggest battery” for grid

Renew Economy: Victoria is one step closer to adding a new “biggest battery” to its network, after a 240MW/480MWh project proposed by Maoneng for the Mornington Peninsula was cleared for development by the state government. Australian solar and now storage developer, Maoneng, said on Wednesday that the $190 million Mornington battery energy storage system (BESS) […]

January 19, 2022 Read More →

AGL signs deal with Forrest to convert Hunter Valley into hydrogen hub

Renew Economy: Australia’s biggest polluter AGL Energy has struck a deal with iron ore billionaire and green hydrogen evangelist Andrew Forrest to turn its Hunter Valley coal fired power stations into a major renewable hydrogen and industrial hub. The vision shared by AGL and Forrest’s Fortescue Future Industries is to power the “Hunter Energy Hub” […]

December 8, 2021 Read More →

Alinta plans 1,000-megawatt offshore wind farm to help power smelter

Renew Economy: Alinta Energy is proposing a 1,000MW wind farm off the coast of Portland in Victoria that could help power the Portland aluminium smelter with up to 100 per cent renewables, and inject green energy into the country’s main grid. The $4 billion Spinifex offshore wind project, first flagged by Alinta CEO Jeff Dimery […]

December 7, 2021 Read More →

World’s largest solar-plus-storage project pitched in South Australia

RenewEconomy: What is being claimed as the world’s biggest solar and storage project – a 300MW facility with 3.6GWh of storage – has been proposed for South Australia by the Dutch-based solar developer Photon Energy, using Australian technology developed by RayGen. Photon said in a media release on Wednesday that it had secured 1,200 hectares […]

November 4, 2021 Read More →

Solar output tops coal in Australia main grid for first time

Renew Economy: The combined output of rooftop solar and large scale solar farms exceeded that of brown and black coal generation for the first time in Australia’s main grid on Sunday. According to energy analyst Simon Holmes a Court, quoting the OpenNEM data feed he helped establish, solar exceeded the output of coal at 12.35pm […]

August 23, 2021 Read More →

AGL’s $2 billion loss highlights transition plight of fossil companies

Renew Economy: AGL Energy announced a $2 billion loss for the 2021-22 financial year as Australia’s single largest greenhouse gas emitter grapples with how it can transform its business and manage what the switch from fossil fuel base-load to flexible generation. The deep losses revealed on Thursday serve as an example of the potentially painful […]

August 13, 2021 Read More →

CEO: AGL will speed up coal plant closures but not likely before 2040

Reuters: AGL Energy (AGL.AX), Australia’s leading power producer and biggest carbon emitter, expects to speed up plans to shut its coal-fired plants, but the phase-out is unlikely to happen before 2040, Chief Executive Graeme Hunt said on Thursday. Following a United Nations climate panel report on Monday that highlighted the urgent need to cut greenhouse […]

August 12, 2021 Read More →

Australia’s largest electricity user to shift to mainly renewables by 2029

Australian Financial Review ($): The country’s biggest electricity user is aiming to switch to a predominantly renewable power supply in 2029 in a groundbreaking move that would dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of one of NSW’s largest carbon emitters. Tomago Aluminium near Newcastle is in talks with a range of suppliers for wind, solar and […]

August 11, 2021 Read More →