Tesla battery down under slashes cost of grid service by 90%

It means large gas generators and steam turbines don’t need to be turned on to compensate for outages

ABB deploys back-up batteries and microgrid down under

The system is supporting a gas-fired power plant supplying mining operations

Power plant closures down under ‘have slashed air pollution’

Seven of Australia’s large coal-fired power stations have been retired in the past four years

Australian energy firm gives pay rise to females to close gender gap

EnergyAustralia said around 350 women will receive a one-off adjustment to their salaries, with an average increase of £1,968

Qantas biofuel flight cuts the mustard

The world’s first biofuel-powered flight between the US and Australia took place yesterday. Flying between Los Angeles and Melbourne, the Qantas flight used approximately 24,000 kilograms of blended biofuel, saving an estimated 18,000 kilograms of carbon emissions. The biofuel it used is processed from a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed that can be grown […]

First stage of 429MW wind farm secures funding

The first stage of a 429MW wind farm in Australia has secured funding. A consortium of large energy users, including ANZ, Coca-Cola Amatil, Telstra and the University of Melbourne, entered into new power purchasing agreements covering the 226MW first stage of the Murra Warra Wind Farm in Victoria. When fully constructed, the wind farm is […]

Macquarie buys 50% stake in environmental monitoring firm

Australian bank Macquarie said it is buying a 50% stake in an environmental monitoring company. British firm Spectris’ subsidiary Brüel & Kjær (EMS B&K) specialises in offering continuous environmental monitoring to infrastructure and mining firms, enabling real-time compliance and improving the operational efficiency of those subject to constraints such as noise and air pollution. For example, […]

Tesla’s battery in Oz hops into action

What Tesla claims is the world’s largest lithium ion battery has been switched on in South Australia. The 100MW energy storage facility started providing power on Thursday, a day ahead of its official activation on Friday. This was driven by hot weather driving up usage of air conditioning units, which consume a lot of power. […]

Blockchain project to link Aussie water and power

A blockchain project in Australia is to receive more than $8 million (£4.6m) of funding to integrate a range of energy and water systems. The City of Freemantle will receive $2.6 million (£1.5m) from the government and $5.7 million (£3.3m) through project partners. It will trial how cities can use blockchain technology and data analytics […]

Tesla-Vestas team up for $160m solar, wind, storage project

Construction of a $160 million (£94.8m) project combining solar, wind and storage is set to begin in Australia as it reached financial close. Tesla will be providing the battery storage while Vestas will supply 12 turbines for the Kennedy Energy Park, which will be connected to the national electricity network via a single connection point. […]