Battery bonanza to charge Queensland’s renewables future

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Queensland Premier Steven Miles has announced a $179 million battery storage investment in the next stages of the state’s local network connected batteries program.

The funding, sourced from the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund, will see 12 new local network-connected batteries installed across the state.

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The package will also enable the installation of two flow batteries from Queensland manufacturers. This will enable Energy Queensland to help develop a local battery industry, provide a proving ground for the technology developing pathways for flow battery inclusion in future battery programs.

Stage one of the program delivered five network-connected batteries built at Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Toowoomba, Townsville and Yeppoon.

Stage two is currently in delivery, with battery construction underway on 12 batteries in Cairns (two sites), Townsville, Mackay, Emerald, Mundubbera, Gladstone, Howard, Toowoomba, Raby Bay, Morayfield and Bribie Island in the Brisbane area.

Stage three will deliver 12 additional 4MW/8MWh batteries. Energy Queensland will now scope locations, with Mooloolaba, Runaway Bay, Cornubia; Jimboomba, Woodridge, Yatala, Barcaldine, Dalby Central, Glenella, Toowoomba, Milchester and Maryborough currently being considered.

Stage four includes the trial of two flow batteries. Sites are currently being considered in Burrum Heads and Ipswich.

These batteries are in areas with high solar penetration and will be used to support the energy network during times of peak demand.

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Premier Steven Miles said, ”Queenslanders are world leaders when it comes to rooftop solar. We have the highest rate of rooftop solar anywhere in Australia so it’s only night that we equip our energy network to keep pace with the high rates of solar generation.

“This battery program is fundamental to our success in achieving 70% renewable energy by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2050.”

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