Australia's Woodside Energy announced a project agreement with California-based Heliogen to demonstrate the company’s AI-enabled concentrated solar energy and market the technology in Australia.

The project agreement comes after Woodside previously issued a limited notice to proceed to Heliogen to begin procuring equipment for its single-module 5-megawatt electric facility.

Heliogen will complete the engineering, procurement, and construction of the facility in Mojave, California.

The US Department of Energy gave Heliogen a US$39 million award to deploy its renewable energy technology in California, which will be used for this project.

“Our agreements represent a pivotal next step in the commercialisation of Heliogen’s breakthrough concentrated solar technology and the decarbonisation of heavy industry,” said Heliogen founder and chief executive Bill Gross.

“The proposed Mojave facility will further advance our discussions with Woodside for additional opportunities aiming to produce carbon-free heat, power and hydrogen to help them achieve their sustainability goals.”

Gross said the strategic alliance will also include Woodside taking an equity participation in Heliogen.

The companies will jointly market Heliogen’s technology in Australia by establishing a roadmap to identify and engage with potential customers and are considering adding a hydrogen offer with the technology.

“Woodside has set a $5 billion investment target by 2030 for new energy products and lower-carbon services,” said Meg O’Neill, chief executive officer of Woodside.

“Our collaboration with Heliogen on this innovative technology supports our commitment to building a low cost, lower-carbon, profitable, resilient and diversified portfolio.”

This project is one of two solar projects Woodside is involved in. The producer has proposed to develop a photovoltaic power facility near Karratha, Western Australia, with battery storage. This project would contribute electricity to the North West Interconnected System, and could power Woodside's Pluto liquefied natural gas Facility and the proposed Perdaman Urea Plant.

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