AGL Energy announced its plans to develop an energy storage system to ensure grid stability in South Australia.The energy storage system will also help the firm to integrate more renewable energy resources onto the grid.
The power company reported that the 7Mwh capacity system will comprise a centrally controlled network of 1,000 residential and business storage systems storing power sourced from rooftop solar arrays.
AGL Energy will implement the AUS$20 million energy storage project in partnership with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency which committed AUS$5 million in funding for the programme. [Australia’s AGL invests US$20m in battery storage tech].
[quote] The development is also expected to help the South Australian region to shut down its baseload coal powered generation.
To assist in the development of the system, US based energy management firm Sunverge, will provide its cloud based software for central operation of the system.
Renewable energy and energy storage in Australia
The news follows mid April's inauguration of Australia’s first community mini grid.
The mini-grid was launched by AusNet Services Managing Director, Nino Ficca and Victorian Energy Minister Hon. Lily D’Ambrosio MP.
According to an AusNet press statement, the community mini grid trial is aimed at demonstrating how homes with residential solar systems and batteries can generate, store and share renewable energy amongst themselves, as a ‘mini grid’ via their local powerlines.
He said: “AusNet Services is excited to partner with the community to develop systems that may give consumers the choice to share their solar-generated electricity with their communities, potentially lower their bills and support the electricity network.” [Australian island considers becoming 100% renewable].
The Australian energy company said that it would be focusing on monitoring consumption levels and behaviours for each participating household over the next 12 months.
This is so that individual houses can be disconnected from the electricity grid, operating solely on the solar energy generated and stored in their batteries.
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