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August 31, 2021

Alice Springs Battery Energy Storage System, Australia

By Carmen

The Alice Springs Battery Energy Storage System is a 5,000kW energy storage project located in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.

The electro-chemical battery energy storage project uses lithium-ion as its storage technology. The project was announced in 2017 and was commissioned in 2018.

Description

The Alice Springs Battery Energy Storage System was developed by Vector. The project is owned by Territory Generation (100%).

The key applications of the project are renewables capacity firming and renewables energy time shift.

Contractors involved

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LG Chem, Territory Generation and Vector have delivered the battery energy storage project.

Additional information

The BESS will be used to provide frequency regulation ancillary grid services to improve the reliability of power generation in Alice Springs, as well as helping solar generators to mitigate the effects of cloud cover over PV panels. This includes the capacity to take up to 7.5MW of power from the grid or elsewhere when it is overloaded for up to a minute. It is hoped it will also provide some backup in the case of widespread power outages.

About Vector

Vector Ltd (Vector), a subsidiary of Entrust NZ, is a utility network provider. The company offers power and telecommunication services. It distributes electricity and gas in Auckland; stores and processes, and sells natural gas and LPG; and deploys electricity and gas meters to homes and businesses across the country. Vector maintains and installs fiber optic cables, and offers cloud based and Internet services. It owns fiber cable network in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington, Tauranga, Hamilton, Napier/Hasting, and New Plymouth. The company serves gas-fuelled power stations, industrial, commercial, and domestic customers across the country. Vector is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.

Methodology

All publicly-announced energy storage projects included in this analysis are drawn from GlobalData’s Power IC. The information regarding the projects are sourced through secondary information sources such as country specific power players, company news and reports, statistical organisations, regulatory body, government planning reports and their publications and is further validated through primary from various stakeholders such as power utility companies, consultants, energy associations of respective countries, government bodies and professionals from leading players in the power sector.

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