Energy Vault awarded first Australian big battery project
Published Date : 2023-January-23, Monday
Vault Holdings was awarded a Notice of Award for the deployment of a 250 MW/500
MWh battery energy storage system at the proposed 330 MW Meadow Creek Solar
Farm in northern Victoria.
allows Energy Vault to immediately begin advanced grid studies and modelling
with technical advisor and solar farm co-developer DNV, as required by AEMO.
co-developer AusNet Services have completed extensive work on the solar farm project
feasibility, including grid capacity, and are currently progressing through
detailed environmental and technical assessments to support the development
proposed Meadow Creek Solar Farm is located around 27km south-east of Wangaratta.
The project is being designed to accommodate up to 330 MW of solar power and a
250 MW battery on a 566-hectare site, which will include a substation and
transmission connection. The proposed site is closely located to an existing
Manager at Meadow Creek Solar Farm Cameron Munro said, “Energy Vault’s high
energy density design, the option to work with both Central Storage Inverters
or the new AC Block and the most advanced Energy Management Software, that
enables multiple use cases, optimal economic dispatching and predictive
maintenance, bring flexibility and further options when working with our
financial and technical partners (DNV and AusNet Services).”
Creek is Energy Vault’s first Australian BESS project award in Australia, where
the company is working with Ark Energy and BHP on multi-GWh Gravity Energy
Storage Systems (GESS) developments, and follows the appointment in May of
Lucas Sadler as Vice President of Sales and Business Development, APAC.
to AltEnergy’s project database Meadow Creek is global independent
energy expert and assurance provider DNV’s first large-scale renewable energy
development project in Australia. Last month DNV acquired grid
consulting company Clean Technology Partners based in Melbourne.
At the time
Graham Slack, DNV’s Market Area Manager – Australia, Energy Systems, said, “The
rise in renewable energy capacity will require significant changes in
Australia’s grid infrastructure – with storage, connectivity and demand-response
key to integrating renewables and avoiding connection delays and curtailment
AusNet Services owns the 30 MW Ballarat Energy Storage System and is developing the 300 MW Thomastown BESS, both in Victoria.