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Australian coal, gas, miners seek renewable energy projects

Australian coal, gas, miners seek renewable energy projects
July 24
10:03 2017

Photo credit: RenewEconomy.

Australia’s oil, gas, and coal mining sectors have invited the country’s leading clean energy technology firms to help them modernize their operations. Government-funded industry group National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) announced on Wednesday that it’s seeking the nation’s best-proven clean technology solutions, with the aim of boosting the efficiency and competitiveness of the energy resource sector.

“What this is really about is linking the needs of the larger end of town to the emerging tech companies so that we can build capabilities in Australia and support whole of industry growth,” NERA CEO Miranda Taylor told RenewEconomy.

Successful projects will receive up to $3 million in co-funding. They will need to be ready to roll out, however, with demonstrated economic and environmental benefits for energy customers. “This could include projects around renewable energy, hybrid energy, smart grid, energy storage, energy efficiency, water treatment, waste management, air quality and resource[s],” NERA said.

The transition to low-carbon operations is part of NERA’s 10-year strategic roadmap for Australia’s oil, gas, coal and uranium industries. “We’re looking for world class projects that we know are being developed on our home soil,” Taylor said. “Australia can become a powerhouse on the global stage when it comes to commercialising and connecting innovators and technology companies with the energy resources sector.”

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