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This map shows a selection of projects that are supported by ARENA. Our full list of projects can be viewed by technology. We have completed 59 projects and are currently managing more than 200 projects, including scholarships and fellowships which are not shown on this map.

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A Distributed Energy Market: Consumer and Utility Interest, and the Regulatory Requirements

$173,550
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This project assessed a range of ways in which customers and electricity utilities might participate in a distributed energy market.

Lead organisation:
Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI)
Project partners:
CSIRO, University of Arizona
ARENA funding:
$173,550
Location:
US; Sydney, NSW; Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
July 2012
Finish date:
30 June 2013

A low emission biofuel technology

$5,173,000
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Researchers in Curtin University’s Fuels and Energy Technology Institute have developed a new technology that converts biomass such as mallee crops into biofuels and biochar via biomass conversion (pyrolysis) and biorefinement.

Lead organisation:
Renergi Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Curtin University of Technology , Oil Mallee Association of Australia Inc
ARENA funding:
$5,173,000
Total project value:
$12,891,182
Location:
Perth, WA
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
September 2014

A robotic vision system for automatic inspection and evaluation of solar plants

$875,000
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This project will develop a cost-effective robotic inspection system for automated monitoring of concentrating solar power and solar photovoltaic power plants using cameras mounted on ground and aerial drones.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
FRV Services Australia Pty Limited , National ICT Australia Limited , Vast Solar Pty. Ltd. , 4D Surveying
ARENA funding:
$875,000
Total project value:
$3,100,000
Location:
Acton, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
Start date:
April 2016

Advanced biomass gasification technology

$3,624,253
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This project is constructing and demonstrating an innovative biomass gasification technology that will convert biomass, such as agricultural waste and mallee crops, into a clean gaseous fuel that can be used to generate electricity.

Lead organisation:
Renergi Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Curtin University of Technology, Cryofin Pty Ltd, Verve Energy, Oil Mallee Association of Australia Inc.
ARENA funding:
$3,624,253
Total project value:
$6,729,553
Location:
Perth, WA
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
November 2012

Advanced solar thermal energy storage technologies

$3,538,846
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This project involved CSIRO working with Spanish company Abengoa to find cost-effective ways to collect and store heat from sunlight (solar thermal energy) in order to increase user confidence in solar energy, minimise disruption to the electricity grid and make it more economic for solar power plants to produce electricity.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Abengoa Solar
ARENA funding:
$3,538,846
Total project value:
$9,110,702
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
June 2011
Finish date:
30 November 2014

Advanced steam-generating receivers for high concentration solar collectors

$2,821,978
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The project successfully demonstrated that significant reductions in the Levelised Cost of Electricity can be achieved by moving operation of concentrating solar thermal plants to higher temperatures and pressures. Additionally, the project has shown that using once through boiler designs is a suitable in concentrating solar thermal receivers.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Abengoa Solar
ARENA funding:
$2,821,978
Total project value:
$5,979,428
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
June 2011
Finish date:
1 October 2014

Advanced surface and contact technologies improving solar cells

$4,102,000
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This project aims to develop a suite of key cell process technologies to improve the surface of silicon solar cells.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
University of NSW , Trina Solar , Tempress
ARENA funding:
$4,102,000
Total project value:
$15,842,952
Location:
Sydney (NSW), Changzhou (China), Vaasen (Netherlands), Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
August 2014

Advancing marine microalgae biofuel to commercialisation

$4,398,000
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Australia and the broader global community are searching for viable, sustainable alternatives to fossil oil as future sources of liquid fuels, and to develop superior solutions to biofuels currently produced from food crops such as corn-based ethanol and biodiesel from palm oil. The aim of project was to scale-up Muradel’s marine microalgae to biofuel technology to demonstration scale and develop an investment case.

Lead organisation:
Muradel Pty Ltd
Project partners:
SQC Pty Ltd, Murdoch University, Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$4,398,000
Total project value:
$10,738,000
Location:
Whyalla, SA
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Support for advanced biofuels
Start date:
February 2012
Finish date:
June 2015

AGL Solar Project

$166,700,000
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This project aims to increase knowledge in large-scale solar energy by constructing two solar photovoltaic (PV) power stations in New South Wales, which between them will have a generation capacity of up to 155 megawatts (MW) (AC) of electricity.

Lead organisation:
AGL Energy Limited (AGL)
Project partners:
First Solar (Australia) Pty Ltd, NSW Government, University of Queensland, University of NSW
ARENA funding:
$166,700,000
Total project value:
$439,082,000
Location:
Broken Hill and Nyngan, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Stand alone
Start date:
Nyngan: January 2014 | Broken Hill: July 2014

Analysis of variations in instantaneous weather effects

$242,625
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This project has developed innovative strategies for the distribution of mature, commercialised PV technologies within existing electricity networks, and in particular identified that up to 10MW of distributed solar PV could be installed within the Alice Springs grid.

Lead organisation:
Ekistica Pty Ltd trading as CAT Projects
ARENA funding:
$242,625
Total project value:
$539,405
Location:
Alice Springs, NT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
June 2012
Finish date:
March 2015

ASTRI – Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative

$35,000,000
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ASTRI is a consortium of leading Australian research institutions collborating on ‘over the horizon’ concentrating solar power (CSP) research projects in close partnership with US research organisations and leading CSP companies.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Australian National University, University of Queensland, University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia, Queensland University of Technology, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, Arizona State University
ARENA funding:
$35,000,000
Total project value:
$87,300,000
Location:
Newcastle (NSW) and multiple other Australian sites and US sites, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
November 2012

Australia-US Institute for Advanced Photovoltaics

$35,914,000
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AUSIAPV is providing a pipeline to ‘over the horizon’ photovoltaic technology, as well as training the next generation of research scientists and engineers through exposure to world-class facilities across Australia and the US.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
Australian National University, University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Queensland, CSIRO, National Science Foundation-Department of Energy (NSF/DOE) QESST, US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, Molecular Foundry, Stanford University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California – Santa Barbara, Suntech R&D Australia, BT Imaging, Trina Solar Energy, Bluescope Steel, Berkeley Lab
ARENA funding:
$35,914,000
Total project value:
$91,314,000
Location:
US sites, multiple Australian sites, Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
February 2013

Australia’s first advanced biofuel laboratory

$2,416,000
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The project involves the development and construction of Australia’s first biocrude and biofuel laboratory at the site of the Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant in Yarwun, central Queensland.

Lead organisation:
Southern Oil Refining Pty Ltd (Southern Oil Refining or SOR)
Project partners:
Queensland University of Technology
ARENA funding:
$2,416,000
Total project value:
$5,379,928
Location:
Gladstone, QLD
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
December 2015

Australian feedstock and refining capacity to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

$575,000
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Qantas and Shell Australia collaborated to undertake a feasibility study into Australian feedstock (material that can be processed into biofuel) and refining capacity to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel.

Lead organisation:
Qantas/Shell
ARENA funding:
$575,000
Total project value:
$950,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2012
Finish date:
30 June 2013

Australian pilot of rooftop CST and CPV-T micro-concentrator solar energy systems

$3,461,680
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(Project closed 7 November 2014) Chromasun was partnering with the Futuris Group of Companies to develop and establish an Australian pilot manufacturing capability for the Chromasun Micro-Concentrator (MCT) concentrating solar thermal (CST) product. ARENA’s funding commitment was $3.4 million.

Lead organisation:
Chromasun Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Australian National University, Echuca Hospital, Ergon Energy, Coolgaia Pty Ltd, University of Southern Queensland, Munters Pty Ltd, Futuris Group of Companies
ARENA funding:
$3,461,680
Total project value:
$9,300,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW; Canberra, ACT; Darling Heights, QLD; Fremantle, WA; Echuca, VIC
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2012

Australian Solar Energy Forecasting System (ASEFS) – Phase 1

$3,089,000
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This project delivered the Australian Solar Energy Forecasting System (ASEFS), which uses basic techniques to cover all the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) required forecasting timeframes for managing the National Electricity Market (NEM), which range from five minutes to two years.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Australian Energy Market Operator, Bureau of Meteorology, University of NSW, University of South Australia, US National Renewable Energy Laboratory
ARENA funding:
$3,089,000
Total project value:
$7,772,235
Location:
US; Adelaide, SA; Sydney, NSW; Melbourne, VIC; Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2013
Finish date:
May 2016

Australian Wave Energy Atlas

$1,300,000
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This project will develop an online national wave energy atlas that will allow users to better assess the feasibility of wave power projects.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
ARENA funding:
$1,300,000
Total project value:
$3,286,800
Location:
Hobart, TAS
Technology:
Ocean energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
July 2014

Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm

$22,800,000
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The Barcaldine Remote Community Solar Farm (BRCSF) will be located in central Queensland within a fringe-of-grid area of super-premium solar irradiation. The project site is approximately 90 hectares and located near the Barcaldine Gas Power Plant.

Lead organisation:
Elecnor Australia Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Green Light Contractors, Clean Energy Finance Corporation , Ergon Energy
ARENA funding:
$22,800,000
Total project value:
$69,000,000
Location:
Barcaldine, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Regional Australia's Renewables – Industry Programme
Start date:
December 2015

Biomass to bio-crude: Producing advanced drop-in fuels for Australia

$4,864,414
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This project undertook a feasibility study into the construction and operation of a pre-commercial biofuels plant that converts inedible plant material (biomass) into a bio-crude oil with similar characteristics to traditional fossil crude.

Lead organisation:
Licella Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$4,864,414
Total project value:
$7,296,256
Location:
North Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Support for advanced biofuels
Start date:
January 2013
Finish date:
April 2015

bioWAVE Ocean Pilot at Port Fairy

$11,000,000
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This project will demonstrate an innovative new method for converting wave energy into electricity using the patented bioWAVE technology that efficiently converts wave energy to mechanical energy and then uses a unique mechanical-to-electrical energy converter.

Lead organisation:
BioPower Systems Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$11,000,000
Total project value:
$21,000,000
Location:
Port Fairy, VIC
Technology:
Ocean energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2012

Cane2Fuel: Feasibility of producing biofuel from sugarcane waste

$1,266,000
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The Cane2Fuel project used an integrated approach to investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of producing biofuel from sugarcane bagasse, which is a by-product of the sugar production process.

Lead organisation:
BSES Limited (now Sugar Research Australia)
Project partners:
CSIRO
ARENA funding:
$1,266,000
Total project value:
$1,947,985
Location:
Indooroopilly, QLD
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Support for advanced biofuels
Start date:
December 2009
Finish date:
31 May 2012

Carnegie CETO 6 technology

$13,000,000
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This project will deploy the next generation of Carnegie’s 100% owned and invented CETO wave energy technology.

Lead organisation:
Carnegie Wave Energy
ARENA funding:
$13,000,000
Total project value:
$46,000,000
Location:
Offshore of Garden Island, WA
Technology:
Ocean energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2014

Central receiver CPV pilot project – Stage 2

$1,750,000
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This project demonstrated the world’s first pre-commercial pilot of a central receiver system that uses solar photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion.

Lead organisation:
RayGen Resources Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Boeing Spectrolab Inc, Proteus Engineering Group, Able Engineering Pty Ltd, Ceramet Technologies Pty Ltd, Gannawarra Shire Council
ARENA funding:
$1,750,000
Total project value:
$3,600,000
Location:
Newbridge, VIC
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
October 2013
Finish date:
May 2015

Central receiver CPV pilot project – Stage 3

$2,900,000
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This project will develop designs to commercialise the world’s only ‘power tower’ system that uses solar photovoltaic (PV) receivers to generate renewable energy from concentrated sunlight. An 8 MW production line will also be constructed and commissioned to manufacture the technology at a greater scale.

Lead organisation:
RayGen Resources Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$2,900,000
Total project value:
$5,800,000
Location:
Newbridge, VIC
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
August 2015

Characterising and forecasting grid connected solar energy

$470,284
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The project looked at new techniques of applying known models to the forecasting challenge, and ways to understand how solar and wind can smoothly integrate into the electricity grid.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
University of South Australia , Photovoltaics Australia , Epuron , Bureau of Meteorology
ARENA funding:
$470,284
Total project value:
$830,000
Location:
Adelaide, SA; Melbourne, VIC; Sydney NSW, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
March 2010
Finish date:
July 2015

Clean Energy Australia – Annual Renewable Energy Industry Analysis

$129,100
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This project will provide funding support for the Clean Energy Council to produce the Clean Energy Australia Report 2014.

Lead organisation:
Clean Energy Council
ARENA funding:
$129,100
Total project value:
$199,100
Location:
Level 15, 222 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Renewable energy industry capacity building
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
December 2014

Climate-based PV performance and reliability

$268,320
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This project will provide a publicly available, high quality PV performance database containing location-specific technical, operational and performance data.

Lead organisation:
Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI) (participants University of NSW, CAT Projects and Murdoch University)
Project partners:
Clean Energy Council, National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL)
ARENA funding:
$268,320
Total project value:
$579,320
Location:
US; Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
September 2012

Commercialisation roadmap for perovskite solar cells

$449,823
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This project is designed to deliver a ‘commercialisation roadmap’ that supports Dyesol’s ambition to move to scalable manufacturing of efficient and reliable perovskite solar cell technology.

Lead organisation:
Dyesol Limited
ARENA funding:
$449,823
Total project value:
$1,421,473
Location:
Queanbeyan, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
September, 2015

Construction of 7 megawatt Engineered Geothermal System (EGS) Project

$0
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(Project closed 14 November 2014 – no funds were paid to Petratherm Limited) This project involved the construction of a 7 megawatt EGS demonstration power station by installing a 3.5 megawatt turbine to each of two geothermal wells. ARENA’s funding commitment was $24,520,833.

Lead organisation:
MNGI PTY LTD (Trading Name: Petratherm Limited)
Project partners:
Beach Energy Limited
ARENA funding:
$0
Total project value:
$73,000,000
Location:
Paralana, SA
Technology:
Geothermal energy
ARENA programme:
Stand alone
Start date:
TBC

Consumer energy systems providing cost-effective grid support (CONSORT)

$2,900,000
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The project will develop an innovative automated control platform and new payment structures that will enable consumers with battery systems to provide support services to a constrained electricity network.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
Tasmanian Networks Pty Ltd , The University of Sydney , University of Tasmania , Reposit Power Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$2,900,000
Total project value:
$8,000,000
Location:
Bruny Island, TAS
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Coober Pedy Renewable Diesel Hybrid

$18,400,000
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This project will install 1MW solar, 4MW wind generation, a 1MW, 0.5MWh battery storage and inverter system as well as a range of additional proven technologies, integrated with Energy Developments Ltd's (EDL) existing 3.9MW diesel power station in Coober Pedy.

Lead organisation:
Energy Developments Ltd (EDL)
ARENA funding:
$18,400,000
Total project value:
$36,500,000
Location:
Coober Pedy, SA
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Regional Australia's Renewables – Industry Programme
Start date:
July 2014

Cooper Basin Enhanced Geothermal Systems Heat and Power Development

$32,750,000
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(Project closed 10 December 2015) While conventional geothermal power generation uses volcanic geology, Geodynamics is leading the development of a new technology called Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS).

Lead organisation:
Geodynamics Limited
ARENA funding:
$32,750,000
Total project value:
$144,220,000
Location:
Cooper Basin, SA
Technology:
Geothermal energy
ARENA programme:
Stand alone
Start date:
July 2010

Cost effective gallium arsenide phosphide top solar cell grown on a high performance, low cost silicon solar cell

$2,480,000
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The project aims to cut solar energy costs by developing a high voltage solar cell that will be 40% more efficient than solar cells being used today.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
Amberwave Inc, Veeco Inc, Yale University, University of Delaware, Arizona State University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
ARENA funding:
$2,480,000
Total project value:
$6,310,000
Location:
Multiple sites in the US; Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
December 2011

Daly River Solar Research Project

$462,357
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The key outcomes of the project are a Solar/Diesel Mini-grid Handbook and a mini-grid power system modelling tool.

Lead organisation:
Power and Water Corporation
ARENA funding:
$462,357
Total project value:
$853,552
Location:
Darwin, NT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
July 2012
Finish date:
17 March 2014

Data fusion and machine learning for geothermal target exploration and characterisation

$1,878,210
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The project took geothermal data from a wide variety of sources and used modern statistical methods to analyse the data. The resulting information and software can be used to improve exploration, discovery and characterisation methods for targeted geothermal exploration.

Lead organisation:
National ICT Australia (NICTA)
Project partners:
University of Sydney, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide
ARENA funding:
$1,878,210
Total project value:
$6,594,032
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Geothermal energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
7 March 2012
Finish date:
August 2014

DeGrussa solar project

$20,900,000
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The project involves the construction of a 10.6 MW solar PV installation with storage at the DeGrussa Copper Mine. Solar will provide the majority of the mine’s daytime electricity requirements, offsetting more than 20% of total diesel consumption. The project aims to increase knowledge and confidence in the use of renewable energy to power off-grid mine sites.

Lead organisation:
Neoen
Project partners:
Sandfire Resources NL , Clean Energy Finance Corporation , OTOC Australia
ARENA funding:
$20,900,000
Total project value:
$40,000,000
Location:
Meekathara, WA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Regional Australia's Renewables – Industry Programme
Start date:
July 2015

Delivering higher renewable penetration in new land and housing developments through off-grid microgrids

$442,000
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This project aims to explore the commercial viability and impact of renewable energy for large new housing developments with off-grid microgrids.

Lead organisation:
Brookfield Energy Australia Pty Limited
Project partners:
Flow Systems , Siemens , Kinesis Pty Ltd , CSIRO
ARENA funding:
$442,000
Total project value:
$1,100,000
Location:
Hunter Valley, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Advancing Renewables Programme
Start date:
October 2015

Demonstrate commercial production of bio-crude oil from biomass

$2,288,000
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The project involved the design, construction and successful operation of a commercial demonstration facility for the conversion of inedible plant material (biomass) into a bio-crude oil with similar characteristics to traditional fossil crude.

Lead organisation:
Licella Pty Ltd
Project partners:
University of Sydney, Ignite Energy Resources Ltd
ARENA funding:
$2,288,000
Total project value:
$3,038,000
Location:
Somersby, NSW
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Support for advanced biofuels
Start date:
December 2009
Finish date:
30 June 2012

Demonstrate higher efficiency third generation photovoltaics

$500,000
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This project aims to increase the efficiency of one type of third generation solar cell by increasing the number of layers of nanoscopic silicon crystals (silicon nanocrystals or Si NC) in silicon oxide and silicon nitride.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany), Rwth Aachen University (Germany), Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg (Germany)
ARENA funding:
$500,000
Total project value:
$1,600,000
Location:
Multiple sites in Germany; Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
April 2012

Demonstration of geothermal heat exchanger in hot sedimentary rocks

$4,200,000
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This project initially aimed to drill two geothermal wells, fracture the ground and complete test flows.

Lead organisation:
MNGI PTY LTD (Trading Name: Petratherm Limited)
Project partners:
Beach Energy Limited
ARENA funding:
$4,200,000
Location:
Paralana, SA
Technology:
Geothermal energy
ARENA programme:
Stand alone
Start date:
May 2009

Development and commercialisation of high efficiency silicon solar cell technology

$3,972,980
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This project is the first to implement laboratory-proven advanced cell process technology at the Solar Industrial Research Facility (SIRF) at UNSW.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW (UNSW)
Project partners:
Australian National University, NewSouth Innovations
ARENA funding:
$3,972,980
Total project value:
$10,000,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
May 2014

Development of a testing facility for storing heat from solar energy at high temperatures

$689,500
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This project is establishing a world class facility to test newly-developed high temperature storage systems and technologies operating at up to 900 degrees Celcius.

Lead organisation:
Barbara Hardy Institute at the University of South Australia
Project partners:
Vast Solar (Australia) , University of Lleida (Spain) , The German Aerospace Center – DLR (Germany) , Novatec Solar (Germany)
ARENA funding:
$689,500
Total project value:
$2,400,000
Location:
Adelaide, SA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
March 2012

Development of an Australian solar map

$443,238
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This project involves the development of an interactive live solar photovoltaic (PV) map that tracks the uptake and impact of PV across Australia.

Lead organisation:
Australian Photovoltaic Institute (participants University of NSW, CAT Projects, Sunwiz, SMA)
Project partners:
Central University of New York, Office of Spatial Policy, Clean Energy Regulator
ARENA funding:
$443,238
Total project value:
$590,243
Location:
US, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
September 2012

Development of combined cycle using solar reformed gas

$346,907
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This project aimed to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of a combined cycle power plant fuelled with natural gas that has been ‘upgraded’ using solar thermal energy.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
GE Australia, GE Global Research Centre (US)
ARENA funding:
$346,907
Total project value:
$711,897
Location:
US and Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2013
Finish date:
23 October 2014

Doomadgee Solar Project

$4,650,000
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This project aims to demonstrate the technical viability and system reliability of a hybrid electricity system involving a large amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy with diesel generation. The project will integrate 1.26 MW of solar PV generation into the existing diesel power station that powers the Doomadgee community in remote Queensland.

Lead organisation:
Ergon Energy
ARENA funding:
$4,650,000
Total project value:
$11,903,277
Location:
Doomadgee, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Community and Regional Renewable Energy programme
Start date:
July 2014

Energy cost study for Bombora Wave Energy Converter

$181,663
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This review will detail the ‘cost of electricity’ for energy produced by Bombora’s Wave Energy Converter (WEC) at a commercial scale, to confirm whether the device can operate as a commercially viable source of renewable energy.

Lead organisation:
Bombora Wave Power
ARENA funding:
$181,663
Total project value:
$363,326
Location:
Perth, WA
Technology:
Ocean energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
December 2015

Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration

$445,846
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The Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) project is examining the role of medium to large scale (5-30MW) energy storage in the integration of renewable energy into the South Australian electricity system.

Lead organisation:
AGL Pty Ltd
Project partners:
ElectraNet , WorleyParsons
ARENA funding:
$445,846
Total project value:
$1,029,578
Location:
Adelaide, SA
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
August 2014
Finish date:
March 2016

Energy storage test facility and knowledge bank

$1,441,811
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University of Adelaide will build a mobile energy storage test facility and establish an online database for Australian energy storage expertise. These resources will provide industry and researchers with a capability to independently test entire energy storage systems and with a central source for existing and future knowledge.

Lead organisation:
University of Adelaide
ARENA funding:
$1,441,811
Total project value:
$3,264,368
Location:
Adelaide, SA
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
Start date:
May 2015

Enhancing efficiencies in printed solar cells by controlling morphology development

$500,000
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This project successfully improved the production of effective and reliable, low-cost printed organic solar cells by controlling the way the organic components in the cell align with each other at a microscopic (molecular) level during the ink drying process.

Lead organisation:
University of Melbourne
Project partners:
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
ARENA funding:
$500,000
Total project value:
$1,213,000
Location:
Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
April 2012
Finish date:
28 August 2014

Establishing a South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence Industry Cluster

$305,000
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Regional Development Australia ACT (RDA ACT) is leading the establishment of a Regional Renewable Energy Industry Cluster in the south east NSW-ACT region as part of the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence (SERREE) initiative.

Lead organisation:
Regional Development Australia ACT Incorporated
ARENA funding:
$305,000
Total project value:
$728,000
Location:
Sout East NSW and Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Renewable energy industry capacity building
Start date:
November 2014

Expansion of the Environmental Upgrade Agreement Market in Victoria

$425,000
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This project will enable the expansion of the commercial rooftop solar market across Victoria by increasing the number of local governments offering innovative finance for such projects through loan repayments collected through Council rates.

Lead organisation:
Sustainable Melbourne Fund
ARENA funding:
$425,000
Total project value:
$915,215
Location:
Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Renewable energy industry capacity building
ARENA programme:
Advancing Renewables Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Fabrication of thermionic device using advanced ceramics

$515,360
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This project created a working prototype of a device called a thermionic energy converter, which directly converts the heat generated by concentrated sunlight into electricity. The device uses advanced ceramic materials that are able to operate at high temperatures thereby providing a greater conversion efficiency that reduces the cost of solar electricity.

Lead organisation:
University of Newcastle
ARENA funding:
$515,360
Total project value:
$705,926
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
March 2010
Finish date:
31 May 2014

Feasibility study for Perenjori 20MW Dispatchable Solar Tower Project

$449,718
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A feasibility study into the construction of a 20 MWe solar thermal power station which would employ Abengoa’s molten salt tower technology with a thermal energy storage system.

Lead organisation:
Abengoa Solar
Project partners:
NP Partners / WestGen, CSIRO, Institute of Sustainable Futures (UTS)
ARENA funding:
$449,718
Total project value:
$899,436
Location:
Perenjori, WA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
March 2014

Feasibility study into conversion of Collinsville Power Station from coal to hybrid solar thermal/gas

$2,150,000
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This project assessed the viability of converting the existing 180 MW coal-fired Collinsville Power Station in Queensland to a 30 MW hybrid solar thermal/gas power station. It was ultimately determined that a project was not feasible at the current time due to excessive capital costs.

Lead organisation:
RATCH-Australia Corporation Limited
Project partners:
Transfield Infrastructure Pty Ltd, University of Queensland
ARENA funding:
$2,150,000
Total project value:
$3,283,910
Location:
Collinsville, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
January 2013
Finish date:
November, 2014

Flinders Island Hybrid Energy Hub

$5,500,000
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The project aims to use a combination of solar, wind, diesel, storage and enabling technologies to displace more than 60% of Flinders Island’s diesel generated energy. Hydro Tasmania will develop a modular hybrid energy solution with the potential to further drive down costs and move a step closer to delivering a commercially competitive product.

Lead organisation:
Hydro Tasmania
ARENA funding:
$5,500,000
Total project value:
$12,800,000
Location:
Flinders Island, TAS
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Community and Regional Renewable Energy programme
Start date:
February 2015

Forecasting distributed solar energy production

$799,522
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This project is conducting real-time analysis of some of the 650,000 residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems widely distributed throughout Australia.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University (ANU)
Project partners:
NICTA (Australia’s ICT Research Centre of Excellence), ACTEWAGL, University of California San Diego, University of Central Florida, Laros Technologies, Armada Solar
ARENA funding:
$799,522
Total project value:
$2,700,000
Location:
US; Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2013

Future proofing in Australia’s Electricity Distribution Industry

$877,900
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This project aims to enhance the flexibility and resilience of Australia’s electricity distribution system. The Clean Energy Council will conduct extensive consultations with industry, government, regulators and consumers, and commission technical, economic and regulatory analysis

Lead organisation:
Clean Energy Council
ARENA funding:
$877,900
Total project value:
$877,900
Location:
Australia-wide, Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
May 2014

Generating renewable energy from almond waste

$32,100
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This project analysed the commercial viability of generating renewable energy from almond waste.

Lead organisation:
Almond Board of Australia Inc
Project partners:
GreenFusion, Green Ochre, EconSearch
ARENA funding:
$32,100
Total project value:
$60,000
Location:
Berri, SA
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2012
Finish date:
16 November 2012

Geothermal structural permeability map

$450,000
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The project will deliver a national database and map of natural fractures and subsurface permeability in critical Australian basins to better exploit geothermal resources across Australia.

Lead organisation:
University of Adelaide (South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research)
Project partners:
University of Aberdeen
ARENA funding:
$450,000
Total project value:
$1,620,000
Location:
Adelaide, SA
Technology:
Geothermal energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
October 2015

High efficiency solar thermal power using Allam cycle

$2,749,748
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This project builds on CSIRO’s existing solar work in high temperature and high pressure power cycles, including supercritical CO2. It involves partnering with industry and research organisations to develop the components, materials and processes necessary to progress this technology to a commercial-scale system.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Toshiba International Corporation , Abengoa Solar , 8 Rivers, National Renewable Energy Laboratories (NREL) , Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)
ARENA funding:
$2,749,748
Total project value:
$7,046,100
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
August 2014

High efficiency, multi-junction CPV solar cells on low cost large area silicon substrates

$2,000,000
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This project is developing virtual germanium (Ge) and germanium-tin (Ge-Sn) on silicon wafers for the next generation of multiple-junction solar cells, which are low in cost but highly efficient, meaning they can convert more energy from sunlight than most other solar cells.

Lead organisation:
Solar Systems Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Translucent Inc, IQE Plc, Emcore Corporation, Boeing Spectrolab Inc
ARENA funding:
$2,000,000
Total project value:
$5,200,000
Location:
Abbotsford, VIC
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
June 2012

High quality laser doping for solar cells through improved characterisation techniques

$446,582
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This project developed innovative characterisation (measurement) approaches that allow high quality data to be collected quickly and accurately, thereby providing a way to rapidly improve laser doping.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University (ANU)
ARENA funding:
$446,582
Total project value:
$1,218,519
Location:
Germany; Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
April 2013
Finish date:
April 2015

High-efficiency silicon/perovskite solar cells

$3,599,459
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Perovskite cells have only emerged as a viable photovoltaic material over the past two years. This will be the first time a tandem, stacked approach has been attempted with silicon cells on this scale.

Lead organisation:
University of New South Wales
Project partners:
Australian National University , Monash University , Arizona State University , Suntech R&D Australia Pty Ltd , Trina Solar
ARENA funding:
$3,599,459
Total project value:
$12,290,605
Location:
Canberra (ACT), Melbourne (Vic), Arizona (USA), Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
August 2014

High-energy algal fuels

$5,000,000
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James Cook University conducted 8 demonstration scale macroalgae projects to clean waste-water and produce bio-crude.

Lead organisation:
James Cook University
Project partners:
Advanced Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) , MBD Energy
ARENA funding:
$5,000,000
Total project value:
$11,000,000
Location:
Townsville, QLD
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Support for advanced biofuels
Start date:
November 2013
Finish date:
June 2015

High-temperature solar thermal energy storage via manganese-oxide based redox cycling

$1,193,534
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This project aims to develop an innovative energy storage system that uses concentrating solar thermal technology to drive a high-temperature redox (or reduction-oxidation) thermochemical cycle.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
University of Colorado Boulder , ETH Zurich , IT Power Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$1,193,534
Total project value:
$3,068,472
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
November 2014

Hybrid concentrating solar thermal systems for large-scale applications

$520,011
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This project demonstrated the successful design, integration and operation of a high temperature solar heat (150 to 200 degrees Celsius) building space heating and cooling system, and provided a pathway for realising a world first high efficiency solar thermal desiccant air conditioning system.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
NEP Solar, Stockland Group
ARENA funding:
$520,011
Total project value:
$1,231,830
Location:
Wendouree, VIC
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
July 2012
Finish date:
April 2016

Hybridisation of concentrated solar thermal with carbon capture and storage

$667,500
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This project achieved the world’s first practical demonstration of pilot scale Post-Combustion Carbon dioxide capture (PCC) process integrated with solar thermal energy and demonstrates an important low emissions energy solution to achieving substantial emissions reductions from Australian coal fired electricity generation with the potential for large scale deployment of solar thermal fields in Australia.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Delta Energy
ARENA funding:
$667,500
Total project value:
$2,162,483
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
22 June 2012
Finish date:
31 July 2015

Impact of small scale hydropower technologies on Australian native fish species

$613,377
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This project produced detailed scientific information on the effects small hydro has on native fish species, which could be used to improve the design and operation of small hydro systems.

Lead organisation:
Waratah Power Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW), NSW Department of Primary Industries, Aquatic Ecosystems (NSW), UNSW Manly Hydraulics Lab
ARENA funding:
$613,377
Total project value:
$1,124,331
Location:
North Bondi and various sites across NSW, NSW
Technology:
Hydropower
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
April 2012
Finish date:
30 May 2014

Improved high-temperature receivers for dish concentrators

$1,436,210
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This project is investigating heat loss from high-temperature solar thermal receivers and developing the next generation of improved receiver designs to reduce that loss.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
Sandia National Laboratories, CSIRO
ARENA funding:
$1,436,210
Total project value:
$3,340,000
Location:
US; Newcastle, NSW; Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
May 2012

Improved measurement of contaminants in silicon solar cells

$490,166
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This project aims to compare, understand and further develop techniques that accurately identify the type and amount of efficiency-reducing contaminants in silicon solar cells. It will also investigate the lifetime effects of contamination in order to minimise its impact.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany), Australian National University (ANU)
ARENA funding:
$490,166
Total project value:
$1,000,000
Location:
Germany; Canberra, ACT; Kensington, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
April 2012

Improving solar cell performance testing

$381,328
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This project is investigating factors that can deteriorate solar cell performance, using an innovative measurement system in combination with advanced simulation tools.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
Australian National University , BT Imaging
ARENA funding:
$381,328
Total project value:
$926,638
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
August 2014

Improving solar-thermal receivers for reduced heat loss

$1,361,327
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This project will investigate novel configurations of tube banks for central tower receivers, including bladed concepts and incorporating the use of active airflow techniques.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
University of Adelaide , Sandia National Laboratories , CSIRO
ARENA funding:
$1,361,327
Total project value:
$3,527,985
Location:
Adelaide (SA), Newcastle (NSW), Albuquerque (USA), Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
December 2014

Improving the accessibility of the System Advisor Model for Australian concentrating solar power users

$73,500
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This project developed the necessary tools and additions to allow the System Advisor Model (SAM) to provide the same level of benefit for application to Australian geographical and market conditions as it does to the US.

Lead organisation:
Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association (AUSTELA)
Project partners:
IT Power (Aust) Pty Limited
ARENA funding:
$73,500
Location:
Canberra, ACT; Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
December 2012
Finish date:
30 April 2013

Improving translation models for predicting the energy yield of photovoltaic (PV) power systems

$1,318,722
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To reduce the investment risk for large-scale photovoltaic power plants, CSIRO and its partners investigated the relationship between the manufacturer’s power rating for solar panels and the energy the panels generate over time.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) , Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre , Lend Lease
ARENA funding:
$1,318,722
Total project value:
$3,189,680
Location:
United States; Alice Springs, NT; Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
September 2012
Finish date:
December 2014

Increasing the uptake of solar photovoltaics in strata residential developments

$900,000
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This project will develop governance models to allow shared solar photovoltaics (PV), battery and monitoring systems to be used in medium density apartments. The governance models will be tested at 50 units of the White Gum Valley development in Perth.

Lead organisation:
Curtin University
Project partners:
Balance Utility Solutions Pty Ltd , City of Fremantle , CRC for Low Carbon Living Limited , Western Power , Western Australian Land Authority
ARENA funding:
$900,000
Total project value:
$2,600,000
Location:
White Gum Valley, WA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Industry ready n-type silicon solar cells

$3,335,254
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This project successfully increased the amount of energy a solar cell can convert from sunlight without extra manufacturing costs per cell by combining the existing fast and inexpensive methods used to make today’s standard silicon solar cells with the latest advances in high efficiency silicon solar cells.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
Trina Solar, University of NSW
ARENA funding:
$3,335,254
Total project value:
$10,953,485
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
April 2011
Finish date:
15 October 2014

Inline inspection tools for photovoltaic manufacturing

$2,250,000
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This project developed two inline inspection tools, which are integrated into solar cell manufacturing ‘lines’ to help solar research organisations reduce the cost of manufacturing photovoltaic cells.

Lead organisation:
BT Imaging Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Australian National University, Applied Materials (China), Suntech R&D
ARENA funding:
$2,250,000
Total project value:
$5,178,333
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
July 2010
Finish date:
31 March 2013

Integrated PV solar roofing

$2,284,800
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This project aimed to develop low cost building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing for mass market residential and commercial applications on Australian buildings.

Lead organisation:
BlueScope Steel Limited
Project partners:
Invetech Pty Ltd, RESA Electrical Manufacturing Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$2,284,800
Total project value:
$5,547,575
Location:
Wollongong, Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2012
Finish date:
December 2015

Integrated solar radiation data sources over Australia

$712,581
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CSIRO and its partners developed Australia’s first comprehensive solar radiation data set to help the solar energy industry measure and characertise the expected output of large scale solar power plants.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Bureau of Meteorology
ARENA funding:
$712,581
Total project value:
$1,430,000
Location:
US; Melbourne, VIC; Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
November 2012
Finish date:
January 2016

Integrating concentrating solar thermal energy into the Bayer alumina process

$4,500,000
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This project will evaluate the potential for energy produced from concentrating solar thermal (CST) technologies to be integrated into the Bayer alumina refining process. It will develop the technologies and process knowledge to enable the progressive integration of low temperature CST, solar reforming of natural gas, and high temperature CST into the existing Bayer process.

Lead organisation:
University of Adelaide
Project partners:
Alcoa of Australia , CSIRO , ETH Zurich , Hatch Pty Ltd , IT Power (Australia) , San Diego State University , UNSW
ARENA funding:
$4,500,000
Total project value:
$15,100,000
Location:
Adelaide, SA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Intelligent storage for Australia’s grid

$445,666
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The project involves piloting GridCredits, a battery storage control module that allows consumers to monitor electricity usage and access their solar power overnight and at peak times.

Lead organisation:
Reposit Power Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$445,666
Total project value:
$932,487
Location:
Fyshwick, ACT
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
December 2014

Investigating a bioenergy alternative for mines

$300,000
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ARENA provided $300,000 to lay the groundwork for a renewable biogas project in the Pilbara. The project found that it is technically feasible to supply remote mine sites with electricity and/or natural gas produced from purpose grown biomass using mine dewatering using Anaerobic Digestion.

Lead organisation:
AgGrow Energy Resources Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$300,000
Total project value:
$400,000
Location:
Perth, WA
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2014
Finish date:
May 2015

Investigating local network charges and local electricity trading

$250,000
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This project is supporting studies, consultations and virtual trials to inform the development of alternative charging methods for local renewable energy projects and potential changes to electricity market rules.

Lead organisation:
Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney
Project partners:
Moira Shire Council , Swan Hill Rural City Council , Byron Shire Council , Willoughby City Council , City of Sydney , Wannon Water , Ergon Energy , Powercor Australia Ltd , AGL Energy Ltd , Total Environment Centre , NSW Government Renewable Energy Advocate
ARENA funding:
$250,000
Total project value:
$706,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2015

Karratha Airport Solar Plant

$2,300,000
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This project involves the design, construction, commissioning and operation of a 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility with cloud predictive technology (CPT) at Western Australia’s second-largest airport Karratha Airport. The City of Karratha, which owns Karratha Airport, will enter into a 21 year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the solar plant.

Lead organisation:
SunEdison Australia
ARENA funding:
$2,300,000
Total project value:
$7,100,000
Location:
Karratha, WA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Regional Australia's Renewables – Industry Programme
Start date:
September 2015

Kidston pumped storage project

$4,000,000
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ARENA is supporting a feasibility study into the construction of a pumped storage hydroelectric power plant at the disused Kidston Gold Mine in North Queensland. Located 280km north west of Townsville, the project has the potential to generate up to 330 MW of rapid response, flexible power for delivery into Australia’s National Electricity Market.

Lead organisation:
Genex Power Limited
Project partners:
Entura (Feasibility Manager, part of Hydro Tasmania)
ARENA funding:
$4,000,000
Total project value:
$6,200,000
Location:
Townsville, QLD
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
December 2015

King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project

$6,083,000
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This project is developing a world-leading power system using a unique combination of several technologies. The system will supply over 65% of King Island’s energy needs using renewable energy, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 95%.

Lead organisation:
Hydro Tasmania
Project partners:
Tasmanian Government
ARENA funding:
$6,083,000
Total project value:
$18,250,000
Location:
King Island, TAS
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Stand alone
Start date:
April 2011

Kogan Creek Solar Boost project

$6,400,000
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(Project closed 8 March 2016) The Kogan Creek Solar Boost Project set out to install a 44 megawatts of concentrating solar power (CSP) at CS Energy’s 750 megawatt coal-fired Kogan Creek Power Station.

Lead organisation:
CS Energy Ltd
ARENA funding:
$6,400,000
Total project value:
$104,700,000
Location:
Chinchilla, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Stand alone
Start date:
July 2011

Least-cost carbon abatement modelling

$931,207
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This project is developing a software tool that links together weather variability, renewable and fossil technologies, transmission and economic market models, in many hundreds of thousands of combinations, to find the most affordable ways to significantly increase the use of renewable energy in the electricity system.

Lead organisation:
University of Melbourne
Project partners:
University of New South Wales, Australian Energy Market Operator, Bureau of Meteorology, GE, Market Reform
ARENA funding:
$931,207
Total project value:
$1,230,000
Location:
Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
July 2012

Lithium-sulfur batteries for large-scale energy storage

$750,000
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This project aims to develop advanced lithium-sulfur batteries for renewable energy storage with high energy density, extended service life and operation safety.

Lead organisation:
University of Technology, Sydney
Project partners:
Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute , DLG Energy Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$750,000
Total project value:
$1,990,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
September 2014

Local doping using laser chemical processing technology for advanced silicon solar cells

$352,365
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This project further developed a novel doping method called Laser Chemical Processing (LCP) so it can be used in the production of high efficiency, low cost cells.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University (ANU)
Project partners:
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany)
ARENA funding:
$352,365
Total project value:
$1,050,000
Location:
Germany; Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
April 2012
Finish date:
31 August 2014

Lord Howe Island Hybrid Renewable Energy System

$5,300,000
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The project will add a combined 1 MW of renewable energy generating capacity to the current diesel power generation system operating on Lord Howe Island.

Lead organisation:
Lord Howe Island Board (LHIB)
ARENA funding:
$5,300,000
Total project value:
$11,046,065
Location:
Lord Howe Island, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Regional Australia's Renewables – Industry Programme
Start date:
June 2014

Low cost, high efficiency Copper-Zinc-Tin-Sulphide (CZTS) on silicon multi-junction solar cells

$1,511,828
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This project aims to develop a new generation of silicon wafer solar cell technology by producing tandem devices that can improve on the world record 25% efficiency achieved by UNSW with silicon wafer-based solar cells in 2008.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Colorado School of Mines
ARENA funding:
$1,511,828
Total project value:
$6,700,000
Location:
Multiple sites in the US; Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2013

Lowering the cost of high efficiency silicon solar panels

$2,023,407
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This project will identify and reduce the impact of defects and impurities throughout the solar panel production process. It will cover the initial growth of the silicon ingots, wafers, cells and the final panel.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
University of NSW , BT Imaging Pty Ltd , Sinton Instruments (USA) , Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Germany) , Institute for Solar Energy Research Hameln (Germany) , University of Warwick (UK) , SunEdison (USA) , Apollon Solar (France)
ARENA funding:
$2,023,407
Total project value:
$6,998,124
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
October 2014

Mapping network opportunities for renewable energy

$425,000
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This project will create online maps of electricity network constraints to help better inform network investments and increase the use of renewable energy. The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will develop annually updated maps and make them freely available online.

Lead organisation:
University of Technology Sydney
Project partners:
NSW Trade and Investment , Ergon Energy Corporation Limited , ElectraNet Pty Ltd , TransGrid
ARENA funding:
$425,000
Total project value:
$1,020,003
Location:
Across the National Electricity Market: Queensland, ACT, Victoria, South Australia,Tasmania and UTS based in Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
July 2014

Maximising solar photovoltaic with phase change thermal energy storage

$995,000
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The project aims to develop a low cost, phase change material (PCM) for the industrial and commercial refrigeration market, and also to optimise the control and operation of PCM thermal storage systems integrated with solar photovoltaics (PV).

Lead organisation:
University of South Australia
Project partners:
Glaciem Cooling Technologies Pty Ltd , The Solar Project Pty Ltd , University of Lleida
ARENA funding:
$995,000
Total project value:
$2,100,000
Location:
Adelaide, SA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Micro Urban Solar Integrated Concentrators (MUSIC)

$4,521,191
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This project takes a completely new approach to collecting solar energy. It is developing innovative, thin and lightweight concentrating solar collector platforms (which ‘collect and concentrate’ the energy from sunlight) that deliver up to 400 degrees Celsius thermal energy and electricity from building roofs.

Lead organisation:
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Project partners:
Australian National University, University of NSW, CSIRO, Arizona State University, University of California, University of Tulsa, Rheem, Fielders
ARENA funding:
$4,521,191
Total project value:
$13,200,000
Location:
Multiple sites in the US; Sydney, NSW; Canberra, ACT; Adelaide, SA; Carlton, VIC
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
July 2013

Model for community-owned solar

$15,000
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This project aimed to increase the uptake of community-owned solar (COS), and resulted in a win-win situation for the City of Campbelltown and COS investors.

Lead organisation:
City of Campbelltown and Local Government Association of South Australia
ARENA funding:
$15,000
Total project value:
$45,000
Location:
South Australia, SA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
October 2012
Finish date:
31 March 2013

Moree Solar Farm

$101,700,000
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This project aims to increase Australian knowledge and expertise in large-scale solar energy by building and operating a 56MWac (70MWp) grid-connected solar farm just south of Moree in NSW.

Lead organisation:
Moree Solar Farm Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$101,700,000
Total project value:
$164,000,000
Location:
Moree, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
Start date:
July 2014

Moreland micro-grid investigation

$112,400
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This project will examine the logistical, regulatory and financial challenges facing the adoption of micro-grids in existing suburbs.

Lead organisation:
Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd
Project partners:
GreenSync, Jemena
ARENA funding:
$112,400
Total project value:
$225,800
Location:
Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
November 2015

Multi-junction silicon solar cells

$1,265,000
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This project aims to produce the first silicon-based solar cell with more than 30% efficiency, challenging the UNSW-held world record for conventional silicon wafer technology.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW (UNSW)
Project partners:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
ARENA funding:
$1,265,000
Total project value:
$6,030,000
Location:
US; Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2012

National Community Energy Strategy: Catalysing community renewables in Australia

$330,280
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This project involved holding the first Community Energy Congress in June 2014 to discuss overcoming barriers to the development of community energy projects. The project also developed National Community Energy Strategy; the National Community Energy Strategy contains strategies that focus on addressing the challenges and opportunities unique to community-owned renewable energy projects.

Lead organisation:
University of Technology, Sydney
Project partners:
Starfish Enterprises , Alternative Technology Association , Community Power Agency , Embark, Total Environment Centre , Backroad Connections , Sustainable Regional Australia , Moreland Energy Foundation , ClearSky Solar Investments , RePower Shoalhaven , University of New South Wales (the founding organisations of the Coalition for Community Energy)
ARENA funding:
$330,280
Total project value:
$461,086
Location:
Australia Wide, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
November 2013
Finish date:
June 2015

New materials and architectures for organic solar cells

$945,817
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This project investigated and developed new materials and device architectures to improve the efficiency of next generation organic solar cells.

Lead organisation:
University of Queensland
ARENA funding:
$945,817
Total project value:
$1,945,817
Location:
Brisbane, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
June 2010
Finish date:
1 March 2014

New photocathodes for solar hydrogen production

$500,000
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The goal of this project is to develop an inexpensive, conceptually new system for the conversion of solar energy into hydrogen.

Lead organisation:
Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia
Project partners:
Fraunhofer Institute ISE, GSI Helmholtz Centre, Enthone GmbH
ARENA funding:
$500,000
Total project value:
$1,073,039
Location:
Adelaide, SA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2013

Next generation crystalline silicon on glass modules

$1,178,000
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This project aims to increase the efficiency of crystalline silicon on glass thin-film solar cells beyond the current world record and to reduce the manufacturing costs by developing new breakthrough approaches to the cell fabrication.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
Suntech R&D Australia
ARENA funding:
$1,178,000
Total project value:
$5,343,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
July 2012

Next generation SLIVER cells

$4,953,473
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This project aimed to maximise the likelihood of successful commercialisation of SLIVER technology by simplifying the cell production process and increasing the amount of energy generated by the cells.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University (ANU)
ARENA funding:
$4,953,473
Total project value:
$13,300,000
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
September 2010
Finish date:
31 October 2014

Normanton Solar Farm

$8,400,000
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This project will involve the construction of the 5MW DC Normanton Solar Farm in North-West Queensland.

Lead organisation:
Scouller Energy
Project partners:
Canadian Solar
ARENA funding:
$8,400,000
Total project value:
$13,900,000
Location:
Normanton, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Regional Australia's Renewables – Industry Programme
Start date:
31 January 2016

Northern Territory Solar Energy Transformation Program

$27,500,000
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The Solar Energy Transformation Program – or SETuP – aims to transform the delivery of electricity in remote off-grid communities throughout the Northern Territory.

Lead organisation:
Power and Water Corporation Indigenous Essential Services Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$27,500,000
Total project value:
$55,000,000
Location:
More than 30 remote locations across the Northern Territory, NT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Community and Regional Renewable Energy programme
Start date:
July 2014

Novel concepts for low cost small heliostats in remote installations

$1,000,000
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The project will develop a heliostat optimised for deployment in regional and remote areas of Australia. A heliostat is a device used for harnessing the sun’s energy that includes a mirror which moves with the sun to continuously reflect light toward a fixed target.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO Energy Flagship
Project partners:
Diver Consolidated Industries , RioGlass Solar
ARENA funding:
$1,000,000
Total project value:
$2,158,071
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
August 2014

Novel texture processes for the latest industrial wafer and advanced cell concepts

$475,000
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Suntech R&D Australia with its two German partners was able to develop a novel plasma and wet etch process with a cell efficiency on monocrystalline silicon cell of up to 19%. This process developed could result in reducing the manufacturing costs of solar modules.

Lead organisation:
Suntech R&D Australia
Project partners:
Fraunhofer ISE (Germany), Roth & Rau AG (Germany)
ARENA funding:
$475,000
Total project value:
$1,302,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2013
Finish date:
1 May 2015

Oceanlinx 1MW Commercial Wave Energy Demonstrator

$3,941,757
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(Project closed 20 June 2014) The Oceanlinx commercial wave energy demonstrator is a 3,000 tonne structure measuring approximately 21 metres wide by 24 metres long. The device was designed to sit in shallow water, using oscillating water column (OWC) technology to generate 1MW peak output.

Lead organisation:
Oceanlinx
Project partners:
OEC Pty Ltd, Strategic formwork, Techport, COOE Pty Ltd, ACOR, ABB, VACON, Power & Drive Solutions, Broens Ltd
ARENA funding:
$3,941,757
Total project value:
$8,018,050
Location:
Port MacDonnell, SA
Technology:
Ocean energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2012

Optimisation of central receivers for advanced power cycles

$1,150,879
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This project will investigate the new family of solar components which can provide a higher temperature range.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories, Graphite Energy
ARENA funding:
$1,150,879
Total project value:
$2,849,398
Location:
US; Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2013

Optimising thin-film Building Integrated Photovoltaic Thermal for retrofitting

$477,320
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The project objective was to broaden the value proposition of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) systems through an enhanced understanding of the performance and optimal design of BIPV systems with added thermal functionality, i.e. Building Integrated Photovoltaic Thermal (BIPVT) systems.

Lead organisation:
BlueScope Steel Limited
Project partners:
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (Germany), The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong
ARENA funding:
$477,320
Total project value:
$1,597,320
Location:
Germany; Wollongong, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
April 2012
Finish date:
June 2015

Overcoming the fundamental performance limitations of commercial solar cells

$4,400,000
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This project aimed to improve solar cell performance and reduce production costs by mass-producing solar cells using large-scale commercial manufacturing. It achieved the world’s first 20% efficient p-type CZ cell fabricated using commercial equipment, 10 years ahead of the timing predicted by international experts.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW (UNSW)
Project partners:
Suntech R&D Australia Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$4,400,000
Total project value:
$15,329,280
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
October 2011
Finish date:
June 2015

Paralana Engineered Geothermal Systems Project

$0
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(Project closed 14 November 2014 – no funds were paid to Petratherm Limited) This project aimed to identify ways to extract energy from geothermal wells at a commercially viable cost. ARENA’s funding commitment was $12,997,300.

Lead organisation:
MNGI PTY LTD (Trading Name: Petratherm Limited)
Project partners:
Beach Energy Limited
ARENA funding:
$0
Location:
Paralana, SA
Technology:
Geothermal energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2013

Participation in the International Energy Agency’s Bioenergy program

$360,000
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This project involves Bioenergy Australia extending its participation in the International Energy Agency’s Bioenergy program. It will help shape the global research and knowledge agenda for the developing bioenergy industry.

Lead organisation:
Bioenergy Australia
ARENA funding:
$360,000
Total project value:
$1,098,700
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
July 2014

Pathways to Deep Decarbonisation in 2050

$305,893
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This project explores the role of renewable energy technologies and biofuels in decarbonising the Australian economy. The project is jointly led by ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian National University and draws on the latest research and modelling by CSIRO and Centre of Policy Studies at Victoria University.

Lead organisation:
ClimateWorks Australia and the Australian National University (project co-leaders)
ARENA funding:
$305,893
Total project value:
$934,550
Location:
Canberra, ACT and Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
23 June 2014

Pentland Bioenergy Project

$3,000,000
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This project will determine the technical and commercial viability of Australia’s largest integrated biofuel facility, proposed for construction at Pentland, near Charters Towers in North Queensland.

Lead organisation:
Renewable Developments Australia Pty Ltd
Project partners:
RCR Tomlinson Ltd , TOMSA Destil S.L. , Beta Renewables , National Australia Bank
ARENA funding:
$3,000,000
Total project value:
$13,100,000
Location:
Pentland, QLD
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
November 2015

Perth Wave Energy Project

$13,095,381
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This project is the world’s first commercial-scale wave energy array that is connected to the grid and has the ability to produce desalinated water.

Lead organisation:
Carnegie Wave Energy Limited
ARENA funding:
$13,095,381
Total project value:
$32,000,000
Location:
Offshore of Garden Island, WA
Technology:
Ocean energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
April 2012

Pilot Landfill Solar Project

$100,000
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The project is a pilot scale photovoltaic (PV) installation to determine the feasibility of installing solar PV at a landfill site.

Lead organisation:
Joule Energy
Project partners:
IT Power
ARENA funding:
$100,000
Total project value:
$299,000
Location:
Wollert, VIC
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Advancing Renewables Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Pilot-scale plant for the production of solar anti-reflection coatings

$1,262,000
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This project involved the construction and operation of a pilot-scale manufacturing facility for an innovative anti-reflection (AR) coating that can be used on solar panels.

Lead organisation:
Brisbane Materials Technology Pty Ltd
Project partners:
EV Group Inc
ARENA funding:
$1,262,000
Total project value:
$4,800,000
Location:
Multiple sites in the US; Brisbane, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
November 2012
Finish date:
June 2015

Plasmonics for high efficiency solar cells

$1,573,137
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The project aimed to commercialise a new way of increasing light absorption in solar cells using a technology called ‘plasmonics’.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
University of NSW, IMEC (Belgium), Imperial College (UK), Chalmers University (Sweden), Photovoltech (Belgium), Quantasol (UK)
ARENA funding:
$1,573,137
Total project value:
$5,840,000
Location:
Belgium; UK; Sweden; Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
August 2010
Finish date:
19 January 2014

Plug and play solar power

$1,292,725
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The project aims to address barriers to solar hybrid power system growth by developing ‘Plug and Play’ technology.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
ABB Australia, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
ARENA funding:
$1,292,725
Total project value:
$2,900,000
Location:
US; Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2013

Port Augusta solar thermal feasibility study

$1,000,000
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This project focuses on the pre-feasibility work needed to assess the viability of a stand-alone solar thermal plant using ‘power tower’ technology that would see a field of mirrors concentrate light into a central receiver at the top of a tower. The high temperatures generated by power tower technology make it most compatible with molten-salt storage.

Lead organisation:
Alinta Energy
Project partners:
Government of South Australia
ARENA funding:
$1,000,000
Total project value:
$2,300,000
Location:
Port Augusta, SA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
July 2014

Potential network benefits of Concentrating Solar Thermal Power (CSP) in the National Electricity Market (NEM)

$179,965
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This study was undertaken to quantify the potential benefits of installing CSP generation at constrained network locations in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Lead organisation:
Australian Solar Thermal Energy Association (AUSTELA)
Project partners:
Institute for Sustainable Futures - University of Technology, Sydney, Ergon Energy, University of NSW
ARENA funding:
$179,965
Total project value:
$272,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2012
Finish date:
30 April 2013

‘Power Cube’ power tower receiver

$1,400,000
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This project is aims to reduce the cost of utility scale photovoltaics by developing a technology that splits sunlight into specific wavelength bands and converts each into electricity using commercially available solar cells.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
Spectrolab Inc , RayGen Resources , National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
ARENA funding:
$1,400,000
Total project value:
$2,948,350
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
July 2012

Predicting cloud movements to maximise solar PV use

$452,000
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This project involves the development and demonstration of a sophisticated cloud tracking solution. Fulcrum3D’s ‘CloudCAM’ technology is expected to perform better than existing optical sky cameras in identifying cloud height and separating out layered clouds.

Lead organisation:
Fulcrum 3D
Project partners:
Epuron Solar Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$452,000
Total project value:
$904,000
Location:
Alice Springs, NT
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
September 2014

Printing solar cells: A manufacturing proposal for Australia

$1,762,500
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This project developed new materials and solar cell designs with enhanced performance that significantly improve the efficiency and durability of organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells.

Lead organisation:
University of Melbourne
Project partners:
Monash Univeristy, CSIRO, BlueScope Steel, Robert Bosch (SEA), Innovia Films Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$1,762,500
Total project value:
$7,241,740
Location:
Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
April 2011
Finish date:
20 October 2014

Production of biofuel from microalgae

$920,000
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This project developed a technology that produces biodiesel and other valuable by-products from microalgal biomass harvested from large-scale algal farms. Microalgae are microscopic plant-like organisms that directly convert carbon dioxide and sunlight into biochemical energy.

Lead organisation:
The University of Melbourne
Project partners:
Bio Fuels Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$920,000
Total project value:
$2,844,665
Location:
Parkville, VIC
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Support for advanced biofuels
Start date:
February 2010
Finish date:
June 2012

Production of Generation 2 ethanol from sugarcane waste

$2,374,996
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Using specialised yeast bred for the purpose and an advanced refinery process called Fuel AND Food, the project converted sugarcane waste into three products: ethanol fuel, high nutrition animal feed and an environmentally friendly potential substitute for coal.

Lead organisation:
Microbiogen Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$2,374,996
Total project value:
$6,192,876
Location:
Lane Cove, NSW
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Support for advanced biofuels
Start date:
November 2009
Finish date:
April 2012

Real-time operational PV simulations for distribution network service providers

$1,010,000
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This project will enhance the Regional PV Simulation System (RPSS) into a product that provides network service providers with real-time distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) simulations mapped to their electricity networks.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
Si Clean Energy , SolarHub , Aeris Capital , SMA Australia , Fronius , ActewAGL , Ergon , Essential Energy , Western Power , Horizon Power , Power & Water
ARENA funding:
$1,010,000
Total project value:
$3,300,000
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Redeployable Hybrid Power

$450,000
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This project involves a pilot-scale deployment of a fully redeployable hybrid solar/diesel power plant. Laing O’Rourke will construct, set up and pack down a demonstration solar plant. The technology has the potential to change the  renewable energy landscape in regional and remote Australia.

Lead organisation:
Laing O’Rourke
ARENA funding:
$450,000
Total project value:
$1,800,000
Location:
Combabula, QLD
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
July 2014

Redeployable Hybrid Power Feasibility Study

$410,309
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This project involves a feasibility study into a portable hybrid solar/diesel power plant. Laing O’Rourke will undertake the study, which has the potential to change the renewable energy landscape in regional and remote Australia.

Lead organisation:
Laing O’Rourke
ARENA funding:
$410,309
Total project value:
$820,619
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
March 2014

Reservoir quality in sedimentary geothermal resources

$1,250,000
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This project analysed the only two geothermal wells drilled in Hot Sedimentary Aquifer reservoirs in Australia to evaluate why the flow of fluid was significantly less than expected.

Lead organisation:
South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research (SACGER) and the University of Adelaide
Project partners:
CSIRO, South Australian Department of State Development (formerly DMITRE), Geodynamics Ltd, Raya Group Ltd (Formerly Panax Geothermal Ltd), South Australian Museum
ARENA funding:
$1,250,000
Total project value:
$3,540,000
Location:
Adelaide, SA
Technology:
Geothermal energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
September 2012
Finish date:
16 January 2015

Roof-mounted hybrid CST system for self-generated heating, cooling and electricity

$3,235,710
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This project aims to develop and commercialise a roof-mounted hybrid solar concentrator PV/thermal system that cost effectively delivers solar heating, cooling and electricity.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University (ANU)
Project partners:
RMIT University, CSIRO, University of NSW, Chromasun, NEP Solar
ARENA funding:
$3,235,710
Total project value:
$9,500,000
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
August 2010

Rottnest Island Water and Renewable Energy Nexus (WREN) project

$4,800,000
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This project will combine innovative use of renewable energy and smart controls to help reduce the amount of diesel fuel needed to generate power and produce clean drinking water at Rottnest Island, a popular tourist destination.

Lead organisation:
Hydro Tasmania
Project partners:
Rottnest Island Authority
ARENA funding:
$4,800,000
Total project value:
$7,300,000
Location:
Rottnest Island, WA
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
September 2015

Smart sodium storage system for renewable energy storage

$2,700,000
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This project will develop and integrate a new type of sodium-ion battery in a low-cost, modular and expandable energy storage system to be demonstrated at the Illawarra Flame House and Sydney Water’s Bondi Sewage Pumping Station.

Lead organisation:
University of Wollongong
Project partners:
Sydney Water Corporation , Liao Ning Hong Cheng Electric Power Co , Hebei ANZ New Energy Technology Company , McNair Technology Co , Nano-Nouvelle
ARENA funding:
$2,700,000
Total project value:
$10,600,000
Location:
Wollongong, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Solar air turbine systems

$3,055,000
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This project involved CSIRO and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries developing and testing the components of the world’s most powerful solar air turbines to increase its efficiency while decreasing its manufacturing, installation and operation costs.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Japan)
ARENA funding:
$3,055,000
Total project value:
$15,647,071
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
December 2010
Finish date:
1 October 2014

Solar and storage trial at Alkimos Beach residential development

$3,300,000
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This project involves developing, deploying and testing the commercial feasibility of a new energy retail model. It will combine community scale battery energy storage, high penetration solar photovoltaics (PV) and energy management within a new residential development at Alkimos Beach in Western Australia.

Lead organisation:
Electricity Generation & Retail Corporation trading as Synergy
Project partners:
Lend Lease Communities (Alkimos) Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$3,300,000
Total project value:
$6,700,000
Location:
Alkimos Beach, WA
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
August 2014

Solar energy management system for utilities

$225,715
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CSIRO developed a world-first ‘firm’ solar energy system to reliably reduce the impacts of peak demand by tackling air conditioner electrical consumption, which is the primary cause of peak demand in Australian electricity networks.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
GWA Group
ARENA funding:
$225,715
Total project value:
$665,700
Location:
Rowes Bay, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
July 2012
Finish date:
October 2014

Solar hybrid fuels

$1,637,853
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This project looked at two streams of work. The first stream aimed to make synthetic gas (syngas) from natural gas at lower temperatures compatible with conventional solar thermal storage while maintaining high efficiency, to allow for the 24/7 operation of an industrial solar fuels plant. The second stream of work produced a detailed roadmap and recommendations for solar hybrid fuel technology options and opportunities suitable for Australia.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Chevron, Orica, Colorado School of Mines
ARENA funding:
$1,637,853
Total project value:
$3,798,876
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
July 2012
Finish date:
May 2016

Solar panels for the Australian environment

$502,977
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Designing a PV module for Australian conditions is a complex and difficult engineering task, requiring modification of almost all module components.

Lead organisation:
Australian National University
Project partners:
Tindo Solar , PV Lab Australia, Sunpulse K. K. , Brisbane Materials Technology , PV Lighthouse
ARENA funding:
$502,977
Total project value:
$1,210,492
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
August 2014

Solar resource mapping project

$4,976,364
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This project contributed to the creation of the Australian Solar Energy Information System, funded the development of better satellite models for depicting solar radiation, and funded eight additional solar radiation ground monitoring stations.

Lead organisation:
Geoscience Australia
Project partners:
Bureau of Meteorology
ARENA funding:
$4,976,364
Location:
Various locations in Australia, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Stand alone
Start date:
November 2010
Finish date:
2 December 2013

Solar supercritical organic Rankine Cycle for power and industrial heat

$812,000
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This project demonstrated an innovative CST system’s ability to provide 24/7 electricity using integrated solar thermal storage and operating as an automated plant in conjunction with a gas heater.

Lead organisation:
Granite Power Ltd
Project partners:
NEP Solar Pty Ltd, City of Newcastle, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Innovation, Yokogawa Australia Pty Ltd, Turbo Power Systems Inc
ARENA funding:
$812,000
Total project value:
$1,789,250
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
March 2012
Finish date:
7 July 2014

Solar thermal research hub

$5,000,000
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This project involved CSIRO constructing Australia’s largest solar thermal research hub at the CSIRO National Solar Energy Centre in Newcastle.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Australian National University (ANU)
ARENA funding:
$5,000,000
Total project value:
$5,000,000
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
May 2009
Finish date:
4 July 2014

Solar-driven supercritical CO2 Brayton Cycle

$2,496,835
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Building on CSIRO’s existing solar air turbine technology, this project is examining ways to reduce the cost of solar energy to less than 10 cents per kilowatt hour (c/kWh) which would make solar energy cost competitive with existing power stations.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology
ARENA funding:
$2,496,835
Total project value:
$5,771,000
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
October 2012

Specifying guidelines for assessing next generation solar cells

$892,000
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This project will establish guidelines for measuring the performance of emerging photovoltaic (PV) technologies such as perovskite solar cells. The guidelines will help to ensure Australian research laboratories have access to a best practice methodology that is reliable, transferable and accurately reflects the true performance of the devices in the outdoor environment.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
ARENA funding:
$892,000
Total project value:
$2,211,000
Location:
CSIRO Energy Centre, Mayfield West, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
November 2015

Sustainable production of transport biofuels from mallee crops by pyrolysis and biorefinery

$2,500,000
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This project aimed to develop a new technology and increased technical expertise to equip Australia to grow and convert farm-grown mallee crops into advanced biofuels that can meet transport fuel demands while reducing carbon emissions.

Lead organisation:
Curtin University of Technology
Project partners:
CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, WA Department of Environment and Conservation
ARENA funding:
$2,500,000
Location:
Perth, WA
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Support for advanced biofuels
Start date:
September 2009
Finish date:
May 2012

Tandem Quantum Dot solar cells

$1,375,000
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This project is demonstrating a new type of photovoltaic solar cell that combines the reliability of silicon with a technology that can more effectively collect visible and invisible solar energy (called a tandem solar cell) thereby creating a new type of tandem solar cell based solely on silicon.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
ARENA funding:
$1,375,000
Total project value:
$4,500,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
March 2011

Testing the performance of lithium ion batteries

$450,000
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This project will analyse the performance of six major lithium-ion battery brands, comparing them to existing and advanced lead-acid battery technologies to demonstrate how they could operate in large and small electricity grids.

Lead organisation:
IT Power (Australia) Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$450,000
Total project value:
$609,000
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
30 March 2015

The Australian biomass for bioenergy assessment project

$3,000,000
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The Australian biomass for bioenergy assessment project will deliver a national database of biomass resources for bioenergy across Australia.

Lead organisation:
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
Project partners:
WA Department of Agriculture and Food, NSW Department of Primary Industries, QLD Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, TAS Department of State Growth, Renewables South Australia, Sustainability Victoria, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland University of Technology
ARENA funding:
$3,000,000
Total project value:
$6,269,000
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
December 2015

The Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) project

$2,100,000
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The Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) project is being developed to share mapping data and information with the renewable energy industry. The mapping platform is being developed by CSIRO's Data61, Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technology Research and Development.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO's Data61
Project partners:
ARENA , Geoscience Australia , Clean Energy Council
ARENA funding:
$2,100,000
Total project value:
$3,180,000
Location:
Canberra, ACT
Technology:
Renewable energy industry capacity building
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
August 2014

The Hot Carrier solar cell

$563,906
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This project investigated the feasibility of the Hot Carrier solar cell, which is very efficient in converting solar energy to electricity and inexpensive to manufacture.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
ARENA funding:
$563,906
Total project value:
$1,300,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
April 2011
Finish date:
August 2015

Thermoelectric generator for concentrated solar thermal systems

$2,200,912
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This project developed and applied high-performance thermoelectric materials and technologies to concentrated solar thermal (CST) systems.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
University of New South Wales , Thermax Ltd
ARENA funding:
$2,200,912
Total project value:
$5,262,840
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
1 April 2011
Finish date:
12 January 2015

Toolkit for community renewable energy funding and financing

$296,000
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Frontier Carbon will develop a financial toolkit for funding and financing community energy projects. A central repository will house simplified information on obtaining finance throughout each phase of the development process including concept, pre-feasibility, feasibility and financial close.

Lead organisation:
Frontier Carbon Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$296,000
Total project value:
$493,115
Location:
Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Renewable energy industry capacity building
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
June 2015

Tools for design and scale-up of solar thermochemical reactors

$1,083,320
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This project will produce the basic knowledge needed to design solar thermochemical reactors that can perform required energy conversions.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
University of Adelaide, US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
ARENA funding:
$1,083,320
Total project value:
$5,300,000
Location:
US; Adelaide, SA; Kensington, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
February 2013

Towards a practical Hot Carrier solar cell

$2,278,343
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This project is investigating suitable materials and structures that could be used to produce a working model of a Hot Carrier solar cell, which can more effectively harvest energy from sunlight.

Lead organisation:
University of NSW
Project partners:
Arizona State University, Purdue University, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
ARENA funding:
$2,278,343
Total project value:
$6,550,000
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
January 2012

Towards an Australian capability in arrays of ocean wave-power machines

$770,000
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Swinburne University of Technology is developing modelling on the performance of wave energy farms. The research will identify the impact of Wave Energy Converters on each other in an array, and the impact of current flows in these arrays.

Lead organisation:
Swinburne University of Technology, Centre for Ocean Engineering, Science and Technology
Project partners:
Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania
ARENA funding:
$770,000
Total project value:
$1,501,529
Location:
Melbourne, VIC
Technology:
Ocean energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
August 2014

Towards ultimate performance silicon solar cells

$2,970,702
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This project combines three innovative approaches to improve the performance and cost of commercial silicon solar cells and further develop UNSW’s industry-leading solar cell architectures.

Lead organisation:
University of New South Wales
Project partners:
Suntech R & D Australia , Yingli Solar , Tempress, Trina Solar, Sharesun, Sunrise, First Solar-Tetrasun , SCHMID , Roth and Rau , BCS International , Centrotechnics , Hyundai Heavy Industries
ARENA funding:
$2,970,702
Total project value:
$12,804,047
Location:
Multiple sites in China, Germany, Taiwan, South Korea, Netherlands, USA, Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
July 2015

Trialling a new residential solar PV and battery model

$400,000
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This project involves Queensland energy provider Ergon Retail undertaking a pilot demonstration to test a commercial and operational model for providing grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage systems to residential customers. The demonstration will involve installing and testing 33 systems in Cannonvale, Toowoomba and Townsville.

Lead organisation:
Ergon Energy Queensland Pty Ltd (Ergon Retail)
ARENA funding:
$400,000
Total project value:
$2,620,000
Location:
Cannonvale, Toowoomba and Townsville, QLD
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
August 2015

UltraBattery® distributed PV support and UltraBattery® for remote area power supply

$553,780
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This project will apply CSIRO's breakthrough UltraBattery® technology to deliver superior energy storage solutions.

Lead organisation:
Smart Storage Pty Ltd T/A Ecoult
ARENA funding:
$553,780
Total project value:
$1,207,800
Location:
Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
February 2013

Upconversion of the solar spectrum for improved PV energy conversion

$487,584
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This project aimed to overcome the limitations of normal solar cells by developing a solar cell coating that can harvest sub-threshold light.

Lead organisation:
University of Sydney
Project partners:
University of NSW, University of Adelaide, Imperial College (UK), Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy (Germany)
ARENA funding:
$487,584
Total project value:
$2,058,000
Location:
UK; Germany; Adelaide, SA; Sydney, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
March 2011
Finish date:
August 2014

Utilising biogas in sugarcane transport and milling

$2,100,000
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The project aims to develop technologies to further integrate bioenergy into the sugarcane production, transport and milling process to lower costs and emission intensity.

Lead organisation:
Queensland University of Technology
Project partners:
Griffith University , Manildra Harwood Sugars, Sunshine Sugar, Utilitas Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$2,100,000
Total project value:
$5,700,000
Location:
Brisbane, QLD
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Utility-scale solar installations: social license to operate in Australia

$153,388
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The project involved undertaking comprehensive research to develop an understanding of the public knowledge and attitudes towards utility-scale solar projects.

Lead organisation:
Ipsos Social Research Institute
ARENA funding:
$153,388
Total project value:
$153,388
Location:
Artarmon, NSW
Technology:
Hybrid and enabling technologies
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
December 2012
Finish date:
February 2015

Validation of CST solar array performance modelling

$437,243
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Building on an existing testing and demonstration facility comprising 200 mirrors, Vast Solar constructed and deployed an additional 500 mirrors, developed a higher temperature receiver, operated the facility and gathered performance data, then determined operational requirements.

Lead organisation:
Vast Solar Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Twynam Agricultural Group, University of NSW, RMIT University
ARENA funding:
$437,243
Total project value:
$1,300,000
Location:
Melbourne, VIC, Sydney, NSW and Jemalong, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Former Australian Solar Institute initiatives and programmes
Start date:
February 2012
Finish date:
August 2014

Vast Solar 6MW concentrating solar thermal pilot project

$4,966,960
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This project will provide evidence of the reliable and safe operation of the Vast Solar CST system in a fully functioning pilot power generation facility, in readiness for the demonstration of Vast Solar’s system at full commercial scale.

Lead organisation:
Vast Solar Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Twynam Agricultural Group, Doosan-Skoda Power, Essential Energy, MACCSol
ARENA funding:
$4,966,960
Total project value:
$10,066,000
Location:
Jemalong, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
February 2014

Victorian Wave Partners Wave Power Station

$0
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(Project closed 8 August 2014 – no funds were paid to Victorian Wave Partners Pty Ltd) This project involved the construction and operation of the world’s first large-scale grid-connected wave power station using Victorian Wave Partners' PowerBuoy technology. ARENA’s funding commitment was $66,465,000.

Lead organisation:
Victorian Wave Partners Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Ocean Power Technologies Inc, Ocean Power Technologies (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lockheed Martin Australia
ARENA funding:
$0
Total project value:
$233,000,000
Location:
Portland, VIC
Technology:
Ocean energy
ARENA programme:
Stand alone
Start date:
September 2010

Virtual Power Station 2

$850,000
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This project builds on CSIRO’s existing research, creating the next version of a virtual power station (VPS2) that can undertake pilot-scale testing of load, generation and energy storage coordination.

Lead organisation:
CSIRO
Project partners:
Selectronic , SMA , Tritium , University of Newcastle , Lend Lease , Ergon Energy
ARENA funding:
$850,000
Total project value:
$2,387,000
Location:
Newcastle, NSW
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
August 2014

Wave energy cost reduction through location and configuration optimisation

$994,000
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This project will involve investigating the optimal number, size, arrangement and location of wave energy device arrays to minimise the cost of installation and infrastructure while maximising power output.

Lead organisation:
University of Western Australia
Project partners:
Carnegie Wave Energy Limited
ARENA funding:
$994,000
Total project value:
$3,600,000
Location:
Perth, WA
Technology:
Ocean energy
ARENA programme:
Research and Development Programme
Start date:
April 2016

Weipa 6.7MW solar photovoltaic (PV) solar farm

$11,300,000
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The project will construct and operate a 6.7MW solar photovoltaic (PV) solar farm in two stages at Rio Tinto’s remote bauxite operation in Weipa. The system will connect to Rio Tinto’s existing mini-grid at Weipa and deliver electricity according to a long term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Lead organisation:
Weipa Solar PV Pty Ltd
Project partners:
First Solar (Australia) Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$11,300,000
Total project value:
$23,400,000
Location:
Weipa, QLD
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Regional Australia's Renewables – Industry Programme
Start date:
June 2014

Woody biomass harvester

$1,940,000
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This project involves the design, construction and testing of an innovative woody biomass harvester.

Lead organisation:
Biosystems Engineering Pty Ltd
Project partners:
Bionic Beaver Pty Ltd, Readyfab Pty Ltd, Cape Byron Management Pty Ltd, Main Camp Natural Extracts Pty Ltd, Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife, Queensland University of Technology
ARENA funding:
$1,940,000
Total project value:
$3,481,069
Location:
Toowoomba, QLD
Technology:
Bioenergy
ARENA programme:
Emerging Renewables Programme
Start date:
July 2014

Yulara solar project

$450,000
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This project aims to integrate 1.8 MW of solar photovoltaics (PV) into the existing power system at the Ayers Rock Resort near iconic Uluru in the Northern Territory. It will include a knowledge sharing plan, created with funding support from ARENA, to share the outcomes and learning from the project.

Lead organisation:
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia Pty Ltd
ARENA funding:
$450,000
Total project value:
$6,500,000
Location:
Yulara, NT
Technology:
Solar energy
ARENA programme:
Regional Australia's Renewables – Industry Programme
Start date:
September 2015