ENERGY STORAGE

RWE to build Australia’s ‘first eight-hour battery’

June 4, 2024

RWE is to build what it says is Australia’s “first eight-hour battery” near Balranald, in New South Wales (NSW).

The Limondale lithium-ion BESS was the only successful project in New South Wales’ first Long Duration Storage Long-Term Energy Service Agreements tender process.

With a planned capacity of 50MW and 400MWh, the BESS will be located next to RWE’s 249 MWac Limondale Solar Farm, which is one of Australia’s largest. The BESS will connect to existing grid infrastructure.

Tesla has been selected as the BESS supplier, and Beon Energy Solutions as the delivery partner for the Balance of Plant, which includes the civil, structural, electrical and control works required to connect the Megapack to the existing 33kV substation.

Construction is scheduled to start in the second half of this year, with commissioning planned for late 2025.

Katja Wünschel, CEO RWE Renewables Europe & Australia: “RWE’s investment decision and signing of supplier contracts for the Limondale BESS project is an exciting step forward in our commitment to the Australian renewables sector and support of New South Wales’ renewable energy ambitions. As a battery storage pioneer, RWE develops, builds and operates innovative and competitive battery storage systems in Europe and the US, and soon here in Australia. We look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to help realise the country’s renewable energy goals.”

 

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