World’s largest battery storage to transform Australia’s renewable future
The world’s largest lithium-ion battery will be installed in South Australia by the end of 2017. It will transform and fast track reliable renewable energy in Australia, as well as globally, according to a leading energy industry authority Dr Alex Wonhas, Managing Director, Energy, Resources & Manufacturing of global engineering and infrastructure advisory company, Aurecon.
Elon Musk’s Tesla involved in agreement about battery
Under an agreement with the South Australian Government, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Tesla, and the French renewable energy group Neoen, the battery, three times more powerful than any other system in the world, will be designed to provide power to the grid at times of generation shortfall, as well as providing stability to the network, day and night.
Dr Wonhas, who was previously Executive Director for CSIRO’s environment, energy and resources sector said:
The coupling of renewable energy with large scale battery storage is a fundamental requirement for an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy future for Australia. South Australia is now set to lead the charge in battery storage that will, in turn, revolutionise the way in which renewable energy is integrated into electricity networks.”
The company is the Specialist and Technical Engineering Advisor to the Government of South Australia for the implementation of its Energy Plan. The company is providing advice across the entire programme, including the 100 MW battery, emergency gas generator and power supply contracts.
Three months of work to get battery contract signed
The July 7th announcement of the world’s largest lithium ion grid connected battery system at 100 MW/129 MWh is the culmination of three months of intensive work by the company. This included evaluation and shortlisting of expression of interest submissions, development of the technical and functional requirements of the system and invitation to supply documents, evaluation of respondent proposals and negotiations to enable the final contract to be signed.
Aurecon also supported the South Australian Government to engage with various stakeholders, including the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and South Australian transmission and distribution network service providers, in order to identify and advise on grid connection and registration matters.
Engineering the journey toward renewables
Dr Wonhas commented:
As engineers design for the future, technology and innovative solutions like this will be imperative to meeting tomorrow’s challenges. In future, the role of the engineer will be to interrogate impossible challenges, including that of energy supply; and to answer “I think we can!” when others have said it’s impossible.”
According to Dr Wonhas, Aurecon has designed a number of industry defining firsts, such as Australia’s first large-scale solar power project connected to the south-eastern grid (Royalla solar photovoltaic plant), and one of the largest solar farms in Australia (Bungala Solar Photovoltaic),”
Alice Springs energy storage system
Aurecon is the engineering partner for Territory Generation’s Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for Alice Springs, which was recently given the green light by the Northern Territory Government. BESS will provide 5 MW battery energy storage and will be one of the largest grid-connected storage solutions in Australia.
The success of the solar power projects has led to a range of other projects in the clean energy sector, including Moree Solar Project, Barcaldine Solar Farm, Sun Metals Solar Farm, Capital and Woodlawn Wind Farms.
Editor’s note: Swansea News Network promised to also share stories of global importance. Here’s a first for us. It’s good to see companies finding solutions on storage for renewable energy. Some companies are clearly now looking ahead (and realising there is an emerging market) to a very different future away from fossil fuels in the face of climate change issues. Maybe a lithium-ion battery for Swansea and Gower next? Comments as always are welcomed.
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