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See below for a catalogue of the latest company news:

 

Next Gen – we have won again!

Susan with TeslaWe are very pleased to once again have won the opportunity to sell subsidised batteries to households under the ACT Government's Next Generation Renewables program! This time we will be extending our battery offering to include Tesla Powerwall and Pylontech batteries, in addition to the LG Chem battery we offered in the Pilot round. As well we will be offering Reposit Power's smart software to optimise the use of the battery.
Our new price list will be available very soon at our Next Generation Energy Storage Pilot page.

Lithium Ion Battery Test Centre Launched

IMG_3988We are were delighted to have been joined by ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment Simon Corbell; Australian Renewable Energy Agency CEO Ivor Frischknecht and numerous Canberra based renewable energy firms at the launch of our Lithium Ion Battery Test Centre. Supported by a $450,000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the trial is testing the performance of six major lithium-ion battery brands, an advanced lead‑acid battery, and a conventional lead‑acid battery. This three‑year independent testing will compare the batteries in hot daytime and cool overnight temperatures similar to real conditions. Check it out at www.batterytestcentre.com

ITP Renewables selected for ACT Government NextGen Pilot

ITP Renewables pic - Corbell ITP Renewables is very pleased to announce that we are one of three firms selected to participate in the ACT Government’s Next Generation Energy Storage Pilot. The Pilot creates a very exciting opportunity for ACT households and businesses to be among the first to join the energy revolution created by the advent of affordable battery storage! More details can be found at our Next Generation Energy Storage Pilot page.

Report on renewable energy options for Australian industrial gas users

ARENA ReportIn 2015, we led a group commissioned by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to investigate Renewable energy options for Australian industrial gas users. The project included:
              • an assessment of the current gas market in Australia
              • a technical assessment of the existing renewable technologies which could substitute gas use for heat generation in Australian industry
              • an economic assessment of gas substitution with renewable heat in Australian industry.
This work led to the publication of a Summary Report, detailed Technical Report and Financial Analysis Tool on the ARENA website. If you are interested in discussing the report findings please email your topic and contact details to: info@itpau.com.au ARENA has been promoting these publications at Renewables for Industrial Processes – Industry Workshops and has published the presentations from these workshops.

Major new project and stronger management team

KIESP Water pumpWe are delighted to announce that we have been commissioned to manage the Kiritimati Island Energy Sector Program (KIESP), one of the largest and most complex projects we have undertaken in this region. The KIESP is a NZ$13 million, four-year project which will transform the energy infrastructure on Kiritimati, a critical step for the country’s socio-economic development. It is jointly funded by the European Union and New Zealand Government in partnership with the Government of Kiribati. The project involves the construction of a new distribution network and deployment of new generation assets including photovoltaics and diesel generators. It will result in a reliable, high quality energy supply, ensure the electricity system is financially sustainable, and deliver training, capacity development and community education. We look forward to assisting the people of Kiribati in attaining electricity supply standards that most of us take for granted. Our previous Managing Director, Simon Troman, has taken on the role of KIESP Project Manager and spend extended periods of time on the island over the next two years.

Lithium-ion battery trial

We are pleased to announce our lithium ion battery performance trial is underway. Supported by a $450,000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the trial is testing the performance of six major lithium-ion battery brands, an advanced lead‑acid battery, and a conventional lead‑acid battery. This three‑year independent testing will compare the batteries in hot daytime and cool overnight temperatures similar to real conditions. Despite recent reductions in the cost of lithium-ion batteries, and the potentially significant advantages the technology offers, energy system designers and end-users remain cautious about transitioning to new battery technologies. This is especially the case for remote applications where reliability is critical. The project seeks to provide independent performance data so people can make informed investment decisions. Find out more about the lithium-ion battery trial and live results.

5,000 solar systems inspected

We are proud to announce we have completed our 5,000th rooftop solar system inspection. Since 2009 we have undertaken quality and compliance inspections of roof-top PV installations as part of the Clean Energy Regulator's inspections program for small-scale renewable energy systems. The objective is to ensure that installations meet Australian standards, industry guidelines, and state/territory and local government requirements. The program has helped to ensure that solar panel installations in Australia remain world leading in terms of quality and safety. More information about the inspections program can be found on our website under the CER Inspections tab and on the Clean Energy Regulator's website.

Fiji renewable energy market revitalisation

We were privileged to be involved in a program to help contribute to the revitalisation of the renewable energy market in Fiji, especially where Independent Power Producers are concerned. The project, funded by the United Nations Development Programme, was divided into three components:
  1. Review and develop an appropriate and standardised Power Purchase Agreement for Fiji.
  2. Formulate an investment promotion package, and organise an investor’s forum.
  3. Develop a renewable energy incentive scheme for Fiji.

Tonga development plan

We were recently engaged by the World Bank to develop a least-cost generation and associated network development plan for Tonga. The plan covers a five-year period (2015 through 2020), with renewable energy plants scheduled to achieve a 50% reduction in imported fuel for electric generation. This project also involved providing a guiding strategy/plan for system development over an additional 10 years (through 2030). A critically important outcome of the study was training counterpart Tonga Power Limited (TPL) staff and providing planning tools and instructions so TPL can update the plan.

ASKAP solar power system

We have been contracted by the CSIRO to model, design, and specify a large PV and battery storage system to power the Murchison Radioastronomy Observatory in Western Australia. The site has very strict radiofrequency emissions requirements, which affects the design of any electrical equipment being installed, posing significant design challenges to our engineering team.

APVI video launch

We are proud to support the Australian Photovoltaic Institute (APVI) in supporting the increased development and use of PV via research, analysis and information. For more information about APVI and PV technology in Australia, have a look at Australia's Bright Solar Future video.