ZEN Energy wins $1m battery storage tender for SA govt buildings

The Art Gallery of South Australia
The Art Gallery of South Australia

Adelaide will take another step toward becoming a carbon-neutral future with ZEN Energy winning a $1 million tender to install lithium ion batteries at three sites around the city.

In what is believed to be an Australian first, three battery storage systems totaling 512kWh of capacity will be installed at government-owned buildings in Adelaide: the State Library of South Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and Adelaide High School. South Australia’s government-owned and leased buildings contribute more than 15 per cent of overall greenhouse gas emissions from buildings within the Adelaide City Council area.

South Australia Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the sites had been identified as priority projects, offering the greatest potential for high energy cost savings through reducing demand.

The project will contribute to the development of ZEN Energy’s manufacturing centre at Tonsley, which is designing, manufacturing, factory testing and maintaining the ZEN Freedom Powerbank battery systems.

The Adelaide City Council as a partner to the tender process under the Carbon Neutral Adelaide plan is contracting ZEN Energy separately to install a similar battery storage system to their council works depot.

Mr Koutsantonis said battery storage of renewable energy offers the possibility of capturing power as it is generated and delivering cheap power around the clock.

“This nation-leading initiative will demonstrate how battery storage can play a role in reducing the carbon footprint of large buildings and save governments money over time,” he said.

ZEN Energy founder and director of innovation Richard Turner said battery storage has transformed the renewable energy sector and opened up a new range of possibilities.

“This particular project showcases the effectiveness of energy storage in managing the total electricity costs of commercial businesses either stand alone or complemented with solar,” he said.