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Fluence wins ‘first full product ecosystem’ BESS project order, in Australia

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Developer Tilt Renewables has enlisted global system integrator Fluence for a 100MW/200MWh BESS project in Victoria, Australia, the first to deploy the full Fluence product ecosystem, the company said.

Tilt Renewables has enlisted the company to build, service and maintain the Latrobe Valley Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) under a 20-year service agreement.

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The order from Tilt includes Fluence’s Gridstack BESS solution, its AI-powered bidding software Mosaic and its asset performance management software Nispera, which will optimise the BESS’ market trading and operational performance. Fluence acquired Nispera in April 2022.

The company said that Latrobe Valley will be the first privately funded storage project in Australia to be incorporated into an exclusively renewable generation fleet, and will also be the first to deploy all three products together.

“We are thrilled to work with Tilt Renewables to deliver the Latrobe Valley BESS, which is our first asset globally that will deploy the full Fluence product ecosystem. Tilt Renewables has been a long-term strategic customer for Fluence Digital, using Mosaic to optimise the market bidding of its wind portfolio since 2019, and we are honoured to extend and strengthen the relationship further with this energy storage project,” said Jan Teichmann, SVP and president, APAC (Asia-Pacific).

Many BESS projects today employ separate parties for the physical BESS solution on the one hand and the market optimisation on the other. The third-party BESS optimisation space has been covered in-depth by Energy-Storage.news recently, including comments from a Germany-based outfit Entrix on the market there and an interview with Habitat Energy, one of the leading players, a few weeks ago.

Tilt’s order is the second project for the Fluence in the Latrobe Valley, where it recently commissioned a 150MW/150MWh BESS at a former coal plant site for project developer Eku Energy and owner Engie.

Fluence also recently bagged several project orders in the UK market, from developer Varco Energy and independent power producer (IPP) Statkraft while securing its second Grid Booster project in Germany with a transmission system operator there in July.

Tilt Renewables is a developer and independent power producer (IPP) claiming to be the largest owner of wind and solar generation in Australia, while the Latrobe Valley project is its first BESS.

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