One of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery systems paired with renewables is set to be deployed by The Solar River Project and GE Renewable Energy in South Australia.
GE has been selected to supply and integrate the 100MW/300MWh grid-scale battery technology hybrid system for the Solar River Project.
The project will dwarf the country’s previous largest energy storage system, the 100MW/129MWh system in Hornsdale wind farm near Jamestown, also in South Australia.
A GE spokesman told BEST Battery Briefing the lithium-ion batteries would be supplied by one of its Tier 1 suppliers.
They said: “The project is supposed to support a Corporate PPA, as announced in the past, and will be capable to deliver firm frequency response and frequency control ancillary services.”
The energy storage system, called the Reservoir, will be coupled with a 200MW photovoltaic generation plant.
The Solar River Project is located in South Australia’s Mid North, halfway between Burra and Morgan, and aims to supply enough affordable and reliable renewable energy to power 90,000 South Australian homes.
In April, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced plans for a 409MW/900MWh Manatee Energy Storage Centre (MESC), which will be paired with the company’s existing solar power plant in Manatee County.
The system— to replace a pair of 1970’s-era natural gas power generators in the state— is expected to start operation in late 2021.