One of Australia’s largest proposed ‘green data’ storage facilities has been announced for the Moreton Bay region in a step forward for Queensland’s renewable and digital economies. Acting Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles said Queensland-based renewables investor Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners had gained council planning and FIRB approvals for its Supernode complex in Brendale.
Sia Partners enters the Aussie market with the acquisition of Churchill Consulting, a strategy and management consulting firm in Perth (45 consultants, AUD15mm / €10m turnover). The Russian invasion of Ukraine and tensions over energy and mining supplies will have lasting repercussions. This is prompting all Western economies to look for solutions within their own borders, which places Canada and Australia in a particularly strategic position.
Tigo Energy, Inc., the solar industry’s Flex MLPE (Module Level Power Electronics) supplier, announced that Bill Roeschlein has joined the company as its new Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Roeschlein will lead the finance and legal teams at Tigo. He will focus on establishing the premier financial organization in the renewable energy industry, along with the processes and procedures that facilitate the growth of Tigo to the next stage of financial development.
As part of the ‘Rinnai Global Innovation Manifesto’ announced in November 2021, which seeks to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Rinnai Australia unveiled two new renewable product technologies designed to support Australia’s clean energy mix future.
EIG, an institutional investor to the energy and infrastructure sectors, announced that De la Rey Venter has joined as CEO of MidOcean Energy (MidOcean) and as a Managing Director of EIG. MidOcean is an EIG-controlled LNG firm seeking to create a diversified “pure play” integrated LNG portfolio of high-quality operating LNG projects with strong existing cash flow.
The Aussie climate startup ecosystem is receiving a boost following the announcement of a new international partnership between EnergyLab, which is ANZ’s largest climate tech startup accelerator, and New Energy Nexus (NEX), the world’s leading clean energy accelerator.
Energy Vault Holdings, Inc. (Energy Vault), an organisation in sustainable, grid-scale energy storage solutions, announced the appointment of Lucas Sadler as Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Asia & Pacific (APAC), based in Melbourne, Australia.
GridBeyond, the global technology player for managing distributed and flexible energy resources is expanding its geographic reach to provide services to Australia. GridBeyond will provide AI-powered demand response, virtual power plant (VPP) services and generation and storage asset optimisation across Australia’s National Electricity Market.
After an oversubscribed capital raise, Australia’s leading-edge envirotech company, Patriot Hydrogen, is working full steam towards installing the first-ever Patriot unit in mid-2022 at Kimberley Clean Energy’s Kilto Station project near Broome, Western Australia. The modular hydrogen production unit will form part of Kimberley Clean Energy’s fossil fuel substitution strategy, with plans to add a hydrogen system in the next stage.
Green energy company Port Anthony Renewables (PAR) completed an oversubscribed capital raising as it positions itself to develop a hydrogen hub in south-eastern Australia. Its focus is green hydrogen production and export.