AGL & Wärtsilä to Build 250MW Grid-scale BESS in South Australia

Aug 9, 2021 12:11 PM ET
  • AGL has actually revealed to spend $180 million for its BESS project in South Australia.
  • The battery is billed as the second largest grid scale battery ahead up.

Australian integrated energy business, AGL Energy Ltd. will construct a 250 MW grid-scale battery energy storage system at Torrens Islands in South Australia.

The firm has actually revealed an investment of $180 million to build its first grid-scale BESS project and also the 2nd greatest in Australia. AGL has selected Finnish innovation major in marine and energy markets, Wärtsilä to supply a battery energy storage system (BESS) for stabilizing the supply of energy from eco-friendly sources, thus preserving security as well as reliability of the grid.

Wärtsilä system will run initially in grid-following mode prior to switching at a later day to grid-forming setting (online simultaneous generation-- VSG), making it the biggest energy storage space remedy capable of operating in this setting. The facility remedy is supported by Wärtsilä's innovative GEMS Nuclear power plant Controller as well as energy management software, according to the firm.

The Torrens Island grid-scale battery will support the growth of intermittent renewable resource in South Australia as well as will certainly be the initial to start building and construction within AGL's intended 850MW nationwide battery roll-out.

The storage space period of the 250MW battery will originally be for one hour (250 MWh), with space for growth of approximately four hours (1000 MWh). The construction is anticipated to commence by the end of 2021.

Mentioning the project, the CEO of AGL, Mr. Markus Brokhof stated, "We are delighted to see our grid-scale energy storage intends reviving, and deal with Wärtsilä, a company with a leading position and an impressive record in energy storage space technology, as a project partner."

This grid-scale battery will certainly sustain South Australia's energy shift, supplying necessary ability when renewable generation is impacted and also throughout durations of high demand, demonstrating once more that AGL is taking a leading role in reshaping the energy future.

In addition to sustaining the state's energy change, we approximate up to 50 regional tasks during the height of the building and construction stage, along with the 400 staff members currently operating at our South Australian sites," Markus included.

Wärtsilä has earlier provided a 211 MW power plant for AGL, the Barker Inlet Power plant, additionally located on Torrens Island. "This is a spots project, and also we are proud to have actually been selected as the ESS supplier. Renewable generation is growing rapidly in South Australia, and the flexibility of our modern technology and also the internal experience we bring, can together contribute in maintaining a reputable and budget friendly power supply for South Australian consumers-- both home as well as business-- for many years to find," stated Mr. Sushil Purohit, President, Wärtsilä Energy.

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