The world’s largest lithium-ion battery could transform renewable energy, after it is installed the South Australia before the end of 2017.
Three time more powerful than any other system on the planet, the battery is the result of an agreement with the South Australian Government, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Tesla, and the French renewable energy group Neoen.
It will be designed to provide power to the grid at times of generation shortfall, as well as providing stability to the network, day and night.
According to leading energy industry authority Dr Alex Wonhas, of Aurecon, it will transform and fast track reliable renewable energy in Australia, as well as globally.
He said: “The coupling of renewable energy with large scale battery storage is a fundamental requirement for an affordable, reliable and sustainable energy future for Australia.
“South Australia is now set to lead the charge in battery storage that will, in turn, revolutionise the way in which renewable energy is integrated into electricity networks.
Aurecon is the specialist and technical engineering advisor to the Government of South Australia for the implementation of its Energy Plan.
The company is providing advice across the entire programme, including the 100 MW battery, emergency gas generator and power supply contracts.
Wonhas added: “As engineers design for the future, technology and innovative solutions like this will be imperative to meeting tomorrow’s challenges.
“I am proud that Aurecon continues to play a key role as an engineer and advisor to Australia’s energy sector, including designing a number of industry-defining renewable ‘firsts’, such as Australia’s first large-scale solar power project connected to the south-eastern grid (Royalla solar photovoltaic plant), and designing one of the largest solar farms in Australia (Bungala Solar Photovoltaic).”
The July 7 announcement of the world’s largest lithium ion grid connected battery system at 100 MW/129 MWh is the culmination of three months of intensive work by Aurecon.
This included evaluation and shortlisting of expression of interest submissions, development of the technical and functional requirements of the system and invitation to supply documents, evaluation of respondent proposals and negotiations to enable the final contract to be signed.