• A $35bn subsea cable venture collapses due to an “absence of alignment” for it’s billionaire backers
  • McGowan Government approves allocation of land for seven renewable energy projects
  • Element 25 signs offtake and project financing agreement with Stellantis

Emission Control is Stockhead’s fortnightly take on all the big news surrounding developments in renewable energy.


San Francisco-based Global Energy Monitor (GEM) studies the evolving international energy landscape through various tools that allows users to access summaries and analysis at a regional and global scale

Its Global Solar Power Tracker has released new data showing current and planned global renewable capacity is just large enough to offset existing operating coal capacity by 2030.

By then, the firm says 3,242GW of wind and solar power are projected to be installed globally, compared to the current global operating coal fleet of 2,067GW – a whopping 44% difference.

But while the renewable energy forecast is tremendously promising, Kasandra O’Malia, project manager for the Global Solar Power Tracker says if the world is to reach its net-zero goals with a hope of keeping global temperature increases below 1.5C, utility-scale renewables are clearly not going to cut it.

“Distributed solar must take center stage,” she says.

With the construction of all potential solar capacity, the large-scale (>20 MW) global solar fleet would fall short by 3,785GW and only be able to reach 26% of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2030 target.

Assuming installations of smaller-scale solar mirror the growth GEM sees in large-scale solar, the firm estimates global solar will still be more than 1,000GW shy of the 2030 Net Zero goal.

“Prospective global wind projects fare better by supplying 62% of the target with projects slated to come online before 2030 but still miss the objective by 1,161GW,” Global Energy Monitor says.


Billionaire-backed Sun Cable tumbles into voluntary administration

A $35bn subsea cable venture (the Australia-Asia PowerLink Project) that promised to transfer Australian solar power 4200km from Darwin to Singapore has collapsed due to the “absence of alignment with the objectives of all shareholders”.

Backed by Andrew Forrest and tech billionaire Mike Cannon Brookes, Sun Cable announced on Wednesday it had made the “difficult” decision to enter voluntary administration to unlock a path forward and whilst funding proposals were provided, consensus on the future direction and funding structure of the company could not be achieved.

The company said the path would include access to additional capital for the continued development of the AAP PowerLink in hopes to progress the next stage of its development portfolio in a strong market.

“Christopher Hill, David McGrath and John Park of FTI Consulting have been appointed as voluntary administrators,” Sun Cable said in an announcement.

“The administrators intend to work with the company’s management team and key stakeholders to determine appropriate next steps for the business.

“This will likely involve a process to seek expressions of interest for either a recapitalisation or sale of the business.”


Land allocation approvals for $70bn worth of renewable energy projects

The McGowan Government has approved the allocation of land for seven renewable energy projects across two industrial sites near Port Hedland and Onslow on the Pilbara coast.

Proponents such as POSCO, Fortescue Metals Group (ASX:FMG), Alinta Energy, Tees Valley Lithium and BP have been allocated land for the production of green iron ore, ammonia, hydrogen and lithium sulphate monohydrate, valued at an estimated $70bn.

“From job creation to growing the local advanced manufacturing industry and servicing international markets, we will see the economic benefits of these land allocations and these projects flow through the WA economy over time,” Minister Roger Cook says.


Here’s how renewable energy stocks are tracking:

AST AusNet Services Ltd 0 -100% -100% -100% -100% $9,919,608,019
AVL Aust Vanadium Ltd 0.029 7% 16% -28% -9% $126,545,131
BSX Blackstone Ltd 0.15 15% -3% -19% -74% $68,640,845
DEL Delorean Corporation 0.074 -8% 4% -47% -67% $15,963,348
ECT Env Clean Tech Ltd. 0.011 0% -24% -35% -62% $18,878,768
FMG Fortescue Metals Grp 22.92 9% 7% 36% 9% $68,660,917,671
PV1 Provaris Energy Ltd 0.052 21% 2% 0% -50% $24,124,340
GNX Genex Power Ltd 0.16 23% -6% 28% -18% $221,628,342
HXG Hexagon Energy 0.018 6% 6% -22% -75% $8,719,570
HZR Hazer Group Limited 0.61 5% -10% -22% -51% $101,414,027
IFT Infratil Limited 7.88 -3% -7% 12% 5% $5,719,470,298
IRD Iron Road Ltd 0.12 0% -4% -17% -38% $96,291,151
LIO Lion Energy Limited 0.034 13% 0% -3% -54% $14,487,748
MEZ Meridian Energy 4.69 -4% -2% 9% 8% $6,178,585,597
MPR Mpower Group Limited 0.018 6% -10% -38% -55% $5,580,362
NEW NEW Energy Solar 0.2 3% 3% 41% 50% $64,117,597
PGY Pilot Energy Ltd 0.016 0% 7% 0% -70% $12,501,505
PH2 Pure Hydrogen Corp 0.21 11% 8% -18% -59% $73,954,924
PRL Province Resources 0.063 5% 5% -25% -57% $75,615,561
PRM Prominence Energy 0.001 -50% 0% -50% -90% $2,424,609
QEM QEM Limited 0.19 6% 6% 6% -7% $25,001,560
RFX Redflow Limited 0.245 11% -4% -47% -51% $44,031,244
SKI Spark Infrastructure 0 -100% -100% -100% -100% $5,036,718,784
VUL Vulcan Energy 7.11 10% 5% 32% -29% $1,018,390,637
CXL Calix Limited 5.06 12% 7% -9% -17% $883,477,513
KPO Kalina Power Limited 0.016 7% -3% -11% -36% $24,243,133
RNE Renu Energy Ltd 0.057 10% 8% 54% -37% $25,084,871
NRZ Neurizer Ltd 0.094 -4% -13% -43% -37% $105,675,586
LIT Lithium Australia 0.05 9% 6% -32% -58% $62,280,775
TNG TNG Limited 0.08 11% -7% 16% 1% $112,461,876
SRJ SRJ Technologies 0.11 16% -74% -74% -74% $8,917,525
NMT Neometals Ltd 0.91 12% -5% -9% -37% $508,521,882
MR1 Montem Resources 0.04 0% 0% 25% -20% $12,893,190
FGR First Graphene Ltd 0.097 -8% -16% -19% -50% $58,131,639
EGR Ecograf Limited 0.23 -4% -6% -15% -67% $103,576,696
EDE Eden Inv Ltd 0.005 0% -17% -50% -76% $13,656,369
CWY Cleanaway Waste Ltd 2.66 1% -1% 4% -12% $5,809,860,313
CPV Clearvue Technologie 0.185 6% -5% -26% -34% $39,071,043
CNQ Clean Teq Water 0.45 22% 18% -10% -36% $26,546,737
M8S M8 Sustainable 0.008 0% 14% 0% -56% $3,927,268
EOL Energy One Limited 4.5 0% 0% -13% -27% $133,811,667
LNR Lanthanein Resources 0.0225 7% -25% 50% -2% $20,613,087
FHE Frontier Energy Ltd 0.465 3% -10% 138% 258% $114,119,108
LPE Locality Planning 0.052 2% -13% -16% -64% $9,264,126
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Global car giant signs supply deal with ASX manganese stock E25

Autocar makers have been quick to shore up raw material supplies for batteries, particularly within the lithium space, but this week the world’s third largest luxury car maker – Stellantis – signed a definitive agreement with Element 25 (ASX:E25) for the supply of battery grade manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) for use in EV battery packs.

The 45,000tpa supply will come from E25’s proposed USA-based HPMSM processing facility over a five-year period beginning in 2026, with opportunities to extend both the volume and the contract period.

Volumes will begin at 5,000t of HPMSM in year one of operations, increasing to 10,000t in years two to five

Stellantis is also set to part-fund the development of E25’s processing facility with an initial injection of US$30m in two tranches, marking a huge endorsement for the company and its plans to become a long-term supplier of battery materials.

“Our commitment to a carbon net zero future includes creation of a smart supply chain to ensure we met out customers’ desire for EVs,” Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares says.

“Electric vehicles that deliver breakthrough customer experience in propulsion, connectivity and convenience are central to our Dare Forward 2030 plan that delivers safe, clean and affordable mobility.”


Provaris teams up with Norwegian Hydrogen for green hydrogen collaboration

Provaris Energy (ASX:PV1), the company behind the development of a compressed hydrogen GH2 carrier and transport supply chain to Europe, has entered an MoU with Norwegian Hydrogen, which will see the the two companies working together on large-scale production and export of green hydrogen projects.

The plan at this stage is to make use of combined kills and experience of both companies – PV1’s hydrogen carriers and storage solutions and Norwegian Hydrogen’s production sites across the Nordics to complete a joint design concept study which will be completed in the March quarter of 2023.

According to Provaris, the study will identify a preferred production and export site and determine the technical and economic viability of a fast-track green hydrogen supply chain connected to the key ports in Germany and the Netherlands.

Norway represents 50 per cent of the hydropower reservoir capacity of EU and is key in reaching the REPowerEU ambition of 10mtpa hydrogen import by 2030.

The study is envisioned to include renewable power supply, production of hydrogen, compression facilities, storage, infrastructure for jetty loading and unloading, Provaris’ H2Neo carrier, and import infrastructure required at identified import locations.

Application for suitable funding schemes available through national schemes and the European Union will also be made.