ABB Australian microgrid set to balance renewables

ABB is to supply a 30 MW battery storage microgrid solution to an area in Australia which has a high penetration of renewables into the grid.

The ABB Ability PowerStore will be installed at the Dalrymple substation on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, where windfarms generate the bulk of electricity consumption.

There is also an increasing deployment of solar PV, both large-scale and rooftop, installed in the state and across Australia.

ABB said: “Not only will the solution improve the overall reliability of power supplies, but it will also make it possible to provide additional market services and fast-acting power response that helps to balance the network on a daily basis and also support the increased power transfer with the interconnectors to Victoria.”

In the event of a transmission line outage, the islanded microgrid solution will work together with an existing 90 MW windfarm and distributed rooftop solar PV units to provide uninterrupted power supply until connection to the grid is restored.

The microgrid will be able to deliver enough power to run about 400 homes for at least 24 hours without the input from renewable generators.

ABB’s Microgrid Plus control solution will manage the automation of the hybrid systems.

This project has been part-funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and is owned by South Australia’s principal transmission network service provider ElectraNet.


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