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For this UNDP assignment, ITP Renewables undertook three consultation missions in Nauru to:
- Review the Nauru Energy Road Map 2014 - 2020,
- Draft an updated Nauru Energy Road Map 2018 to 2020, and
- Undertake a Legislative Gap Analysis for the energy sector.
Nauru is one of the world’s smallest countries and it faces economic, environmental and social challenges. The Nauru Utilities Corporation consumes more than 9 million litres of diesel per year to provide electricity and water. This is forecast to increase after a new 11kV line is built through the centre of the island in 2018 to connect loads that currently self-generate.
The Nauru Energy Road Map (NERM) outlines strategies and Activities in six key areas, power, petroleum, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport and capacity building. ITP consulted with a wide range of stakeholders on the implementation of Activities in the 2014 NERM. A workshop was held to facilitate input for the updated NERM and to improve its monitoring and evaluation plan. It is planned to publish the updated NERM on the Pacific Regional Depository website in the first half of 2018.
The Legislative Gap Analysis Report included reviewing legislation and regulations relevant to the energy sector, identifying gaps and prioritising recommendations.
The iconic National Arboretum in Canberra features 94 forests of rare, endangered and symbolic trees from around the world. Tens of thousands of trees grow across the 250 hectare site, making it one of the world's largest living collections of rare, endangered and significant trees.
Although in the heart of the city, extending the electricity grid to the Arboretum’s works depot was expensive compared to an off-grid system, so ITP Renewables was commissioned to design, supply, install and commission a solar and battery system more typically associated with remote locations. The system comprises of:
- 30 kWp solar PV system is mounted on two carport structures with six PV inverters
- An 80 kWh lithium-ion battery with three off-grid inverters housed in a 20-foot shipping container
- a 10 kW diesel generator to provide back-up power for up to 1% of the year
- performance monitoring, logging and visualisation
Additional benefits are 24 hour power to the site, a quiet work yard with the removal of the daytime generator and significant cost savings on diesel. The system was opened by Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability.
Out of 360 proposals submitted globally in August 2017, ITP Renewables' Frontier Fund
has been shortlisted for consideration by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Executive. The Frontier Fund
is the only proposal shortlisted by the GCF that focuses exclusively on the Pacific islands. The Frontier Fund
is designed as a long-term fund (20+ years) to work closely and flexibly with Pacific island energy companies and government organisations to develop reliable and affordable renewable energy and energy infrastructure solutions for the long-term benefit of the people of the Pacific, reducing their significant dependence on expensive oil imports and reducing CO2 emissions.
The official shortlist is available here.
ITP Renewables is seeking two electrical design engineers a CAD specialist and an energy system modeller to join the team early next year. For more details on the positions see the overview descriptions here
and the links to the Seek.com profiles.
ITP is proud and humbled to have taken out awards in two categories at the Chief Minister’s Export Awards, held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra on Wednesday the 27th
of September. Our expertise in exporting knowledge and skills through projects in the Pacific, Africa, India and elsewhere comes off the back of a decade of hard work by the ITP team and our incredible partners in the many countries in which we work.
The two categories we won were: Minerals, Energy & Related Services Award, sponsored by Austrade, and Environmental Services, sponsored by the ANU College of Business and Economics.
For more detail, please visit the Export Awards' website
, and check out their video here
We are delighted to have been recently commissioned by ARENA to examine the various options for providing dispatchable renewable electricity generation. Supported by the Institute of Sustainable Futures and ITK Consulting, we will examine individual technologies and combinations to classify their characteristics, appropriate uses, costs and cost dependencies in a transparent and consistent way, so that the full range of options available to Australia is clearly enunciated. Click here
for more detail.
ITP Renewables is delighted to have been commissioned by Endeavour Energy to deliver the Endeavour Energy SolarSaver Program
. This Program is a community initiative that will help address the challenges associated with peak energy demand, whilst saving consumers money through the provision of more effective and efficient energy usage solutions.
The economic feasibility of installing a residential energy storage system has markedly improved, with continued battery technology improvements and increased economies of scale driving battery prices lower. The Endeavour Energy SolarSaver Program
makes batteries a more financially attractive option for consumers, by allowing selected homes with existing solar systems to install battery storage systems at a significantly subsidised cost.
Distributed small-scale battery banks also have broader community benefits, by helping to address the challenges of ‘peak demand’. Cutting demand on over-loaded parts of the electricity network during peak usage periods ensures this Program will reduce the need for future investment in electricity network infrastructure, saving everybody money. This is one of the key objectives of the Program. Click here
for more information.
In March 2017, ITP was chosen as the provider of expert advisory services to one of the 20 selected businesses participating in the NSW Clean Energy Strategies for Business program
. Under the program, select businesses are supported by the NSW Government (Department of Industry and Office of Environment and Heritage) to work with expert advisers to collaboratively identify possible measures to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy or an emissions reduction target. The program is part of NSW Government’s objective for net zero emissions by 2050 and in recognition that businesses have a driving role in the achievement of that goal. Under the program, completed in June 2017, ITP assisted the Australian group of an international corporation with strategies to meet their ambitious global target for renewable energy to wholly offset energy use at their manufacturing site in NSW.
ITP Renewables has recently undertaken work for Zero Emissions Byron, which has a stated aim of reaching zero emissions (and 100% renewable electricity) by 2025.
Modelling was used to optimise for least-cost through scenario analysis of likely options. This produced charts such as the following for a 100% renewable electricity outcome, which highlights the major role for solar in the Byron region. For more information read the project summary
ITP Renewables was recently tasked with the design, engineering and construction of a 100kw solar farm to test the comparative performance of three ground-mounting options on an unstable landfill site. This is an Australian first and with promising early results, suggests landfill sites may have a significant role to play in the shift toward a renewable energy future.
The Wollert landfill site in northern suburban Melbourne is one of hundreds of similar landfill sites in Australia. Our rubbish is dumped into holes in the ground at sites like these and once those holes are filled, they are covered over and capped. The problem with the resultant land is that it is hard to use, as the waste beneath the surface decomposes over time and so becomes too unstable to build on. Experts in this area believe it is not uncommon to experience shifts of as much as one or two metres over a twenty-year period. This created several challenges for ITP Renewables.
Part-funded by a $100,000 grant from ARENA (the Australian Renewable Energy Agency) Joule Energy commissioned ITP Renewables to design and construct a solar PV farm at the Wollert landfill site and to trial three ground-mounting options and measure their relative performance over time (as the land shifted) noting key advantages and disadvantages. It was also important to maintain the integrity of the sub-surface landfill gas reservoir that fed into the pre-existing methane gas plant on site. Approximately two-thirds of the panels were mounted as single-modules on ballast mountings, a further 20% on multi-module ballast mountings and the remainder on micro-pile mountings (by driving small piles into the ground). ITP Renewables installed 384 panels at the site in late 2016, generating 100kw that is being used to provide power to the landfill site’s methane gas plant nearby. The result is that more renewable energy can now be fed back into the grid.
Clara Mazzone from ITP Renewables said, “it is exciting to be involved in lead engineering projects like this. Early results are encouraging which suggests that any landfill sites that have the available land capacity and the capability to connect to the grid, have the potential to build solar farms on site and be renewable energy suppliers for years to come.” With Australians producing 50 million tonnes of waste last year and much of that going to landfill, realising this potential re-use option for similar sites is hugely positive. The Wollert site itself has approximately 70 years more service, over time producing a lot more capped land and perhaps therefore additional renewable energy through solar PV.
We 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.
For more information visit the ITP Home Energy website
We 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 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
In 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
ARENA has been promoting these publications at Renewables for Industrial Processes – Industry Workshops and has published the presentations from these workshops
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
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
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:
- Review and develop an appropriate and standardised Power Purchase Agreement for Fiji.
- Formulate an investment promotion package, and organise an investor’s forum.
- Develop a renewable energy incentive scheme for Fiji.
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.
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.
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