UK energy storage company redT has switched on a 1 MW facility at Australia’s largest university – marking the country’s largest behind-the-meter commercial and industrial installation to date.
The storage solution at Monash University’s Clayton Campus is intended to balance renewable energy supply for tens of thousands of daily visitors.
“Our partnership with Monash University demonstrates the economic benefits of decentralised, flexible, energy storage infrastructure solutions at commercial and industrial scale,” said redT chief executive Scott McGregor.
“To be doing so in Australia – a key territory with an abundance of solar potential and increasingly decentralised energy network – shows how technology can unlock cheap, reliable, renewable energy generation on a global scale.”
Australia added more stored power capacity than any other nation in 2017 – 246 MW – boosted by high retail electricity rates, while the UK topped European installations in the same year with 117 MW capacity and looks set to follow Australia’s lead.
redT’s energy storage machines at Monash University use patented vanadium redox flow technology, a form of liquid energy storage originally invented in Australia in 1985.
The storage machines, situated on the roof of the university’s new Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building, couples redT’s own vanadium redox flow technology with conventional lithium-ion batteries as part of a ‘hybrid’ system.
Monash is the first Australian university to commit to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2030. Scott Ferraro, director of the Net Zero Initiative at the university, said the storage solution “is one of the core components of the microgrid being developed as part of our Net Zero Initiative, enabling us to dispatch renewable energy more effectively across the campus and help achieve our goal of net zero emissions by 2030”.
Clayton Campus sees an average of 55,00 visitors per day with energy needs equivalent to those of a small town’s, much of which is supplied by the university’s own 4 MW solar park.
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