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Hot Rock Geothermal Plant Ahead of Expectations

Posted by Peter, on July 24, 2013

Australian geothermal energy developer Geodynamics has announced that its 1 megawatt pilot plant, near Innamincka, is operating ahead of expectations. The plant is getting energy from hot rocks at 4.2 kilometres below the surface, the deepest lying geothermal resources ever exploited. Only two other sites, one at Soulz in France and the other at Landau […]  Continue reading »

Grant for Next Stage of Geothermal Project

Posted by Peter, on June 24, 2013

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has granted $13 million to allow the next stage of work at the Paralana geothermal enegy site. The funding was subject to matching support from the project's joint venture partners, Beach Energy and Petratherm. The geothermal energy project in the Flinders Ranges involves drilling two wells to provide a circulation […]  Continue reading »

First Aussie “Hot Rocks” Power Plant Begins Producing

Posted by Peter, on May 2, 2013

The first power plant in Australia to produce electricity using an enhanced geothermal ("hot rocks") system has begun producing electricity in the far north-east of South Australia. The one-megawatt Habanero pilot plant near outback Innamincka is operated by Geodynamics. Geodynamics CEO, Geoff Ward, said that "It's a globally-significant demonstration test and the results that we've […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Wasabi Energy Buys Shanghai Energy Company

Posted by Peter, on January 17, 2013

Melbourne-based Wasabi Energy has purchased 50.5% of Shanghai Shenghe New Energy Co Ltd (SSNE), which is the licencee for Kalina Cycle power technology in China. SSNE also has Enhanced Rankine Cycle power technology patented throughout Asia. Both technologies use heat to generate electricity. SSNE operates a 2 megawatt power plant producing electricity from a Pilkington […]  Continue reading »

Renewable Energy Resource Maps Now Online

Posted by Peter, on March 15, 2012

The Directory section of this website now includes maps of Australia’s renewable energy resources overlayed with a map of the electric power grid, making it easy to see where the best areas for renewable energy projects might be. You will find links to the maps in the sidebar of the Directory section or you can […]  Continue reading »

$1.5 billion Clean Energy Precinct Planned for South Australia

Posted by Peter, on December 7, 2011

A $1.5 billion Clean Energy Precinct incorporating gas, wind, solar and geothermal power is planned to be developed in South Australia by Petratherm Limited. The project plans to deliver 600 megawatts of electricity by 2016. The project is to be located in northern South Australia, 50 kilometres from Petratherm’s Paralana geothermal project and on the […]  Continue reading »

Funding for Paralana Geothermal Project Fast-Tracked

Posted by Peter, on September 6, 2011

The Australian Government has agreed to fast-track $1.2 million in grant monies to progress development of the Paralana geothermal energy project in the south-eastern Flinders Ranges in South Australia. The project is a joint venture of Petratherm, TruEnergy and Beach Petroleum. The money will be used for preparatory work for the drilling of its second […]  Continue reading »

Geothermal Companies Forced to Forgo Grants

Posted by Peter, on August 18, 2011

Four Australian geothermal companies have had to forgo more than $26 million in Commonwalth Government grants because they have been unable to attract other funding for their projects in time. Torrens Energy, Green Rock Energy, Greenearth Energy and Hot Rock have terminated their agreements under the Geothermal Drilling Program which required the companies to find […]  Continue reading »

Australian Wasabi Energy in German Geothermal Project

Posted by Peter, on June 25, 2011

The Australian company, Wasabi Energy, has announced that it will co-develop and supply geothermal technology for a 4.5 megawatt geothermal project near Taufkirchen in southern Germany. Wasabi will develop the project in a consortium with the Swiss utility Axpo and Geysir Europe, a German geothermal group. Wasabi Energy owns the worldwide intellectual property rights to […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Company Buys Geothermal Plant in Iceland

Posted by Peter, on January 14, 2011

Australia’s Wasabi Energy says it has completed the purchase of an Icelandic geothermal plant. The small Orkuveita Husavikur geothermal power plant, located at the township of Husavik, on Iceland’s northern shore and with a capacity of two megawatts, was purchased by Wasabi subsidiary Global Geothermal. The power station, which also produces heat, is currently shut […]  Continue reading »

Geothermal Energy Could Power Perth

Posted by Peter, on December 6, 2010

In an interview on the ABC Science Show, Klaus Regenauer-Lieb is a professor of earth sciences at the University of Western Australia, said the hot water available in aquifers around Perth is sufficient to power the city entirely. Professor Regenauer-Lieb pointed out that geothermal energy is already being used in Perth for at least five […]  Continue reading »

Australia’s Search for Geothermal Energy Heats Up

Posted by Peter, on November 18, 2010

Geothermal company Hot Dry Rocks will use a $217,000 grant from the Victorian Government to assess geothermal energy in the LaTrobe Valley with a view to constructing a pilot geothermal plant close to a local large user of electricity by late 2012. The company will measure ground temperature using existing groundwater observation bores in the […]  Continue reading »

Expo Video Highlights Aussie Potential

Posted by Peter, on October 8, 2010

The Australian Centre for Renewable Energy is showing this video highlighting Australia’s renewable energy potential at the Shanghai World Expo. (This is an English version of the Mardarin Chinese version being screened in Shanghai.)  Continue reading »

More Geothermal Potential in Victoria

Posted by Peter, on July 14, 2010

A new geothermal heat flow map published by the Victorian government shows that the State has over ten times more geothermal potential than previously estimated. The new heatflow map highlights the state’s north and west regions as the most promising areas for geothermal energy production, showimg that large parts of Victoria have heat flow values […]  Continue reading »

Solar and Geothermal Power for CSIRO Projects

Posted by Peter, on June 12, 2010

The Australian Federal Government has announced that the CSIRO will receive $47.3 million for the development of solar and geothermal energy technologies to power a radio-astronomy observatory and its supporting computer centre. The funding will support renewable energy infrastructure projects for the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory and the Pawsey High-Performance Computing Centre for Square Kilometre Array […]  Continue reading »

Victoria’s Huge Geothermal Potential

Posted by Peter, on May 18, 2010

Current “hot rock” geothermal projects rely on heat produced by uranium decaying in granite formations. Now a team of geophysicists at the University of Melbourne is proposing a different approach which, they say, has huge potential for power generation in Victoria. In some places, mineral formations form an insulating blanket which traps a layer of […]  Continue reading »

Renewable Energy Potential in New South Wales

Posted by Peter, on May 13, 2010

Delta Electricity and Macquarie Generation are planning to set up two 1,000 megawatt fossil fuel based power plants in New South Wales because they claim that the State does not have the adequate renewable energy potential. In fact, NASA estimates put solar readings in New South Wales at 6kw/m²/day which is equal to the solar […]  Continue reading »

Budget Boosts Renewables

Posted by Peter, on May 12, 2010

The Australian budget for 2010-11 has committed the Government to invest $652┬ámillion over four years in a new Renewable Energy Future Fund, which will form part of the Government’s expanded $5.1┬ábillion Clean Energy Initiative which includes the previously announced $1.5 billion Solar Flagships program and the $2 billion Carbon Capture and Storage Flagships program. Two […]  Continue reading »

Geothermal Exploration in Victoria

Posted by Peter, on December 9, 2009

The Victorian Government has allocated $25 million for exploration associated with a new geothermal energy project at Anglesea. The project could become the site of the State’s first geothermal energy plant. The Victorian Resources Minister, Peter Batchelor, said that "We’ll have the possibility of building a geothermal demonstration plant very close to the existing electricity […]  Continue reading »

Funding for Australian Hot Rock Projects

Posted by Peter, on November 7, 2009

Two “hot rock” geothermal projects are to receive Australian Government funding. Geodynamics Ltd was awarded $90 million to be staged over the development period of its geothermal energy project in South Australia’s Cooper Basin. The final payment will be made upon commissioning of a 25 megawatt power plant, expected to be achieved in 2013. Geodynamics […]  Continue reading »

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