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South Australia connects grid-scale BESS

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Dalrymple battery project

A new grid-scale battery energy storage system has entered into service in Australia to bolster power grid security across five of the country’s six states.

The 30-megawatt/8-megawatt-hour lithium-ion BESS in South Australia is owned and developed by transmission provider Electranet— and is adjacent to the company’s Dalrymple substation.

The ‘ESCRI’ (Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration) BESS comprises Samsung rechargeable batteries integrated via invertors, controller and transformers from power company ABB. The system has a 12-year design lifetime.

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South Australia funds further battery storage

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Dan van Holst Pelkaan

South Australia’s state government has launched an AUD50 million fund to accelerate investment in grid-scale energy storage, needed to address intermittency in the South Australian electricity system.

"This multi-million dollar fund is one of a range of measures the Liberal government is taking to make electricity more affordable and reliable," said Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan (pictured).

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Australia considers batteries ‘performance standard’

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Australia considers batteries ‘performance standard’

A government-backed project has been launched in Australia to define a “performance standard” for home battery storage systems connected to solar power systems.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) said the aim is to develop a standard that covers battery systems ranging from residential to small commercial systems, with estimated maximum size estimates of 100 kilowatts peak power and 200 kilowatt-hours stored energy.

 

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