UQ Gatton Battery Storage System

A 600 kW, 760 kWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) has been integrated with the UQ Gatton Solar Research Facility.

This addition to the Australian Government funded 3.275 MW pilot PV plant brings a new dimension to UQ’s large-scale PV grid integration research. Based on Superior Lithium Polymer Battery (SLPB) technology, the system is comprised of two battery banks, each feeding a set of two 300 kVA inverters. One battery bank contains four racks built using 10 series connected modules per rack. Each of the modules contains two parallel strings of 18 series connected cells. Kokam manufactured SLPB cells are rated at 75 Ah. [More ...]


Lynette Molyneaux, PhDFuture energy demands the focus of new research

A member of GCI’s Energy Economics and Management Group has been awarded a highly competitive Queensland Government scholarship to help us better understand the Queensland economy’s resilience to any future energy shock.

Dr Lynette Molyneaux is among a group of 25 UQ researchers who enjoyed multi-million-dollar success in the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Fellowships scheme. [More ...]

 


Is 'clean coal' power the answer to Australia's emissions targets?

As Australia’s energy debate heats up, some politicians are calling for cleaner and more efficient coal power stations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg told ABC radio on Tuesday that “ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plants actually drive down the carbon footprint by up to 40%”. And last week Resources Minister Matt Canavan referenced a report, as yet not released by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, which claims that Australia can meet its carbon emission targets by replacing existing coal generators with ultra-supercritical coal generation. So, is this a reasonable strategy to reduce Australia’s emissions? [More ...]


UQ Outshines in Clean Energy Department

UQ has been praised in national report card on clean-energy usage across Australian university campuses.UQ expects to produce 5.93 MW of clean solar energy by the end of 2016.

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has released its Clean Energy Opportunities for Universities report, which explores how Australian universities can implement various clean energy technologies to reduce their energy usage. According to the report, released this month, UQ currently has about 80 per cent, or 5.64 MW, of the 7 MW total solar for the university sector in Australia — more than 10 times any other Australian university.

The report examined carbon emissions reporting, university energy and greenhouse gas reduction targets and university sector debt borrowings. [More ...]


Queensland's renewable target isn't 'aggressive', it's entirely achievable

In the wake of South Australia’s state-wide blackout, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged states to avoid “extremely aggressive and extremely unrealistic” renewable energy targets.

In the midst of this discussion, the Queensland government released a draft report from an expert panel on its renewables target of 50% by 2030. Currently around 7% of the state’s electricity comes from renewable sources.

After South Australia’s misfortunes with its electricity system over the past few months, including price spikes and blackouts, some would say this was an inopportune time to be discussing aspirational renewable energy targets.


Company results wrap: energy companies are facing disruption

Companies have finished reporting results for the financial year so it’s time to take stock of how the different business sectors of Australia are fairing.

In our company results wrap series we take a step back from the short-term focus of quarterly profit and loss statements and examine what big picture factors are at play. The energy sector is dealing with a complex mix of relationships between consumer trends, global commodity markets, and state, federal and industry regulation. Because large established companies in electricity generation and distribution and coal and natural gas export have a lot of influence in this process, Australian energy regulations reflect more traditional energy provision rather than global trends where renewable energy is becoming more prevalent. [More ...]


Free charging at UQThe University of Queensland is embracing the future of sustainable transport, installing four solar-powered electric vehicle chargers at its St Lucia and Gatton campuses.

The chargers are the first solar-powered fast-charging infrastructure to be built in Queensland, and are available for free use by the public as well as staff and students.

UQ Chief Operating Officer Mr Greg Pringle said UQ was helping lead the charge for widespread use of electric vehicles.

“UQ is committed to creating a more sustainable future, and we see the installation of this infrastructure as a real milestone for the development of sustainable transport in Queensland,” he said. [More ...]