GE to supply grid-scale battery technology to Solar River Project in South Australia

20 September 2019 (Last Updated September 22nd, 2019 18:36)

GE has secured a contract to supply and integrate a grid-scale battery technology at the 200MW photovoltaic generation plant, Solar River Project, in South Australia.

GE to supply grid-scale battery technology to Solar River Project in South Australia
GCL System Integration and Powin Energy to form energy storage joint venture. Credit: General Electric.

GE has secured a contract to supply and integrate a grid-scale battery technology at the Solar River solar farm in South Australia.

Called Reservoir, the energy storage system will be installed at the Solar River Project, which has a capacity of 200MW.

GE’s 100MW three hours battery storage system has been designed to store 300MWh of power and will have the capacity to supply up to 400MWh of electricity per day.

The Solar River Project CEO Jason May said: “The award of the battery to General Electric is another major milestone for the project.

“General Electric is a world leader in renewable energy storage technology, and we are very excited to have them on board. General Electric brings cutting-edge technology to South Australia, by delivering huge energy transfer capacity with an intelligent operating system.”

The battery storage system will help South Australia Electricity Grid in addressing peak electricity demands as well as providing a stable network in the future.

The solar facility is claimed to be one of  the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

GE Renewable Energy Renewable Hybrids CEO Prakash Chandra said: “The Solar River Project will be a flagship for the renewable energy industry and for GE’s role in building out Renewable Hybrid plants.

“Hybrid solutions have become a reality, driven by the demand for reliable and dispatchable renewable energy, which we can integrate using our proprietary controls technology to optimize asset and customer outcomes.

“We are proud to have been selected by the Solar River Project to deliver this very important project that will benefit a large community in this part of the world.”

Located in South Australia’s Mid North region, Solar River Project has over 640,000 solar panels, is one of the world’s largest grid-scale hybrid renewable projects and can meet the electricity needs of 90,000 South Australian homes.

It received Crown Development Approval in June 2018, and the first stage of the project is expected to become operational in 2021.