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Solutions needed to future-proof big solar amid weather-related risks

Extreme weather is a growing risk to solar farms. Future-proofing through advanced technologies, leveraging data from novel sources, and accepting risk is vital, but rarely achieved today for a number of reasons. Insurers, lenders, developers, contractors and manufacturers recently came together in Melbourne, Australia, to discuss solutions to the intractable problem of weather risk.

Former coal-plant big batteries win Australian storage tender

More than 1 GW of firmed storage capacity is set to be delivered by six winning projects from a recent tender in the Australian state of New South Wales. Akaysha Energy’s 415 MW/1,660 MWh battery in Wellington and AGL’s 500 MW/1,000 MWh Liddell battery are the round’s two biggest projects.

Pure Hydrogen launches Taurus hydrogen fuel cell truck in Australia

Australia’s Pure Hydrogen says that its Taurus hydrogen fuel cell prime mover is now available for sale.


Australian developer secures licenses for 8 GW green hydrogen project

Province Resources, which is developing an 8 GW green hydrogen project in Western Australia, has secured additional state licences for more than 600,000 hectares of land, as well as over 864 hectares of the seabed near Carnarvon.

SunDrive secures funds to expedite production of silver-free HJT solar cells

SunDrive Solar, a Sydney-based startup working to replace the silver in solar cells with copper, has obtained AUD 11 million ($7 million) from Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to expand its metallized cell production to a commercial scale of more than 100 MW per annum.

Study shows grid behind recent large-scale battery fire in Australia

Genex Power, the owner of a 50 MW/100 MWh battery system that caught fire in the Australian state of Queensland on Sept. 26, says the blaze was triggered by issues on the grid side of the Tesla Megapack battery unit.


Quinbrook to build polysilicon factory in Australia

Renewables investor Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners has announced plans to develop a polysilicon factory in Australia.

Trina Storage unveils new utility-scale battery system with in-house cells

Trina Storage unveiled its new Elementa 2 utility-scale battery at the recent All-Energy conference in Melbourne, Australia. It is offering design engineering services to support uptake of the 2 MW/4 MWh LFP battery.


Australia on track for record year for small-scale solar, says analyst

Sunwiz says 2023 could set a new record for small-scale solar in Australia. Installations are still lagging 2021, which was Australia’s biggest year to date, but Sunwiz Managing Director Warwick Johnston tells pv magazine Australia that multiple signs point to a strong fourth quarter.

Storing concentrated solar thermal energy via ‘falling’ ceramic particles

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has harnessed sub-millimeter ceramic particles to store energy in a concentrated solar thermal system. Its pilot plant in the state of New South Wales has successfully reached temperatures of 803 C through this method.

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