SA Renewable Technology Fund attracts nearly 60 proposals

Almost 60 proposals have been received by the South Australian Government for its $150 million Renewable Technology Fund.

The proposals include a range of next generation renewable energy and energy storage technologies, including batteries, bioenergy, pumped hydro, thermal, compressed air and flywheel.

Adelaide-based company 1414 Degrees has submitted three proposals for consideration, including a pilot 10MWh thermal storage project that could allow SA Water to store some of the energy it generates from biogas produced at the Glenelg Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Guidelines for the fund were issued in August and three calls for proposals covering:

  • Firming renewable generation - e.g. incorporating storage or other equipment into wind or solar developments for increased inertia and system stability

  • Bulk energy storage - e.g. pumped hydro, compressed air or thermal storage

  • Bioenergy - e.g. energy produced from agricultural wastes or by-products.

Successful applicants will be announced in coming months.

A portion of the fund has already been allocated to the grid-scale battery currently being built by Tesla and Neoen near Jamestown.

More information is at http://ourenergyplan.sa.gov.au/battery.html

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