Australia, Projects, Renewables, Solar, Storage

FRV’s hybrid renewables project powers up in QLD

A new hybrid renewables project has been completed in Queensland, combining solar power with battery storage.

The facility, developed by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) Australia, is one of the first of its kind in the country to be operational.

The Dalby project features a 2.45 megawatts defined conditions(MWdc) solar photovoltaic installation alongside a 2.54 MW/5MWh Battery Energy Storage System.

Both components share a single connection point to the national grid, a design aimed at improving energy efficiency and grid stability.

Spread across 30 hectares, the facility is expected to generate enough electricity to supply over 1680 households. The project also aims to reduce carbon emissions by approximately 3553 tonnes per year, contributing to Australia’s renewable energy goals.

FRV Australia said the integration of battery storage with solar power is intended to address some of the challenges associated with renewable energy sources, such as intermittency.

The battery system can store excess power generated during peak sunlight hours for use during periods of lower production or higher demand.

FRV Australia, a subsidiary of Jameel Energy and the Canadian infrastructure fund OMERS, oversaw the project’s development.

Gransolar served as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the installation.

Carlo Grigerio, FRV Australia CEO said the Dalby hybrid renewables project is a small but strategic project for the company.

“It is in line with the pioneering spirit of FRV Australia, being always at the forefront of the energy transition and technology to create a better future for all of us,” he said.

Christopher Curtain, Senior Managing Director of OMERS Infrastructure’s Asia Pacific department, said Dalby’s connection into the grid is another great milestone for FRV Australia.

“As our first Australian hybrid project, we look forward to leveraging the learnings to continue to grow our Australian portfolio and continue to support the transition of the Australian energy system,” he said.

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