ABB to supply microgrid solution for ESCRI project in South Australia

12 June 2018 (Last Updated June 12th, 2018 12:07)

Swiss technology company ABB has secured an order to supply the Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) project in South Australia with a microgrid solution.

ABB to supply microgrid solution for ESCRI project in South Australia
ABB to install multipurpose microgrid at ESCRI project site in South Australia. Credit: ABB.

Swiss technology company ABB has secured an order to supply the Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) project in South Australia with a microgrid solution.

The installation of ABB Ability microgrid is expected to strengthen the power grid and enhance the overall reliability of power supply.

ABB’s Ability PowerStore 30MW battery energy storage solution will be installed at the Dalrymple substation on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, and will be connected to the Electranet transmission system.

The solution is expected to provide additional market services on a daily basis, as well as support the increased power transfer with the interconnectors to the state of Victoria in Australia.

“Our advanced technology meets up to complex requirements that are part of today’s energy revolution, and microgrid solutions are playing an increasing role in the evolution of the grid.”

ElectraNet, South Australia’s principal Transmission Network Service provider, will be responsible for the installation, while the energy company AGL will be responsible for the daily operations at the site.

The project is partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and will be delivered by Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) by working jointly with ABB.

Additionally, ABB has supplied dry-type transformer and switchgear, which has been integrated into the microgrid solution as well as engineering services, operations and maintenance support.

ABB grid automation business unit head Massimo Danieli said: “Our modular and scalable ABB Ability PowerStore in combination with Microgrid Plus control and automation solution can be deployed in a fast and efficient way.

“Our advanced technology meets up to complex requirements that are part of today’s energy revolution, and microgrid solutions are playing an increasing role in the evolution of the grid.”

The ABB Ability microgrid solution will be able to deliver enough power to run about 400 homes for at least 24 hours without the input from renewable generators.