Leading Edge Technology
Western Downs battery is a 270 MW storing up to 540 MWh of energy with up to 2 hrs of power in reserve.
It is a grid-scale battery which will leverage leading-edge technology, connecting into Australia’s national electricity grid via the transmission network.
As an industrial sized battery energy storage system, the battery will provide grid stability by dispatching stored energy to the grid during peak times of demand.
Significant cost savings for consumers
Aurecon undertook independent reviews of Neoen’s Hornsdale Power Reserve Big Battery performance in South Australia in 2018 and 2019. The studies showed how the project supports the National Electricity Market (NEM) and delivers savings to all electricity consumers.
In 2019 the battery reduced electricity costs by $116M through the provision of Frequency Control Ancillary Services (FCAS). Thanks to HPR, average Regulation FCAS costs have been reduced by more than 90% meaning major savings for all South Australian energy consumers.
When there is excess energy, the battery will charge. When there is high demand for energy, the battery will discharge.
To maintain the stability of the system, the grid has frequency control. The battery discharges electricity in response to frequency changes. The battery will also add competition to the market which helps reduce consumer electricity prices, helping to reduce electricity costs.
As with vehicle suspension on an uneven road, inertia services are essential for stabilising the grid. A big battery can enable the advanced power inverters to emulate the existing inertia services being supplied by an ageing fleet of fossil fuel power plants. This service is currently being trialled at Hornsdale Power Reserve.
Grid-scale batteries can provide dynamic warp-speed responses so existing transmission lines can operate at full capacity. Like adding another lane to a freeway, the battery can unlock additional capacity on existing transmission networks – saving customers millions of dollars in expensive transmission line upgrades.
Along with wind and solar technologies, large-scale batteries help to firm variable renewable energy. Batteries are an essential component in the stable transition to clean electricity and achieving emissions reduction targets.
Big Battery Expertise
Neoen are leading the way in delivering big batteries in Australia and around the world.
Neoen’s 150 MW Hornsdale Power Reserve, more commonly as the ‘Tesla Big Battery’, has been keeping the lights on and electricity costs low for South Australians, since 2017.
Our 300 MW Victorian Big Battery, currently in operation near Geelong, is one of the world’s largest batteries.