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Doubt over loan deal for South Australia mega-battery project

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 11:19 -- John Shepherd
Doubt over loan deal for South Australia mega-battery project

Plans for a 120MW battery storage project in South Australia could be in doubt— with a pre-election loan for the scheme awarded by the outgoing state government possibly under review by the new administration.

Former state premier Jay Weatherill approved the AUD10 million loan for the project by Australia’s ZEN Energy— part of the GFG Alliance business empire of British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta (pictured)— hours before Weatherill’s Labor Party lost power on 17 March to the opposition Liberals.

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Sonnen set for Australia battery battle with Tesla

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:11 -- John Shepherd
Sonnen set for Australia battery battle with Tesla

German battery storage firm Sonnen is to open a major production plant in South Australia— squaring up to business rival Tesla in the ‘backyard’ of the US titan’s 100MW Powerpack battery project.

Sonnen confirmed to BBB it plans to manufacture 50,000 of its lithium iron phosphate battery storage systems over the next five years in Adelaide. The company will also switch its Australian HQ to Adelaide from Sydney.

 

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South Australia in new Tesla deal for home batteries

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:54 -- John Shepherd
South Australia in new Tesla deal for home batteries

South Australia has done a fresh batteries deal with Tesla— this time to provide the US firm’s Powerwall 2 units free to up to 50,000 homes to create the “world’s largest virtual power plant”.

The state government will provide one of the 13.5kWh lithium-ion batteries to each home as part of the solar-energy storage project.

 

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Zen Energy owner mum on Australia EV plant

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:30 -- John Shepherd
Zen Energy owner mum on Australia EV plant

UK-based GFG Alliance has declined to comment on reports that its billionaire boss is in talks to use a newly acquired energy storage and solar business to power a new electric vehicle plant in Australia.

Local media in South Australia say GFG chairman, Sanjeev Gupta (pictured), is discussing proposals to set up an EV production line at part of a former Holden car factory in the state.

 

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‘Heat is on for Australian Tesla battery’, expert warns

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:21 -- Xuan Zhong
‘Heat is on for Australian Tesla battery’, expert warns

The Tesla battery built to beat power cuts in South Australia could fail to deliver— and instead prompt a backlash against the technology, a prominent energy storage expert warns in the winter issue of Batteries and Energy Storage Technology Magazine.

The 100MW lithium-ion powerpack dubbed the world’s biggest battery could fail to live up to the hype surrounding its installation in the state last month through no fault of its own, because a host of other issues including a fragmented regulatory environment and creaking infrastructure, BEST reports.

 

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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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