Quinbrook to build $2.5b data centre with 2GWh battery

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Private-equity firm Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners said it has won approval to build a data centre worth $2.5 billion in Australia, that will eventually include one of the largest utility-scale batteries in the country, according to Reuters.

Quinbrook said it would build a campus for its Supernode project in the state of Queensland that could house four “hyperscale” data centres. The company also plans to build renewable energy capacity and a 2GWh battery energy storage system (BESS) for the site.

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“Adding large-scale battery storage and renewables to address high power prices, grid stress and the decarbonisation of our power supply at the same time is a remarkable investment opportunity by any measure,” Quinbrook senior director Brian Restall said.

Data centres are considered power-hungry, and developers are attempting to make them less dependent on high carbon-emitting sources by using wind and solar energy.

Quinbrook said it has begun marketing Supernode to data centre operators and also filed applications to start building the battery storage in mid-2023.

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The project, which received Foreign Investment Review Board and local planning approval, is similar to an 800-megawatt green data centre campus Quinbrook launched in Texas.

Quinbrook, founded by Australians, has so far focused only on projects in the United States and Britain.

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