Renew Economy reported on its website that the contract was awarded last week to the Consolidated Power Projects by ElectraNet. The former will work with Samsung and ABB, an international energy firm, to complete the project.
The said installation will be located near the Dalrymple sub-station and the AGL Energy-owned 90MW wattle Point wind farm. It will amount to approximately $30 million with $12 million contribution from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
The primary use of the project is to provide fast frequency response services in case of a fault. Also, the battery installation will be able to become a backup power if there is a blackout, which could produce a renewable energy based micro-grid. In 2016, Andy Vesey of AGL expressed that this is the best method to guarantee reliable supply.
ElectraNet CEO Steve Masters said, “The South Australian energy mix and landscape has significantly changed in the recent years and this project will help the State to adapt to this change. The battery will demonstrate how energy storage can strengthen the grid and improve reliability for the lower Yorke Peninsula.”
He added, “It will work with AGL’s existing 90MW Wattle Point Wind Farm and rooftop solar PV to provide backup power in the event of any interruption to supply from the grid until the grid is restored. These learnings will be applicable in the future to other potential grid locations.”
The battery storage system is anticipated to be fully operational by May 2018. It is also considered as one of the large-scale battery systems located in South Australia. Read the full article here.
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