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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#511 Post by SRW » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:36 am

Damn, Port Augusta solar thermal not going ahead: ... a/10973948
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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#512 Post by SBD » Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:44 pm

Solar Reserve's website has not been updated with the news that they aren't going to build it yet. ... csp/aurora
I wonder if it still has the money lent/given by state and federal governments and can be made to give it back if they don't deliver their end of the deal. SA government now has to buy its future electricity from someone else.

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Re: News & Discussion: Electricity Infrastructure

#513 Post by PeFe » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:18 pm

AGL is proposing a pumped hydro facility at a mine located between Mt Barker and Murray Bridge.
From In Daily
Pumped hydro future planned for Kanmantoo's big pit

Australian energy generator AGL has secured the right to develop, own and operate a 250-megawatt pumped hydro energy storage project at Hillgrove Resources Limited’s Kanmantoo copper mine in the Adelaide Hills.

AGL aims to build a pumped hydro energy storage system in Hillgrove Resource's Kanmantoo big pit by 2024. Photo: supplied
The contract allows AGL to transform their Kanmantoo open pit mine into a pumped hydro facility, while Hillgrove will retain processing and mining rights outside the Giant Pit.

AGL’s Executive General Manager of Wholesale Markets Richard Wrightson said the signing of binding agreements was the start of a multiple stage process to progress the project, including the lodgement of a development application in 2020.

“If we proceed and the project is approved, it would be an important addition to our technology mix in South Australia, where we have significant wind and thermal generation,” he said.

“It would help us to meet the changing needs of the South Australian energy market, in which energy storage assets are likely to be needed to provide dispatchable capacity as renewables generation increases over coming years.

“If all approvals are received, we expect the project to be complete and operating by 2024.”

Full article : ... s-big-pit/
This is the fifth proposed pumped hydro project in recent years....the South Australian government is currently assessing the other proposals to see which one (or ones) they will support.

The other proposals are :
1) Highbury Pumped Hydro (in the Adelaide Hills behind the Modbury/Tea Tree Gully area)
2) Goat Hill (Port Augusta)
3) Cultana (Whyalla)
4) Baroota (30 kms north east of Port Germein in the southern Flinders Ranges)

With the failure of the Solar Reserve Port Augusta proposal, there is a great opportunity for South Australia to grasp the economic opportunity for "storage" to add to the mix of renewable energy.

Should 2 or 3 of these proposals get up, then South Australia will have a chance to become "energy self-sufficient", lessening the reliance on interstate connectors and gas for energy when renewables are low.

Also its a chance for the South Australian Liberal government to show some leadership on the transition to "clean energy", not just piggy-backing on the previous Labor government's initiatives.

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