Australian utility AGL identifies second big battery site amid rapid energy storage scale-up

first_imgAustralian utility AGL identifies second big battery site amid rapid energy storage scale-up FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy Storage News:Australian utility AGL has furthered its plans to develop 850MW of large-scale battery storage across a number of sites in the country, announcing a new project in Victoria.Last week AGL said that it intends to build a project in South Australia of up to 250MW/1,000MWh, which would be one of the largest battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the world. The utility said today that it has begun development activities for a 200MW battery system in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley.AGL did not say in a press release what the likely capacity in megawatt-hour terms will be for the Victoria battery system, but did reveal that the system is planned for siting at the Loy Yang power station, which currently has 2,225MW of coal generation based there, as well as a coal mine that fuels it.The utility’s 850MW of targeted energy storage deployments will be located within Australia’s National Electricity Market wholesale market structure and should be added to AGL’s network by the 2024 financial year.By that time, AGL is targeting sourcing 34% of its electrical capacity from renewables and energy storage. Eventually, as with a number of major utilities in the US and several major countries, AGL wants to be responsible for net zero emissions by 2050.AGL CEO Brett Redman said the company is proud to be taking battery storage technology into the Latrobe Valley, which [he] described as a community that plays “such a pivotal role in Australia’s energy generation. The limiting factor for renewable technology has always been storage and we are taking control of these limitations by turning our attention to batteries. We are investing in our people, our communities and the technology and in doing so driving Australia’s energy transition responsibly,” Redman said.[Andy Colthorpe]More: Australian utility AGL reveals latest big step towards 850MW of battery storagelast_img read more

Indonesia’s palm oil exports drop 19% in first two months

first_img“Lower exports to China was likely a result of the COVID-19 outbreak while lower exports to Africa was likely caused by high prices,” the association said in a statement issued on Tuesday.Read also: In Papua, forests offer more economic benefits than oil palm plantations, research finds“Meanwhile, [we] projected lower exports to India occurred as importers were hesitant to make buying contracts following the plan to limit palm oil imports by India’s government.”Gapki data show the palm oil stockpile stood at 4.08 million tons by the end of February, down from 4.54 million tons at the end of January.The palm oil industry is one of Indonesia’s major foreign exchange earners, contributing US$3.5 billion until February to non-oil and gas exports.Editor’s note: The article has been revised to include the correct figures for palm oil exports in January-February 2019 and in consequence, the percentage decline in exports.Topics : Indonesia’s palm oil exports, including oleochemicals and palm oil kernel, dropped nearly 19 percent in the January to February period driven by lower exports to China as the coronavirus pandemic took a toll on the country’s top export commodity.The Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) said palm oil exports in the first two months of this year were at 4.93 million tons, a 1.2 million ton decrease from 6.13 million tons shipped in the same period last year.Palm oil exports to major market China nosedived by 500,000 tons compared to the same period last year, while exports to India fell by 188,000 tons and exports to Africa were down by 250,000 tons.last_img read more

Ireland women land Grand Slam

first_img A day after their male counterparts slumped to defeat in Rome, full-back Niamh Briggs’ two penalties settled a hard-fought game in Ireland’s favour. Italy’s Veronica Schiavon had kicked the hosts into an early lead, but the Irish battled back to complete the clean sweep. Ireland’s women claimed their first RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam thanks to a 6-3 win over Italy on St Patrick’s Day. Press Associationlast_img read more

Algeria sink Senegal to claim ‘incredible’ second African crown

first_img“I want to congratulate my players. We’ve been working together a long time for this Cup of Nations and we wanted it but tonight it didn’t go our way.”– Slice of luck –Senegal had understandably feared the absence of Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, banned after two bookings in the knockout rounds, although his replacement Salif Sane was desperately unlucky as Algeria grabbed the lead with scarcely a minute played.Bounedjah took aim from 20 yards with his effort smacking off the defender before arcing high into the air and dropping underneath the crossbar and beyond a static Gomis, sparking delirious celebrations from both players and fans, some of whom arrived for the final on military planes provided by the Algerian government.It was the first time Gomis had conceded in almost 400 minutes in Egypt having replaced the injured Edouard Mendy ahead of Senegal’s final group game.A tetchy encounter saw both sets of players embroiled in a scuffle as they headed for the tunnel at half-time, while Senegal thought they had won a penalty on the hour after a suspected handball by Adlene Guedioura.Cameroonian referee Alioum Alioum initially pointed to the spot but reversed his decision after a VAR review.Rais M’Bolhi tipped over a fierce drive from Youssouf Sabaly after Mbaye Niang screwed wide from a tough angle having rounded the Algeria ‘keeper, and the Desert Foxes held on to emerge worthy winners of the expanded 24-team event.“It’s incredible. The win is for the whole country,” M’Bolhi told beIN Sports. “It’s a bit hard to soak in right now but I think we’ll realise what we’ve done when we return home,” he added.Share on: WhatsApp Algeria celebrated a first Africa Cup of Nations title since 1990Cairo, Egypt | AFP |  Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi lauded his side’s “incredible” Africa Cup of Nations triumph Friday as Baghdad Bounedjah’s early goal earned a 1-0 victory over Senegal in the final.Bounedjah gave Algeria a dream start against Sadio Mane’s Senegal, the top team in Africa, in front of a large Cairo crowd when his deflected shot looped over Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis.The second-minute strike was enough to propel Algeria to a first Cup of Nations title in 29 years, and the country’s first on foreign soil, having lifted the trophy as hosts in 1990.“I’m very happy. Our whole nation, our people were waiting for this second star for a long time,” said Belmadi, who took charge of a squad in disarray last August.“It’s our first Cup of Nations won away from home. It’s incredible especially when you look at where we came from.“I took over a team that was really struggling. To do what we’ve been able to do, and to put ourselves on the top of Africa in 10 months, is extraordinary.”The steely Belmadi signalled his intent early in his reign when he said his ambition was to make a run at the title in Egypt, despite inheriting a team that crashed out in the 2017 group stage and then fared woefully in World Cup qualifying.“I said we were going to the Cup of Nations to win. I wanted to send a strong message to the players, to tell them I was committing to a strong project. Titles are what interest me,” he recalled.“I was asked if it was a transitional period. No, we’re here (champions).”For Senegal, who also lost to Algeria 1-0 in the group stage, the long wait for a first continental crown goes on as coach Aliou Cisse, the captain of the 2002 runners-up, again fell short in the final.“We conceded the goal very early and on the whole I think we deserved to equalise but it didn’t happen,” said Cisse, on the losing end in the first title-decider to feature two African coaches since 1998.last_img read more

Women and girls’ teams named for European championships

first_img19 Jun 2013 Women and girls’ teams named for European championships England Golf has named the team which will challenge for gold at the European ladies’ team championship at Fulford Golf Club, York, from July 9-13. The six players are: Sarah-Jane Boyd (Truro, image © Leaderboard Photography), Hayley Davis (Ferndown), Georgia Hall (Remedy Oak), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Lauren Taylor (Woburn). The reserve is Alex Peters (Notts Ladies’). England will take on 19 teams at the championship and will be aiming to win the gold medal for the first time in 20 years. The event is played simultaneously with the European girls’ team championship at Linkopings Golf Club, Sweden. The team is: Gabriella Cowley (Brocket Hall), Alice Hewson (Bekhamsted), Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), Sophie Madden (West Essex), Amber Ratcliffe (Royal Cromer) and Olivia Winning (Rotherham). The reserves are Annabel Dimmock (Wentworth) and Samantha Fuller (Roehampton). The ladies’ team: Sarah-Jane Boyd, 21 (Truro, Cornwall) won the 2013 English amateur championship to add to the 2012 British women’s stroke play championship which secured her place in this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open over the Old Course at St Andrews. Hayley Davis, 20, (Ferndown, Dorset) is a past winner of the English women’s and girls’ championships. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas and has won on the US women’s college circuit. She has played in two previous European Ladies’ Team Championships. Georgia Hall, 17, (Remedy Oak, Dorset) is the new British amateur champion and also holds the British girls’ title. She was Europe’s number one woman golfer for 2012 and is ranked sixth in the world. She won two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Bronte Law, 18, (Bramhall, Cheshire) was a member of the winning GB&I team at the 2012 Curtis Cup and she made the cut in last season’s Women’s British Open, finishing tied 33rd. Bronte won the Cartier Trophy at the 2013 French Lady Junior Championship. Meghan MacLaren, 19, (Wellingborough, Northants) is the new Irish stroke play champion, continuing the form which won her three titles on the US women’s college circuit during her freshman year at Florida International University. Lauren Taylor, 18, (Woburn) became the youngest-ever British amateur champion in 2011 at the age of 16. She is a student at Baylor University, Texas, and recently won her Conference championship, returning home to win the Astor Salver. Alex Peters, 19, (Notts Ladies’, Nottinghamshire) is the current English women’s stroke play champion and was runner-up at the recent English amateur championship.   The girls’ team: Gabriella Cowley, 17, (Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire) won the 2013 Critchley Salver, was third in the English amateur championship and was in England’s winning teams at  the 2012 girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. Alice Hewson, 15, (Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire) is the Scottish U16 open stroke play champion, a past English U13 titleholder and was runner up in last year’s U15 championship. Sophie Lamb, 15, (Clitheroe. Lancashire) won the girls’ championship at the 2013 Fairhaven Trophies and  successfully played for England U16s against Spain last year. Sophie Madden, 16 (West Essex) is the English U15 champion, helped England win the team event at the Irish U18 stroke play championship and was tied second in the event. Amber Ratcliffe, 17, (Royal Cromer, Norfolk) was in the winning England teams at the girls’ and ladies’ 2012 Home Internationals and tied fourth in the recent English amateur championship. Olivia Winning, 18, (Rotherham, Yorkshire) is the 2012 Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play champion and was in England’s winning team at the girls’ Home Internationals. Annabel Dimmock , 16, (Wentworth, Surrey) enjoyed a successful run on this year’s Orange Blossom Tour in Florida, and was fifth in the 2012 English girls’ championship. Sammy Fuller, 14, (Roehampton, Surrey) recently won the Bridget Jackson Bowl and has had top ten finishes in recent English, Irish and Welsh championships.last_img read more