1.2 GWh The world’s largest battery storage facility is being built in Australia
Large storage systems are important as buffers in the network. The world’s largest battery storage system now has a capacity of 1.2 gigawatts in Australia.
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Inspired by the huge success of Tesla’s largest 150 megawatt battery storage system built in South Australia in 2017, neighboring state Victoria has announced a 300 megawatt power system, which is due to be operational later this year. Now a new project in New South Wales will put these two projects together in the shade.
CEP Energy has announced the largest battery storage facility ever planned. At a speed of 1.2 gigawatts, it sets a new global standard – however, if the environmental and cost benefits of such large storage systems are well understood, they can quickly hide much larger than that.
Large-scale battery storage systems absorb excess renewable energy that is not created to meet the demand. They are also great for compensating for unexpected spikes in electricity demand. They are profitable for the businesses that run them, and they reduce utility bills for consumers.
As for the 1.2 gigawatt battery storage system, there seems to be a political aspect as well. According to the Renewal Economy, CEP Energy, led by former NSW Prime Minister Morris Aima, is promoting its left-wing Labor Party sustainable energy programs – sticking to fossil fuels as opposed to current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his right-wing Liberal / National Alliance. The location of this 1.2 GW battery project in Curry Curry is exactly where the Morrison government has come up with new plans for coal and gas generators.
The 1.2 gigawatt battery system is scheduled to be operational by 2023. Battery supplier not yet selected.