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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#526 Post by Bob » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:22 am

South Australia’s stunning aim to be “net” 100 per cent renewables by 2030

https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-austr ... s-by-2030/

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#527 Post by PeFe » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:21 pm

Article from PV Magazine summarizing next lot of renewable energy projects in South Australia.
Renewables still setting strong pace in South Australia
The April shelving of a major solar thermal plant has done little to slow the pace of renewable energy projects being proposed in South Australia.

JUNE 14, 2019 PV MAGAZINE

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In the past three months, applications for almost 1.7 gigawatts of renewable energy generation across six projects have been assessed by the South Australian Government’s State Planning Commission.

Of these, the 280MW Cultana Solar Farm – the first large scale project in billionaire industrialist Sanjeev Gupta’s plan to generate one gigawatt of dispatchable renewable energy in South Australia – was approved by State Planning Minister Stephan Knoll last month.

The other five projects still awaiting ministerial consent include:

RES Australia 176MW solar farm and 66MW battery storage facility near Murray Bridge;
Neoen Australia(Crystal Brook Energy Park) 125MW windfarm, 150MW Solar Farm and 130MW lithium-ion battery near Crystal Brook;
Energy Projects Solar (Bungama Solar) 280 MW solar PV and 140MW battery storage plant to integrate into the National Electricity Market through a 275 kV connection to ElectraNet’s Bungama Substation near Port Pirie;
Energy Projects Solar staged development of a 500MW solar farm with 250MW storage near Robertstown, and;
RES Australia (Twin Creek Wind Farm Project) 183MW wind and 50MW battery storage near Kapunda.
Two other South Australian projects – the 95MW Tailem Bend Solar Project and stage one of the 220MW Bungala Solar Farm near Port Augusta started exporting power to the national grid earlier this year.

There are also dozens of micro solar farms up to 5MW being constructed across the state.

South Australia is home to Tesla’s 100MW/129MWh battery, which became the “world’s largest lithium-ion battery” when it was installed at Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm in December 2017.

South Australia already leads the nation in the uptake of wind energy and roof-top solar with renewable sources accounting for more than 50 per cent of the electricity generated in the state.

However, the closure of two coal-fired power stations in recent years has increased South Australia’s reliance on energy supplies from the eastern Australian states, particularly in times of peak demand.

SolarReserve’s 150MW Aurora Solar Thermal Plant in Port Augusta was set to include eight hours or 1100MWh of thermal storage, allowing it to operate like a conventional base load power station.

The South Australian Government announced on April 5, however, that it had been informed SolarReserve could not reach financial close and planned to sell the project to a third party who may take the project or an alternative project forward at the site.

Full article : https://www.pv-magazine-australia.com/2 ... australia/

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#528 Post by rev » Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:20 pm

Not directly SA energy related but close enough..
Construction to start in 2023, operational by 2027.

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#529 Post by Spurdo » Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:13 pm

rev wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:20 pm
Not directly SA energy related but close enough..
Construction to start in 2023, operational by 2027.

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https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/sou ... fb76d30638
Not so sure about that cable though, wouldnt you would lose a large amount of electricity over that amount of distance?

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#530 Post by SRW » Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:30 pm

Yeah, that's what I'd expect - massive degradation over distance.

This is where the potential of hydrogen is so promising. In essence, we could bottle our ample wind and sun and ship it overseas.
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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#531 Post by 1NEEDS2POST » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:50 pm

Spurdo wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:13 pm
Not so sure about that cable though, wouldnt you would lose a large amount of electricity over that amount of distance?
Wikipedia says HVDC losses are around 3 % per 1000 km. So from Darwin to Singapore, it will lose about 11 %. That's not bad, especially if the solar power is cheap.

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#532 Post by PeFe » Thu Jul 04, 2019 12:57 pm

Robertstown solar farm given state government approval to proceed, next step financing.

From Renew Economy
Huge solar and battery project wins development approval in South Australia

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Plans to build a 500MW solar farm coupled with 250MW/1000MWh of battery storage north-east of Adelaide have won development approval from the South Australian government.

The key step forward for the massive $1.2 billion solar and storage project, proposed for a site east of Robertstown, about 115km north east of Adelaide, was announced on Wednesday by NSW-based developers EPS Energy.

EPS Energy, said that it had got the green light from the state Coalition government after receiving no objections at all from local council or residents.

“It’s an exciting project and we’re very grateful for the level of support we’ve received from Robertstown, the community, state government departments and agencies and the regional Council of Goyder,” said EPS Energy director Steve McCall.

McCall said the solar farm – which still had a number of hurdles to clear before commencing construction, including reaching financial close – would ultimately generate enough electricity to power 144,000 homes, while also helping to strengthen the South Australian grid.

As we noted earlier this year, the Robertstown project is one of two major PV developments proposed for that particular area, with the nearby Solar River project having won development approval last year.

Both projects appear to have been proposed in anticipation of the development of a new connector to NSW, plans for which are being investigated by AEMO and local network operator ElectraNet.

The link favoured by AEMO and ElectraNet would begin near the Robertstown sub-station and go through to Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, with a connection into Victoria.

Full article : https://reneweconomy.com.au/huge-solar- ... lia-35990/

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#533 Post by PeFe » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:09 am

Alinta Energy has signed up to the Solar River project near Robertstown in the mid north.
The solar farm will be built with a big battery ( battery maker yet to be decided)
This is a different project from my post above this one.
From Renew Economy
Alinta signs up for huge solar and battery project in South Australia

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A 200MW South Australia solar project that proposes to add “one of the largest” batteries in the Southern Hemisphere should be under construction by Christmas, after its developers snared a power purchase agreement with major utility, Alinta Energy.

The deal, announced on Thursday, locks in finance for the $480 million Solar River Project, which is being developed by Jason May and Richard Winter near Robertstown, in South Australia’s mid-north.

May, who says this moment has been two years in the making, would not disclose the financial details of the 15-year PPA, but told RenewEconomy that the deal with Hong Kong-owned Alinta was for 75 per cent of the solar farm’s output, making the project “very bankable.”

Solar River, which May says has been in the conceptual phase for a good deal longer than two years, is a substantial project, integrating 200MW of PV and a 100MW/300MWh battery under one generation licence.

Exactly who is supplying the battery is not being disclosed yet, either, but May does say it will come from one of the largest companies in the world, and use “cutting edge,” never before deployed technology.

(RE notes that Korean energy storage company Kokam last year supplied a 30MW/11.4MWh Energy Storage System to Alinta to pair with an existing 178MW open cycle gas turbine in the Pilbara, W.A.)

“This is the first purpose-built PV battery system in the world,” May told RE on Thursday. “It’s never been deployed before, but because of who (the company supplying the battery) are, it can be banked.”

Full article : https://reneweconomy.com.au/alinta-sign ... lia-79253/

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