Australia, Policy, Renewables, Solar, Storage

Waratah Super Battery gets technical approval

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has granted generator performance standard (GPS) approval for the Waratah Super Battery project.

According to the NSW Government, this milestone marks a pivotal step in the project’s progress towards completion, which is expected by August 2025.

The Waratah Super Battery, a critical state significant infrastructure project, is set to become a game-changer in Australia’s National Electricity Market. This approval is the first of its kind for a large-scale battery energy storage project, paving the way for similar “super batteries” to be integrated into the country’s electricity grid.

GPS approval is a complex and essential process that sets the performance standards for generators and storage projects, ensuring the stability and reliability of the electrical grid. Compliance with these standards helps prevent disruptions and facilitates the smooth integration of new energy infrastructure.

“The approval of the GPS is a significant milestone because the project has passed the simulations needed to know that it can successfully connect to the grid later this year,” Andrew Kingsmill, Executive Director Network Planning and Technical Advisory at EnergyCo said.

Nick Carter, CEO of Akaysha Energy, the project’s developer, praised the collaborative effort that led to the successful GPS approval.

“It’s been more than 12 months’ worth of hard effort by the team and AEMO and Transgrid and our consultants Aurecon on this,” he said.

“We appreciate the collaboration with eks Energy and Powin. Their commitment to providing local on-ground support in Australia, advanced technology and willingness to work closely with our interconnection partners was critical in securing GPS approval and achieving closure within the required timeframes.

“Connecting energy projects to the Australian grid poses unique challenges due to stringent interconnection standards resulting from a combination of an inherently weak electrical grid, strict performance requirements and high renewable energy penetration.”

“The significance is that we now have a clear pathway to get the battery connected.”

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