-

Energize First grid-scale flow battery to be built in South...
- Advertisment -

First grid-scale flow battery to be built in South Australia

- Advertisment -

Australia’s first ever utility-scale vanadium flow battery is set to be installed in regional South Australia, aiming to demonstrate the potential impact that flow batteries could provide in reaching the energy storage target in the Australian Government’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement.

On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced $5,7-million in funding to Yadlamalka Energy to support the installation of a utility-scale vanadium flow battery at Neuroodla, near Hawker in South Australia.

The $20,3-million project will co-locate a 2 MW / 8 MWh vanadium flow battery with a 6 MW solar PV array. It will connect to the National Electricity Market (NEM) to demonstrate the potential for grid-connected vanadium flow batteries to provide energy and frequency control ancillary services (FCAS). The battery for Yadlamalka Energy will be supplied by Invinity Energy Systems.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and the Australian Government’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement identified an emerging requirement for medium-duration storage, with vanadium flow battery technology seen as a potentially scalable and flexible solution.

Vanadium flow batteries are a form of heavy-duty stationary energy storage, designed for use in high-utilisation applications such as being coupled with industrial scale solar PV generation for distributed, low-emissions energy projects. Vanadium flow batteries store energy in a non-flammable, liquid electrolyte and do not degrade with cycling like lithium-ion batteries. They can be scaled and located with greater flexibility than pumped hydro energy storage, which may increase the potential applications for this technology.

ARENA’s CEO, Darren Miller, said flow batteries were an exciting technology to address the emerging energy storage requirement.

“The strong uptake of variable renewable energy like solar PV and wind has highlighted the need for increased energy storage and vanadium flow batteries could play a major role in addressing this need, complementing the role of more established technologies such as pumped hydro energy storage and lithium ion batteries in the Australian market.

“We look forward to working with Yadlamalka Energy on this exciting project to demonstrate the benefits of flow batteries connected to the grid, particularly the ability to shift the dispatch of renewable energy into the evening when consumer demand is highest.”

Andrew Doman, the chairman and founder of Yadlamalka Energy, in thanking ARENA for its support for this important development in South Australia, said “Yadlamalka Energy is committed to developing renewable technology solutions to enable a sustainable energy future. This project will provide vital support for the electricity grid in South Australia, which relies heavily on intermittent renewable energy sources, leaving it vulnerable to unexpected changes in sunshine and wind. ARENA’s contribution is critical to allowing our project to proceed and we look forward to working with them”.

Larry Zulch, the CEO of Invinity said Australia was playing an important leadership role when it came to emerging energy technologies.

“Time and again, Australia has shown leadership in the adoption of game-changing energy technologies, and Yadlamalka Energy’s and ARENA’s joint vision for this project is right in line with that impressive history. Vanadium flow batteries are increasingly recognised as a robust, reliable and proven way of making renewable energy truly dispatchable at grid scale. We look forward to working with Yadlamalka Energy and ARENA on this latest example of Australian energy leadership.”

Contact Jordina Evins, Yadlamalka Energy, jordina@yadlamalkaenergy.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles

First grid-scale flow battery to be built in South Australia

Australia’s first ever utility-scale vanadium flow battery is set to be installed in regional South Australia, aiming to demonstrate the potential impact that flow...

South Africa’s energy policies: Are changes finally coming?

by Chris Yelland, EE Business Intelligence  -   Energy and electricity policy, planning and regulation in South Africa has been slow and bureaucratic, lacking visionary leadership,...

Smart battery rental business for off-grid African customers

The UK’s Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), funded by the UK Government’s International Climate Finance, has invested £1-million (about R22-million) into a renewables-powered battery...

Energy efficient cookers donated to mining communities

Information from SANEDI  -   Efforts to bring relief to South Africa’s mining communities amid the turbulence of 2020 are bearing fruit for 200 families in...

Developments in PV technology produces new high-power module

Information from PV-Tech  -   In May 2020, Trina Solar published a technology white paper outlining a high-output and high-efficiency PV module called Vertex. The maximum...

DERs: Why local solar for all costs less

by Christopher Clack, Aditya Choukulkar, Brianna Coté, and Sarah McKee, VCE  -   Renewable technologies are lower cost than fossil thermal generation on a levelised cost...

EPC energises Greefspan II PV plant

GRS has successfully energised the Greefspan II PV plant. Greefspan II was built for the African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM), in a joint venture...

Ideas ahead of their time, and energy visionaries who never stop dreaming

by Greg Nott, Norton Rose Fulbright  -   The world is full of products and services which exist purely because of the vision, courage and determination of...

Connected solutions for construction equipment

The worksite of the future will see site managers using digital technologies as integrated components to drive business results, with the Internet-of-Things and machine...

Largest solar PV wheeling agreement in South Africa

SOLA, a vertically integrated renewable energy company, aiming to transform Africa through clean energy, has received approval for the largest solar PV wheeling agreement...

US senate agrees to preserve existing nuclear power plants

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) has approved the American Nuclear Infrastructure Act of 2020 (ANIA), just two weeks after it...

Koeberg life extension welding contract awarded to local firm

John Thompson’s Utility Boilers & Environmental (B&E) business unit has been awarded a contract to perform all the welding work involved in the replacement...

Towards an international carbon-neutral energy system

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has announced the energisation of the NordLink project, a 623 km long high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity interconnection which, for...

“#EnergyEfficiency” will be the hashtag buzzword for 2021

by Emre Goren, Danfoss  -   Energy consumption patterns need to be addressed in earnest, in a bid to ensure that all industries de-carbonise towards...

Understanding utility capacitor bank switching transients

by John Mitchell, CP Automation  -   According to the IEEE Guide on the Surge Environment in Low-Voltage (1000 V and below), AC Power Circuits...
- Advertisement -