Cross-party backing for a new fossil fuel power plant in Australia has been criticised by experts and clean energy industry voices, who have said battery storage would be a more viable option to provide peaking capacity.
Construction has started on BHP’s “first off-grid large-scale renewable energy project”, totalling 38 MW of solar power and a 10.1MW/5.4 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS), at two nickel mines in Western Australia which supply Tesla for use in electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
Global equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has supplied hybrid energy solutions technology including 7.5MW of battery storage to the microgrid powering a gold mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Philippines power generator, supplier and distributor AboitizPower has confirmed progress on large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) projects which the company claimed will be part of “the foundation to sustain its long term growth”.
MAN Energy Solutions, a Volkswagen-owned engineering group perhaps best known for its work with diesel engines, has formally signed a deal to supply turbomachinery for Highview Power’s 50MW / 250MWh liquid air energy storage (LAES) project in the UK.
A remote town in Western Australia went fossil fuel-free for more than an hour, using a combination of solar power and battery storage and the project could be replicated by other isolated communities, the software provider behind it has said.