CATL and Quinbrook ink long-duration battery storage deal

CATL and Quinbrook executives wearing suits pose for photo in front of agreement signing signage

Chinese battery maker CATL and renewables investment manager Quinbrook have inked an agreement in stationary storage with the aim to deploy 10GWh+ of CATL’s advanced storage solutions over the next five years.

The long-term partnership includes the design, optimisation, and supply of the most advanced storage solutions available from CATL, which Quinbrook intends to utilise across its large-scale renewables infrastructure projects, including Sun Cable’s AAPowerLink project in the Northern Territory.

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CATL will initially supply Quinbrook with its most advanced outdoor container solution called EnerC Plus, which is a market leading solution in safety, service life, and efficiency which comes fully integrated to Quinbrook’s specifications.

Quinbrook and CATL are assessing together the first 1GWh+ of EnerC Plus project in Australia and the UK and will showcase the ability of the most advanced CATL storage solution to provide a multitude of services to enhance local grid stability and support the build-out of greater renewable supply capacity in the grid.

Quinbrook’s renewables and storage development portfolio in the US, UK and Australia currently exceeds 50GW, including the recently announced partnership with Grok Ventures for the 20GW Sun Cable AAPowerLink project—the world’s largest announced renewable energy and storage project.

Quinbrook and CATL plan to work closely together to assess the viability of CATL’s groundbreaking 8-hour charge and 16-hour discharge energy storage solution for use on the AAPowerLink project.

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Quinbrook managing director for Australia and co-chair of Quinbrook’s Global Procurement Committee, Brian Restall, said, “Quinbrook has a long history of working closely with CATL for our innovative stationary storage projects. We are impressed by the quality of CATL’s technology that consistently tops DNV’s annual Battery Scorecard report, their robust product supply chains and the company’s commitment to investing in research and development to maintain their cutting edge technical advantage. We look forward to continuing our working partnership and assessing the viability of CATL’s ultra long duration storage solutions as well.”

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