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Musk wins battery bet

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 10:10 -- News Editor
Musk wins battery bet

So Elon Musk has won his bet to build a 100MW storage battery for South Australia in 100 days and he doesn’t have to give it away free. Switch-on was due last Friday. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, who was due to visit the installation, said the battery storage system will help support South Australia during the upcoming summer season, and reduce its reliance on other states for additional energy.

The editor reflects: In 2002, I was one of a number of guests of SAFT and ABB to celebrate the commissioning of a 40MW battery in Fairbanks, Alaska.

 

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South Australia gets more battery storage with wind farm deal

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 09:52 -- News Editor
South Australia gets more battery storage with wind farm deal

Singapore-based power company Nexif Energy has reached financial close for the first stage of construction of a wind farm with utility scale battery storage in South Australia.

Nexif said the 126MW first stage of the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm, near Port Augusta, includes building and operating 36 wind turbines.

 

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Another 100MW lithium battery for South Australia

Fri, 11/10/2017 - 09:59 -- Xuan Zhong
Another 100MW lithium battery for South Australia

Australian energy company ZEN Energy has approved a 1GW renewable energy plan to meet industrial needs of South Australia, including a 100MWh lithium-ion battery facility at Port Augusta.

The company confirmed the battery will be built near the now closed Northern Power Station, and will be plugged into the 275kV Davenport grid connection. The battery itself is said to cost around AUD100 million ($77m) and would be operational in the first quarter of 2019.

 

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Tesla opts for Samsung over Panasonic for Australia project

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:29 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla opts for Samsung over Panasonic for Australia project

The Powerpacks Tesla is providing for its South Australia battery project will use lithium-ion battery cells from Samsung SDI— instead of those from its long-term partner Panasonic, BBB has confirmed.

South Australia’s state government announced in July it had chosen the US tech giant to deliver “the world’s largest” battery system in the region.

 

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Battery boost for South Australia grid

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 09:42 -- News Editor
Battery boost for South Australia grid

South Australia is to get a second large-scale battery to bolster the state’s power grid security in in a project valued at around AUD30m ($23.6m).

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing up to AUD12m ($9.5m) in funding for power company ElectraNet to build the 30MW/8MWh lithium-ion battery at the Dalrymple substation north of Yorketown.

 

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South Australia inks deal for more solar, storage

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:59 -- News Editor
South Australia inks deal for more solar, storage

South Australia has signed a deal to build a 150MW solar thermal power plant in the state with eight hours of molten salt energy storage.

The AUD650 million ($510m) Aurora Solar Energy Project, to be built and operated near the town of Port Augusta by US-based utility SolarReserve, is designed to supply all of the state government’s power needs, premier Jay Weatherill said.

 

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Tesla chosen for world’s biggest battery in Australia

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:16 -- News Editor
Tesla chosen for world’s biggest battery in Australia

Tesla is to deliver the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in South Australia – with a pledge to supply the system within 100 days or offer it free of charge.

Under the terms of the deal, with South Australia’s state government,  (the financial details of which have not been released), Tesla will provide the 100MW/129MWh Powerpack system to be paired with French utility Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown.

 
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Tesla ‘silver bullet’ drives Australian ESS firms to call for open tender process

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla ‘silver bullet’ drives Australian ESS firms to call for open tender process

Considering lithium-ion as the only viable energy storage technology in an A$550 million ($423 million) energy plan is “unwise”, say a scientific research group in Australia.

A better option for large-scale storage would be flow batteries Dr. Sam Behrens, the research manager at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), was quoted as saying to ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

 

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