Carnegie secures contract for NT microgrid

Utility scale battery energy storage system designed and delivered by Carnegie’s Energy Made Clean.

Carnegie Clean Energy’s wholly owned subsidiary, Energy Made Clean (EMC), has been awarded a contract to design, construct and install a microgrid system at Delamere Air Weapons Range in the Northern Territory.

EMC has been awarded a contract by Lendlease Building as managing contractor on behalf of the Department of Defence to design, construct, install and integrate a solar, diesel and battery energy storage system (BESS) microgrid at the Delamere Air Weapons Range, located approximately 400km south of Darwin.

“We are delighted to be working with Lendlease Building and the Department of Defence to supply reliable renewable energy with significant cost saving benefits,” EMC chief executive officer John Davidson said.

“This system has wide reaching application, with the ability to be replicated in similar utilities bases throughout Australia.”

The hybrid power system will supply high penetration solar power to approximately 200kVA peak load and deliver a 61 per cent diesel consumption savings.

The design is based on proven technology and control platforms that EMC has been integrating over the last three years.

Carnegie chief executive officer Dr Michael Ottaviano said off-grid, renewable-based microgrids are cheaper, cleaner and more secure than current diesel-powered systems.

“Every diesel powered load should be running a renewable microgrid,” he said.

“This project is a great example of the larger, more complex systems where Carnegie and EMC are demonstrated leaders.”

This project will be the second Department of Defence contract for a renewable energy hybrid microgrid system, following on from the Bathurst Island project that EMC delivered in 2015 for a 35kVA peak load system with remote monitoring facilities.

The project is due for completion in mid-2018.