Next wave of energy storage projects announced

29 November

The State Government has announced the next wave of energy storage projects to be green lit in South Australia, with four new proposals receiving support through the Renewable Technology Fund.

The projects, which range from batteries and hydrogen fuel cells to thermal storage using sewage, demonstrate the diverse technologies that are available to help South Australia capitalise on its position as a global leader in the production of renewable energy. The projects will create a total of about 50 construction jobs and 10 ongoing positions. The successful recipients sharing in more than $8 million in grants are:

Planet Ark Power – Schneider Electric
$1.95m grant towards a $13.9m solar PV and battery project at a major distribution centre in Adelaide’s North. The project includes a micro-grid management system optimising 5.7MW of solar PV coupled with 2.9MWh of battery storage and integrates with SA Power Networks’ Utility Distribution Management System.

UniSA
$3.6m grant towards a $7.7m project at the Mawson Lakes campus that includes hydrogen production and a 50kW hydrogen fuel cell, a 0.45MWh flow battery, 3.2 million litres of chilled water storage and 1.8MW of ground and roof mounted solar PV. The project will cut campus emissions by 35 per cent and reduce peak demand on the grid.

1414 Degrees
$1.6m grant towards a $3.2m thermal storage project at the Glenelg Waste Water Treatment Plant using a home grown technology being commercialised by 1414 Degrees. The project will include a 0.25MW/10MWh thermal energy storage device that holds heat generated from the combustion of biogas produced on site.

SunSHIFT
$1m grant towards a $2.69m modular and relocatable solar PV and battery storage project at the Heathgate Resources Beverley mine. The project will pair 1MW of solar PV with a 1MW/0.5MWh battery, and integrate with the existing on-site gas power plant.

In March the State Government announced the $150 million Renewable Technology Fund – a key pillar of the Government’s energy plan. The Fund is designed to accelerate the transformation to the next generation of renewable energy technologies.

Companies from around the world have already submitted over 80 proposals for technologies that include batteries, bioenergy, pumped hydro, thermal, compressed air and hydrogen. A portion of the fund has already been allocated to the grid-scale Tesla battery currently being built by Neoen near Jamestown.

Premier Jay Weatherill said South Australia is a global leader in renewable energy and the world is paying attention.

“Our $150 million Renewable Technology Fund is putting South Australia at the cutting edge of renewable energy technologies,” Mr Weatherill said.

“The incredible response to the Renewable Technology Fund and the diverse range of technologies represented in this round of funding shows how much potential exists in this industry of the future.

“The Renewable Technology Fund will not only help deliver clean, reliable and affordable power, it will also create new energy and renewables jobs in South Australia and make our businesses more competitive.

“South Australians have a clear choice: a Labor Party committed to renewables and public ownership of electricity assets, or a Liberal Party addicted to coal and privatisation.”

Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said major international businesses like Tesla and SolarReserve are investing in South Australia because we have world-class renewable energy resources,” Mr Koutsantonis said.

“The Renewable Technology Fund is harnesses this momentum so we can drive new projects and establish South Australia as a global hub for the storage of renewable energy.

“This funding leverages significant investment in four cutting edge projects that will showcase new technologies, create jobs and reduce demand on the grid.”