Carnegie awarded $3m grant for BESS


Carnegie Clean Energy has been granted $3 million government grant to build a 2MW/500kWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in South Australia.

Carnegie will design, construct, operate and maintain the system, to be located at the General Motors Holden Site in Elizabeth.

The BESS will provide a unique demonstration of grid-support services in times of peak demand and will operate alongside the existing diesel fuelled back up generators at Elizabeth.

“We are fielding an increasing number of opportunities that historically were performed by diesel or gas turbines, for which battery systems are now increasingly competitive,” Carnegie managing director Dr Michael Ottaviano said.

“The CCE battery solution offers faster response time, lower operating cost, no greenhouse gas pollution, and silent operation.

“This is Carnegie’s first project in South Australia and means we are now delivering projects right across Australia.”

The facility is based on Carnegie’s standardised 2MW grid support BESS, capable of expansion up to the 10s and 100s of MW.

Carnegie is also working closely with the new owner of the General Motors Holden Site to develop a rooftop solar system of initially 3MW in capacity, which could be expanded to 10-15MW if deployed across the site’s available roof space.

The grant has been awarded from the Renewable Technology Fund, part of the state government’s energy plan.

“Renewable energy projects like this also reduce demand on the grid during peak times, which puts downward pressure on power prices for all South Australians,” SA premier Jay Weatherill said.

“This project is symbolic of the broader transition we are seeing in our economy away from traditional manufacturing towards high-tech industries creating jobs of the future for South Australians.”

Works will commence immediately on design and grid connection for the BESS and are forecast to complete by December 2018.

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