Saft supplies ‘mini grid-scale battery storage’ to first Australia projects

mini grid-scale battery storage
mini grid-scale battery storage

Saft, Advanced battery innovation organization has implemented its first ventures in Australia, introducing around 2MWh of battery energy storage systems (BESS) at 13 destinations in Queensland.

Ergon Energy, the electricity distribution network has chosen to embrace Saft’s lithium-ion energy storage systems to address client issues at genuinely remote areas in Queensland, with the systems to be conveyed more than four years.

As of late Saft has launched a 2.5MWh, a much bigger containerized ESS item, for the Ergon deal, the European battery organization has sent 20 separate Saft Intensium Mini lithium-ion energy storage system (ESS), every single one of 100kWh limit and 25kVA power “up to 800V in harsh situations,” Saft said.

Ergon as of now uses single-wire earth return (SWER) cabling to reach its clients far from the grid. SWER, which uses a solitary link that additionally goes about as the earthing, is in wide use in Australia and New Zealand. In a 2016 meeting on Ergon’s corporate blog, organization’s development engineer Stephen Richardson said that Ergon oversees more than 164,000km of SWER.

So as to help the activity of the grid, which includes SWER cabling, Ergon is coming out with its own Grid Utility Support System (GUSS), which Richardson portrayed as an “network-side energy storage product,” and said that the initial 20 sites being created with GUSS have been picked by the distribution organization as “the most needy areas for initial deployment”.

Saft’s battery systems have in this manner been joined into Ergon’s GUSS recommendation, with the battery organization asserting the Ergon Energy Network requested the GUSS to be conveyed as a “practical option in contrast to conventional expansion on SWER systems”.

The batteries charge up during times of low appeal and reinject capacity to the grid when demand tops. Energy demand spikes in remote Queensland can be identified with anything from energy-intensive farming to household peak request in the evenings, and the SWER networks have been vulnerable to capacity and voltage imperatives as a result, Saft said.

The battery solution provider said that its lithium-ion batteries can work at temperatures of somewhere in the range of 0 and 45 degrees centigrade (32 to 113 Fahrenheit), which ought to be a bit of leeway in the Australian Outback’s heat, while the systems can be introduced either as individual units of 25kVA or in pairs to make up 50kV.

The deal comes not long after Saft concurred an agreement with a telecoms provider in Europe to repower cell phone masts in Hungary with Saft’s nickel battery-based storage, replacing legacy lead corrosive battery systems set up as of now.