The owner of the AusNet Services has joined hands with the retailer EnergyAustralia to deliver the grid-scale electricity storage project in Victoria. As a result of a blockage in the transmission grid in north-west Victoria has led to the need to generate renewable energy without any blockage. Previously, there were concerns about the stability of the grid.
The 30-megawatt unit has a capacity equivalent to 6000 batteries available in the household. This project is supposed to be the first standalone grid-storage project in the country and is also the first to be owned by a transmission company. This battery project is one amongst those two projects announced in the month of March by Josh Frydenberg who at that time was the federal energy minister. The project comprises of $25 million from both state government as well as Australia in Renewable Energy. The project being in the final stage of testing which involves Spotless Downer as the construction contractor.
It is expected that the battery will relieve congestion on Victoria’s power transmission grid and also help in storage of low-cost renewable energy generation. It is also expected that the project will help in regard to the supply of power during the peak demand for Melbourne.
As per Mark Leslie who is the managing director of Fluence in Asia- Pacific states that this system might lead to the integration of more renewable sources. He is also confident that the virtual capacity on the transmission line will allow in the generation of the excess renewable energy and can be feedback to the grid lines in case of high requirement of the power supply.
The success of the project is based on the groundbreaking 100 MW Tesla battery, which was installed last year in South Australia at Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm which provides network security services and grid balancing in order to increase the generation of variable renewable energy in the supply system. Till now, the other large-scale project announced that includes a 25MW unit which is to be installed at Infigen Energy’s Lake Bonney wind farm in South Australia and the government support.
Mr. Mark Leslie commented that the additional revenue would be required for the development of a fully commercial national electricity project. Since the program is not backed by the Government funding, so, he stated that further revenue would be raised through pay-for-performance type programs or through the development of a market for “fast frequency response”. He also states that these fast frequency response services will make these batteries more commercial.
Furthermore, the Ballarat venture is expected to reduce the need for new power gas power stations in order to fill the gaps between renewable generation and also help to beef up the grid in regard to the transmission network. It has also been reported that the new wind and the solar projects which were connecting to the grid in Victoria’s north-west is facing problems in regard to the project delay as well as the system stability. In order to meet the market’s beefed-up requirements for new plants that are connecting to the grid, the venture agreed to include an expensive grid stabilizing equipment.
That venture, eventually, agreed to include expensive grid-stabilizing equipment in its project in order to meet the market operator’s beefed-up requirements for new plants connecting into the grid.
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