Monthly News Roundup - January 2021

29 January 2021

Here is the Energy Next news round up for January 2021


Neoen plans massive 500MW big battery west of Sydney

Australia’s largest battery storage project could be built just outside of Sydney, with planning documents revealing the plans of renewable energy developer Neoen kick-starting the planning process for a 500MW/1,000MWh big battery in New South Wales.

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Largest battery in Australia to be built at ageing NSW coal-fired power plant

Origin Energy has unveiled plans to build a giant 700-megawatt capacity battery at its coal-fired power plant in Eraring, south of Newcastle, in the New South Wales Hunter region. If built, Origin said it would have capacity to supply that power to the grid for four hours.

If the plan goes ahead, the battery would be more than four times larger than the 150-megawatt Tesla battery in South Australia.

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Real Energy signs JV to develop large-scale hydrogen hubs 

Real Energy and Liberty Hydrogen have agreed to establish a joint venture company, Pure Hydrogen International, to develop a network of hydrogen manufacturing and distribution hubs – two in Queensland, and one each in New South Wales and Victoria.

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Chemical researchers develop "green" ammonia

A collaborative effort between researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales has found a way to make ammonia production “green”, using only air, water and renewable energy sources such as solar.

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Australian industrial precinct to host 28 MW/56 MWh grid-balancing battery

A joint venture between Australian companies Edify Energy and Precinct Capital has lodged a development application with Newcastle City Council to build a utility-scale battery on 0.6 hectares of land within the Steel River Estate industrial area, on the South Channel bank of the Hunter River, in the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield West.

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Finance secured Metz Solar Farm in New South Wales

Financing has been secured for the 115 MW Metz Solar Farm, in the New England region just east of Armidale. The Green Loan will support construction of this large-scale renewable-energy project. Located in the New England region of New South Wales near Hillgrove, 20 km east of Armidale, the plant will connect to the national grid and generate enough power to supply up to 40,000 Australian households each year — more than half of the total 66,000 households in the region.

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VivoPower completes 39MW Molong Solar Farm in New South Wales

VivoPower International PLC has completed the electrical works for the 39MWdc Molong Solar Farm, located outside the town of Orange in New South Wales, Australia.

It is the second Australian solar farm completed by VivoPower’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Australia, J.A. Martin Electrical Pty, in partnership with contractor GRS. Energised in November, the Molong Solar Farm will generate approximately 78,000MWh of clean energy annually.

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