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Leading-edge battery energy system launches in Alice Springs

For Aurecon’s Paul Godden, the team’s success marks how the company continues to play a key role as an engineer and advisor across Australia’s energy sector, including designing a number of industry-defining renewable ‘firsts’ for clients.

For Aurecon’s Paul Godden, the team’s success marks how the company continues to play a key role as an engineer and advisor across Australia’s energy sector, including designing a number of industry-defining renewable ‘firsts’ for clients

13 November 2018 - Global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon congratulates Territory Generation on its $8.3 million Battery Energy Storage System in Alice Springs. Aurecon has been Territory Generation’s technical advisor throughout the development and implementation phases of the project.

The leading-edge, 5 MW system is one of the largest grid-connected storage solutions in Australia. The facility is an important step in ensuring reliability in a controlled transition to renewable energy for the Northern Territory.

Territory Generation Chief Executive Officer Tim Duignan said the system will enable greater uptake of solar power in Alice Springs, which already has the highest solar penetration in Australia.

“The Battery Energy Storage System is an important milestone in the Northern Territory’s transition to renewable energy and a critical piece of infrastructure to support the Northern Territory Government’s Roadmap to Renewables strategy,” he said.

“Reliability and stability of the power system is a critical barrier in the uptake of renewable energy across Australia, and I am pleased that we are at the forefront of tackling this issue right here in Alice Springs.

“The cutting-edge technology in our Battery Energy Storage System will reinforce Alice Springs as the solar capital of Australia by enabling greater solar penetration whilst maintaining grid stability.”

The battery provides a near-instantaneous response to variation in solar load, particularly during cloud cover, and will improve power generation reliability for the region by helping to smooth the output of solar power.

The system has a 5 MW capacity, combined with a half an hour storage capability, and it is capable of flexing to 8 MW for six seconds and 7.5 MW for 60 seconds.

The battery underwent off-grid testing and online commissioning in 2018, and was showcased to industry professionals on Friday 9 November 2018. The system was supplied and installed by Vector Energy.

Aurecon’s work on the Alice Springs Battery Energy Storage system marks a milestone in the clean energy transformation of Alice Springs.

The project was completed safely and on budget, and modelling has determined that the cost of the battery system is expected to be recouped within four to five years due to efficiencies and savings.

“Aurecon continues to play a key role as an engineer and advisor across Australia’s energy sector, including designing a number of industry-defining renewable ‘firsts’ for clients,” said Aurecon’s Paul Godden, Technical Director, Energy.

“Our success with this project had led to a range of other appointments in the clean energy sector, including supporting Territory Generation with its new 45 MW battery project in Darwin and our recent engagement as the specialist and technical engineering advisor to the Government of South Australia for the 100 MW Tesla battery at the Hornsdale Power Reserve,” added Godden.

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