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RWE unveils Australia’s first eight-hour battery

Global energy giant RWE has announced plans to construct Australia’s first eight-hour battery.

The lithium-ion battery energy storage systems (BESS) will be built near Balranald, in New South Wales (NSW).

With a planned capacity of over 50 megawatts (MW) and more than 400 megawatt hours (MWh), the Limondale BESS will be a key player in supporting Australia’s energy transition. It will store excess renewable energy and supply it to the NSW grid when needed.

The project will be situated next to RWE’s Limondale Solar Farm, one of Australia’s largest with a capacity of 249 MW. The BESS will connect to the existing grid infrastructure, ensuring seamless integration and operation.

Tesla has been chosen as the BESS supplier for the project. Beon Energy Solutions will serve as the delivery partner for the Balance of Plant, which includes the civil, structural, electrical, and control works required to connect the Megapack to the existing 33kV substation.

Construction is slated to commence in the second half of this year, with the commissioning of the project planned for late 2025.

Katja Wünschel, CEO of RWE Renewables Europe & Australia, said the company is excited about the project.

“As a battery storage pioneer, RWE develops, builds and operates innovative and competitive battery storage systems in Europe and the US, and soon here in Australia. We look forward to continuing to work with all stakeholders to help realise the country’s renewable energy goals,” she said.

RWE has been present in Australia since 2013 and has a team of over 70 people developing a portfolio of wind, solar, and battery storage projects across the country. The company aims to develop up to 3 gigawatts of renewable energy projects in Australia by 2030.

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