ARENA currently has no active Requests For Information (RFI).
We thank you for your interest and invite you to contact 1800 804 838 for all inquiries on potential or upcoming RFI’s.
Past Request(s) for Information
New, scalable export value chains in renewable hydrogen and related materials
ARENA has requested information to evaluate Australia’s potential to export renewable hydrogen and related materials.
Australia has vast renewable energy resources, export capabilities and strong relationships with key international energy markets. As the global economy transitions to low emission energy alternatives, Australia is expected to be well positioned to export renewable energy to meet the energy needs of other nations.
Applicants who had previously, or were considering undertaking research, project development, or associated activities around exporting renewable hydrogen in Australia were invited to submit a response.
The Exporting Renewable Hydrogen RFI was open from 13 September 2017 and closed 5pm 18 October 2017.
- read the blog about the Hydrogen RFI in ARENAWIRE
Testing the market for Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) projects
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) sought industry information as the first step in exploring how concentrated sunlight could generate reliable, affordable renewable energy with built-in storage for our national grids.
This aligned with the Federal Government’s offer to make up to $110 million available for an equity investment to accelerate and secure delivery of a Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) project in Port Augusta.
ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said that while CST could provide reliable renewable energy on demand, further investigation and funding was needed for the technology to achieve commercialisation in Australia.
“The benefits of CST will become increasingly important as more renewables enter our grid, particularly in regions like South Australia that already have high levels of wind and solar PV generation,” Mr Frischknecht said.
“Solar thermal plants operate more like traditional fossil fuel power plants than wind turbines or solar PV farms. They can contribute to network stability and reliability through built-in storage and inertia provided by a conventional turbine.”
CST has not yet reached a point where it is cost-competitive with other forms of new-build power generation.
Mr Frischknecht said that ARENA played a key role in supporting the commercialisation of emerging technologies such as CST.
“ARENA works across the innovation chain to building a vital bridge between commercial development and uptake. These fresh efforts will seek to map out and support a pathway for CST to achieve commercial viability in Australia,” Mr Frischknecht said.
“Our large-scale solar PV competitive round proved that the cost of renewable energy technologies can be reduced significantly with targeted efforts. We’re ready to explore whether the same success is possible for the development of CST in Australia.”
Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) CEO Ian Learmonth said the CEFC looked forward to working with ARENA on potential CST opportunities.
“Together, ARENA and the CEFC have helped transform large-scale solar in Australia, contributing to a substantial increase in Australia’s renewable energy capacity. CST has the potential to be an important part of Australia’s clean energy transition as this emerging technology reaches commercialisation,” Mr Learmonth said.
About the request for information
ARENA is requesting information from prospective industry participants on the costs and benefits of CST. This information will help ARENA and the CEFC to determine the scope and focus of government assistance for the deployment of CST in Australia.
Interested parties are expected to include (but are not limited to) project proponents, debt and equity investors, original equipment manufacturers, off-takers and government entities.
Responses closed on 31 July 2017, and covered all types of CST technology and project sizes.
Information will be treated in accordance with ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program Guidelines, however some information may be publicly disclosed after it has been aggregated and anonymised.
- Synthesis Of Responses To ARENA’S 2017 RFI On CST Projects (PDF 2.2MB)
- Read the blog about CST in ARENAWIRE