Daily News Wrap-Up: Shell to Build 1,000 MWh Battery Energy Storage Project

ReNew Power to install India’s first ever 3x platform wind turbine generators


Here are some noteworthy cleantech developments from around the world:

Shell Energy Australia in partnership with Greenspot, a privately owned New South Wales (NSW) group, has acquired the development rights for a 500 MW/1,000 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project. The project will have a battery with a dispatch capacity of 500 MW and is located within the former Wallerawang power station site near Lithgow in Central West NSW where two 500 MW coal-fired generating units were decommissioned in 2014. Greenspot obtained the development approval for the BESS, which will connect to the adjacent 330 kV Wallerawang substation, which has historically facilitated the transmission of coal-fired electricity generation to the grid. Shell Energy will be responsible for the grid connection, and subject to a final investment decision, it is planning to build, own and operate the battery on 20 hectares of land to be leased from Greenspot.

ReNew Power announced the installation of what is deemed to be India’s first-ever 3x platform wind turbine generators (WTGs) in the Gadag district of Karnataka. The WTGs have a nameplate capacity of 3.3 to 3.465 MW which is said to be better than the models installed currently in the country that typically have a capacity of 2-3 MW. The new WTGs are 128-140 meters in height and will be used in the country’s first round-the-clock renewable project comprising wind, solar, and battery energy storage system. The project is expected to produce sufficient power for over 1 million households in India every year.

Provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions Plug Power has been awarded an order to deliver two 30-tons-per-day hydrogen liquefication systems to TC Energy Corporation. The two hydrogen liquefiers are scheduled for delivery in the second and third quarters of 2024 and will serve TC Energy facilities in North America that are not yet operational. These liquefication systems use a hydrogen cycle is said to be one of the most efficient designs in the market to date. By liquifying hydrogen with Plug’s highly efficient and reliable liquefaction systems, TC Energy will achieve significant cost savings, broader distribution coverage, and overall energy efficiency with minimal hardware.

Renewable fuels company Raven SR, Chevron New Energies, a division of Chevron U.S.A., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, and an American automotive company Hyzon Motors, will collaborate to commercialize operations of a green waste-to-hydrogen production facility. The facility based in Richmond city will supply green hydrogen fuel to transportation markets in Northern California. The facility will be owned by a newly formed company, Raven SR, who will be the operator of the facility which is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2024. The project is expected to produce hydrogen by diverting up to 99 wet tons of green and food waste per day from Republic Services’ West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill into its non-combustion steam/carbon dioxide reforming process, producing up to 2,400 metric tons of renewable hydrogen annually.