Other Energy and Mineral Developments

CO2CRC Otway International Research Facility

Established in 2008, the CO2CRC project develops and tests carbon dioxide (CO2) storage technologies, modelling and monitoring solutions at its state of the art research facility located at Nirranda in the south east of Moyne Shire. This technology is used for carbon sequestration where carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere and held underground so that it does not contribute to global warming.

The facility provides:

  • Seven purpose-drilled 1.5 km deep CO2 storage wells for CO2 injection and monitoring
  • A readily available supply of CO2 from an in-situ CO2 gas field.
  • A variety of storage reservoir types, structures and seals.
  • Seismic surface and fibre optic downhole monitoring for observing and benchmarking subsurface technologies.

External link: https://co2crc.com.au/

 

Solar energy

Electricity generated from sunlight delivers a clean source of energy generation and contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Victoria’s sunlight is ideal for producing energy. The most common technology used for solar electricity are panels of photovoltaic (PV) cells that convert sunlight directly into electricity. These panels can be attached to roof tops or placed in rows on the ground.

Solar farms

Large-scale solar energy facilities in Victoria, also known as solar farms, use photovoltaic (PV) technology. PV panels are set in rows and attached to fixed tilt mounts so they can follow the sun’s movement. The rows are connected to power inverters which modify the direct current (DC) electricity generated by the panels into alternating current (AC) used in the electricity grid.  A large scale battery can be placed on the same site to store electricity.

Large-scale solar farms require access to electricity transmission or distribution networks and large expanses of flat and flood free land. They can be co-located with agriculture when panels are raised to allow sheep grazing and some types of horticulture.

Solar farm planning and development

The Victorian Government has developed the Solar Energy Facilities - Design and Development Guideline to support the siting, design and assessment of large-scale solar energy facilities in Victoria.

The guideline ensures new solar energy facilities are built in the right locations, meaning they can easily access the electricity transmission network; they avoid or minimise impacts on their local environments; and that issues such as impacts on productive agricultural areas and irrigated areas or impacts on sensitive uses within their proximity are considered.

The Guidelines can be viewed at

https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/426634/190704-Solar-Energy-Facilities-Guideline-July2019.pdf

There are currently no proposals for solar farms in Moyne Shire.

Thinking about going solar?

There are a number of programs run by the Victorian Government that can assist you to install solar panels or solar hot water on your home. Visit the Solar Homes Program at www.solar.vic.gov.au to find out about rebates and get guidance on home solar installations.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen energy is produced from hydrogen, the most common chemical in the universe. It can be produced as a gas or liquid, or made part of other materials, and has many uses such as fuel for transport or heating, a way to store electricity, or a raw material in industrial processes.

Read about Deakin University Warrnambool’s Hycel hydrogen project at:

https://www.deakin.edu.au/hycel

Large scale batteries

A range of technologies are used to store energy in batteries. These include lithium ion, sodium ion and molten-state such as sodium sulphur batteries. 

Large-scale batteries typically consist of several components – a battery unit or ‘enclosure’ (generally a large box like a shipping container), an inverter, and a transformer. The number of enclosures depends on the type of technology and electricity output required. The battery is connected to an energy supply such as a wind or solar farm or part of the electricity transmission system, such as a substation.

Battery storage, when combined with renewable energy, can help maintain a reliable energy supply, especially in times of high electricity use. 

There are currently no proposals for large -scale batteries in Moyne Shire.

Find out more: https://www.energy.vic.gov.au/batteries-and-energy-storage 

Wave

Wave energy, less commonly referred to as tidal, marine or ocean energy, is an emerging technology that uses the power of the ocean to produce zero-emission electricity. Wave energy captures the movement of the ocean and converts this into usable electricity. Several wave energy trials have been undertaken in Australia and further research and testing is ongoing.

Geothermal

Geothermal energy is heat derived from the sub-surface of the earth. Water and/or steam carry the geothermal energy to the earth's surface. Depending on its characteristics, geothermal energy can be used for heating and cooling purposes or be harnessed to generate clean electricity.

Stavely Province Minerals Exploration

In June 2018 the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) released 11 ground blocks (the ‘Stavely Ground Release’) for minerals exploration in an area known as the Stavely Arc, and opened a tender process to encourage applications from mineral explorers.

In April 2020 a licence was granted for ‘Stavely Block 1’ to Westrock Minerals which then commenced an exploration program to search for copper and gold in the tenure that includes parts of the Chatsworth, Caramut and Hexham districts. This exploration is ongoing. In August 2021 a licence was granted for ‘Stavely Block 3’ to Stavely Minerals Limited, allowing it to explore in an area approximately 25 kilometres west of Ararat including parts of the Woorndoo and Chatsworth districts. This licence is the fifth to be issued for the Stavely Arc since the 2018 Stavely Ground Release.

Minerals exploration is exempt from the need for a planning permit under the Moyne Planning Scheme, which is consistent across Victoria.Early-stage exploration activities such as mapping, sampling and rock testing are the first steps in establishing if minerals are present. If development is considered viable, it typically takes many years to progress toward mining, including meeting regulatory controls.

To access privately owned land in Victoria, minerals explorers require landholder consent.

External link https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/projects/stavely