Three years after Neoen and Tesla teamed up to deploy the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery the pair are set to smash the record with the 300MW/450MWh Victorian Big Battery in Geelong, Australia.
Plans were set in motion when French utility Neoen was awarded a 250MW grid services contract with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) in a competitive tender initiated by the Victorian Government.
The Victorian Big Battery is set to become operational by the end of 2021.
When completed it will be double the size of Neoen’s 150MW/194MWh Hornsdale Power Reserve in South Australia, that was initially delivered by Tesla in 100 days in 2017 and expanded in 2020.
The project to modernise the grid and unlock capacity within the existing Victorian electricity network will be delivered by Neoen, Tesla, and network partner AusNet Services.
The battery will also participate in the National Electricity Market and support increased penetration of renewables in Victoria through network services such as fast frequency control.
This System Integrity Protection Scheme (SIPS) contract with AEMO will run until 2032 and is the result of the SIPS 2020 procurement process initiated by the Victorian Government.
The Victorian Big Battery will help Victoria reach its objective of 50% renewables by 2030.