ACEN taps Energy Vault for 200MW New England Battery

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Energy Vault has been appointed to lead the construction of ACEN Australia’s 200MW/2-hour New England Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in New South Wales, which is set to commence this year and be operational by 2026.

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The battery is another milestone for ACEN Australia and is co-located with ACEN Australia’s inaugural project, New England Solar, which is a significant generator in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Once finished, it will be one of the nation’s largest co-located solar and battery energy storage facilities providing stored energy to the grid when it is needed.

ACEN Australia managing director David Pollington said, “The New England BESS will be built using some of the most advanced grid-forming inverter technology which can provide system stability services that coal, hydro and gas generators currently provide.

“With NSW’s ageing coal fired generators due to close, large battery energy storage systems like this are critical for the successful transition to an electricity grid supplied by renewables.”

Energy Vault chairman and CEO Robert Piconi said, “Australia is playing a pivotal role in the global clean energy transition and has been a key market for our ongoing efforts. We are excited to join forces with ACEN Australia in our shared mission to create a sustainable future.”

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The appointment of Energy Vault follows the signing in March this year of a cooperation agreement between ACEN Australia and Marubeni Asian Power Singapore committing both parties to work together on the delivery of the New England 200MW/2-hour BESS.

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