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La Camara aims to be the preeminent point of reference for the Spanish-Australian business community and to facilitate and foster the development of business relationships within this community.

La Camara achieves these aims through events such as corporate lunches, ministerial briefings, seminars, private boardroom functions, networking evenings and more relaxed cultural and cocktail events, as well as a variety of services and promotional opportunities for our members.

Events organised by La Camara allow both members and non-members to develop the professional contacts they need within the Spanish-Australian business community.

Upcoming Events

05 December 2019

La Camara’s Christmas Drinks in Perth

Offices of Squire Patton Boggs - Level 21, 300 Murray St, Perth WA 6000

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News

Iberdrola enters Australia market with big plans, including 320MW wind solar hybrid

18 November 2019 By Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy Spanish energy giant Iberdrola has unveiled plans to tap the “tremendous” potential of Australia’s renewables market, starting with a 320MW hybrid wind and solar plant in South Australia in 2021. The Bilbao-based company said it had developed a 650MW pipeline in Australia after “spending several years studying opportunities there,” and the broader Asia-Pacific region. According to reports citing an emailed statement, Iberdrola’s director of renewable energy, Xabier Viteri, said the company saw “tremendous potential” for growth in Australia. “Like a lot of countries, we see increasing demand from the public and businesses for their energy to come from clean sources,” Viteri said. “When you have that demand, coupled with abundant natural resources for high-performance wind and solar, it creates a highly attractive market to invest in.” The company reportedly wants to have its first projects up and running in as soon as 2021, starting with the $A500 million hybrid project in the Spencer Gulf region of South Australia. The S.A. project would not have battery storage initially, the company said, but storage was being considered for future Australian developments. Iberdrola currently has around 31GW of installed generation capacity in Europe, the US and South America, around 70 per cent of which is “carbon-free”. The company’s vote of confidence – and promise of major new investment – in the Australian renewable energy market comes as the industry warns of a downturn in new projects, thanks to a cluster of grid-related issues that are causing connection delays and compromising project revenue. Read more

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Navy’s largest warships achieve final operational capability

13 November 2019 The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Canberra class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD), have achieved final operational capability. This is a major milestone achievement for both Navy and its Plan Pelorus for 2022. Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra are ready to be deployed on amphibious operations such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and amphibious warfare. "The Australian Defence Force’s amphibious capability is an integral part of Australia’s strategic posture and this milestone is another step in Navy’s roadmap to delivering amphibious excellence," Minister Reynolds said. These 27,000-tonne ships are able to land a force of over 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with all their weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores. HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra are the largest ships ever built for the Royal Australian Navy, the LHDs were built as a collaboration between Navantia and BAE Systems - Maritime. The LHDs are based on the reference ship the Juan Carlos I and signify the second contract Navantia signed with Australia. The ships were constructed using the modular approach whereby the ship is divided into modules, which were built and fitted out as discrete units, before being welded together to form the completed ship. This allowed the ship to be built at a number of different sites across the shipyard before being brought together for final joining. Construction of the hull to the level of the flight deck, including the majority of fitting out was undertaken at Navantia's Ferrol-Fene shipyard in north-west Spain. The hull was then shipped to BAES' Williamstown shipyard in Victoria for the installation of the island structure. The island modules were constructed at a number of sites around Australian before they were moved to Williamstown for final installation on the flight deck. The ship's roles are to: Embark, transport and deploy an embarked force (Army in the case of the ADF but could equally be an allied Army or Marines), along with their equipment and aviation units; and Carry out/support humanitarian missions. HMA Ships Adelaide and Canberra are jointly crewed, with personnel from Navy, Army and the Air Force forming the ship’s company. Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, AO, said Navy is closer to achieving a resilient, sustained and integrated Navy, as outlined in the Plan Pelorus strategy for 2022. "As we transition to a more technologically advanced Navy, our goal is to be capable of conducting sustained combat operations as part of a joint force," VADM Noonan said. Navantia Australia is providing engineering services – including design, technical support, configuration management, supply support and smart maintenance for the RAN’s Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) under Asset Class Prime Contractor (ACPC) program with Naval Ship Management (NSM) Australia. In addition to being the ship designer, integrator and builder, Navantia is also the OEM for a number of platform systems. Navantia is also the designer and OEM for the 12 LLC landing craft embarked upon the LHDs, the sustainment for which is also included under the ACPC. We are working closely with Australian Defence Industry suppliers to build a strong global supply chain in place to support their sustainment.

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Ingeteam launches its new PV string inverter featuring 1500 Vdc technology

8 October 2019 Ingeteam is finalizing the launch of its new INGECON® SUN 160TL photovoltaic string inverter, offering the possibility of achieving a power output of 160 kWAC in a single 75kg/165lbs unit. This inverter, which has already been physically showcased at a number of national and international fairs, is now at the production stage thanks to an order for two hundred units for the Brazilian market. This new three-phase inverter, featuring 1500 Vdc technology, is suitable for indoor and outdoor installation alike, and is primarily directed at multi-megawatt projects, in other words large-scale solar PV plants. In addition to its high power density, the inverter's main features include its high maximum efficiency (99.1%), Wi-Fi and Ethernet and PLC (power line) communications supplied as standard, and advanced grid support functionalities, with low voltage ride-through and reactive power capability. A further key advantage lies in its significant cost savings potential, given the fact that its high power density means that it is possible to drastically reduce the number of inverters to be installed and, therefore, the total amount of cabling. Furthermore, no connection boxes are required (either in DC or AC) and neither is a neutral cable necessary, thereby reducing the total AC cabling cost by up to 20%. All this leads to huge reductions in capital expenditures (CAPEX). This inverter also offers lower operating costs, thanks to the Wi-Fi communication which is supplied as standard, making it possible to start-up, monitor and control the PV installation through either a mobile phone, tablet or laptop. Furthermore, its string inverter philosophy guarantees minimum potential maintenance requirements, with no need to vacuum the inverter interior or to check the state of the fuses, or the thermal magnetic breaker or torque. The new Ingeteam inverter can be supplied in two different versions (STD and PRO) in order to adapt to customer needs and to the technical requirements of as many projects as possible. This PV inverter is part of the INGECON® SUN 3Play family which has PV inverters installed in more than 15 countries and which, up to now, had power outputs of between 20 to 100 kW.

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