RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH & REPORTS
ITP Renewables specialises in producing detailed market and technology reports for policy makers, associations and businesses. Our reports are informed by some of Australia’s leading experts and are highly regarded for their thorough technical analysis, accuracy and independent outlook.
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Dispatchable electricity generation is the new frontier for renewables. There is general agreement that electricity systems need a significant share of dispatchable generation to complement and balance the increasing share of variable renewable generation. To better understand the renewable options, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) commissioned a team lead by the ITP Thermal working with The Institute of Sustainable Futures (ISF) and ITK consulting (ITK) to compare technology combinations that are commercially available at large scale.
The combinations studied were wind or PV driven batteries, pumped hydro energy storage or hydrogen, bioenergy, concentrating solar thermal and geothermal. Costs of installation and cost of energy and other aspects were compared as a function of hours of delivery or storage. The study developed an innovative subsystem based approach to modelling installed cost as a function of configuration and system size for each technology combination. This was used to examine the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) of optimised systems under real input conditions as a function of duration of storage or operation. In addition, the additional cost of reserving an additional amount of stored energy for infrequent strategic use (e.g cloudy windless week) was considered along with a range of other points of comparison.
The work led to the publication of a Report and two spreadsheet cost models that can be used to estimate the capital cost of generation facilities with different configurations (Levelised cost calculator and Installed cost calculator) which are also available on the ARENA website.
In 2018, ITP Renewables undertook a review of the outcomes from investment by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in solar research, development and pilot-scale demonstration projects, as well as associated PhD and Post-Doc Fellowships.
The review collated and synthesised the rationale and outcomes of solar photovoltaic (57% of funding), concentrating solar thermal (33% of funding) and associated solar enabling (10% of funding) R&D projects, in order to communicate activities and achievements; and to articulate the significance and implications of research outcomes. A system of standard metrics was developed by which each project could be documented and sorted, thus allowing overall program coverage and outcomes to be readily assessed. A survey was also conducted of recipients of the Scholarship and Fellowship program.
The review led to the publication of a Report which is also available on the knowledge section of the ARENA website.
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.
- 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.
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ARENA has been promoting these publications at Renewables for Industrial Processes – Industry Workshops and has published the presentations from these workshops.
You can read a copy of the final report.
Our Head of ITP Solar Thermal, Dr Keith Lovegrove, edited this important reference book in CSP technology. You can download a copy of it from Woodhead Publishing.
Read the CSP in India report.
You can read the summary report.