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

Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine shows no benefit in COVID-19 prevention: Study

first_imgIn the study of 125 participants, four who had taken hydroxychloroquine as a preventative treatment for eight weeks contracted COVID-19, and four on placebo tested positive for the virus.All eight were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization, according to the results published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal.The research shows that routine use of the drug cannot be recommended among healthcare workers to prevent COVID-19, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania said.The study authors said it was possible that a trial conducted in a community with higher prevalence of the disease could allow detection of a greater benefit from the drug.In the latest trial, which was terminated before it could reach its enrollment target of 200 participants, mild side effects such as diarrhea were more common in participants taking the malaria drug compared to placebo. Topics : A malaria drug taken by US President Donald Trump to prevent COVID-19 did not show any benefit versus placebo in reducing coronavirus infection among healthcare workers, according to clinical trial results published on Wednesday.The study largely confirms results from a clinical trial in June that showed hydroxychloroquine was ineffective in preventing infection among people exposed to the new coronavirus.Trump began backing hydroxychloroquine early in the pandemic and told reporters in May he started taking the drug after two White House staffers tested positive for COVID-19. Studies have found the drug to offer little benefit as a treatment.last_img read more

Cornubia property with 360 degree views is up for sale

first_imgThere are incredible views from the bedroom.Out on one of the home’s many balconies is Mr Clunies-Ross’ favourite space.“My favourite balcony is off the dining room,” he said.“It looks all over Logan, and you can see all the mountain ranges down to New South Wales.“I go out there for a drink and cigar at night (and) it gets the most beautiful sunsets.”He said the house was perfect for a large family, such as his own.“It’s got a really beautiful pool. It also has got a children’s play area at the back, with a cubby house, and a reasonable sized lawn.” The house at 11 Torrelliana Court, Cornubia, is for sale.THE views and the architecture of this Cornubia property is what drew Chris Clunies-Ross in about 14 years ago.Mr Clunies-Ross said the four-level property was the highest peak in about 25km, which afforded them views spanning 360 degrees. The spiral staircase is an interesting piece of architecture.“At the back it is state forest, leading through to Stradbroke, and at the front, looking toward the city, it’s all lit up like a Christmas tree at night,” Mr Clunies-Ross said.The home, which is at 11 Torrelliana Court, has a unique style of architecture, with curved edges and windows, and had a floorplan that appealed to Mr Clunies-Ross“It has got a spiral staircase with an atrium at the top, which I really like,” he said.“It’s got lots of different and private areas.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The curved architecture continues in the kitchen.Mr Clunies-Ross and his wife Katrina have found the residence the perfect place to raise four children.“Two of our kids were born while we lived at the house, so it was special bringing them home and watching them grow up there,” Mr Clunies-Ross said.“But we own an apartment in Kangaroo Point… and since our eldest daughter has moved to China we are downsizing.”center_img The lounge room at 11 Torrelliana Court, Cornubia.last_img read more