Magellan Power has won a contract to supply a utility-scale battery storage system to one of Australia’s largest solar and storage based microgrid projects, servicing the Western Australian town of Onslow.

The first stage of the project will consist of a new 5.25MW gas-fired power plant which uses a Magellan utility-scale energy storage system to optimise the efficiency of the power station and provide flexibility in managing future renewable growth in the town.

“This will be Australia’s largest distributed energy microgrid, creating a new era of energy competition and efficiency for households and businesses,” said West Australian Energy Minister and Treasurer Mike Nahan.

Onslow is located near Chevron’s Wheatstone gas project.

Magellan signed the contract earlier this month for supplying state of the art 1MW/500kWh battery storage to be delivered in two 20-foot containers. The battery storage will be used as spinning reserve and black start applications.

“This a great day for Australian manufacturing and know-how as this project will showcase the high level of capability and professionalism of local technology based companies like Magellan. This contract win is also recognition of Magellan’s technical prowess and service” said Magellan managing director Masoud Abshar.