Equis planning 2.4GWh Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub

Rendered image of the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub proposed by Equis
Rendered image of the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub proposed by Equis

Infrastructure developer Equis said it plans to build Australia’s largest-ever battery energy storage system (BESS), the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub, in Victoria to help the state reduce its dependence on coal generation.

Equis will partner with Syncline Energy to jointly develop the Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub (MREH)—a 1,200MW/2,400MWh BESS project—with Equis retaining full ownership.

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“The scale and uniqueness of MREH’s approvals and development mean it will be capable of providing both short- and long-hour storage and response services catering to the changing demands of the National Electricity Market,” Equis managing director David Russell said.

The BESS will support three of Victoria’s planned large-scale Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) projects and will be built in two 600MW stages.

Syncline managing director Phil Galloway said his company had combed Victoria for the ideal location to build a large-scale grid storage battery.

“We needed enough space to operate safely and to minimise the impact on the community. It also had to be at the Metropolitan load centre, to ensure that we could improve the reliability and resilience of the grid and materially support regional wind and solar energy,” Galloway said.

“Finally, we had to connect at 500kV to deliver the volume of energy that is required when Australia’s large thermal generators retire over the next 10-years. MREH was the ideal location.”

That location is in Melton, 25km from Melbourne’s CBD.

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Melbourne Renewable Energy Hub will potentially take the crown of largest BESS in Australia from the Victorian Big Battery, a joint collaboration by Neoen and Tesla.

A number of other gigawatt-class BESS projects are in the works around Australia, including the Waratah Super Battery in New South Wales, which is expected to boast 1.9GWh capacity, and the 500MW/2,000MWh Hunter Energy Hub proposed by AGL.

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