NSW Coal Country Gets A Big Grid-Balancing Battery

A joint venture between Australian companies Edify Energy and Precinct Capital has lodged a development application with Newcastle City Council to build a utility-scale battery on 0.6 hectares of land within the Steel River Estate industrial area, on the South Channel bank of the Hunter River, in the Newcastle suburb of Mayfield West.

“Deploying this battery in the heart of Newcastle’s industrial precinct will help balance the power system for the city, keeping the lights on for industry and households throughout the region,” said Precinct Capital’s Chairman, Bruce Baudinet.

Although not directly associated with solar or wind generation, but intended to charge and discharge directly from the grid in response to disturbances or market signals, the 28 MW/56 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) “will facilitate the further deployment of renewables by providing grid stabilisation”, Edify Energy’s Chief Executive John Cole, told pv magazine today.

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