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Australia pits Li-ion against Pb-A in energy storage tests

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:20 -- Paul Crompton
Australia pits Li-ion against Pb-A in energy storage tests

Six major lithium-ion brands are to be tested against lead-acid battery technology in an Australian based energy storage trial.

IT Power (ITP) will carry out the trial examine whether lithium-ion batteries could enhance electricity grids and increase the use of renewable energy.

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Success for Australia’s first Li-ion ESS trial

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:19 -- Paul Crompton
Success for Australia’s first Li-ion ESS trial

Australia’s first portable 1MW/1MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility has been a success during the initial stage of a trial to determine if it can smooth peak demand periods.

The Grid Energy Storage System (GESS) automatically provides support into the 22kV grid in Melbourne, Victoria during busy periods and recharging during low demand periods during the two-year trial.

Victorian network operator SP Ausnet commissioned GESS in partnership with automation engineering company ABB Australia and battery manufacturer Samsung SDI.

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MPower builds PV energy storage facility in Oz

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:24 -- Laura Varriale
PV energy storage in Oz

Australian power solutions provider MPower is to deliver a grid-connected utility scale energy storage facility in Queensland, Australia.

The $2m project will be the country’s biggest energy storage system connected to a solar PV plant, currently under construction. It will store generated electrical energy during periods of excess capacity and release it during periods of peak demand.

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Dreamweaver teams up with Nano-Nouvelle for electrode materials

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 14:09 -- Laura Varriale
Geoff Edwards from Nano-Nouvelle

US lithium separator maker Dreamweaver International (Dreamweaver) has partnered with Australia’s materials developer Nano-Nouvelle for the development of electrode materials.

The collaboration is aimed to support Nano-Nouvelles’ range of electrodes for advanced battery systems.

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Emerson expands market reach in Australia

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 16:44 -- Laura Varriale
Emerson expands in Australia

Emerson Network Power (Emerson) has secured a deal with Perth-based distributor UPS West to sell the company’s uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and thermal management solutions in Australia.

UPS West will offer Emnerson’s AC UPS Liebert NXC, Liebert GXT3 and the Liebert DM thermal management solution. The Australian company will also have access to trainings and technical resources of Emerson.

Emerson aims to make the company’s solutions more available to a wider marketplace.

According to UPS West, there is a gap in the supply of power and thermal data room solutions in small to medium sized businesses in metro and regional Western Australia.

"As we operate in the datacentre industry, we have found a need for the Liebert DM for small rooms in major buildings in the central business district as well as in regional sites,” said UPS West business development manager Ian Hart.

“UPS West is fast establishing a foot hold in the WA market by offering customers industry leading IT infrastructure and management solutions and we look forward to working with them as a valued addition to Emerson’s growing network,” said Emerson director of national sales Robert Linsdell.

This summer, Emerson appointed Bangladeshi company Computer Source as its distributor for UPS in the growing IT market of Bangladesh.

Australian solar industry launches Energy Storage Council

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:15 -- Laura Varriale
John Grimes, CEO of Australia's Energy Storage Council and Solar Council

Australia’s solar industry has established the Energy Storage Council, an industry representative body for the country’s energy storage firms.

The council is aimed to bring companies together and promote standardisation across the energy storage industry, PV-Tech reports.

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APR signs contract for peaking power plant in Australia

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:52 -- Laura Varriale
APR Energy gas turbines

Temporary power provider APR Energy has secured a deal with Australian state-owned utility Horizon Power for a peaking power plant in Port Hedland, Western Australia.

The plant will feature four of APR Energy’s dual-fuel mobile gas turbines, producing 30MW of power each. The plant is set to run as a bridging solution for at least 30 months until Australia’s electricity power generator and marketer TransAlta Energy has built a permanent power plant, scheduled for 2017.

The peaking plant will be designed for the extreme conditions in Western Australia, where temperatures can reach 48°C in the summer. The contract provides an option of the additional installation of two aero-derivative turbines, if capacity requirements grow.

APR Energy has now a generation capacity of 410MW in the Asia Pacific region. "With this contract, we once again see turbines as the most, if not only, viable technology for utility customers needing large-scale, rapidly-deployed solutions that provide greater grid stability, low capital costs and low emissions,” said APR Energy’s managing director of Asia Pacific, Clive Turton.

The contract replaces APR Energy's earlier agreement with Forge Group Power Party Limited, which declared bankruptcy.

Horizon Power serves more than 10,000 businesses and large industrial customers as well as more than 100,000 residents, across a range of 2.3m sq. kilometres in Western Australia.

TransGrid installs 100kVA storage system in Australia

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:28 -- Laura Varriale
Magellan ESS

Network operator TransGrid has deployed a 100kVA energy storage system (ESS) in Western Sydney, Australia.

The battery ESS, build by Australian Magellan Power, utilises 400kWh lithium polymer batteries and an advance three-phase bi-directional inverter. It is designed to support the connected grid by providing peak demand and power quality service such as reactive power compensation.

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EDL receives $17.3m for off-grid diesel hybrid plant

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 15:57 -- Laura Varriale
PV plant in Australia

Australia Energy Development Limited (EDL) has obtained $17.3m from Australian government to deploy an off-grid diesel hybrid plant in South Australia.

EDL aims to combine 3MW of wind generation, 2MW of solar PV and 3.9MW of the existing diesel station to provide the city of Coober Pedy with 70% renewable energy. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), set up in 2012 by Australian government, gave the funding to support the project.

The project will also include short-term energy storage, fast-start diesel engines and a control system.

“These enabling technologies have been successfully tried and tested by Hydro Tasmania at the ARENA-supported King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project and this represents an opportunity to see them evolve for use on the mainland and in an outback community that has few alternative energy options,” said ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht.

“This ambitious project may demonstrate a combined approach for powering off-grid Australian communities that currently rely solely on expensive trucked-in diesel,” added Frischknecht.

Australia’s off-grid demand is growing and renewable energy projects can lead to savings of expenses as technology costs reduce and fossil fuel costs increase, highlighted the company.

EDL intends to restructure an existing power purchasing agreement with Coober Pedy with a 20-year agreement.

Ergon to purchase 2MWh of battery storage

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 15:37 -- Laura Varriale
Ergon in Queensland

Australian network operator Ergon Energy is to install 20x100kWh lithium-ion batteries across its grid in Queensland.

The power distributor aims to install the first energy storage systems at several locations within the next 12 months and the rest during the following year. The installed batteries will be charged by the grid during off-peak periods at night and discharged at peak periods in the daytime.

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