Acen Ready To Develop Largest Battery Storage Project In Australia

May 31, 2023 03:00 PM ET
  • The 1400 MW, 2.8 GWh storage project will supply 2 hours of backup storage to the NSW grid.

Acen, the Phillipines based renewable energy major that is part of the Ayala team, is readied to make Australia's biggest storage battery project linked to a solar farm. The project, to come up in the New England area of New South Wales, has protected approvals to take its size to 1.4 GW (1,400 MW) and also 2.8 GWh, or more hrs of storage.

The battery will certainly come with Acen Australia's 720 MW New England solar farm.

The new battery, if developed, will overtake the 850MW/1680MWh Waratah Super battery, besides the recently revealed 500MW/2000MWh Collie battery in Western Australia.

The new project will certainly play a key role for New South Wales, which has actually been slowly phasing out its coal plants. Australia has been fertile ground for big battery storage projects integrated with the grid, since the Hornsdale plant constructed utilizing Tesla batteries verified its energy as a feasible as well as relevant investment. Australia likewise occurs to have the greatest infiltration of roof solar in the domestic group, with over 30% of households having a rooftop solar installation.

For Acen, the Australian experience is set to support its ambitious renewable resource strategies somewhere else in South East Asia, where it has actually established itself a target to be the largest renewables gamer. It has a target of 20 GW of sustainable assets by 2030, with a considerable share in South East Asia, where it wants to lead the shift to renewables. The company also has some projects in India, with over 200 MW of running projects in Gujarat and also Rajasthan, as well as a 420 MW project under construction in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh.

While the firm has not yet introduced the technology companion for the battery storage project in Australia, the firm is likely to opt for a lithium battery modern technology at this stage.

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