ElectraNet’s Dalrymple Battery Energy Storage Project has won the 2019 Energy Network Industry Innovation Award.

Announced at the Energy Networks Australia Annual Dinner in Melbourne on 12 September 2019, the award recognises leadership in the design, development and application of a ground-breaking Australian energy network initiative, technology, service or solution.

The battery facility demonstrates how energy storage can strengthen South Australia’s energy grid and improve reliability for customers on the lower Yorke Peninsula.

In accepting the award on behalf of ElectraNet, Group Executive Asset Management, Rainer Korte, acknowledged and thanked the team at ElectraNet and its project partners for their great work in making the project such a success.

The success of the project, which is in full commercial operation, required significant innovation leadership including:

  • development of a first-of-its-kind commercial model to support the provision of regulated reliability and security services alongside competitive market services;
  • navigating the NEM registration, licencing and connection processes for the first time paving the way for others to follow; and
  • largest autonomous regional micro-grid development to date co-optimised for both grid-connected and islanded operation with 100% renewables.

The 30 MW / 8 MWh Dalrymple battery is connected to ElectraNet’s Dalrymple substation, seven kilometres south-west of Stansbury on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. It is the first certified indoor battery in Australia that is connected to the energy grid and it’s also the first large-scale battery in the National Electricity Market to provide both regulated network services and competitive market services.

The battery works with AGL’s existing 90 MW Wattle Point Wind Farm and rooftop solar PV to provide back-up power in the event of any interruption to supply from the grid until the grid is restored.

Construction of the battery facility began in October 2017 and the site was energised on 30 April, 2018. The majority of commissioning and testing was completed in October 2018 and ElectraNet handed over commercial operation of the battery to AGL in December 2018.

Adelaide company, Consolidated Power Projects, built the facility and worked with international power company ABB and battery provider Samsung. The project was part funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

For more information about the project, visit the project’s dedicated website.

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