ZEN and Sungrow break ground at Templers Battery

Sungrow and ZEN Energy executives in suits with shovels at site of Templers Battery project
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ZEN Energy and Sungrow have broken ground on the Templers Battery project—South Australia’s second largest energy storage installation and the second largest standalone Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Australia.

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The Templers Battery is a benchmark 138MW/330MWh project that received grid connection approval from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) in early 2023. It also broke the record with approval in 13 months from the first round of application submission. The project is anticipated to achieve commercial operations in 2025.

Central to the project’s success is Sungrow’s liquid-cooled battery technology, designed to enhance grid reliability by mitigating intermittency issues and stabilising power supply. The PowerTitan energy storage system, specifically tailored to meet the unique demands of the Australian market and regulatory landscape, will be deployed.

Sungrow says this advanced technology not only improves grid stability but also supports carbon dioxide reduction, aligning with South Australia’s vision for a cleaner, sustainable energy future.

Sungrow APAC vice president Joe Zhou said, “We are thrilled to commence the Templers project, a testament to our commitment to advancing energy storage solutions in Australia. Our collaboration with ZEN Energy and SEPC underscores the potential of innovative technology in driving sustainable energy goals.”

ZEN Energy CEO Anthony Garnau said, “The Templers battery is a key milestone in ZEN’s significant growth and marks our first 100% owned major asset, in the state where we started.

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“ZEN’s partnership with Sungrow and Shanxi Electric to deliver the Templers Battery will deliver far-reaching benefits through stabilising the supply of renewable, affordable energy into South Australia.”

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